This Youtube video illustrates the difference between all forms of governments and try to correct many people’s misunderstand on democracy. The form of government is scaled from absolute power on the left to no power on the right. They are dictatorship, oligarchy, democracy, republic and anarchy.
There is not true dictatorship. No government can be ruled by one man. The dictator is just the face of a group of rulers. There is no true anarchy, since it is not a stable form of government. It is merely a transition to oligarchy. Oligarchy is ruled by a group of people. Democracy means majority rules. Republic is rules of law. Democracy is only a transition between oligarchy and republic. I wonder when HK people petition for democracy, do they really understand what they are asking for? I think HK need a republic government, democracy is not the end goal, it is just a begining.
Maybe we should go back to the old fashion 3 party system. Outlaw the separatist Bloc Quebecois, merge the Green Party with NDP. Then we can have a more meaningful election. Too bad that the Conservative is unlikely to win a majority government anytime soon.
If companies have a right to free speech as a legal person, why stop there? Maybe companies should also have the rights to vote like a real person. In the matter of fact, we should subject the unions or special interest groups to same restriction as companies. It should not be a race to the bottom that who has the deepest pocket wins.
Today I fulfilled my duty as a citizen, I cast my vote to elect the BC provincial government. The candidate I voted for in my riding lost, but the party I voted for won the election. The Liberal party is able to formed a majority government winning 47 out of 85 seats in the parliament. The best of all is the outcome of the referendum on the election system. The good old simple majority vote scheme defeated the new multiple transferable vote scheme that is so complex that no one really understand how it works.
I was away taking a vacation last week and I did not follow the election news closely. Actually I don’t have to get news to decide my vote. I hardly know the candidate I vote for and I just found out his name on my drive to the voting station. I don’t vote for the person, I vote for the party. I am not really a support of the Liberal, in fact I think they are far from a good government. My concern is the alternative is far much worse. The NDP is a left leaning party. If they win the election, it is guarantee they will raise tax and screw up the economy. The Green Party is even worse, their are policy is so extreme that you start to question their sanity.
It is quite interesting to see a few odd parties shows up in the ballot. There are the libertarian, the communist party, the conservatives and some party support BC independent. Too bad the race in my riding is very tight between Liberal and NDP, I can’t afford to waste my vote. If the Liberal is leading a comfort margin, I may give my vote to the communist party. Communist party of Canada, that’s cool!
Today I watched Obama’s inaugural on the news. Washington is very crowded. According to the news, there are two million people witness the ceremony. It is a historical moment to the Americans. Many people compare Obama to John F. Kennedy. When JFK was elected US president in 1961, he is the Catholic president. In 2008, Obama becomes the first black president. Both of them breaks White Ango-Saxon Protestant male’s monopoly claim to the presidency. We already got a Catholic, a black, what’s next? It is just a matter of time before will be a female president. Hilary Clinton almost become the first female president if she didn’t lose to Obama. After a female president, the next one on the line is probably a gay president. There are gay governor already. It may take sometime before the American consider voting for a gay president. By that time, probably computer is so advance that we have AI smarter than people. If the American willing to vote for a gay, they must as well vote for a robot. Having a robot president is more defining historical moment than having a black president. On a second thought, why don’t we call the robot president Skynet.
Canada has a very weird political system. We just had an election 2 months ago, we elected a minority government and the voters are still happy about the Conservative Prime Minister. Then suddenly the other three losing parties try to form a coalition and take over the government with majority seats in the parliament. The coup has became one of the most talked topics in our office. We all puzzled by this weird three parties coalition. The NDP and Liberals has totally different political platforms and they were criticizing each other like crazy in the past election. Yesterday’s enemies become today’s friends, yet the we have no clue what kind of policy their will bring forth. Just the Liberal and NDP is messy enough, then bring in the Bloc Quebecois can only make it messier. Bloc Quebecois is another weirdo political party does not exist in provinces other than Quebec. They have only one agenda, separation of Quebec from Canada. In the parliament, they don’t care about any policies for national good, all they care about is bringing more beef to Quebec. How can we trust the Bloc with power? We feel like cheated by the coalition, we did not vote for this screwed up government.
If the coalition really want to take the power, maybe they should do it fairly and call for election on a common convincing political platform and let the voters decide. I would rather have a Conservative majority government than another government with the leftist NDP and the separatist Bloc. I don’t mind a minority Liberal government if they can win it on their own power though. On a second though, Canada is still part of the common wealth and still ruled by the Queen. Maybe we should just reinstate full monarchy and ask the Queen to be our head of state with real power. I am sure she is more popular and nicer than all of the political party leaders. I may even go so low that I am willing to accept Prince Charles as our King than having the coalition government.
In the US election, the voters not only vote for the president. They also vote for many other things. In some states, they vote for senators, in other states, they have referendum on new legislation. In California, proposition 8 snatch many headlines. Over half of the voters made the right decision to ban gay marriage. Homosexual is usually one of my favorite topics, but this time I am more interesting in proposition 2, banning inhumane treatment of farm animals.
Proposition 2 make it a legal requirement to give farm animal more space. Over 60% of California voters agree with the proposition. I always know California is a left leaning country, but I am quite surprise many people actually vote yes on this proposition. The obvious impact of this law would be price hike on meat and egg products. Modern farms operates on lean efficiency of lowering the cost of producing meat, increase space given to animals translate to higher cost. The cost will pass along to the consumers. The current economy is on the blink of recession, any increase on food price will affect the living standard of many people. The voters are unreasonable to vote against their wallet. On the worse case scenario, this law would kill half of the California farming industry as the increase cost make them less competitive against out of states producers. It seems the voters became the victims of brain washing propaganda of the animal rights interest groups. They gotta ask themselves a fundamental question, why is it wrong to have inhumane treatment of the animals? By definition, animals are not human, so they deserve inHUMANe treatments. Animals are our food, we should care how much they cost, are they healthy to us and most important of all, how do they taste. How they are produce should be none of our concern.
After a full day of bombardment of the election news, the US finally got a new president. I am so tired of the US election. There are endless news coverage everyday since the beginning of the primaries almost a year ago. The Americans take really long to make up their mind. The Canadian election system is much more efficient. We only take a month from beginning to finish. The longer the campaign, the more the candidate talking about non-sense and contradicting himself. It does not take much time for the voters to read the policy and get to know the candidate. Throw in a couple of debates among the candidates should give the voters a very clear idea on whom they should vote for. The extra months spent in the campaign are just spending empty wheels going no where. The election news morph into something like a TV drama that everyone follows. Instead of serving its function to select our government, the election degrade to some kind of entertainment.
Obama has won, just as everyone expected. If I were an American, I would vote for him too. Not because I like his policy, given that the The US policy is pretty much bounded by actual domestic or foreign constraints. The president may dress the policy with different rhetorical, but the content can’t deviate too much from the reality. I vote for him because he is black. It is cool to see a black US president. A black man gain the top job in America would be the perfect illustration on the end of racial discrimination. It shows the meritocracy system that is the founding US ideology really works. Obama shows the foot steps to the blacks about how to raise to the top. Forget about the so-call black culture, embrace the mainstream elitism culture. Other than his skin color, there is no cultural difference between Obama and the traditional ruling elite. A minority become the president is only feasible in American’s melting pot cultural policy. In a country with multicultural policy, a minority will always be a minority because he is encourage to become part of the mainstream.
On my way home tonight, I listened to the election debate on CBC radio. This is my first time listen to any election debate live. My first impression is we have too many political parties in Canada. The debate is too crowed with all five leaders trying to talk or yell at the same time. I don’t think debate help the voters at all. The candidate simply restating their policy in the debate, voters already know those information from newspaper. It seems the candidates of all the opposite parties only know how to attack the party in control of the government. Occasionally they present some bits and pieces of their own policy, but somehow you sense their math do not add up and some of the policies are even contradicting with each other. The current prime minister is not much better. He never response to those attack directly, just restating what the government had done in that area.
Each party claim they have a platform, but the platforms are just some empty slogans. Voters don’t get much information how things will turn out. All we know is when they are elected, they promise to spend how much money on this or on that, tax cut or tax raise here and there. Never mind those are just election promises that never intended to keep. Even if the elected keep their promise, no one knows whether the maths adds up, whether or not those promises feasible at all? No wonder the public don’t feel much interest in politics, no one is addressing any real issues. They are not even debating, there is no communication, they are just talking their own stuff. Maybe we should change the format of the debate. Instead of having a round table debate, we should have a series of round robin debate, putting the leaders head to head with each other. Allow them to focus their attack and give them enough time to unmask the bullshit of the other party.
Elizabeth May of the Green Party and Layton of NDP seems to be the best talker in the debate. It is much easier to irresponsible policy that appeals to everyone than a sound policy that actually works. Harper of the Conservative may not be the best speaker in the debate, but he is the only one quote real statistic to back up his policy. Other candidates rely on stories or anecdote to sell their ideas. I think using number alone worth giving Harper some credits over the other candidates.