California to Lift Ban on Communists Working for the State

Wow, California. You never cease to amaze us.

Good news for communists looking for government jobs in California! They want you.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the state assembly on Monday approved a bill that lifts the Cold War-era ban on communists working for the government:

Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly.

Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and '50s when fear that communists were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the U.S. government was rampant. The bill now goes to the Senate.

It would eliminate part of the law that allows public employees to be fired for being a member of the Communist Party.

Employees could still be fired for being members of organizations they know advocate for overthrowing the government by force or violence.

Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta of the San Francisco Bay Area authored the bill. Two Republican assemblyman in Southern California districts spoke out against the measure. Vietnam veteran Randy Voepel said China and North Korea are “still a threat.” Assemblyman Travis Allen said the bill is “blatantly offensive to all Californians.”

"Communism stands for everything that the United States stands against,” Allen said. “To allow subversives and avowed communists to now work for the State of California is a direct insult to the people of California to pay for that government.”

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