a reply to: stormbringer1701
Please, do not misunderstand me, I believe near enough the same things about my own nations political figures, as I do about those of the U.S.A.
My issue is, that relative to the amount of money the citizens pay their government, results are very much lacking, and waste is huge. Both nations
have an economy based nearly entirely on debt, both nations have a massive concentration of wealth in a very small fraction of their population, both
nations have difficulty with properly organising their healthcare system (although those problems are different), and both nations have difficulty
producing candidates for leadership who have even one tenth the moral solidarity of your average, foam mouthed rabid bastard.
Crucially, in the United States right now, your government has things in the fire right now which are in the process of creating an old fashioned,
European style police state, right in the heart of a land which used to call its self the land of the free.
It must also be pointed out, that the government of a nation which has democratically elected political representatives, has only one mandate. That
is "Do as you are damned well told".
If people are telling the government, "You may not frack" then no fracking must be allowed to happen. If the people tell the government "You are
not permitted to observe my internet usage without a warrant", then there must be no mass surveillance. If people tell their government "Find a
solution to the mass shooting problem, which does not involve an unconstitutional assault on our right to keep and bear arms", then such a solution
must be found, and it is the job of the government to ensure that this comes to pass.
In my nation, the people ought to be able to say to the government "We demand the total removal of waste spending in Her Majesties Revenue and
Customs department, which has come about due to bad contracts with shady companies." and THAT DAY the situation should improve, because WE the
PEOPLE, the NATION has spoken. We should be able to demand that parties offer candidates for office who are not only capable, but actually
representative of the majority of people in the country, we should be able to insist that the people always have more power than their representatives
in parliament, and on the world stage, because the concentration of power has lead our leaders to believe that they are above us, beyond our reach and
not accountable to anyone.
We here in the U.K. should be able to hold our leadership to IMMEDIATE account, when it disobeys our express wishes, and when it acts against its
citizens. In the same way, when the U.S. government acts in the interest of itself and not the people who voted for it, it should also be under threat
of immediate sanction by its people, and there ought to be a mechanism whereby the people have a greater power than the president, or congress, or any
other part of its government, and there is a very good reason why.
Representation. If the majority of people in a country, are not being represented by their government in a way which is acceptable, then government
has failed, and when that happens, even in the smallest possible way, that government is invalid and must step down or be removed.
If a government is not immediately, and totally beholden to the will of its people, then it is not under the control of the people. This is a
problem, because in every situation where the people do not have control over their nation, you have tyrany.
Freedom has no place in a nation which is governed by the few, in a way which is not acceptable to the many.