Dear Newsletter Readers,
It has been a very interesting first week of the Recall CdA effort! You may have noticed the many prominent negative news articles, letters to the Editor and blog comments trying to besmirch the Recall. You may have noticed a nearby town publicly admonishing the Recall. And you may have noticed our former Lt. Governor and owner of Pita Pit, Jack Riggs, labeling the Recall CdA effort as “un-American”.
All of them are out of line. The Recall is one of the most American of endeavors. Abraham Lincoln said that we have a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Our Idaho State Constitution says “All political power in inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same whenever they may deem it necessary.” What part of this Recall, undertaken by the people and according to state law, is “un-American”?
Push all the bluster and distractions aside please, and let’s get to the bottom line of this Recall: Signing the Recall petitions simply puts the Mayor and the 3 council members on the ballot in November. Then all of the voters in CdA will have the opportunity to vote them back in or vote them out. It will be our public VOTE.
The power players can gather all the in-crowd groups to say they are against the Recall, but it will not distract nor discourage us from gathering signatures. We are keeping our focus. And you would be impressed with the wonderful people we’ve met this week as they have come in to sign the Recall petitions. I’d like to share some of their interesting and inspirational stories with you:
First let me tell you that with very few exceptions, every person who comes through the Recall office door says, “Is this where I sign?” They don’t need discussion or more information before they make up their minds; they are motivated by their own reasons and they can’t wait to put their pen to the petitions.
One woman came in saying, “Do they even remember who Mae McEuen was?...that field is supposed to be for youth recreation, not tourists.” She said she has lived in CdA all of her life and she does not like the city completely changing the park without letting people vote.
Many military veterans have come in. One told us he was born and raised here, he was wounded in combat three different times and he said that he fought for our freedom to vote. He does not like the city trying to go around the voters. This guy had a lot of trouble walking but was determined to get to our office and sign the petitions. (Un-American? I don’t think so Mr. Riggs.)
A number of young professionals have come in to sign, saying there’s much more that should be done to help businesses all over CdA, not just pour money into one park.
Some unemployed folks have come in to sign. They have stories of their job losses and their unsuccessful searches for new jobs. They are struggling financially and the city’s spending upsets them. They want to know why the McEuen money can’t be used for infrastructure to bring in bigger businesses with real jobs.
And in the category of “unexpected”, several people have admitted that they were never registered voters before, but that this Recall issue made them go register just so they could sign the petitions and vote on these officials in November.
The Recall is an ongoing effort people, and we need your help! Tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, is our “Signature Saturday”. Please come in sign the petitions. We also need as many people as possible to walk the neighborhoods for a couple of hours, gathering signatures. It’s fun to do the walking in teams of 2, 4 or 5 (one drives a car alongside).
Remember, you don't have to live in CdA to help.
PLEASE help us with this Recall! Our Headquarters is in the Sunset Mall, at Hwy 95 and Bosanko, right near Coin Nuts, AAA and Las Chavelas restaurant. Phone: 704-1596. We’re open from 10-2 and 4-7. Come on in and be part of our patriotic, All-American endeavor.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Thomas Jefferson about the role of the people in government: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.“