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Recall is a two-edged sword and should not be attempted lightly, but it is a vital tool for accountability. The process can unseat the unworthy but also must inspire the support of brave politicians who are on the receiving end of organized leftist recall efforts.

As El Paso’s Tom Brown observed, “You have to have a legitimate reason for it. One of the worst things that a public official can do is throw out a vote of the people. If they do that, they’re asking for a recall.”

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times. For more information on recalls, see the ACRU’s