I have always been a great admirer of the men who wrote the US constitution. Their farsightedness, perspicacity and ability to construct a system that would nurture democracy for hundreds of years in the future puts our political leaders to shame. They separated their judiciary, legislature and executive to avoid the mish-mash of the UK parliamentary system that these founding fathers of the US had fought and won against. Either the Senate or the House can block the will of the executive.They have an elected President.
I am proud of the part my country Scotland played 450 years previously in this process in the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320, which established the principle that a government could only rule with the consent of the people and served as the basis for the US founding fathers.
Consider the structure these founding fathers set up. They set up a Senate with 2 elected representatives per state so the large states could not force their wishes on the small states. They set up the House of Representatives with members elected from equal sized constituencies in population terms every two years.
Do you imagine our lick spittle MPs would have been as eager to vote through EU diktats if they knew they would be facing elections in two years. Look at what has happened to the great black hope Obama. He was voted in on a huge popular vote but as soon as the US voters saw his real agenda they wanted rid of him. Would that we could do the same!
Look what happened today with the Lib Dems ditching their written promise signed by everyone of their MPs not to raise student fees. The difference is we can do nothing about it. The Yanks can and have.
Do the citizens of the EU or UK have such vetoes on their executive. They do not!
Until we change our political system we will be continue to be ruled by a self serving political elite. Let us have none of the nonsense that our system has worked for hundreds of years so why change it. It has served the Old Etonians and party apparatchiks very well not the people. The great Reform Act which increased the adult franchise was only passed under threat of Civil War in the North of England. The political class however ensured the parliamentary system stayed to serve the members of their class as it has done so ever since!
I watched Andrew Neil's programme on Monday on the US TEA party movement. What came out time after time was the view that, 'we do not want to be ruled by professional politicians in Washington' who know nothing of us and care less. We need such a grass roots movement now but we are handicapped by our history and subservience to the class system and perceived betters. Look how Mr Farage worships titles! There is always some idiot who in Question Time type programs make statements like, "We pay our MPs to make decisions for Us". Wrong, wrong wrong! They make decisions to favour themselves and their class.
Why do we have an unelected second chamber populated by 1000 expensive has-beens? The US, a country with 5 times our population gets by with 100 elected Senators! Why do we need 70 odd MEPs? Why do we need a proposed 600 MPs when the US gets by with 435 elected members in the House?
But the biggest difference is that in the US when push comes to shove Senators and Congressmen represent their voters irrespective of their party label. You will now see Democrat Senators voting with Republican Senators to defeat Obama. They are genuine representatives of their voters. Our lot represent their party first and last. If they don't they are delselected.They are not elected in their own right or because of their abilities. Do you wonder then that our system is undemocratic and corrupt?
I want to join a British TEA party. Is there anyone else who feels the same? If so please leave a comment and contact details on this blog.