Crime corrodes a healthy society. Government’s fundamental purpose is to ensure the safety of the citizenry in their homes, their businesses and their persons. Few things undermine citizens confidence in free government more than that government’s inability to provide law and order. Senator Barry Goldwater warned that “Security from domestic violence, no less than from foreign aggression, is the most elementary and fundamental purpose of any government, and a government that cannot fulfill that purpose is one that cannot long command the loyalty of its citizens. History shows us – demonstrates that nothing – nothing prepares the way for tyranny more than the failure of public officials to keep the streets from bullies and marauders.”
Understood another way, crime is a tax. It is a tax on our freedom because we it places parts of our community off-limits to the law-abiding. It is a tax on opportunity when working families become trapped in gang-infested neighborhoods and schools. It is a tax on jobs when businesses move away from high-crime areas.
The California Homeowners Association’s mission is to support candidates and causes who share our convictions about law and order:
- Ending the “re-alignment” charade that is funneling criminals out of prison and back onto the streets.
- Corrections reform to reduce the cost of prison operations while increasing their capacity for incarcerating dangerous criminals.
- Restoring the death penalty of a deterrent by expediting carrying out death penalty convictions within the framework of common sense due process protections.