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Recall: Revolt of the Common Man By: Tammy Bruce
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, August 08, 2003


I’ve been rather amused by how panicked the Left Elite are with the prospect that Californians have taken control of their political system and are poised to kick a particular bum out of office. I can’t count how many times in the last few weeks I have heard a Democrat or celebrity whiner bleat about the recall of inept Governor Gray Davis: “This is not what a recall is for!” Or “You can’t recall someone just because you don’t like them!” Or – and this is my favorite – “This is just a right-wing conspiracy to thwart a progressive agenda!”

Well, at least they’re admitting that today’s leftist “progressive” agenda includes selling a state to the highest bidder and becoming so beholden to special interest groups that the citizens have become a freakish afterthought. California has no money because Gray Davis has given it all to unions as payback for political support. It’s that sad, that pathetic and that simple: Davis is a mess and so is California.

Really now, what part of 1.7 million signatures on recall petitions don’t they understand? Gray Davis’ approval rating is in the low twenties for crying out loud. That means Democrats, Libertarians, Reformers, and Greens hate him, too!

I have been watching with some astonishment how supposedly populist-minded leftists, ranging from Bill Maher to Jesse Ventura, have been shocked, just shocked, that the people of California have the gall to indulge in the purest form of direct democracy. How dare we remember that we’re in charge here, and not the Prison Guard Union or the AFL-CIO.

Our system allows for bloodless coups, and this recall is one of them. There is a singular, Technicolor announcement of recalls: it’s that we, the collective Common Man, are in charge. The bosses and footsoldiers of both the Republican and Democratic parties have forgotten that little fact.

The California recall was reviled by both machines for exactly the same reason—it wasn’t under their control, it wasn’t their idea, and it might, just might – with that dastardly internet, talk radio and Fox News – inspire other Americans to chase a few Special Interest Group Patsies out of town.

Bill Maher did the best job of summing up what is freaking out leftists and serves as a perfect example of how completely out of touch these populist poseurs really are. Maher bleated on CNN’ s Larry King that he was appalled at the idea of the recall because that means “anybody could run” for governor.

Uh, yeah. Dontcha just hate that democracy thing—that idea where anyone can actually take part in the system? I have bemoaned the elitism on the Left, masquerading as progressive politics, now for quite some time but this really takes the cake. The idea! Anybody! What’s next? Dogs and cats sleeping with each other? A new television show not about gay people?

With scores of Californians throwing their hats into the ring, another common alarm issued by Democrats is that if there are too many people on the ballot voters wouldn’t be able to figure out who to vote for. Perhaps the Democrats think we’ve all had our temporal lobes removed because we’ve let them get away with so much for so long.

Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota and now fledgling talk show host, has generally made a living as the Ultimate Everyman. What a charade that is. A member of the Reform party, he talks wildly about how useless both political parties are; how politicians don’t represent the people. But those aren’t the only people he derides. I mention this to you because just a few weeks ago I was a ‘guest’ during one of the now many test shows MSNBC is doing in an effort to see if they can somehow make him into a decent talk show host. From what I saw, they’re not having an easy time of it.

At the end of the taping, which was for NBC executives, Ventura asked me what I thought about the recall. I told him it was fantastic. He then began to rail about Californians didn’t know what they were doing. When I explained that the people could be trusted to do the right thing and were smart he spewed, among other contemptuous statements, “Oh no they’re not!”

Ah, another vote of confidence from a representative of The People.

What’s most interesting to me is not what Maher and Ventura or any other self-important poseur reveal about themselves with comments like this, but that they expose another reason why the genuine Common Man, every now and then, needs to rise up and remind the Elites who’s really in charge. Politicians and politically goofy entertainers all pretty much come from the same stock—they make millions, living with the benefits of fame while becoming increasingly out of touch with the those who make their lives possible.

Conservatives are all aglow with what’s happening, and they should be. The Democrats have become so beholden to special interests all they can do is listen to the band play as the Teamsters rearrange the deck chairs. This is the price they are paying for being answerable to people who come from a world which insists it still doesn’t know where Jimmy Hoffa is.

Recalls will always be reviled by those who prefer that the Little People stay home and mind their own business. How shocking it must be for them to realize that we’re not all in a coma, that we know what our business is, and that we intend to do something about it.

Tammy Bruce is a Fox News Channel Contributor and author of The Death of Right and Wrong.


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