America vs Iran: A Comparison for Frustrated Voters
In Iran, the Guardian Council is charged with interpreting the Constitution of Iran, supervising elections of, and approving of candidates to, the Assembly of Experts, the President and the Majlis, and “ensuring … the compatibility of the legislation passed by the Islamic Consultative Assembly [i.e. Majlis] … with the criteria of Islam and the Constitution”.
The Council has
played a central role in allowing only one interpretation of Islamic
values to inform Iranian law, as it consistently disqualifies
reform-minded candidates—including the most well-known candidates—from
running for office, and vetoes laws passed by the popularly elected
In America, the Republican and Democratic parties,
SERVING IN POSITIONS OF POWER, have BY ACTIONS, not words demonstrated a
singular dedication to growth of central power (one party
differentiating itself favoring slower rate of growth of this power),
and have shuttled among govt, TBTF business and ‘hedge funds’, and
certain elite academic institutions finally forming an inchoate/choate
guardian council to safeguard this system.
They actively subvert open democratic processes with internal club (and therefore legal) rules designed to buffer the will of the people as expressed by vote, VETOING the people’s choice for leaders if it is not ‘consistent’ with what they regard as best for their club, which they think (self arrogatingly) is best for the nation.
Imagine, given what we have just seen in Colorado, and with the so called superdelegates defying the votes for Bernie, WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.
They disallow and bury laws in process they deem unfit, even though these laws may have wide popular support, and pass laws damaging to the nation and its workers, and are UNPOPULAR, but benefit their class (TPP anyone?)
Now no one is getting hung from a crane, and so far there is no American Evin.
But we can see how VIGILANT the people must be in order to fulfill this experiment and GOVERN OURSELVES…as opposed to dully accept (not consent) governance by a self commending, self congratulating, arrogant elite, who mistake ability to hold power for EXPERTISE IN DEMOCRATIC RULE.
So if an image is worth a thousand words…
OR SWEPT AWAY.