A bill allowing state employees to be communists has been passed in the California State Assembly. The bill which was passed on Monday is a surprise to observers who may have assumed that many state employees were already communists.
Reports from Sacramento Bee indicate that the bill, AB 22, would amend existing laws that allowed state employees to be fired if they were found to be members of the Communist Party.
The bill will also eliminate the existing section of the state code declaring California’s official opposition to communism. The section of the state code that is bound to be deleted contains five segments.
The first segment indicates that the Legislature of the State of California finds that there exists a world-wide revolutionary movement to establish a totalitarian dictatorship based upon force and violence rather than upon law.
The world-wide revolutionary movement is predicated upon and it is designed and intended to carry into execution the basic precepts of communism as expounded by Marx, Lenin, and Stalin.
Followers of the objectives of the world communism movement, in numerous foreign countries the legally constituted governments have been overthrown and totalitarian dictatorships established therein against the will of the people, and the establishment of similar dictatorships in other countries is imminently threatening.
The successful establishment of totalitarian dictatorships has consistently been aided, accompanied, or accomplished by repeated acts of treachery, deceit, teaching of false doctrines, teaching untruth, together with organized confusion, insubordination, and disloyalty, fostered, directed, instigated, or employed by communist organizations and their members in such countries.
The active disciplined communist organizations that are currently working with a primary objective of advancing the objectives of the world communism movement. This organizations are recognized as being within the boundaries of the State of California by the Legislature of the State of California.
These communist organizations are characterized by identification of their programs, policies, and objectives with those of the world communism movement, and they regularly and consistently cooperate with and endeavor to carry into execution programs, policies and objectives substantially identical to programs, policies, and objectives of such world communism movement.
Placing its members in state and local government positions and in state supported educational institutions is one of the objectives of the world communism movement.
The success of the main objective would cause the dissemination of propaganda by the members of these organizations among pupils and students by those members who would have the opportunity to teach them and to whom, as teachers, they would look for guidance, authority, and leadership.
Such members would use their positions to advocate and teach their doctrines and teach the prescribed Communist Party line group dogma or doctrine without regard to truth or free inquiry. This type of propaganda is sufficiently subtle to escape detection.
There’s imminent danger that has been found to be very crucial by the Legislature of the State of California. In a bid to advance the program, policies and objectives of the world communism movement, communist organizations in the State of California and their members will engage in concerted effort to hamper, restrict, interfere with, impede, or nullify the efforts of the State and the public agencies of the State to comply with and enforce the laws of the State of California and their members will infiltrate and seek employment by the State and its public agencies.
Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), proposed the new bill which would leave intact the provisions of the state code that bar state employees who belong to organizations that advocated the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of any state by force or violence. However, not member was in support of the bill. A few Republicans were against the bill, including Assembly members Randy Vopel (R-Santee) and Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach).