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March 4, 2009
Socialism, even the limited form suggested in our last essay, needs democracy. Otherwise, it is just the elites...those with the money and the connections to rise to positions of political power...deciding who gets what from the limited pie of taxation. The failure of communism...which, after all, was also a form of socialism...can be directly traced to the lack of democracy in those nations. When our founding fathers wrote the constitution, men like John Adams feared the "mob"...us...to make rational decisions concerning the country. So they instituted a number of "checks and balances" that...like the ascendancy of the administrative branch over the other tow arms of government...or the institution of the senate populated then, as now, almost entirely consist\ing of the power elite...would keep us "under control" and relatively harmless. Real democracy, with the people actually having a real say in how things are done, was replaced by representative government...which gradually devolved into the dog and pony show it now is. Parties have replaced social clubs as the powers behind the throne, but the result is the same.
So here's a few more changes to contemplate:
Now these ideas should give you something to chew on. Future essays will deal with some social issues, so stay tuned.
- Abolish the senate! This will require a constitutional amendment, but it is long overdue. The mostly rustic crowd that populated the U.S. in 1776 has been replaced by a very highly educated and informed public. We don't need a "House of Lords" any more than our English brethren. Time to give them the old heave-ho...on BOTH sides of the Atlantic.
- Move to a parliamentary system with the prime minister leading the executive branch. This would not only rein in the overblown influence of that branch, but also give third parties a way of gaining attention and influence...other than "spoiling" elections for the Big Two.
- Initiate a national initiative wherein a given number of citizens can put forth...or repeal...legislation in truly democratic referenda.
- Allow the recall...un-election...of ANY elected official at ANY level of government by petition and special elections.
- Reinstitute the draft. What? Did you read that right? Isn't the draft one of the main reasons for all the turmoil during the 1960's? Well, yes and no. The real objection was not to serving one's country, but in the arbitrary and capricious nature of both who got drafted and the imperialist war they were being drafted to fight. The military should be used for one and only one reason. Self defense. No bullshit about the best defense being a good offense. No pre-emptive wars. No volunteer...read mercenary...armies. Period.
- Eliminate all ways that are currently used to limit elections. All citizens get one vote on EVERY issue, with no primaries or electoral colleges standing between their vote and the result. Make it easy to vote, from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The allegation that this can not be made safe is nonsense. Despite enormous efforts to subvert the internet in various ways, no individual or government has succeeded to date...nor will more democracy make it easier to do so.
- Go to super majorities to pass legislation. The fifty percent cutoff is not written in stone. It's just another arbitrary way the elites to have their way. This would limit legislation that only benefits a small minority, unless that minority can convince a super majority...say two thirds...of the electorate to go along.
- Put sunset clauses...expiration dates...on ALL legislation that is not passed by at least four fifths of the electorate. This would seriously prune the law books, but leave very popular laws..like those against murder, robbery, rape, assault…intact.
- Finally, reintroduce "common sense" to our legal system. The fallacy that written law results in a fair and just system is just not true. It was a good idea, but it has long since been drowned in too many laws that need too many lawyers. The legal system of appeals will compensate for prejudiced judges...or, they can simply be removed by referendum...so give judges back the use of their brains, not just keep them as rule following automata. Also, elect them!
Talk to you later...
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