Why we need frequent legislative elections:
It is very true that legislators are likely waiting for the April 1st primary filing deadline before doing the dirty work of legislating, but the reality that so many in the General Assembly seem to be in a hurry to be over with the legislative session actually highlights what a good thing frequent elections actually are. There is a strain of opinion among some so-called "good government" advocates that our elections occur to often and hamper what they deem to be the progress of certain initiatives. This opinion is rooted in the idea that we need bodies of government to be constantly in session, and what we instead discover with frequent trips to the ballot box is that our elected officials suddenly become amazingly responsive and quick to dismiss themselves from legislating merely for the sake of trying to prove to us that they are actually doing something.
Labels: Conservatism, Elections, Tennessee politics