Recall: A New American Revolution
America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public's growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a progressive movement began to use recall to hold office holders more accountable. The impetus at that time was concern over the
political influence of monopolies of industrialists and banks. In our time, government and public employee unions have become major sources of corruption, creating bureaucracies insulated from the people who are paying for it all.
Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. RecallTheRogues.org provides each state's relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation.
Welcome to the new American Revolution.
Latest Recall News
Voters in Many Texas Towns Consider Recalls
(12/02/13) — “SAN ANTONIO -- Voters in Cibolo, a bedroom community in the San Antonio area, recently recalled two city council members, but two others narrowly survived attempts to remove them.
Their offense? They favored a Walmart plan to build a 182,000-square-foot store near a neighborhood and an elementary school. So, a citizens group upset with their vote began a signature-gathering effort -- the first major step in a recall election -- and, once it succeeded, Cibolo voters settled the issue Nov. 5.
The next recall election could be in San Antonio.”
Walker Talks about How He Survived Recall
(11/20/13) — “As the only governor in history to survive a recall effort--one in which he faced $21 million in union funding against him--Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has earned the right to name his new book Unintimidated.
Walker sat down for an exclusive interview with the Sirius XM Patriots Forum hosted by Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon for a wide-ranging chat about the madness of the failed union-led recall against him, his hard path to structural reform, and how he refused the temptation to "go Christie" on protesters.
Colorado Democratic Senator Resigns to Avoid Recall
(11/28/13) — “ARVADA, Colo. | Colorado Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak resigned on Nov. 27 rather than face the prospect of a recall election brought by opponents of her votes in favor of sweeping gun control legislation.
Her resignation allows Colorado Democrats to appoint a vacancy committee to choose her successor, thus ensuring that their party will retain their one-seat hold on the state Senate.
The Hudak recall, if it had qualified for the ballot, would have been the third Colorado recall this year in reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature's passage of three gun control bills in March. State Sens. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo lost their Sept. 10 recall elections, the first recalls of state legislators in Colorado history.
Daily Show Lies to Its Young Audience about Colorado Recalls
(11/13/13) — “DENVER -- It's said that many millennials are increasingly relying on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for their news.
If that's the case, Jon Stewart's audience on Nov. 11 got an amusing but absurdly misleading four-minute segment on the Colorado recall elections that saw two Democrats ousted from office over their support for gun control measures earlier this year.”