Checks and balances have fallen out of favor in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has been granted the power to alter science itself, in favor of social justice.
There’s a bill in California that’s just a signature shy of discarding centuries of biological science, in favor of the super-fashionable belief that people just sort of pick what gender, if any at all, they’d like to be on any given day. Transgendered people are not a new thing, and that community continues to face all manner of very real problems, socially and emotionally. So-called progressives deliberately conflating biological “sex” with the social “gender roles,” however, is fairly new, and has become more popular than the Paleo diet ever was.
The bill would allow people in California to decide for themselves what demographic information will appear on various forms of state IDs. Of course, your state ID shouldn’t care about your social role, so much as your identifying features, like hair color, height, and biological sex. I’ve never had the DMV ask what my favorite color was, as that’s wholly irrelevant to identification.
It’s possible that Californians are simply unaware that an “identification” is for *others* to identify you, and is not in any way related to how you identify yourself. I’ve always identified as being a near-genius, but the universities refused to accept that in lieu of my SAT score.
The absurdity of the government even considering a measure that would allow a person to alter facts about themselves in legal documents aside, there are some parts of the bill that aren’t all bad. For example, the new gender classification would just be “X”, which offers all manner of “X-men”, “X-people”, “weapon-X”, or “chemical X” joke fodder.
If the bill passes, I give it three days before someone at UC Berkeley decides to adopt the title, “Professor X,” and three more days for Californians to begin to regret this decision. In bestowing this sort of history-and-science-altering power on the state’s governor, it reminds me of that eerily-prescient Dead Kennedys song that nobody bothered to mention when they were celebrating Biafra’s “Nazi punks fuck off” slogan; California Uber Alles.
Of course, this bill would also likely mean that California’s state identification would no longer be valid at airports, though there will certainly be additional ramifications that nobody’s bothered to think through. Perhaps Gov. Brown will simply skip over it entirely, though that runs the risk of causing a total collapse of civil society in the state, as campus liberals rampage through the streets, whilst Antifa bludgeons passersby with picket signs bearing only Prince’s “Love Symbol.”
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