AB-22 Bill: Giving back democracy and human rights for the American communists

01/06/2017

Finally, California’s administration has ended a decades-old ban on members of the Communist Party working in its government, after the state Assembly approved a bill, Assembly Bill 22 (AB-22), that would delete references to the party from its employment requirements.
Speaking on the floor of the Assembly, the bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, called the legislation a "cleanup bill that removes archaic and outdated references to the Communist Party in our state laws, specifically those stating that a public employee may be dismissed from employment if he or she advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party."
The previous law went on to say that being a member of the Communist Party is clear reason to terminate a government employee. The new bill would keep the key provisions of the law, but eliminate specific references to the political party from state government hiring criteria. It would still keep the regulation that employees can be terminated for being part of any organization that they know advocates the overthrow of the government by violence or force.
Of course, some are not in agreement with the law, particularly those representing high immigrant communities, where many residents have come to actively flee from  communist states. Several Republicans, including Assemblymembers Randy Vopel (R-Santee) and Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) spoke out against the bill. State Sen. Janet Nguyen, a Republican representing Garden Grove, has vowed to vote no on the bill if it comes to the Senate floor. She has started a petition opposing it. According to them, the bill is an incredible insult to Californians who have escaped communism.
Here comes the most ironic rhetoric of American society in general and anti-Vietnam elements among overseas Vietnamese in particular. They are calling and requiring for human rights and democracy over the world, but they do not let a man to have jobs because of his/her political view. They are asking for recognition of their political parties, but they boycott and call for unfair treatments towards communist members in the U.S. This existing law proves hypocrite of America and those anti-Vietnam elements who have always criticized Vietnam’s government for violating human rights and democracy.
Part of having a functioning democracy and a fair and equitable society is to make sure you’re actually basing your decisions to take someone’s job away … based on their actual conduct, their actual behavior and actual proof and evidence, not just some loose label that could be applied overbroadly in a way that is unfair and unjust.
Anti-communism is opposition to communism. Organized anti-communism developed in reaction to the rise of communism, especially after the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. It reached global dimensions during the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in an intense rivalry.
However, looking back into the world’s history while communist governments have had some faults, capitalist ones are worse. There were hundreds of millions of deaths caused by capitalism, the mass poverty of the third worldworld hunger caused by western imperialism, and the hundreds of wars over capitalist conflicts, some conflicts only about being able to claim hegemony over the local resources and labor. There were always democratic and popular support for a variety of Marxist-oriented governments (or at least "anti-anti-Communist" governments) that existed during the Cold War era, such as Allende's Chile. And anti-communists condemn support for oppressive regimes for the sole purpose of eliminating communist influence, and claim that this sort of action is worse than any differences that communist nations may have had with capitalist countries.
One thing must be admitted that there is still anti-communist sentiment in the U.S., which proudly claims to respect and strengthen democracy. In many states of America, the communist parties are not allowed to run for elections or face with many unfair treatments in election campaigns. This AB-22 law is just a small step to give the American communists fair treatments and democracy. There’s still more to do./.

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Deck Hero14 2/6/17 17:50

Justice has been made. The communists have long been unfairly treated in America, a country self-claimed as a symbol of human rights and democracy.

Pack Cassiopian 2/6/17 17:52

I totally support this bill. The world needs to recognize important role of the communism and communists in peace-keeping.

Only Solidar 2/6/17 17:53

Those who oppose this bill are truly hostile forces and extreme elements.

John Smith 2/6/17 21:16

Part of having a functioning democracy and a fair and equitable society is to make sure you’re actually basing your decisions to take someone’s job away … based on their actual conduct, their actual behavior and actual proof and evidence, not just some loose label that could be applied overbroadly in a way that is unfair and unjust.

Gentle Moon 2/6/17 21:17

Bonta said his bill is a “technical cleanup,” meant to align California law with the United States Constitution and the ruling of the Supreme Court in the 1967 case United States V. Robel.

MaskOf Zero 2/6/17 21:54

This bill certainly doesn’t endorse communism or encourage communism, the bill stands up for people’s rights.

John Smith 4/6/17 20:33

This bill would delete references to the Communist Party in this requirement. The bill would also repeal related findings and declarations of the Legislature regarding communism and the Communist Party.

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