Don’t let Issue 3 defeat overshadow encouraging victories: An Election Recap

Election Day 2009: Encouraging victories mixed with disappointment

Issue 3 defeat softened by numerous pro-family victories

November 4, 2009 -In his official statement released this morning, U.S. Senator George Voinovich spoke for all of us who worked so hard to prevent the devastation that casino gambling will bring to so many.

“I am terribly disappointed,” said Voinovich. “As a result of the passage of Issue 3 there will be a great deal of pain and suffering in Ohio – I feel for the families of those who will experience casinos for the first time in their lives and, once lured in, will become addicted to gambling.”

Knowing that many who voted for Issue 3 had bought into the false promises of job creation, he added somberly, “The jobs promised will not be forthcoming.”

Already, responsible members of the Ohio Legislature have asked CCV to join them in a discussion of the legal options available to close the loopholes that casino operators wrote into this amendment to benefit themselves.

Victories abound…

Meanwhile, we must not let our disappointment over the outcome of Issue 3 overshadow yesterday’s numerous pro-family, pro-life victories.

The wins in local races are far too numerous to list here. But throughout Ohio conscientious, conservative candidates – whose campaigns focused on restoring Judeo-Christian values and fiscal responsibility to their communities – won their races for city council member, township trustee, village trustee, or school board member. Some were running for the first time, funding their own campaigns.  To all, our congratulations and our thanks!

Victories outside Ohio!

We should be encouraged and thankful, also, for election results in other states that will have a positive impact on our culture.

From historically liberal and pro-special-rights New England, of all places, came a significant victory for marriage – i.e. for marriage according to God’s creative plan, the union of one man and one woman only.

The voters of Maine yesterday repealed a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to wed.

Last spring the Maine Legislature passed a law that would have legalized such counterfeit marriages. The law was put on hold, however, after conservative voters launched a petition drive to repeal it in a referendum.

Homosexual activist organizations poured money into the campaign to defeat the referendum effort in hopes of bucking a pro-marriage trend – but failed. After yesterday’s successful referendum effort in Maine same-sex marriage still has lost in every state – now 31 in total – in which it has been put to a popular vote.

Making a statement

Significant, also, were the governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia.

In New Jersey Republican Chris Christie beat incumbent Democratic Governor and billionaire Jon Corzine. And in Virginia, Republican Bob McDonald trounced Democrat Creigh Deeds.

What makes these races particularly significant is that both states voted overwhelmingly for President Obama one year ago. And the president campaigned heavily for the incumbent in New Jersey in the closing days of the race.

Political analysts see these defeats as a rebuke of ineffective economic programs and liberal policies forced upon Americans by Congress and the White House during the first ten months of the Obama administration.

Are you willing? We are.

Yesterday’s election results – positive and negative – and the grassroots campaigns leading up to the election, should serve to remind us of the freedoms that we enjoy in this great nation and should encourage us to stay in the fight to restore foundational Judeo-Christian values to our communities, our state and our nation.

Just last week Stuart Shepard, our friend at Focus on the Family Action’s Citizenlink, delivered a poetic and powerful statement to that effect in his weekly video, Stoplight®. It’s just two and a half minutes in length. To be inspired and encouraged, click here.  It will be two and half minutes well spent!