LETTER: Recall election out of principleI am angry. I’m not angry that some of Wisconsin’s citizens don’t like our current governor. That is their right and that it their privilege. I am angry because many of these same citizens are abusing the recall process and using it for something for which it was not intended.
To the Editor:
I am angry. I’m not angry that some of Wisconsin’s citizens don’t like our current governor. That is their right and that it their privilege. I am angry because many of these same citizens are abusing the recall process and using it for something for which it was not intended. I am angry because these citizens’ selfish demands are costing Wisconsin taxpayers in excess of $9.5 million. This is money that could have well been spent in a much better way to help reduce the high debt left by the previous governmental administration.
A recall process is designed to give the citizens a way to remove a politician from office who broke the law. The recall process was not put there to be used to remove a politician because a subset of the citizens don’t like the way an elected politician governs. If a citizen doesn’t like an elected politician, then the proper thing to do is to vote for someone else in the next regular election cycle.
What if, every time we have an election, those that did not get their candidate elected chose to force a recall election? Our political process would be in shambles. Think it couldn’t happen? Well, it is happening right now. What if a new governor is elected in this recall election and those that support our current governor petition for another recall election? Think it couldn’t happen? Why not?
This recall election is wrong and out of principle, I will not support it. I will vote, but I will vote to retain the standards of our election process and my vote will be against the current abuse of our recall process and against the selfishness of those that support it.
Charles M. Cadenhead