Why Recall Governor Newsom
As most people in California are aware, there will be a recall election for Governor Newsom in the fall. Contrary to the news media, Republicans were not the only Californians voting for the Recall. Many Democrats and Decline to State voters also signed the recall petition.
As time passes, the worst of the pandemic hardships, many of them a result of Governor Newsom’s decisions, will be eased. People may decide that the worst is over and recalling the Governor is not necessary.
It is important to remember that decisions the Governor made were also a reflection of how he thinks and views the world. One of his decisions required a California District Court settlement.
The State of California, under the leadership of the Governor, allowed activity at grocery stores, warehouses, big box stores, transportation, and other businesses. The Governor did shut down religious activities such as church gatherings.
March 19, 2020 - May 25, 2020 - No Worship at all
May 26, 2020 - July 12, 2020 - 25 % capacity but no more than 100 people
July 13, 2020 - April 8, 2021 - No worship for over 90 % of California
April 9, 2021 - April 12, 2021-Restrictions on home Bible study lifted but not on singing and chanting.
April 13, 2021 - May 9, 2021- Mandatory attendance limits are lifted.
May 17, 2021 - and Forever - Discriminatory restrictions on churches permanently removed.
In July 2020, Harvest Rock Church filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Newsom over his restrictions on churches and even home Bible studies.
The Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit religious rights law firm, represented Harvest Rock in legal proceedings against Governor Newsom and the state of California.
Under the settlement agreement, discriminatory restrictions on worship and religious gatherings may no longer be applied to churches and places of worship.
Governor Newsom was also ordered to pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 for reimbursement of attorney fees and costs.
As the pandemic winds down, voters may think that recalling a governor is not worth the effort.
It is important to remember that the actions the Governor took reflects on his mind set over which things in life are important. California has suffered greatly the past year and a half. Although all states have suffered, states run by some Governors have not had as many negative results as California has had. The actions Governor Newsom has taken reflect his thinking and his attitudes toward so many issues that are part of our daily lives. It is doubtful that his way of thinking would change in another emergency.