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Why Californians voted that way

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:04 pm | Randy Thomasson


(Updated December 8, 2016 with the final count)

Sad about California’s election results? I am, mostly.

But to avoid confusion and depression, it’s important for us to understand WHY the election turned out the way it did. Then we’re less likely to let our love grow cold.

Here are my thoughts:

Most Californians have an identity problem

Instead of going with evidence, logic, the Savior of the world Jesus Christ, and the written word of God (the Bible), most Californians consciously or unconsciously have competing “identities” and conflicting “standards.”

• They’re Democrats before they’re “Christian”
• They’re union members or “union families” who obey their union bosses
• They vote according to race or looks (not according to good public policies)
• They do what “feels right” to them (not what is right)
• They do what pleases others (but not pleasing God)

These false “identities” rival and replace being an American, a constitutionalist, a person devoted to logic and evidence, and even a biblical Christian.

In light of God’s 1st Commandment against worshiping any other “gods” and His 2nd Commandment prohibiting serving “images” of things we worship, these false identities that people create in their minds compete with God’s word, exacerbate bad government and its harmful laws, and become idolatries of the heart.

Most Californians don’t know who they are, why they’re here, where they came from, or where they’re going. No wonder “we” voted that way. Too many Californians think they’re “under God,” but have become slaves to their own foolishness and fancies. This is why our state is no longer blessed, but is inheriting the wind.

people, emotions, stress and health care concept - unhappy african american young woman touching her head and suffering from headacheMost Californians have a mental block

Unwilling to think critically, they just “feel” their way along. Yes, the government schools and the entertainment media have been very successful at dumbing-down people and promoting moral relativism (self-idolatry). So instead of finding God’s direction for belief and behavior in the Bible, they become disinterested in moral values or at least disinterested in a Biblical standard for decisions.

The result is like a drugged, numbed person who is:

• disinterested in their Creator God
• disinterested in clear Biblical standards
• disinterested in honestly contemplating their sins
• disinterested of critical thinking based on evidence
• disinterested in studying a proper role of government
• disinterested in knowing how we get a good economy

And because of this godlessness, ignorance, and idolatry, ONLY issues and messages that either MATCH the most basic of common human values, OR issues and messages that SUPERSEDE these false identities, AND ONLY what people CARE TO UNDERSTAND, will be popular and win on Election Day. It’s as though going beyond one’s “gut reaction,” and thinking about and studying up on a new issue, is unacceptably painful.

murderExample: Murder on the ballot

Victims of violent crime, or those who’ve been affected by it, or those who’ve been taught the most elementary, anti-crime values of local TV newscasts, are against murder. Indeed, the broad majority of voters in California are against murder and want it stopped.

Yet Californians are split on HOW to stop murder (because this involves critical thinking). However, a slim majority of voters still believe in the time-honored standard of the death penalty as the way to definitely prevent murderers from killing again, and to send a strong message to would-be murderers (primarily boys and young men) that they can’t get away with murder.

This is why Prop. 62 eliminating the death penalty lost on a close vote (46.8% YES versus 53.2% NO). And it’s why Prop. 66 streamlining the death penalty process, making it more likely to execute murderers, won on a closer vote (51.1% YES versus 48.9% NO).

Too many conservatives stayed home

dontvotedontcomplainYou must also factor in the SMALLER NUMBER OF CONSERVATIVE VOTES in California this election. Consider that there was no Republican or conservative running for statewide office in the U.S. Senate race to replace liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer. No unified “top of the ticket” to attract conservatives; no “coattails effect” helping “down-ticket” pro-family candidates.

And also consider that Donald Trump had divided moral conservatives. There were Republicans with generally conservative values who didn’t vote for President and some conservatives didn’t vote at all. With all the votes counted, Trump received 31.8% of Californians’ votes for president, compared to 37.1% for Romney in 2012 and 37.0% for McCain in 2008 (Trump received 356,146 fewer votes than Romney and 527,971 fewer votes than McCain). Having at least the votes of Romney and McCain would have brought out more conservatives, probably changing the outcomes of some propositions and district contests.

The relatively weak conservative turnout also helps explain why Republicans lost 3 seats in the State Assembly, lost 1 seat in the State Senate, and didn’t pick up any California congressional seats. (The 3 GOP assemblymembers who lost had voted for the “LGBT” agenda, they first “lost” votes from principled conservatives.)

biblegodsinspirationOn the death penalty measures, you must also factor in that California’s law enforcement unions and spokespersons were united in favor of Prop. 66 and against Prop. 62. Their money and public messages helped generate more votes from Californians who categorically respect the color of authority.

But Californians got it wrong on nearly every other proposition on the ballot.

• They didn’t understand that marijuana legalization harms people, especially teenagers and pre-teens who will become addicts.
• They didn’t understand that higher taxes on the wealthy and on cigarette smokers hurts the economy and promotes bigger, badder government.
• They didn’t understand that teaching foreign-born children IN ENGLISH is the proven way to gain English proficiency and promote cultural unity.
• They didn’t understand that ammunition doesn’t commit crimes, but sinful people do.
• They didn’t understand that plastic bags from grocery stores are not an environmental hazard but a helpful, sanitary tool for most families.
• And they didn’t understand that when the government or special interests demand more money, that’s tantamount to deceit and theft.


On marijuana legalization, SaveCalifornia.com and our faithful donors reached 1,487,401 potential voters via Facebook ads that featured our powerful 86-second video and our website MarijuanaHarmsFamilies.com.

But the non-thinking, morally-relativistic majority was besieged with tens of millions of dollars of ads that deceitfully urged them to legalize pot. And the majority of voters (57.1% YES versus 42.9% NO — a difference of nearly 2 million votes) bought hook, line, and sinker the “toleration” message that what’s risky or even harmful must be “accepted.” They didn’t realize that Prop. 64 will ruin children, make roads more dangerous, make life stinkier, and usher in a myriad of unexpected, negative consequences.

Sadly, younger Americans are deluded about the harm of today’s pot, so highly-potent marijuana wasn’t just legalized in California, but also in Nevada and Massachusetts. In my opinion, marijuana promotion to children is the most grievous thing that happened on Election Day 2016. As the famous Negro College Fund ad says, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”


My advice for believers in God and believers in moral values: Choose to learn to reach more people to educate them on why moral standards benefit everybody, why big government and high taxes and fees are bad, and why reading, studying, and critical thinking is essential for a free society.

You can love God and love people by learning how to reach hearts and minds by creating simple websites, doing cost-effective web ads, making and distributing flyers, and helping stimulate people to think about the difference between good and bad. It’s up to us — and yes, we can learn and grow. Call SaveCalifornia.com at 916-265-5650 if you want to learn to do this.

7-differences-between-ordinary-and-wise-parentMy advice for parents with Godly or otherwise moral values: If you want to protect your children from mind-altering marijuana, please get them out of the government schools. In Colorado, marijuana legalization plus the negative peer pressure among public school children is causing more addictions among pre-teens and teenagers. Protect your children by homeschooling or enrolling them in a solid church school, and resolve to train your children to critically think about how to apply God’s word to everything.

Have the goal of training up not merely good children, but great children who will become outstanding adults who shine their light to please God and love people. Turn off the TV and internet and read to them (the Bible is great for this), and teach them to love reading and studying. Ask them questions about the proper role of limited government and ask them to research answers and report back to you.

For if John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, could, at 14, be a secretary and translator for the U.S. diplomat to Russia, and then, at 16, be a secretary for his father on a trip to negotiate the 1783 Treaty of Paris, we then can also train our children to have great minds and great actions based on the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ to “love your neighbor as yourself.” You are able and they are able!

set-your-expectations-rightMost of all, don’t abandon hope. If you avoid blaming the God or the devil for election outcomes, but realize that God has given free will to every human being (there’s no volitional sin or righteous judgment without it), you’ll be motivated to do what you can to stimulate people to look at the evidence of God’s beneficial standards for their lives. Evidence of benefit can be shown by research, and beneficial evidence usually agrees with God’s word. When we understand mankind’s responsibility, we adopt the right attitude and expectations — expectations based on hope and reality!

Finally, realize the value of exposing evil and the harm it does. Nationally, the Republicans won the White House and kept the Congress because alternative, conservative media sufficiently exposed the unconstitutional acts and excesses of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In contrast, the harmful laws of nearly 60 years of nearly-consisted Democrat rule in the California Legislature, and the harmful consequences of today’s highly-potent marijuana, have not been exposed to the majority of Californians.

For the love of God and love of people, there’s a lot of work for us to do! Please commit today that you’ll be part of it, and learn biblestoriescartoonto shine your life in new and creative ways. People need Truth, and we need to authentically love our neighbor!

You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. Deuteronomy 11:19-21

How to beat the Democrat politicians’ grocery bag ban

Monday, November 14, 2016, 11:30 am | Randy Thomasson


It’s frustrating that Proposition 67 has passed to forbid you and your family from receiving plastic carry-out bags at most California stores.

This bad idea was originally passed in 2014 by Democrat state legislators (see their votes) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, but then the People placed it on the ballot via the referendum process. Sadly, on November 8, 2016, there were more “yes” votes to keep the law rather than “no” votes to get rid of it.

Implementation is immediate, so you can expect these familiar plastic bags to soon disappear, and also expect to be charged 10 cents per bag (paper or other type) by stores.

In the interests of California families, here is SaveCalifornia.com’s advice on your right to use your own plastic and paper bags when you shop:

PROBLEM: Foolish California voters didn’t understand that plastic bags from grocery stores aren’t environmental hazards but are helpful, sanitary tools for most families. So, in their ignorance, they voted YES on Prop. 67. (See why we wanted it defeated.)

The State admits that Prop. 67’s passage means many Californians will be bag-less at “most grocery stores, convenience stores, large pharmacies, and liquor stores,” which “would be prohibited from providing single–use plastic carryout bags,” and that “stores generally would be required to charge at least 10 cents for any other carryout bag [mostly likely a paper bag or a reusable plastic bag] provided to customers at checkout.”

SOLUTION: You can buy plastic carry-out bags to use at home and stores — it’s still your right! Just purchase affordable bags online and take into stores when you shop (you may have to self-bag):

Amazon (several sizes and choices)
Ebay: 1000 11.5×22 bags for $25

Again, when you shop for groceries, you can bring in your own saved paper or plastic bags. But to avoid the potential of harmful bacteria, each time, hand- or machine-wash any plastic reusable bags that you use for meat — read why)

Here’s where you can buy your own large paper bags: Amazon | EbayJet

Remember, freedom is not free. Proclaim your grocery bag freedom today!


Myth #2: Plastic bags are the largest component of landfills. Fact: The item most frequently encountered in landfills is paper—on average, it accounts for more than 40% of a landfill’s contents. Newspapers alone take up as much as 13% of landfill space.

Myth #3: Plastic grocery bags take 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. Fact: Virtually nothing – not paper, food, plastic or even compostable or bio degradable products – decomposes in today’s landfills, which are actually designed to be as stable and dry as possible. Research by William Rathje, who runs the Garbage Project, has shown that, when excavated from a landfill, newspapers from the 1960s can be intact and readable. Debunking the top 10 myths about plastic grocery bags

My simple tips for voting pro-family in California

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:44 pm | Randy Thomasson

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and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

June 5, 2016 Update: “Do these California Republicans deserve to win or lose?”

June 2, 2016 Update: “Pro-family Californians, vote wisely for U.S. Senate”

There are two types of voters. The first type thinks, “I wish someone would just tell me how to vote.” The second type is more responsible and careful, and thinks, “I need to do my homework to know how to vote right.”

Before the internet went mainstream, these responsible, pro-family voters benefited from “pro-family” and “pro-life” voter guides that grew out of the 1980s with Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition.

Even when the internet became part of people’s lives, pro-family voters continued to depend on professing “pro-family” voter guides because they didn’t want to do online research themselves.

Well, this lazy attitude must cease. Responsible, pro-life, pro-family voting must begin anew based on unwavering moral principle. We are all responsible before God to vote right. And we have more tools than ever to know if there are true, dependable, pro-family candidates to support. Surely you can surf the web for 10 minutes, right?

My challenge is real, because you cannot depend upon pro-family voter guides like you used to.

Why? Well, first of all, there are fewer of these voter guides available. For example, the largest paper-distributed “pro-family” voter guide in California used to be from Traditional Values Coalition. But TVC is not producing a voter guide this primary election.

But second, and more important, you cannot depend upon pro-family voter guides like you use to because the recommended candidates in them are not necessarily pro-family and probably not willing to fight for moral values. Who will boldly speak and fight for you? You really won’t know from these guides.

For example, there are several “pro-family” voter guides actually recommending Republican candidates who voted last year to “celebrate” the unnatural, unhealthy, unbiblical, tyrannical homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. See the 15 Republicans who did this. Then see the 51 Democrats and 4 Republicans who this year voted to tear down “men,” “women,” “boys,” and “girls” signs at single-stall restrooms statewide.

wwwsearch_LargeSo you must do your own research. Let me show you how simple it is.

With every contest and every candidate you’re considering, simply Google a candidate’s name along with one search term at a time, such as: abortion, gay, LGBT, gun, taxes, parents, family, religious freedom, etc. Then visit candidate’s websites for their specific positions on family and moral issues. And consider emailing the candidate to ask specific questions.

For Proposition 50, visit SaveCalifornia.com’s Election Center for our expert analysis which led us to recommend YES on Prop. 50.

For local taxes, fees, and assessments, remember this principle: Always vote no. SaveCalifornia.com knows that big government often robs people of personal responsibility and saddles working families, property owners, and small business owners with greater financial burdens. It’s all because big government refuses to investigate and slash its own waste. Because of the influence of government unions and bureaucracy, independent, tough audits are simply not seen. Therefore, we encourage you to vote NO on ANY AND ALL tax increases, bonds (which is borrowing money, and always more expensive than a direct tax because you must also pay back interest), fees, and assessments. It’s pro-family to keep more of your hard-earned money, so it’s pro-family to oppose wasteful government taking away more money from your family. They like to take it incrementally, so you must consistently oppose even the smallest tax/bond/fee/assessment increases in order to inhibit the government from taking more and more and more from your family.

Back to candidates. Let me give you an example of how to research if you live in Modesto, Manteca, Tracy, Stockton, Lodi, or Galt in the sprawling Central Valley.

a2011_SD05This is the #1 State Senate contest in California. Because in November, the district could be “held” by the incumbent Democrat or “picked up” by a Republican challenger.

Now, if you’re a pro-family voter, you’re against abortion and the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. You’re also against higher taxes and fees and against an onslaught of liberal agendas.

The first thing to do it get out your ballot. For Senate District 5, you see 3 candidates: Samuel Anderson (Republican), Cathleen Galgiani (Democrat), and Alan Nakanishi (Republican).

Now if you’re aware, you’ll already know there is NO LONGER any Democrat representing Californians in the State Legislature or Congress who is pro-life on abortion.

And if you’ve been tracking votes like I have over the years, you’ll know that nearly every Democrat in the California State Legislature or Congress is in favor of the “LGBT” (homosexual-bisexual-transsexual) agenda.

So if you’re a pro-life and pro-family voter, you’ll look just at the Republicans.

In the 5th Senate District, who has a campaign website? Nakanishi doesn’t, but Anderson does. Strangely, Galgiani doesn’t either.

Clicking around, I find a page where Samuel Anderson recognizes that life begins at conception and that the natural family is a married father, mother, and their children. And I find another page where Anderson opposes higher taxes, fees, and assessments.

As for the other Republican in this State State race, Alan Nakanishi, it’s harder to research without him having a campaign website. But if I go to Google and type in “Alan Nakanishi senate abortion,” I see he’s pro-life. And then I type “Alan Nakanishi LGBT,” and I see a link showing him with a 10 out of 100 rating by the homosexual-activist group Equality California.

Still want to research the Democrat in the race, Democrat Cathleen Galgiani, the incumbent state senator? Google her name and abortion, then LGBT, and you’ll quickly see that she’s not only for abortion on demand, but is strongly for the “LGBT” agenda, and is a homosexual herself.

As for Nakanishi on taxes, there was detailed and documented information on Anderson’s home page showing Nakanishi may be personally open to, and willing to indirectly facilitate, higher taxes and fees.

So, using this example of one legislative race, you can research the district races and candidates on your ballot to measure whether they have minimal pro-family public policy values. If there’s hardly anything on the web about a particular candidate, search online for the candidate’s phone number and call up with specific questions about what they will vote to support or vote to oppose. Be creative and think outside the box!

Lastly, a word about California’s United States Senate race and the Republican presidential primary.

Because it’s a “jungle primary” in the U.S. Senate race, only the top two candidates on June 7 will advance to the general election in November. Because there are two well-known Democrats in the race — Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez — for a Republican candidate to beat one of them, pro-family voters will need to rally behind a principled, pro-family candidate who is the best known and the strongest. Otherwise, Republican votes will be irreparably split, and conservatives’ hopes to replace uberliberal Barbara Boxer will be dashed.

As for the Republican presidential primary in California, despite Donald Trump having the Republican nomination locked up with 1,237 delegates, there are still 5 Republican presidential candidates on the ballot — so you can vote your conscience. See our SaveAmerica.com Presidential Report Card on the Natural Family comparing Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.

charlesfinney [T]he time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. . . . Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently. . . . Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it – and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].
The great American evangelist Charles Finney (1792-1875)