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Hey, Californians, don’t come to Texas – unless you plan to stay!

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Feb 19, 2020

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California is banning travel to Texas? Seriously? Are they banning relocation, too? That could be a problem. For them, not us, because the flood of exiles will just keep growing.

We don’t have the figures right here in front of us, but we know there’s a substantial number of Californians who visit Texas annually, and a substantial number who relocate to the Lone Star State each year, too. It’s safe to say, if the number of visits is restricted, the number of relocations will likely increase.

Hey, California, go for it. Give us your tired, overtaxed and overregulated entrepreneurs, yearning to be free and appreciated. We’ll be happy to take them, and we’ll do our best to make them feel welcome.

It’s as stupid as it can be, and getting crazier by the moment, but it seems that California has prohibited government employees from traveling to states that affirm the liberties enshrined in the First Amendment.

You know, the First Amendment. It’s in the Bill of Rights, which is attached to the U.S. Constitution. It prohibits the federal government – or, by subsequent extension, state governments – from infringing on our God-given rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition for redress of grievances.

That First Amendment comes first for a reason. The Second follows, also for a reason.

So, what was California thinking when it banned travel to states that uphold the First Amendment? What was it thinking when it added Texas to the anathema list when our legislature enacted a law allowing faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to decline placements violating their religious beliefs?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has challenged California in the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to strike down its travel ban. 

Whatever the high court decides, it’s up to the American people to support the Constitution that affirms our God-given rights. In states where they do, like Texas, they will prosper. In states where they don’t, like California, they will suffer.

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