Monday, December 18, 2006

Democracy - American style

You will no doubt remember the recent mid-terms in America which saw the Democrats take control of both houses. The public spoke and spoke in favour of the Democrats. Now at the stroke of a pen, the whole shape of American politics could be altered. In South Carolina, Senator Tim Johnson recently suffered a stroke. If he becomes unable to serve (normally this only occurs following a death, but that's not set in stone), thn the Republican governor of the state, Michael Rounds, would appoint a replacement. In some states, there are laws to say that the governor must select a replacment from the same party as the person who vacated the seat. In South Carolina, there is not and it would follow that a Republican would be appointed. If this were to happen, the Senate would be split 50-50. The Vice President's only real job is to chair the senate and in this situation - were no power sharing deals brokered - would have the casting vote.
The political landscape of America could be changed overnight without a single vote being cast by the populous. And this is the country that seems intent on telling everyone else how to run their democracies and when those democracies (Palestine, for example) don't return the government the Americans want, then sanctions are proposed.
It's ridiculous. It's so ridiculous, I can't think of an easy simile. How about 'it's as ridiculous as the prospect of a Lib Dem MP dating one of the Cheeky Girls'? Oh bloody hell....

2 comments:

Marta said...

Hello you, read "democracy- american style".. atleast the headline :P Wasn´t in the mood for more, perhaps later. Anyway, do you realy think that democracy even exist?

Gold/M

www.globalheadline.blogspot.com

John_D said...

Fair point. It's a nice idea and some implementations of it get a hell of a lot closer to it than others.
I shall have to have a bit of a think about a proper answer though...