The attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsome is another GOP attack on Democracy

Tomorrow voters in California will decide whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsome. And it might seem like it’s just about California, but it’s really about all of us.

That’s because recalls are about removing people from office after they’ve been elected. Sometimes there’s good reason to do it if the politician is a thief or a cheat or a racist. But sometimes, people can use the recall process to try to overturn an election their candidate lost.

In California, the sore losers are blaming Newsome for business losses associated with COVID. They’re blaming him for putting shutdowns in place to try to save people’s lives. They’re blaming him for mask mandates because masks are uncomfortable.

The last year and a half has been hard, partly because of COVID and lockdowns, and partly because people have political agendas that are more important than your life or mine.

Bottom line? The push to recall the governor of California is about a power grab. It’s about getting out a liberal politician and replacing him with a conservative. And if sore losers can do it California, they’ll try it in Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and Delaware.  And after a while, whenever the power hungry lose an election, they’ll find something people hate, blame a politician, and replace him with the kind of person they wanted from the jump.

Should politicians be recalled if they’re liars or thieves? Absolutely. But at a time when the former president is still telling the lie that he won the election; when 48 states have tried to pass laws to make it harder for Blacks to vote; when voting itself is in danger, we have to understand that recalling the governor in California is the first step toward destroying democracy itself. We simply cannot let that happen.
Photo: Mayor Gavin Newsome By. Black Rocks Art Foundation

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