Whenever Any Form of Government Becomes Destructive To These Ends,
It Is The Right of the People to Alter Or To Abolish It,
And To Institute New Government


Thursday, April 14, 2016

America vs Iran: A Comparison for Frustrated Voters

This is interesting because right now, I have no one to vote for, so this is not to favor or whack any candidate.

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 Majlis.

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…

A caucus demonstrates effort to choose. Closed primaries are better. But the current system must be replaced…

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A surprising number of those who shuttle between government, favored businesses, and academia also have spouses or significant others in the mainstream media.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:36:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...


Self reinforcement of self advantage.

A huge plus for conscience.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:48:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

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

I think that it's uglier than we can even imagine.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:34:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

2016 is the year the GOP will disappear.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:17:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Related and worth reading:

The Game Is Rigged (over at the libertarian blog Western Hero).

Thursday, April 14, 2016 2:39:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

From the link I just left:

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” Noam Chomsky

Thursday, April 14, 2016 2:41:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is all innocence lost? Very sad realization to reach in your 7th decade on earth ...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 3:21:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

U want sad?

The folks here are pulling for a socialist on the other side of the aisle and quoting Chomsky

That's how DIRE things are.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 3:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeap! We have come a long way ... to reach the Third World ... And for those who come from there ... May God protect us all. Because the "sophisticated" indigenous Anglo population has no clue as to what that means. ... Instead to safe rooms, they will see a proliferation of hard tactics, like we have started to see in these last 7 years of bliss.

Friday, April 15, 2016 4:11:00 pm  

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