Not all of California is as weird as Austin, TX. The weirdness generally centers in the major coastal cities. One publication ranks the most liberal cities as follows:
How is the California legislature different from our Texas lawmaking body?
In Texas, holding an office is a civic duty. In California, it’s a full-time job.
California lawmakers earn $104,118/year. This compares to our Texas legislators who earn a mere $7,200. In-session per diem is about the same.
“Term limits!” is the cry of the uninformed. All legislators have term limits by virtue of the periodic election process. Term limits work well in municipal settings but the more complex lawmaking and policymaking processes of state and federal lawmaking bodies need continuity and this translates to seniority.
Can term limits prevent liberals from dominating state legislative bodies? If term limits could work, California wouldn’t be in the shape it is today.
If term limits are not the cure, perhaps we should look to the cause of the disease.
Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution stipulates every State in this Union shall have “a Republican Form of Government”. This gives rise to the question: What is the republican form of government?
Your first clue is the first three words in the Preamble to the Constitution: We the People. Yes, republic is an abbreviated Latin term for ‘We the People’. [Etymology: 17th Century: from French république, from Latin rēspublica literally: the public thing, from rēs thing + publica public.]
Back in the 60s, the equivalent chant was “Power to the People!”.
100% of governmental authority is under the authority of We the People.
Government is not the problem. An absentee electorate is the problem. When you vote, you generally get the government you want; when you don’t you generally get the government you deserve.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is your next opportunity to VOTE. Register. Get to know the midterm candidates or at least turn to reliable voter guides. Vote.
Philippians 2:13 says, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” So, you see, God can’t get the right people in office if we are unwilling to do His good pleasure.