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Why Californians voted that way

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

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(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.

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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.”

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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

Mormon or not, you can’t mix “LGBT rights” and religious freedom

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:19 pm | Randy Thomasson

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60-second podcast: “Who’s moving the perverse ‘LGBT’ agenda forward?

Our office has gotten a lot of emails — mostly from Mormons — upset about our opposition to the Mormon hierarchy’s new mix of “LGBT rights” and religious freedom.

But I ask you, what if a Protestant Christian church said the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual agenda should be the law? That business owners and property owners who oppose these unnatural perversities must abandon their values?

You would be appalled and would oppose this, wouldn’t you?

And what if a Catholic church said that homosexual-bisexual-transsexual values must be in the law so that everyone who doesn’t agree is criminal if they stand up for their moral values?

You would speak out against this today!

Now what if any religion, any church, any seemingly-moral entity — even the one to which you “belonged” — decided to support the “LGBT” political agenda but dressed it up in a “religious freedom” package? You should immediately be suspicious of what they’re saying. Because when religious freedom is “mixed” with perversity-affirming laws, religious freedom is either several curtailed or eliminated.

Consider if there were no laws requiring acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, and cross-dressing/”sex changes.” 100% of business and property owners would have freedom of conscience on these matters.

But if there were a “non-discrimination law” forcing acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality upon business and property owners, everyone loses their moral right to object.

Now, assume that joined with the “LGBT” law is a well-crafted, super-strong religious exemption allowing adherents of organized religion to be exempt. Perhaps this would protect as many as 20% or 30% — but only the religious folks. But don’t bet on it — liberal politicians and liberal judges are committed to their goal of stuffing religious freedom into the confining walls of a church building.

It’s a fact that religious-freedom exemptions aren’t working to protect people of faith from the tyrannical “LGBT” agenda. All over the country, there’s religious freedom in every state constitution and even religious exemptions in some of the laws promoting the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda. But those laws aren’t protecting bakers, florists, photographers, and marriage chapel owners who disagree with homosexual “marriage,” are they?

I have Mormon friends and vendors, and love them all. And despite my detractors’ claims, I’ve read the “religious freedom + lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender rights” statement of the Mormon Church hierarchy. Sadly, it’s ignorant at best and deceptive at worst.

Hopefully you already know that advancing the unnatural, unhealthy, unbiblical, and tyrannical homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda is a huge problem in our culture and goes against the Bible too.

Confirming their unprincipled act is the Mormon leaders’ own admission that they “compromised” with homosexual activists – see the last paragraph, which reads (my highlights in bold):

The Church’s approach represents a desire to bring people together to encourage mutually respectful dialogue. Sister Marriott stressed, “We are at our best as fellow citizens when the push-pull of different viewpoints, freely and thoroughly aired in national debate, leads ultimately to compromise and resolution and we move on as a nation, stronger than before.”

What changed at the Mormon Church’s Jan. 27 news conference, which simultaneously called for both religious freedom and laws that permit homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals to dominate others? The Mormon Church has supported religious freedom for years — it’s historically been in their self-interest. What’s new and being pushed forward is the Mormon Church’s championing of the “lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender” agenda.

Mormon Church spokesman Dallin Oaks said it (my highlights in bold):

Today, state legislatures across the nation are being asked to strengthen laws related to LGBT issues in the interest of ensuring fair access to housing and employment. The leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is on record as favoring such measures.

We call on local, state and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches and other faith groups while also protecting the rights of our LGBT citizens in such areas as housing, employment and public accommodation in hotels, restaurants and transportation—protections which are not available in many parts of the country.

Do you see what’s happened? The homosexual activists groups have been lobbying the Mormon Church for several years, and the Mormon hierarchy has given in. In fact, they caved in 2009 when they first supported homosexual-bisexual-transsexual laws in Salt Lake City. And then, in 2013, Mormon leaders supported openly homosexual Boy Scouts in scout troops and on camping trips.

Stop and think. Whenever you advance the cause of evil, even a little bit, evil is winning. So if someone says, “local, state, and federal governments should all pass laws forcing homosexual-bisexual-transsexual values on every business owner and every property owner, except for the religious folks” – watch out!

Because when religious freedom clashes in court with immoral laws, religious freedom has either been very narrowly defined or ignored. So when the Mormon Church tries to mix the “LGBT” agenda with religious freedom, you know what’s going to win and what’s going to lose. What the Mormon Church has done is antithetical to a biblical church, especially when Mormon leaders themselves admit they’ve “compromised” with homosexual activists.

TAKE ACTION: Please call the Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City at 801-240-1000. Tell them you want to leave a message for church leaders: “Homosexual and transsexual behavior are unbiblical. Please repent of your promotion of these immoral and harmful behaviors.” And when the receptionist says, “The news conference was about upholding religious freedom,” just tell them, “Don’t give that canned answer. The Mormon church has always stood for religious freedom. What’s new is that you’re now in favor of forcing homosexual-bisexual-transsexual agenda laws upon the majority of the public, which is a terrible role model for children.”

And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves
before men, 
but God knows your hearts. For what is highly
esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Jesus Christ in Luke 16:15

California election lessons

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 2:59 pm | Randy Thomasson

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SaveCalifornia.com provides this solely for educational purposes
and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

Was the election emotional for you too?

I live on hope. So every election I try for the best, work hard, imagine victory, celebrate when “we win,” and mope around when “we lose.” But I’m looking forward to talking with you about the election that was, so that you and I can learn important lessons from it.

As I near 50 years of age, I am taking more stock of life, of what God desires for people, and what people desire for themselves. And it’s become clear to me that people do what they know, and don’t do what they don’t know. And it’s a fact that people trust people they know, and don’t trust people they don’t know. So what you know and who you know is key to your behavior.

So, from the ashes of the election, I challenge you to renew your hunger for knowledge. Because the power of knowledge, mixed with Godly inspiration and humility, is a fruitful force!

What we can learn from the just-concluded California election?

1. The “Republican wave” did not reach California. While Republicans took the U.S. Senate and increased their U.S. House membership and governors, this so-called “Republican wave” was stopped cold in California. No excitement (nor moral values) at the top of the statewide ticket and no big ballot measures meant that average voters weren’t motivated, and many didn’t vote. However, because California has the largest and most powerful unions of any state, the Democrat-union machine worked hardest and “held” all their statewide offices. The biggest get-out-the-vote factor for conservatives and Republicans was actually not any motivator, but math. With general voter disenchantment in California and a record low turnout of registered voters this year, those right-thinking and right-leaning voters who cast their ballots actually had more influence at the polls. If only more pro-family people cared to vote! But keep reading, because you and I can and should inspire more people to care.

2. The Democrat-union machine is a force to be reckoned with. The Bible tells believers “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Likewise, the ruling Democrat politicians and their liberal allies, fueled by union money and taxpayer funds, will gobble up, take, and hold territory — unless a stronger force rises up.

What do you get with Democrats in power? Look at their record: Abortion expansion; perversity enforcement at the expense of religious freedom, free speech, and parental rights; coercion of taxpayer dollars and employee dollars; replacing public service with a “revenue” motive; punishing hard work and profit; encouraging crime by lowering penalties; wasting God-given natural resources; increasing debt; restricting consumer freedoms; ignoring the written Constitution; corrupting justice in the courts; and ruining children but calling it “freedom.”

Yes, this election saw California Republicans win back a few seats in the Legislature, enough to deny Democrats a two-thirds supermajority with which to raise taxes without voter approval. But if this was the best Republicans could do in a low turnout election (which tends to favor conservatives), you can expect the Democrat-union machine to mount a formidable challenge to retake those seats in future elections. So expect a continual fight. This “fight mentality” is easier to accept this when you realize that life is a battle and you must choose sides. For when we expect peace, we tend to err. A proper expectation that life involves conflict and faith involves risk promotes personal responsibility, sacrificial love, productivity and a proper defense. As it’s been aptly said, “Freedom is not free.”

3. Light dispels darkness. Given that the average person is discouraged by government and doesn’t vote, this is an opportunity for numerical minorities to win victories. If you feel small or ineffective or perhaps even like a loser, consider the minority groups of the Sadducees in the Gospels or homosexual activists today – both small in number but mighty in power. If you feel small, think big and how to grow your impact. The fact that light dispels darkness is a truism both physically and spiritually. We just need more light! So put on love and reject fear and shine the light all you can.

The Church is the problem and the solution. It used to be that the Church founded by Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, was the solution. Christianity was first persecuted by Rome, but then eventually took over Rome because Christians displayed God’s purpose, justice, love, and hope to the world.

Fast forward to the 1700’s, which several church historians view as the high point of Christian influence in Western Civilization. Christians founded universities, hospitals, schools, charities, companies – and good government, giving Americans a magnificent inheritance.

Now fast forward to after the Civil War, when Christian influence was waning. That’s when a minister of the Gospel, Rev. James A. Garfield, who later became the 20th U.S. president, prophetically said:

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

Again, look at history. There have been up to four “Great Awakenings” in America, which were periods of Christian revival, faith in action, and holy reform: Historians mark them as First (c. 1731–1755), Second (c. 1790–1840), Third (c. 1850–1900), and Fourth (c. 1960–1980).

Do you agree with me that it’s time for another “Great Awakening” — where people of faith recognize that faith doesn’t mean non-action, but action; that the standard of truth for real Christians is the word of God, not feelings; that God’s word, not ourselves, defines morality; that fear of God must replace fear of man; that courage must overcome cowardice; and that love for others must extinguish selfishness?

Indeed, there is an urgent need for radical reformation of the Church. For how can we have moral government unless the majority of voters are moral? And how we can have good government unless the majority of voters know the difference between right and wrong?

Listen to what a friend of mine posted on our Facebook the day after the election:

I visited individually each and every church in my area in 1990. It took two of us together one year. Out of 222 “churches” only 70 were actually “pro-life” or other family, Biblical thinkers or values! These are the churches I have remained in contact with. In 1990, they would be open to either a speaker and informative meeting or printed voters guidelines etc. Today it is almost unbelievable and unbearable to deal with them and any election day issues!

Do you grasp what this means? This unique poll of churches in Modesto, California means perhaps today’s “Bible-based” churches should stop calling themselves Jesus Christ’s CHURCH because they are hiding His light instead of reflecting and shining it powerfully in every area of life and our land.

In Matthew 5:13-16, the Savior of the world told His followers, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

So what’s the solution?

Obviously, for government to be good, the main influence on the government must be people who know what good is and does. Therefore, individuals, pastors, congregations can and should repent, and commit to God that they will stop fearing man and going with their feelings, and begin learning to fear God and love people. On a large scale, this would be a 5th “Great Awakening” in our culture, the heart of morality and the source of winning back good government. How welcome this would be! Knowing God and living out His goodness in our lives and our culture? It’s the ultimate Who and What!

FrankTurek_ChristiansInPoliticsVideo“Ironically, Christians who shun politics to supposedly advance the Gospel are actually allowing others to STOP the Gospel. How so? Because politics and law impact one’s ability to preach the Gospel.” — Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org.

Watch Frank’s video explaining that religious freedom is dependent on good government, which is dependent on people of faith voting to please God. See Frank’s article