Wisconsin Recall Law’s Originators Were Progressive But Not This Progressive
There’s a good article up about the recall law in Wisconsin and how it really isn’t how the people that came up with it thought it would be:
Wis. Recall’s Original Supporters Never Saw This Coming (www.nationalreview.com)
The recall amendment began in the early 1900s as part of a slate of progressive “good government” reforms meant to decrease the role of special interests on the political process. Progressives believed the recall put more power in the hands of the people, allowing voters to remove corrupt elected officials. Further, they believed the recall mechanism was a way to purge the political process of the influence of money.
However, the first successful state recall occurred in 1996, 70 years after passage of the amendment. And with the state having been subjected to 15 recall elections in the span of a year, the effect of the recall amendment has been the exact opposite of what the amendment’s original proponents intended.
That’s 15 recalls in a year. Why bother having elections then? If a politician (from either party) can be recalled for their vote on one thing, then just the most active and politically charged opponents out there will have a voice. Most people I know have real jobs and don’t have time to lead recall efforts against politicians. If something isn’t done to amend this recall law, Wisconsin will be in a perpetual state of elections and who wants that? Not the majority of people in the state.
If you know Wisconsin and have ever traveled through it, you’ll know that most people in the state aren’t the liberal crazies that live in the 77 square miles of Madison, WI – or specifically, the Williamson Street area in Downtown Madison. Those few miles have the loudest mouths and seem to speak for the whole state. Their idea of Utopia is everyone in high rise buildings with their green shopping bags, bikes (or Smart Cars), compost gardens and Birkenstocks eating cage free tofu (whatever that might be). If you go anywhere else in the state, it’s nothing like that. It’s farms, the North Woods and small communities that have it rough with all the Democrats taking away their jobs in the name of the environment (like mining up north).
My point is, this relatively small group of Progressives can’t continue to create chaos with recall elections. They have to be stopped and stopped for good. It’s our state, too!
Posted: April 9th, 2012 under Wisconsin Craziness.
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