[R-G] RE: [Redbadbear] On Democracy and the Democratic Party
CornetJoyce at connexions.nu
Mon Jul 28 21:04:37 MDT 2003
I demur on representation for corporate groups unless mine is represented
but I find much to commend in your draft constitution.
> "Use a Parliamentary system."
> "a) The President -- cuts ribbons
> b) The Commander in Chief -- commands the military
> c) Executive Officer -- manages the "business" of
>the government and nation, working to insure that
>government budgets are balanced and that private
>industry is neither rapacious nor restricted to the
>point where the economy is going to fail even more
>than it already has.
> d) Executive Ambassador -- The guy in charge of
>being diplomatic enough that the Commander in Chief
>never gets to have any fun."
> Not bad! I would add the intriguing proposal from Alexander Cockburn was
> it?- that the commander in chief be required to wear a chicken suit
> while discussing issues of war or "security."
>"Corporations ain't people."
> Something like: "Monopolies in commerce shall be
>prohibited, and, if corporations are to exist, they
>must carry the status of artificial persons and be
>chartered by the states for the primary purpose of
>serving the public benefit, and said states shall
>retain the legal option to revoke a corporate charter
>by due process. Corporations shall neither be allowed
>to donate money to political campaigns, nor to
>otherwise try to influence the electoral process, nor
>to own other corporations, nor to own churches or
>other tax shelters, and the Legislature shall enact
>laws providing for these limitations."
>Corporations ain't people but they're persons? Is that related to the
>well-known distinction between fellatio and sex?
> "None of these are novel, of course; most have been proposed and
> debated in bygone years."
Well, at least proposed. The prohibition of monopoly was in Jefferson's
list of 5 for a Bill of Rights. There was no need to address questions of
corporate governance because the custom was one member, one vote in all
bodies politic. In my utopia, corporate government would be again be
subject to requirements of republican government, much as provincial
governments are, and citizens would be called upon to choose a limited
number of corporations in which to exercise their corporate voting power as
workers, consumers, neighbors and busybodies.
> " None of the following are new, either, and they are non-structural,
>1. Repeal (most or all of) Taft-Hartley Act
>2. Repeal Price-Anderson Act
>3. Repeal Mining Act of 1872
>4. Repeal War Powers Act"
The last one is not part of the "written constitution" but is part of the
constitution nevertheless, and is indeed a bum deal. You got my vote. (You
are running for the green nomination, aren't you?)
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