California Ballot Measures Part 3

“Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”
~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

In just three days, America goes to the polls to elect a president.  However, there is more at stake than deciding who will live in the White House for the next four years.  Across the United States, voters will decide on issues and candidates in local and state contests.

In my home state of California, in addition to selecting a president, members of the House of Representatives, and a U.S. Senator, voters must decide the fate of 11 measures placed on Tuesday’s ballot.

In the first two parts of this series, I discussed Propositions 30 through 33.  I have summarized my recommendations below:

  • Proposition 30 NO
  • Proposition 31  NO
  • Proposition 32  YES
  • Proposition 33  NO

In this post, I discuss Propositions 34, 35, and 36.

Proposition 34

Proposition 34 is simple.  It repeals the death penalty in California and commutes pending death sentences to life in prison.

Proposition 34 is another attempt by the far Left and its vanguard the ACLU to eliminate the rule of law based upon the Judeo-Christian ethic.  For the ACLU and their ilk, victims do not matter.  The victims and their survivors have no rights — but their murderers do. 

Murder is the most heinous of all crimes.  Murder cannot be forgiven. 

The Old Testament of the Bible is quite clear.  In Exodus 20, God issues the 10 Commandments to Moses.  In verse 13, it says, “You shall not murder.”  (New King James Version). 

In Numbers, God directs the Israelites to establish six sanctuary cities throughout Israel and lays the foundation for the modern legal concept of accidental killing, distinguishing it from murder. 

“These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there.  But if he strikes him with an iron implement, so that he dies, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.  And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand, by which one could die, and he does die, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.”  (Numbers 35: 15-17, New King James Version)

The death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment.  The victim suffered more cruelty than the murderer will during a sterile, clinical procedure to end the perpetrator’s life. 

The only cruelty is to the victim’s survivors for they have lost someone near and dear to their hearts and must live their life everyday knowing that the soulless monster that murdered their loved one still lives; with room and board, medical care, free gym, education, and even conjugal visits — all at taxpayer expense.

The proponents of Proposition 34 talk of fairness and of how much money we will save by eliminating the death penalty.  This is horse manure.  Where were they, with their false wails of fairness, when the victims were brutalized and murdered?  Where was the victim’s due process?  Where is the victim’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all the other inalienable rights given to us by our Creator?

California spends more than $50,000 per year for each prisoner.  This does not count the “perks” like lifetime medical care.  Based on what the state pays to take care of the elderly and infirm in nursing homes, the cost per prisoner doubles.

At a cost approaching $100,000 per year per prisoner, there is no financial savings attained by incarcerating murderers for life. 

Vote for the victims of murder.  Vote against the destructive agenda of the ACLU.  Vote against condoning murder.  Vote NO on Proposition 34.

Vote No on Proposition 34

Proposition 35

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  ~Amendment VIII to the United States Constitution, Ratified December 15, 1791.

Proposition 35 unnecessarily expands state law.  The measure is mislabeled.  The primary purpose of Proposition 35 is not to curtail human trafficking, but to broaden its definition and ensnare individuals engaged in other illegal behavior to enrich government coffers through asset forfeiture laws.

Pornography, child prostitution and, prostitution are vulgar criminal offenses.  Sex offenders must register.  This is the law in California.  These acts are not human trafficking as defined by both California and Federal laws. 

Federal law enforcement handles most cases of actual human trafficking as the crime usually crosses jurisdictional lines.  Enhancing California law would only add an expensive level of redundant bureaucracy.  Additionally, if challenged, this broadening of California law will be void, as federal law is superior.  In other words, federal law supersedes state law. 

In addition, Proposition 35 violates Amendment 8 of the U.S. Constitution with harsh, punitive fines. 

Proposition 35 over-criminalizes crimes already controlled.  Proposition 35 is fraudulent and will not help prevent any crime.

Vote No on Proposition 35

Proposition 36

If it is not broken, don’t fix it.  This is sage advice for life, and good advice concerning California’s Three Strikes Law.

California’s Three Strikes Law is not broken.  In fact, it is working quite well.  In 1994, Californians approved the Three Strikes Law and crime dropped dramatically.  Crime has remained low, despite the recession, as career felons now stay in jail.

Proposition 36 will weaken the Three Strikes Law.  Proposition 36 lowers the requirements for second and third strike sentencing.  Proposition 36 allows re-sentencing of third strike felons now serving 25-years-to-life sentences.

Under the guise of fairness and cost savings, the weakening of the Three Strikes Law will lead to an increase in crime and a weakening of public safety.  Safety first, as we must protect law-abiding citizens from those who have no problem violating, sometimes violently, the rights of a civil society.

Don’t break California’s Three Strikes Law.  Keep its teeth and keep the three-strike offenders where they belong — in prison for the rest of their life.  We cannot afford to let them come back to terrorize society again.

Vote No on Proposition 36

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