The Thought Police Arrive in Sacramento
One of the finest conservative moments in cinema occurs in first few moments of Serenity, Joss Whedon's homage to personal freedom and liberty. River Tam, a ten-year-old girl is being taught in a classroom about the "independents" -- armed rebels who fight against the totalitarian government.
Teacher: With all the social and medical advancements we can bring to the independents, why would they fight so hard against us?
River: We meddle
Teacher: River? [Chinese] Shuh-MUH? [English: I'm sorry?]
River: People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run don't walk, we're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.
Teacher: River, we're not telling people what to think. We're just trying to show them how.
We don't have to travel to the future -- only to Sacramento -- to find a progressive government that mandates what people should be thinking and not thinking.
From The Volokh Conspiracy we read about a "meddlesome" and Orwellian governmental overreach.
California Bill Would Ban Psychotherapy Aimed at Changing Under-18-Year-Olds' Same-Sex "Desires, Attraction, or Conduct"
The bill is SB 1172, and it bans "psychotherapy" of under-18-year-olds "aimed at altering the sexual or romantic desires, attractions, or conduct of a person toward people of the same sex so that the desire, attraction, or conduct is eliminated or reduced or might instead be directed toward people of a different sex." This so regardless of whether the patient or the patient's parents want the therapy to take place.
The bill also regulates such psychotherapy for adults, but the outright prohibition applies only to under-18-year-olds.
Where to begin? Parental rights, medical ethics, radical gay activism, thought-crimes, malpractice issues -- this endless list of sociopolitical pressure points is destructive, dangerous, and certainly deliberately provocative. Bottom line: this is our government mandating health care providers. They must do what the state wants rather than what the patient wants. Slopes so slippery that no people have clawed their way back up the mountain to individual freedom without a shattering revolution.
One final thought. Since the California legislature and Governor Moonbeam have now balanced the state budget, reduced taxes, ended the criminal union syndication of the electoral process, stopped illegal immigration, streamlined the education bureaucracies, paid off the half a trillion dollars in unfunded pension and health care liabilities, ended welfare abuse, and paved our roads, it makes sense that these paragons of morality can now turn their collective wisdom to these more important issues.