Democracy

Referenda deeply undemocratic

The strange definitions of democracy continue as what Boris Johnson referred to as “a kind of hysteria, a contagious mourning” emanate from the section of the British population that wanted to stay in the European Union. Boris has said that the recent protests from crowds of young people are driven by their fears and anxieties about what the future might hold rather than “the EU project per se .”

Unfortunately, this hysteria has led to some very strange conclusions about what democracy is. One of the most bizarre is a claim that referenda are deeply undemocratic.

…Johnson said these fears were “wildly overdone” and set out his “basic truths”.

“The reality is that the stock market has not plunged, as some said it would – far from it. The FTSE is higher than when the vote took place,” he added.

“There has been no emergency budget, and nor will there be.

“But the crowds of young people are experiencing the last psychological tremors of Project Fear – perhaps the most thoroughgoing government attempt to manipulate public opinion since the run-up to the Iraq War.” He said it was time for the nonsense claims that the older generation had stolen the future of youngsters, to end.

-Dailytelegraph

An article on Fushion.net titled Brexit, Hamilton, and the limits of democracy is a great example of some of these ” psychological tremors”.

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Playing the blame game

Here we go, I thought as I read the title of the article.

How have Boomers stuffed thee? Let me count the ways

Why is it that people of a certain political persuasion always think it is someone else’s fault? Why can’t they take personal responsibility? The author, just like the Remoaners  in Britain, blames older people for the younger people not getting what they want. There should be a special word for this kind of attitude. We have the word racist but what should we call people who judge others based on their age?  Ageist?

…The UK’s old – many retired, or careering towards it – decided on behalf of the young, that they didn’t want Johnny Foreigner coming in to take their jobs.

No they didn’t, it was a democratic vote. Why do writers continue to push this lie?

Firstly, let’s not forget the irony in that.

It should worry them the least, particularly when considering conversely the ones most affected by immigrant competition – the young – voted to remain.

Exiting the European Union was not just about immigration.

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Yet another politician who fails to understand the meaning of democracy

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I received the below email from Sue Moroney, a Labour MP who seems to be confused about what democracy actually is. Like the Remoaners from the Remain campaign in Britain, when things don’t go her way she blames it on a lack of democracy.

The government voted for by the people, the government with the majority, is the government that has the power to make decisions. That power was given to them by the people. It is a power that can be taken away easily. It is the whole point of democracy. We can elect people into power and we can remove them from power. MPs who are not part of the government do not have power because we didn’t give them any. If the National government chooses to not go ahead with something Sue Moroney wants, then that is democracy in action.

Unlike the Labour party the National party have the responsibility of managing New Zealand’s finances. They cannot open New Zealand’s purse and spend freely every time Sue Moroney demands it. I liken it to the manager of a business and an employee of a business. The employee wants a coffee machine for the staff cafeteria because it will make the staff happier and more productive, in his opinion. The manager would like to do this for her staff but she looks at the business budget and sees that she cannot provide the coffee machine without cutting important spending elsewhere. Management have the “financial veto power” for a reason. The buck stops with them, not with the employees. It is the same with Sue Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill. It is a lovely, generous idea but her party isn’t the one that has to find the money to fund it.

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The astonishing stupidity of Rachel Smalley

We’ve looked at the retarded nature of Rachel Smalley before. She is perhaps the most annoyingly sanctimonious and solipsistic commentator around. Who can forget her ticking off NASA for naming a spacecraft after an eminent scientist, confusing his name (Kepler) with Kevlar and remonstrating that it isn’t a good look to name a spacecraft after bullet proof vests? Of course, she never lets staff in the NewstalkZB newsroom forget that she is the “only serious journalist” in that organisation.

I was looking forward to her column this morning as much as I looked forward to other lefty commentator reports, but who knew she could be so utterly disdainful of the democratic process.

Referendums have their place. Should a country change its flag, for example? That’s a good use of a referendum. But on the issue of E.U membership, an issue of such profound economic importance, why let ‘Jo public’ decide when some among ‘Jo public’ will be ill-informed, politically ignorant and have little understanding of the impact of their vote on trade, on policy, on Britain’s constitution, on the country’s legal framework, on national unity, on a million things.

That’s not democracy. That is political stupidity.

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A rare moment of clarity on the left

I caught the tail-end of a conversation on Twitter yesterday about the presidential primaries in the US, and the mathematical impossibility of Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination.

The case was being made (by New Zealanders, though I’m sure the same conversation was happening bigger and louder in the States) that given Bernie “cannot” win at this point, he should withdraw and instruct his supporters to back Clinton.

I don’t think it’s coincidence that the people saying this were Clinton supporters. And I doubt they’d be saying the same of her if the situation were reversed. And it’s possible this wouldn’t bug me as much if I weren’t a fan of Sanders myself.

But it does bug me. Not because I dislike Clinton and not (only) because I support Sanders: because it speaks to a ridiculous, undemocratic sense of entitlement from some people of the left which I’ve seen far too often.

I get where it comes from. We all fervently believe we’re on the side of good, we all have a firm conviction that if we ran the world things would be rainbows and sunshine every day. And god it’s frustrating to see things go bad because the other team are in power instead. It feels like if there were any justice in the world, our team would always win every election in a landslide.

But to be a real democrat, to believe that democracy is the best way to choose who leads our government, requires a degree of humility. Knowing that you have to put the work in. You have to convince others of the merits of your case. You don’t make the decision: they do. Sometimes it’s not the one you want. Read more »

Good, online voting axed

I’m not a fan of online voting.

Local Government minister Louise Upston has axed a plan to have online voting in eight council elections in November .

Councillors in Wellington, Porirua, Masterton, Rotorua, Matamata Piako, Palmerston North,  Whanganui and Selwyn had voted to offer online voting as an option. And Local Government NZ was actively promoting it as a vehicle to boost participation as recently as January. They have now been over-ruled.

It was always pitched as a “trial” – presumably to make it less intimidating from a PR perspective – but it was going to be the real thing: Online votes in November would have been legal and binding. It would have been better termed a pilot.

“Security testing has been planned but has not yet occurred. Without seeing the results of testing we cannot be confident the systems are secure enough, and the trial could not be authorised,” Ms Upston says. The system needs more work, she says.   Read more »

How the Republicans will steal the election from Trump

 

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Political commentator Roger Stone, an advisor to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign and a close confidante of the Republican frontrunner, has been to every Republican National Convention since 1964 and has worked the floor in every convention since 1972, including for Ronald Reagan in 1976, the last time there was a contested GOP Convention. “So let’s just say I know the ropes,” he declares in an exclusive piece for Infowars. He also states that GOP insiders “have found a way to lie, cheat and steal Trump” out of the presidential nomination.

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Pimping the Peonage part three

Peonage is another word for servitude and subjugation. We have always had a Pimping the Poor series and this is part three of my Pimping the Peonage series given the number of articles promoting the Muslim culture subjugating women in our New Zealand media.

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Call off the pitchforks and the flaming torches; a small group of women from a barbaric cult have done something nice.

Using the media to soft-soap the image of a gang or cult is not new. When I lived in Kawerau the Mongrel mob was the main gang there. I saw them out in public every single day, wearing their gang insignia and intimidating everyone they saw with their dirty and menacing appearance.

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Australian defence force caught promoting Sharia law and the removal of democracy

Australian, Islamic Navy Uniform

Australian, Islamic Navy Uniform

The  Australian defence force has been caught out promoting information about Islam that attacks the Australian way of life. It had been up for a year before it was noticed by reporter Mike Smith. How many other government websites and educational websites contain links to ‘information’ about Islam that contain these kinds of anti-democracy, pro-sharia law views? This is creeping Sharia. This is Islamisation in action.

“Democracy is a system that is contrary to Islam” is one of many  inflammatory quotes from the website.

The ADF through its website has been promoting the overthrow of the Australian Government to its Islamic Members until it was uncovered by journalist, Mike Smith.

“Muslims should only be part of a democracy if they are prepared to destroy it.”…This was openly stated on a link from the ADF— Q&A page for Muslim members. (Listen to Ben’s 3 Minute Summary)

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Should democracy have restrictions?

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It is a very interesting debate. My Dad always said that Democracy planted the seeds of its own demise because it allows freedom of religion and freedom of speech. By allowing all views we allow views that are anti-democracy and therefore leave our democracy vulnerable to destruction.

On Kiwi Blog there has been a great debate about immediately restricting Muslim immigration in order to try to keep the population that follows Islam under 2%. Islam is a complete political system dressed up in religious clothing that unlike other religions poses a serious threat to our political system once the numbers are high enough to cause change. Ironically Muslims in Western countries are very good at using the freedom they find there to agitiate for Sharia law and an Islamic State.

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