Protect The Recall Power From Politicians

It is the richest of ironies that those who identify as progressives today bear no resemblance to the true progressives of the early 1900s, including California Gov. Hiram Johnson. In fact, so-called “progressives” today seek to tear down Johnson’s legacy of clean government and fighting special interests. This includes efforts to weaken the powers of direct democracy, which Johnson recognized as an indispensable tool to bypass an indolent, unresponsive, and corrupt political system.

The latest assault on direct democracy is brought to us by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Silicon Valley, and Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who are upset that California citizens launched a recall against Gov. Gavin Newsom. The fact that the recall failed — which one would assume would satisfy Newsom’s allies — is of little consequence to these politicians.

Berman and Glazer would be well-served by leaving their offices in the Capitol for an hour or two and wandering over to the California Museum to see the exhibit on Newsom’s predecessor by more than a century. This is what they would learn about Gov. Hiram Johnson: “Whether serving as an attorney, a California governor, or a United States senator, Hiram Warren Johnson placed principles solidly above politics. His progressive vision of a better society became the stepping-off point for California’s journey through the 20th century.”

Hiram Johnson’s biography includes the fact that in his first case as a prosecutor he secured a conviction in a prominent graft and bribery case, which established him as an anti-corruption champion. Less than two years after becoming the leader of the Progressive movement, he was elected governor in 1910 promising to confront special interests — especially the all-powerful railroads — and return political power back to the people. These progressive reforms led to a major revision of the state’s constitution in 1911.

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Comments

  1. Richard Cathcart says

    California’s GOPers ought to nominate HUNTER BIDEN FOR GOVENOR because he’s invisible, knows how to make an easy profit, already corrupt so he might be able to teach our silly Party’s wannabe politicians some more effective moves. GOPers are prone–literally–cutesy sound bites, flackery tv images and money-raising. BUT, they do it so badly. Dwarfs instead of Giants.

  2. DEMOSHITS don’t like the IDEA OF LOSING ANOTHER ELECTION SO THEY WANT TO “FEDERALIZE” ALL ELECTIONS..This basically means that these DUMB ASSES WANT TO BE DICTATORS OVER THE PEOPLE….LOCK AND LOAD AND LETS GET THIS CIVIL WAR GOING…There are lots of demoshits that need to be made to FEAR GOD….LOCK AND LOAD…

  3. James Healey says

    Do NOT let the corrupt California Democrats and their union allies change the recall laws!!

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