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  •  The line between the crook and the cop is (12+ / 0-)

    thin. So, apparently, is the line between the cop and the gun smith.

    That said, I suspect one main difference between a regular election and a recall is that the former is controlled by the candidates and the latter is controlled by the citizen electors.
    Also, the instinct-driven population that does what it's told, responds to prompts and develops habits by repetition. So, if they're told to vote for the sheriff and they've done it five times before, they're likely to do it again -- unless there is a strong counter-vailing prompt that persuades them to change.
    Predictions that the same candidate will win because he always does is not a prompt for change. Also, people can become habituated to abuse. Once a person has figured out how not to actually get hit, it takes some effort to risk antagonizing the abuser. The chance that he'll be gone has to be pretty good. Having removed one big crook is a good record to start with.
    Instinct-driven people, if they're not isolationists, tend to like being part of a group, or a fan club, if you will. So, making the removal of the tyrant a group endeavor is good. Arizona will become famous for grass-roots democracy.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:09:51 AM PST

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