Maria from San Diego County

Governor Newsom: Do you think all people are ignorant, or worse yet, stupid? As politicians and elitists go, you are one of the most arrogant, self-important, conceited, patronizing, condescending, hubristic people in the recent past. You and your comrade, Governor Cuomo, appear to be vying for the trophy of most contemptuous, pompous megalomaniac.
But guess what? You are winning hands down. Your current opposition campaign denouncing the efforts to have you removed from office is an unmitigated, repugnant affront to the sensibilities of the people of California.
Implying the recall effort is nothing more than a smear campaign cooked up by “anti-vaxxers, QAnon conspiracy theorists, anti-immigrant activists and Trump supporters,” calling it a “partisan, Republican recall, anti-mask and anti-vax extremists, and pro-Trump forces who want to overturn the last election and have opposed much of what we have done to fight the pandemic” is insulting and scurrilous. Your deliberate attack on Republicans is nothing more than sleight of hand, hoping to deflect from your poor decision-making in running this state and your indefensible COVID response, which has resulted in deleterious, devastating effects on the economy and people of California.

Since your pomposity has clearly blinded you to the truth, let me enlighten you… this recall effort reaches across both sides of the aisle, and beyond. Your myopic view of your constituents is reprehensible and speaks to your utter contempt for the people you were elected to serve. And frankly, I am so sick and tired of left-wing, radical, democrat imbeciles labeling me as a white supremacist, racist, and xenophobe just because I do not subscribe to the leftist ideology. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am neither a Trump supporter nor a staunch conservative. I am, however, perfectly capable of making up my own mind and forming my own opinions without the influence of intolerant, narrowminded cretins, such as yourself.

There is no conservative conspiracy at play. But you desperately cling to that notion because your hubris and arrogance forbid you from acknowledging that you are an unequivocal failure as governor. Like Governor Cuomo, you want to pat yourself on the back and give yourself kudos for your handling of the COVID crisis. And like Governor Cuomo, your response and handling was, and is, atrocious, feckless, and pernicious. Your self-aggrandizing notwithstanding, you have single-handedly RUINED the lives of millions of people, not to mention destroyed this state, with your draconian rules and restrictions. A year later and we are still suffocating from your government overreach and dictatorial edicts. It was never about the science. It has always been about the power. You revel in the ability to hold sway over your constituents like some sort of lord of the realm. Your imperiousness is superseded only by your hypocrisy. Do you think for one minute people have forgotten about your night out at the French Laundry? While you were dining out – or should I say dining inside – with other rule-breaking hypocrites, sans mask and social distancing, business owners and individual citizens were being fined and even jailed for trying to earn a living and live their lives, and businesses were crushed under the boot of authoritarianism.

Take for example, business owner Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Los Angeles, who took out a loan for nearly $80,000 to add outdoor seating to her establishment in compliance with guidelines and protocols so that she could continue to operate her business and continue to earn a living only to have outdoor dining shutdown despite the lack of any science or data indicating that eating outdoors contributed to the spread of the virus while, in an insultingly hypocritical move, the City allowed the setup and operation of Kraft Services for a movie crew just yards away from her restaurant. This is just one of dozens of examples of the devastation business owners have endured due to the absurdity of your authoritarian policies.

Make no mistake Governor Newsom, you have drastically underestimate us and our resolve. And the people of California have spoken. This recall has nothing to do with partisan politics but has everything to do with your lack of empathy, humility, compassion, integrity, decency, and principles, coupled with your patronizing superiority, abysmal governing, and your flagrant self-serving interests.
Yes, I gladly signed the petition for recall and would do it every day of the week and twice on Sundays if the law permitted.