California Consistently Favors Bad Behavior And Punishes Law Abiding Citizens. California Does This Several Ways Including Passing Legislation That Gives “Free Passes” To Criminal Behavior, Suppresses Christian Influence, And By Supporting Anti-Police Efforts.
California Proposition 47 and 57, Assembly Bill 109
California’s Proposition 47 was passed on November 4, 2014. The measure largely passed due to the deceptive relabeling of the measure as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”. In reality, Prop 47 “did nothing for neighborhoods except to dramatically increase property crime. It did nothing for schools except for making undelivered promises to increase funding” according to Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. https://www.laadda.com/lies-behind-selling-prop-47-57/
What Proposition 47 actually did was downgrade many offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. This included offenses such as grand theft, forging checks, possession of methamphetamine, and even possession of the date-rape drug Rohypnol was changed from a felony to a “slap on the wrist” citation. This resulted in tens of thousands of felons being released into the community to reoffend or live on the streets while continuing to abuse drugs.
If Proposition 47 wasn’t bad enough, California went on to pass Assembly Bill 109 and Proposition 57 which released tens of thousands of additional criminals from California prisons to be housed in local county jails. However, the local jails quickly filled beyond capacity and therefore the jails were forced to release the criminals into society. Citrus Heights Chief of Police and President of the California Police Chiefs Association Ronald A. Lawrence opined the following regarding Propositions 47, 57, and AB 109:
“Arrests are not the problem, addiction is. Cops are now issuing citations to drug users with dangerous drugs. It’s a misnomer cops want to throw people in jail. No one wants drug addicts to stay in prison; we want them to get clean and be productive members of society. But what people fail to see is unless an addict hits rock bottom, they are not going to get the help they need. The criminal justice system and court mandated rehab was the best chance we had to save their lives.”
“Governor Brown had a choice. He could have built more prisons, but instead he reduced the population by releasing or pushing inmates to local county jails, which are not designed to house someone past a year and prevents law enforcement from taking low-level offenders in,” explains Lawrence.
By the way, Proposition 57 allows “nonviolent” felons in California to qualify for early release from prison. Some of these supposed “nonviolent” offenses include human trafficking of a child, rape of an unconscious person by intoxication, drive by shooting at inhabited dwelling or vehicle, assault with a firearm or deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, serial arson, exploding a bomb to injure people, solicitation to commit murder, assault from a caregiver to a child under eight years old that could result in a coma or death, and felony domestic violence. So essentially, if you commit any of the aforementioned crimes in California you will be issued a ticket and free to go on your merry way! https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/how-prop-47-fueled-the-homeless-epidemic/
Anti-Police Rhetoric and Actions
Like many liberal parts of the country, California was at the forefront of spreading the mainstream media’s false narrative that police are systematically murdering minorities without just cause. However, California took it one step further by creating Assembly Bill 392 which Governor Gavin Newsom signed August 19, 2019. The bill changes the nationwide standard of when police can use deadly force in California from “reasonable” to “necessary”. So officers in California, who often must make split second decisions of when to use deadly force, are no longer protected by the Supreme Court decision issued in Graham v. Connor. Police may now be judged in hindsight (like the proverbial Monday morning armchair quarterback) regarding whether their decision was “necessary”. So if you point a replica firearm at a police officer in the middle of the night and he shoots you…was his shooting you “necessary”? Nope, it was a fake gun. The officer can be liable for killing someone unnecessarily. What about if the firearm was real but didn’t have any bullets? Was it “necessary” to shoot a person pointing a gun with no bullets? Who knows? It will now be in the hands of a jury. And you know how that can end up when there is a jury biased against police. (Everyone knows O.J. Simpson was innocent, right?) You can see how this puts police in a huge predicament, not only civilly where they could be sued and lose everything they own, but also criminally where they could be charged with murder. All because they chose a profession to protect the public. Many people think it’s not worth the risk which is why studies indicate a 63% decrease in police applicants. Fewer applicants means a smaller pool of good quality choices. Do you think Leftists were complaining about the police before? Just wait. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-police-agencies-trouble-hiring-keeping-officers-survey/story?id=65643752
California Suppresses Christian and Conservative Values
Near naked women on billboards throughout the state of California? Good. Hollywood churning out thousands of films per year containing gratuitous sex, violence, and drugs? No problem. But promoting Christian and conservative values in California? Allegations of sexism, racism, and homophobia will most certainly be thrown in an attempt to shut you down. Take California’s attempt to curb free speech via AB 2943. The bill, if passed, would have declared that any discussion of sexual orientation to be considered “consumer fraud” if the discussion involved a fee such as during a conference. As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins put it, “This bill posed an unprecedented threat to freedom of religion. It would have taken the Golden State a long way down the road toward outlawing the teaching of a biblical sexual ethic altogether. Furthermore, it would have seriously infringed upon the freedom of speech of therapists, the autonomy of clients, and the privacy of both.”
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, also commented on AB 2943: “California’s AB-2943 is the most egregious, tone-def, and discriminatory example of anti-religious legislation that I have witnessed in all my years of ministry. First, I am deeply troubled this profoundly flawed bill has already passed the California Assembly and now sits with the Senate. It is not overstating the matter when to say this bill will have a destructive effect on churches and ministries far beyond its stated purpose of prohibiting sexual orientation change efforts — which in itself represents a wrong-headed abuse of power and an assault on individual freedom.”
AB 2943 led to some ministries, such as the Colorado Springs-based Summit Ministries, to cancel conferences being held in California. Summit President Jeff Myers explained that although his group aims to equip students with an “intelligent, defensible Christian worldview,” the wording of the bill is a “dog whistle to the Left that intelligent Christians holding traditional views are fair game for discrimination, smears, and frivolous lawsuits.” https://www.christianpost.com/news/samuel-rodriguez-condemns-anti-christian-california-bill-worst-entire-ministry.html
There are many different perspectives and opinions on homosexuality and people should be entitled to any opinion they might have. Apparently though, California feels you are only entitled to your opinion as long as it falls in line with Leftist ideology. Otherwise, they will literally try to create laws to make your perspective illegal. It’s no wonder 74% of California’s conservative voters want to leave California and 84% of those cite California’s political culture as their rationale for leaving! https://www.texaspolicy.com/74-percent-of-conservative-californians-are-looking-into-leaving-the-state/
In fact, California has become so Leftist and anti-conservative that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey created a stir recently when he tweeted out an article calling for an end to bipartisanship and the beginning of nationwide, one-party rule – similar to the Golden State. The article, titled “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War,” argued that due to the intractable division of worldviews in America, bipartisanship is unworkable. It’s time to simply obliterate the other side. It’s apparent that many California leaders feel the same way as Dorsey, resulting in hundreds of thousands of conservatives fleeing the state. https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/17/the-changes-that-made-california-become-a-liberal-fiasco/