Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced a bill that would allow schools to replace Washington Day and Lincoln Day with a combined Presidents’ Day… and then add “International Workers’ Day” to the calendar in May.
International Workers’ Day was first developed as a holiday by the International Socialist Congress in 1904, but adopted in the Soviet Union, where it became one of the most important holidays in the communist state.
Democrats have a big majority in the California Assembly… but that didn’t stop Republicans from being outraged that a communist holiday was even being considered.
“I’m aghast that a bill like this would be able to get through committee,” California Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper said, during his remarks to the Assembly. “Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the United States?”
“Are we going that far to the left?” Harper added. “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.”
And indeed, in that kitchen debate Khruschev had with Nixon, oh my God, was Khruschev right, Mr. Author?” He asked, specifically singling out Santiago.
The Assembly voted down the bill on a narrow 27-22 vote on Thursday.
But Santiago refused to back down—and, instead, submitted a motion for his colleagues to reconsider the bill.