California Christian Voter Guide: 2016 Presidential Election

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As Christians, it is essential that we vote. When we look at the world around us and we see all the chaos going on in the Middle East, in Russia, and even here in America, we really need to discern who and how we vote on Nov. 8.

I found a decent article on the Christian Post about why the Bible is the best voters guide. While I disagree with some of his interpretation of scripture, he makes a lot of good points in the article. Below are some of his best qualifications for being a leader.

Understanding (Deuteronomy 1:13)
Let’s vote for men with a keen sense of understanding and insight. This kind of man is able to see into things so that realities are revealed. A man of understanding has the ability to see beyond the surface. We are to recognize when a candidate has understanding by the way he follows the precepts of the Lord. (Psalm 111:10)
Tested in leadership capacity (Deuteronomy 1:15)
Not all men have been equally gifted in leadership capacities. Some are capable of commanding large realms while others are better fit for smaller realms. Success in smaller realms opens the door for greater: “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

Righteous in his judgments
 (Deuteronomy 1:16-17)
This requires a civil leader to see things as they really, and make decisions through the lens of biblical righteousness. He judges righteously (according to the righteousness of God) without being swayed by appearances.


Impartial
 (Deuteronomy 1:17)

He treats the high and the low with the same love and truth. Since God is no respecter of persons, neither should a civil leader be a respecter of persons. A civil ruler must be equally concerned for the rich and the poor, the small and the great. He must execute justice without respect to race, gender, and national origin, or any other categorical distinction made in society.

Fearless of man
 (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 17:19)
Man pleasers are disasters as leaders. Leaders must fear God and do justly, not be governed by the fear of man. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe” (Prov. 29:25) “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body… Fear Him who…has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5).
Guided by the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
Civil leaders must be guided by the authority of Scripture. In Israel, civil leaders were commanded to write a personal copy of the Scripture for their own study. It was to be read “all the days of [their] life.” Why? So “that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law” (Deut. 17:19).

In California, we have 17 ballot measures we are voting on, in addition to all our local, state, and federal (President and Senate) elections.

I would encourage you pray before voting and hold each of these candidates and ballot measures to the Bible and see where each one of them align according to God’s Word.

Below is how I am voting and I just want to state for the record that I am not a registered Republican or Democrat. I am registered as Decline to State. I left the Republican Party in 2014 after it became crystal clear that we were all duped by the tea party movement of 2010. Nothing has changed since we elected these guys, and they caved to Obama each and every time. I will not be aligned with such a group until some serious changes in the leadership of the party changes.

With that said, here is how I am voting on Nov. 8 and why I am voting that way.

President of the United States: Donald J. Trump
Vice President of the United States: Michael R. Pence
Party Affiliation: Republican, American Independent

In California, Donald Trump was the candidate for the Republican Party and American Independent Party.

Let’s face it, this election sucks and the only two viable candidates we have to choose from suck. Check out the article I wrote a few weeks ago where I called this “The Most Revolting Election Ever.”

Nevertheless, we are left with only two candidates, no matter how flawed they may be, that have a realistic chance to win the Presidency.

I knew early on that I couldn’t vote for the shiesty, life-long politician and criminal Hillary Clinton.

I’m not the biggest fan on Trump either and wasn’t convinced I could actually vote for him until a few days ago.

What led me to this decision was deep prayer and a good look at the issues.

I’ve always held the stance that I could not vote for a pro abortion candidate. The Bible makes it clear in Isaiah 44:2 that God formed us in the womb. The Bible also reminds us that we must, “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.”—Proverbs 31:8

Here is Donald Trump’s official stance on Abortion: The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect the rights of its citizens. Life is the most fundamental right. The federal government should not diminish this right by denying its’ protection. I am opposed to abortion except for rape, incest and life of the mother. I oppose the use of government funds to pay for abortions.

Here is Hillary Clinton’s official stance on Abortion: Politicians have no business interfering with women’s personal health decisions. I will oppose efforts to roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, including Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. As president, I’ll stand up for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortion.

I’ll gladly support the candidate that defends babies from murder. Trump is flawed, but he is clearly the best choice in this election.

Proposition 51: SCHOOL BONDS. FUNDING FOR K–12 SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACILITIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 51 “Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.” Prop. 51 was created for greedy developers to exploit taxpayers for profit. Prop. 51 stops legislators from providing fair school funding. Disadvantaged schools are left behind. Theres no improvement in taxpayer accountability. It does nothing to fight waste, fraud and abuse. Governor Brown opposes Prop. 51. Vote NO on 51.

Proposition 52: MEDI‐CAL HOSPITAL FEE PROGRAM. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 52 “Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.” Removes all accountability and oversight of over $3 billion of taxpayer dollars. Gives $3 billion to hospital CEOs with no independent audit and no requirement the money is spent on health care. Public funds can be spent on lobbyists, perks and salaries for hospital bureaucrats instead of children and seniors

Proposition 53: REVENUE BONDS. STATEWIDE VOTER APPROVAL. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. 
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 53 “Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.” Proposition 53 requires voter approval for state megaprojects costing over $2 billion in state revenue bonds—like the bullet train. Doesn’t impact local projects. Increases transparency so taxpayers know the true cost. Holds politicians accountable and stops blank checks. If taxpayers have to pay, they should have a say!

Proposition 54: LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATION AND PROCEEDINGS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 54 “Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings.” Prop. 54 stops special-interest, surprise legislation from passing either legislative house without 72 hours for review. Prop. 54 posts all the Legislature’s public meetings online, so voters can review legislators’ public actions. A bipartisan coalition of good–government, taxpayer, minority, business, and environmental groups backs Prop. 54. Requires no new tax money.

Proposition 55: TAX EXTENSION TO FUND EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 55 “Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K–12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. ” VOTE NO ON 55—TEMPORARY SHOULD MEAN TEMPORARY. Voters supported higher taxes in 2012 because Governor Brown said they would be TEMPORARY. State budget estimates show higher taxes are not needed to balance the budget, but the special interests want to extend them to grow government bigger. TELL THEM NO.

Proposition 56: CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE, TOBACCO USE PREVENTION, RESEARCH, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 56 “Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.” Follow the 56 money: This $1.6 billion tax increase gives $1 billion to health insurance companies and special interests. 56 cheats schools out of $600 million a year by circumventing our minimum school funding guarantee. Only 13% of the money helps smokers or prevents kids from starting. No on 56.

Proposition 57: CRIMINAL SENTENCES. PAROLE. JUVENILE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AND SENTENCING. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. 
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 57 “Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

Vote NO on 57 because it:

  • Authorizes EARLY RELEASE of violent criminals, including those who RAPE unconscious victims.
  • Authorizes immediate release for 16,000 dangerous criminals, even convicted murderers.
  • Amends the California Constitution; takes rights away from victims; grants more rights to criminals. Vote NO on 57.

Proposition 58: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 58 “Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual–language immersion programs for both native and non–native English speakers.” Prop. 58 is not about modernizing the way we teach English. It’s about eliminating parental rights to an English–language education for their children. English–language success has been spectacular. Immigrant children are learning English faster than ever before and record numbers of immigrant students are gaining admission to our universities.

Proposition 59: CORPORATIONS. POLITICAL SPENDING. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY QUESTION.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 59 “Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.” The Legislature should stop wasting taxpayer dollars by putting do–nothing measures on the ballot that ask Congress to overturn the Supreme Court. Instead of wasting time and money on do–nothing ballot measures, politicians in Sacramento should focus on transparency and bringing jobs to California. Proposition 59 DOES NOTHING. Vote NO!

Proposition 60: ADULT FILMS. CONDOMS. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 60 “Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites. “Prop. 60 allows ANY Californian to sue adult film performers who distribute or produce adult content, violates their privacy, and weakens workplace safety. A single special interest group has spent millions to disguise Prop. 60’s flaws. Join workers, public health, civil rights organizations, California Democratic Party and California Republican Party, VOTE NO on Prop. 60.

Proposition 61: STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASES. PRICING STANDARDS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 61 “Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi–Cal.” Experts say Prop. 61 would: increase prescription prices, reduce patient access to needed medicines, produce more bureaucracy and lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions, and hurt veterans by increasing their prescription costs. Strongly opposed by California Medical Association, California NAACP, California Taxpayers Association, Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of California.

Proposition 62: DEATH PENALTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 62 “Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.” Prop. 62 repeals the death penalty for brutal killers, including child killers, mass murderers, serial killers, and rape/torture murderers. Prop. 62 means these murderers will live the rest of their lives at taxpayers’ expense, with free healthcare, long after their victims are gone. Law enforcement, victims’ families, and DAs oppose Prop. 62.

Proposition 63: FIREARMS. AMMUNITION SALES. INITIATIVE STATUTE
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 63 “Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large–capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” Law enforcement, anti–terrorism experts, and civil liberties groups overwhelmingly oppose Prop. 63. It was written by a politician seeking to make a name for himself, not the public safety community. It imposes costly burdens on law enforcement and the taxpayer and only affects the law–abiding.

Proposition 64: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 64 “Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.” Proposition 64 purposely omits DUI standard to keep marijuana–impaired drivers off our highways. California Association of Highway Patrolmen and Senator Dianne Feinstein strenuously oppose. Legalizes ads promoting smoking marijuana, Gummy candy and brownies on shows watched by millions of children and teens. Shows reckless disregard for child health and safety. Opposed by California Hospital Association. Vote “No.”

Proposition 65: CARRYOUT BAGS. CHARGES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 65 “Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects.” Prop. 65 is sponsored by out–of–state plastic companies from South Carolina and Texas. They don’t care about California’s environment, they just want to confuse voters and distract from the real issue: the need to phase out plastic grocery bags. 65 is deceptive and doesn’t deserve your vote.

Proposition 66: DEATH PENALTY. PROCEDURES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 66 “Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.” Our death penalty system is bogged down by decades of appeals. We need to reform it, not repeal it, by passing Proposition 66. Prop. 66 saves millions, brings closure to victims’ families and justice to brutal murderers. Innocent persons won’t be executed under Prop. 66. Victims’ families, DAs and law enforcement support Proposition 66.

Proposition 67: BAN ON SINGLE–USE PLASTIC BAGS. REFERENDUM.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 67 “A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single–use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags. Fiscal Impact: Relatively small fiscal effects on state and local governments, including a minor increase in state administrative costs and possible minor local government savings from reduced litter and waste management costs.” DON’T BE FOOLED. Prop. 67 is a $300 million annual HIDDEN TAX on consumers who will be forced to pay $.10 for every grocery bag at checkout. Not one penny goes to the environment. All $300 million goes to grocer profits. Stop the bag tax . . . VOTE NO ON PROP. 67.

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