Even as a united country, many states stand opposed to each other regarding their policies, with hyper-liberal California recently issuing a government travel ban on eight states, one of them being Tennessee.
In a hilarious yet scathing rebuttal, Tennessee responded to California’s legislation with a piece of their own, skewering the blue state’s sense of moral superiority. (via The Daily Caller)
This issue began when California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four states to a list of states which they felt had laws “discriminating” against LGBT people. One of those was Tennessee, which enacted a law that allows state-licensed therapists to refer clients to other counselors if there is a conflict between the client’s lifestyle choices and the counselor’s personal beliefs.
The Tennessee Senate responded with a humorous joint resolution issued in spite of California’s travel ban. The resolution reiterates the autonomy that each of the member States have within the Union while criticizing California, stating, “California’s attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California’s exorbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs, and rampant illegal immigration.”
They continued with their jest-like prose, opining that “Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses.”
The resolution further mentioned that this travel ban was a way to try and “[impose] their unfounded moral judgment” on other states, and amounted to one sovereign entity telling another sovereign entity “how to conduct its affairs.”
“Whereas, the United States Constitution provides for a strong federal government for the common defense, but the Tenth Amendment grants the several states sovereignty in addressing issues solely within their jurisdiction, and all states should respect this most basic precept of American Government,” the resolution jabbed again.
Even though the Tennessee Senate clearly has a sense of humor, they also touch upon an important issue and an unsettling tendency of left-wing groups to try and impose their “unfounded moral judgment” upon those who respectfully disagree with their views. Such judgmental tendencies, when coupled with a general sense of the moral superiority of their viewpoints, makes having a civil discussion with both sides of the political spectrum more difficult than it’s ever been before, and will only further divide this nation.
Tennessee lawmakers are describing this move by California as “blackmail,” stating that they intend to send a copy of this resolution to state legislatures across the nation urging them to stand up against this intended infringement on states’ rights.
“We urge the other forty-eight states to refrain from imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness” and order that a “copy of this resolution be sent electronically to each member of each state legislative body in the nation, so they may also consider taking action against this type of blackmail,” concluded the resolution.
Perhaps with enough pressure from other states, California might withdraw from this whole affair and leave the other states to their own matters, like they should have done from the beginning.