Yesterday, Washington Post lamented that some states in this country still “foolishly” demand a Governor to follow laws written by the legislature. In case you didn’t know, upholding a State Constitution has been re-defined as “seeking permission:”
At least 30 states, nearly all led by Republican legislatures, have passed laws since 2020 that limit public health authority, according to a Washington Post analysis. https://t.co/N2xfZVdnRu— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 8, 2023
WaPo is concerned that the states not allowing their governors unchecked and unlimited power represents a serious threat to our Democracy. In trying times like these, I am glad there is California. Their Governor will not be bound by little inconveniences like the Constitution or the will of the people.
Lucky for Gavin Newsom, California is in such state of disrepair that he can always claim there is an “emergency.” Be it a public health issue, forest fires, or winter storms, Gavin has mismanaged California so badly that “emergency” is the only way to describe it. Not that Gavin is doing anything about it. For him, “emergency” just means blaming the Red States and demanding money from Biden.
Lately, Gavin Newsom has been busy doing two things: getting a case of Covid after receiving his monthly booster shot, and tweeting what a sad life all the people who escaped his state are having in Florida. When Governor DeSantis terminated Disney’s special privileges for sabotaging Florida law, Gavin had a lot to say:
THIS is what “business friendly” means? 🤔— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 20, 2022
We protect free speech in California. We help our businesses grow, thrive, and invent the future.
Punishing businesses for speaking out against hatred is the move of an authoritarian regime. https://t.co/dACO1jL5PC
Of course, nobody penalized Disney for “speaking out.” Governor DeSantis terminated a business relationship with Disney for their attempt to sabotage a state law – a law that was passed with overwhelming support. But at the time, Governor Newsom thought that punishing companies for their political activity is super “authoritarian” and not “business-friendly.” That was until a company had a say about something that is near and dear to Gavin’s heart – abortion.
When Walgreens decided to stop shipping abortion pills to some states (most of those states prohibit doing so by law) Gavin’s wrath was swift:
California won't be doing business with @walgreens — or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women's lives at risk.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 6, 2023
The science is silent on how not taking an abortion pill in the first weeks of pregnancy puts a woman’s life at risk. But Gavin’s goal is to save as many lives as possible, and that is why, just as they did with Covid shots that do nothing, the state of California wants to put taking abortion pills on their citizen’s health regimen. And that’s where Walgreens is in direct violation – and Gavin just will not have that.
Yesterday, Newsom announced that the $54 million contract between the state and Walgreens will not be renewed. Here is what Gavin had to say:
“California will not stand by as corporations cave to extremists and cut off critical access to reproductive care and freedom. California is on track to be the fourth largest economy in the world and we will leverage our market power to defend the right to choose.”
When a conservative state terminates a business relationship with a company that repudiates the state’s values, that is “an authoritarian regime” at work. But when California does exactly the same thing, it’s just “leveraging their economic power.”
The good news is California will not really be on track to be the fourth-largest economy. They are on track to be the country’s largest wasteland. Walgreens is moving out of there anyway, so they probably don’t care.
By Bekah Lyons