Tribune Continues Crusade Against Democracy in Illinois

We don't have weekly or monthly elections in Illinois for obvious reasons. In between, our preferred method for getting rid of bad apples, as Larry points out, is through a process called impeachment.

But none of this is good enough for the revolutionaries at the Chicago Tribune. They'd rather have a California-style Recall:

ChicagoTribune_logo.gifLegislators need to give Illinois voters the option of adding to the constitution a way to recall officials in the executive, judicial and legislative branches.

Of course when contemplating recall, we always imagine it'll eliminate the guy we don't like -- rather than the guy we do.

The truth is, recall is profoundly undemocratic. It undermines the ability of democratically elected officials to act effectively. Whenever there's a dip in the polls, those with the wherewithal can mount a challenge. The challenge needn't even be successful (or legitimate) to have effect.

You can imagine who this would be used against -- and by whom. The timing is interesting.

Frankly, I’d rather take my lessons in democracy from some other source than the Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune.