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Why did Republican voters in California choose an advocate for taxpayer-funded abortions and homosexual adoptions as their nominee for Governor?
Why did Republicans also choose a tax-hiker and “Harvey Milk Gay Day” supporter as their nominee for Lt. Governor?
Why did solid conservatives who were electable, such as Chuck DeVore for U.S. Senate and John Eastman for Attorney General, lose on Tuesday?
And why did Prop. 14, which eliminated the party primary system and will result in more liberal Republicans being elected in conservative districts, win handily?
Here’s why. These days, more California voters — even those who are registered Republicans – seem to trust more in their emotions than evidence, and are uneducated on good morals and the requirements of good government. When faced with viable candidates, they vote on personality and image more than policies and principles.
IGNORANCE AND APATHY
Do more people not know or not care about government and societal problems that need fixing? I used to be divided in my answer, saying some people “didn’t know” and others “didn’t care.” But today in our internet age, people can find information if they want it. Voters could have found where viable (electable) candidates stood on moral, family and social issues at SaveCalifornia.com or by doing web searches. But apparently, not enough cared to look. That’s why mega-millions spent on campaigning are more influential than the candidates’ verifiable policy positions, like Chuck DeVore kept talking about.
WISE OR FOOLISH?
It’s hard to fool a wise person. But it’s easy to fool a fool. So if lies are told by candidates, they bounce away from a wise person because he knows the difference and tests the information before buying it. But a foolish person eats whatever he’s given, as long as it smells good, looks good and feels initially good.
Elections used to be about what kind of government we would get. Now I think elections are more about what kind of people we are.
Hear me on this. Most voters went to government schools where knowledge of the written United States and California Constitutions are NOT taught. Nor are the historical Christian convictions of our founding fathers and the Judeo-Christian foundation of the U.S. Constitution. Instead, most government school graduates are taught that God should be kept in the closet, that evolution is fact, and that feelings are as important, as or even more important, than hard facts (which is why some school districts don’t even give A-F grades anymore). Ignorance makes people easy prey.
VOTING ACCORDING TO YOUR SENSES
Add to this the self-centered entertainment culture, which has been trying to teach everyone in America to go with their feelings and with their “right” to do anything. This hedonistic mindset is why California voters are not as virtuous or morally principled as they used to be. Foolish feelings reign now, and the only wisdom will come from either spiritual repentance or painful lessons. We’ve slid a long way since 1969 when Frank Sinatra popularized the notion of doing everything “my way.”
And with most pro-family Californians either unwilling or untrained to volunteer or donate to political candidates, it’s the big-money candidates who have personal funds or are bankrolled by the obscenely wealthy government unions that most often win. By making the multi-million-dollar ad buys, these big-moneyed candidates can “connect” with voters and infuse them with certain thoughts and feelings. It’s a winning combination that promotes a certain type of idolatry as voters “bond” with candidates and remain loyal to them. Again, feelings rule!
A SERIOUS CALL TO CHANGE DIRECTION
What can be done to reverse this harmful trend? What can be done to save our culture by making truth more popular than lies?
Here are five courageous and effective projects for pro-family citizens to shine much more light in our culture, which the darkness currently dominates:
1. REPENT FROM IDOLATRY: Stop emotionally worshipping candidates. I heard from a pro-family conservative woman who glowed about meeting “Meg” and disbelieved SaveCalifornia.com’s factual report that Meg Whitman, like Jerry Brown, supports state taxpayer-funded abortions without limit. Finally she believed when she saw Whitman’s own statements on our website. She thanked us for “clearing up some matters,” for making her go “just a bit deeper,” and ended by saying she would work to “beat this woman.” But there were millions of pro-family voters who swooned like they did for Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003. Resolve to never vote for personality or image or race or sex, but for policy and principles that are right and can win.
2. RESCUE AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN: In order for there to be hope for the future, parents and grandparents must teach their children and grandchildren good morals and good citizenship. Today, the main influence upon the minds and hearts of children is government schools, with dumbed-down academics, political correctness, anti-God and anti-morality sentiments, negative peer pressure and now even hints of socialistic teaching. Public schools these days don’t teach the Christian foundation of our government, which is why many voters today support immorality and socialism. The best thing parents and grandparents can do for their children and grandchildren is to permanently remove them from the government school system so they can develop good character, critical thinking and learn to stand for truth. Learn how at RescueYourChild.com.
3. PERSUADE THE PUBLIC: Get educated on good, moral government and the arguments for it, and then start educating others by calling talk radio and writing on web sites run by newspapers and TV stations. Read “10 Ways to Impact Your Local Media.”
4. START A “LOCAL ARMY”: Who is going to win elections in your city, county and state? For your values to win, you need to build a pro-family “local army” to battle the money and volunteers on the other side. You need a working group to educate and motivate an even larger group (the voters in your community) to vote for your values. Read “10 Ways to Build a Pro-Family Army.”
5. EDUCATE YOUR CHURCH: If you have a church, give your pastor books and videos about good government, voters’ duties, and what voters should fight for. Use resources here and here.
“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”
Samuel Adams, United States founding father, in 1775