Democracy in action

In the wake of the Paris atrocities, there’s some good news and some bad news…

First the good news : Abdelhamid Abaaoud who is believed to be the ringleader of the attacks has been positively identified as full of shrapnel and bullets at the besieged apartment in St Denis. This is very good news because there is one less dangerously deluded murdering son of a bitch alive in the world and he won’t get the chance to do it again.

Now the bad news : The American House of Representatives has voted by 289 votes to 137 to pass a bill restricting the refugees from Syrian who can settle in the United States. In a move truly representative of the state of American democracy, Obama will veto it.

I find it fascinating that in a country that proclaims itself as the leader of the free world (it’s not, but it thinks it is!) one man can have the power to block legislation approved by the people elected by the people to govern them.

Democracy in action…. American style!

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3 responses to “Democracy in action

  1. Lincoln must be spinning in his grave. For those who might have forgotten, here are the words of the Gettysburg Address:

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  2. Sure Obama is a shit and, probably in this case as in others, a willing (not just deluded) enabler of those who wish to damage – even destroy – the US let alone the West. Unfortunately for your argument – or what I think is your argument – he was legally elected to office. Moreover, presidents, from Washington onwards, have vetoed legislation. The veto can, of course, be overriden (by a 2/3 majority in both Houses) but this is unlikely to occur here.

    Your concerns could, I think, be better directed towards the situation in our own country where a fifth column, largely imported under a Labour administration although acquiesced in by the other major parties, remains protected and coddled by our public media and legislators. There'll be no legislation passed (let alone discussed) in either House of Parliament seeking the refusal to allow future settlement, let alone the expulsion, of adherents of that fifth column.

  3. Time for impeachment? God knows, there must be sufficient palpable reasons…