Electoral Reform: voting for tortureDear Justin,
It is real nice of the Liberals to enquire about my views. But those questions you ask... They're more loaded than a PEI potato truck.
Now don't get me wrong. The other political party's play exactly the same game. But why waste breath talking about a bunch of losers lost in political Never Never Land. They fumble around in dark corners while you zoom around the world on your zero-carbon magic carpet, sprinking fairy-dust on infatuated feminists.
So, I figured I'd drop you a note.
You do raise more
taxingissues than a man can shake a stick at. Just dealing with electoral reform will pretty much blow my bolt.
Being as I've been at the arse-end of a few electoral systems round the world, I figure that I might
waste my timetell you a thing or two...
First, an election is when all the people get to decide who's most popular. Then the popular guy goes to parliament but he doesn't have a clue what to do. So he asks some economist who works for the Chamber of Commerce. That really pisses people off and they tell him so. So he's half-glad to step aside when a different arsehole wins the next
So, I'd say that so long as we are choosing a representative then it really doesn't matter if it's first-past-the-post of mixed-member-proportional-representation. Hell, anything will do if it gives an impression of more than a coin toss.
Representational democracies seem to bungle along providing the old representative agrees to leave before he's become a total arsehole, like Putin. Total arseholes get killed the moment they loosen their grip on the reins of power. You'd almost feel sorry for the filthy-rotten bastards.
The downside of a representational democracy is that the voter is pretty much disenfranchized regarding matters of policy. (Policy is left to that small-minded, self-serving cadre of fat-cat bureaucrats and economists working for Big Banks and the Chamber of Commerce.) This leads to strange circumstances, whereby if you are concerned about your government exporting your livelihood to China, your only recourse might be to vote for a candidate that you otherwise don't much like.
Thus the USA working class voted for the ONLY man who respects their jobs, but at the cost of reviving torture. Here in Canada, not so long ago, we had the even more loathsome Vic Toews. And the Liberals of the time (and mainstream editorials) were more inclined to be cautiously agreeable than to stand up to the bitch.
So that leads me to my idea of electoral reform. Bring back democracy. Real democracy. After the people have voted in the popularity contest, they get to vote on the legislation that their representatives would inflict upon them.
Democracy is dangerous. The vote to kill Socrates was democratic.
That is why we keep the popularity contest. Representational democracy creates legislation but legislation can only be enacted after it has also faced a real democratic test.
Instead of Royal assent, let us have the peoples assent!
What do you think? Shall it be "Rule by One" or "Rule by All"? Monarchy or democracy?
Oh Hell, I don't care. After the people have had their say, let the Monarch add her two-cents. We wouldn't want the old bag to feel left out.
Errr, I mean...
- Whoops, that wasn't a magic carpet.
It was a carbon spewing helicopter.
Isn't it nice to have rich friends!
Does the Aga Khan pay carbon tax?
Pardon me, I forgot. Us dumb-arse Canadian's pay the Aga Khan.
Being that he's a Muslim, and all that, I guess it's only proper to put him on the Government payroll.
Like you say, we really dooo neeed those Muslims... Us atheists and you Christians have gotta love all that Islamic peace.
For Christs sake, the last thing you'd want is for an atheist or a Christian to get the job!
- Who exactly was that economist?
Remember when the Liberal Party was soundly dumped in 2011?
Remember how Bob Rae even contemplated a merger with NDP?
Remember how he changed his mind?
Remember how the Liberals said they were going to go beyond party hackery and engage the broader community?
Remember how the party hacks consistently blocked any idea that took them outside their tiny-minded comfort zone?
Remember how, as soon as they got a sniff of wind in their sails, the Liberals gave us the flick?
Remember the revival of the Trudeau Dynasty?
And most of all, I remember the day when, after all that consultation, the Liberal Party announced that an economist had descended from on high and given instructions on how to run the economy:Borrow, borrow, borrow to grow the economy. Increase population to grow the economy. And the ultimate stupidity, protect the environment by (1) growing population, (2) growing the economy!Who was that economist? Perhaps it was... Or perhaps it was Jessica, the economiss...