At least one California lawmaker wants his state to celebrate a communist holiday.
Miguel Santiago, a representative in California’s State Assembly, introduced legislation earlier this year that sought to replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington’s birthday holidays with International Workers’ Day, a communist holiday also known as “May Day.”
What are the details?
The bill — AB-3042 — sought to combine Washington and Lincoln birthday festivities into one holiday known as “President’s Day” while designating May 1 for International Workers’ Day celebrations.
The bill would make May Day a state-mandated holiday and force schools “to commemorate and direct attention to the history of labor movements.”
What was the reaction to the bill?
One California assemblyman in particular lambasted the bill, which he said puts California in the running to become the “laughing stock” of the U.S.
“I’m aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee,” Republican Matthew Harper said. “Are we going that far to the left?”
“This is ridiculous, this is insane, this is un-American. And for folks who think that the U.S. won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, this makes it sound like we’re going in the other direction — that indeed California is kowtowing to the Soviet domination of the Cold War,” he added.
Did the bill pass?
The bill was initially approved by the education and appropriations committees, allowing for a vote on the Assembly floor. According to the Daily Caller, the bill was read three times on Thursday, finally failing in a vote of 27-22.
Santiago has already submitted a measure to reconsider the legislation.