The Creation of Democracy – Part I

A NEW CONSTITUTION

In creating a new democracy, we must toss aside all the laws, manners, mores and corruption of the old.  Step by step, of course.  We must draft a new constitution.  I hear already the screams that panic in the streets, fear of the unknown will bring about chaos.  Let me assure you, there will always be the idiots in the world.  I believe there are far more intelligent people than idiots.  Granted, if idiots wish to behave like idiots, they will be left to face the incumbent military, granted with the temporary authority to support civil order by using their common sense and good judgement.  The current military isn’t the problem.  The military is the men and women who want to serve their country in the best way they can.  We shall let them maintain order while we draft our new constitution.

To draft a new constitution, bill of laws, rights, etc, we need begin at the beginning.  That is, the structure.  Whom and how shall all this be done, anyway?  To begin:

A. Abolishment of the Party System

This is essential.  Parties cause segregated political systems.  Use your wonderful Common Sense and think on this statement:  Watch the current political parties banter, fight, throw names and insult.  yet none really do anything other than bicker.  Individual members of parliament rally under their flags and atrociously inept leaders, and do not do what they should – governing in the best interest of the people.  I never witness the opposition come up with honest suggestions and alterations to a leading party’s bills.  Nor do I ever see leading parties ever willing to listen.

Therefore, first rule – Effective immediately, the new constitution outlaws all political parties forever.  It will be mandatory that all elected representatives must vote in the interests of their constituent majority (or employers as I like to point out).  Representatives votes are public, so constituencies ensure transparency and honesty of their representatives.  Granted, if representatives are in opposition to what their constituents want, they can choose the option to resign.  While in office, however, representatives must listen to the needs/directions of their constituents.  While providing an ear, it is their duty and right to express their personal concerns and points-of-view.  This gives everyone the opportunity to listen to other personal and differential viewpoints.  Representatives can put effort into convincing their constituents why they should vote as the MP would prefer.  However, if the representative votes against their constituent majority, they must immediately step down and face a tribunal in their riding.

The reason for this ‘election by majority’ is two-fold.

  1. It is true democracy at it’s finest.
  2. It allows for a true representation of what people want/desire.  It will give a very clear picture to everyone across Canada of the needs and wants of different communities across the country.  (How do we pass laws, then, if every community/province, city has different points of view – I’ll save this for the next blog – REVISION of LAWS)

B.  One Five-Year Term Policy for Representatives

All representatives have only one five-year term with no exceptions.  Any attempt to run or be selected for a second at any time will be tantamount to treason and the candidate will either be exiled or eliminated.  Any candidate’s fate shall be decided upon by the constituents within the riding.

Selection for representatives can be done one of two ways:

  1. Elections; or
  2. Random choice from the group of eligible people over the age of 18.
In either case, the candidate must be from the community/constituency they seek to represent. A person cannot represent a riding of which they have no residency.  Moving into the area while during or preparing for an election is hypocrisy and will not be tolerated.  At the end of the five-year term, the representative service is complete.  Elected/Selected candidates will not be allowed to lobby for others to influence government from this point forward.

If selected, the candidate has the right to refuse service.  This comes at a cost.
  1. the declining candidate will be stricken from the roles to ever serve in public office again, and;
  2. the declining candidate will lose the right to vote for five-years.
  3. The above need be weighed against common sense.  (For example: if the selected person has justifiable reasons for declining such as medical, emotional, physical limitations, we can negate the two points above.  Once again, common-sense and fairness must rule.  A local tribunal from the selected candidate’s constituency will decide on right action.
people chosen to serve must learn that this is a great opportunity to serve others in the local community, the province and the country.  Refusal to serve for no adequate reason (determined by fellow constituents) must come with accountability for putting yourself ahead of your community.  What you choose is up to you – neither way is right, but it must be explained as to why.

C. One Six-Year Term for Elected Governor-General

The Governor-General (GG) of Canada will be selected the same way as representatives.  This post will be for one six-year term.
There are two options for how the GG post will be met:
  1. Selected at random and cannot have come from the Representatives; or selected by vote (with several candidates Selected from across the country at random)
  2. Selected from the elected representatives at Random (thereby eliminating campaigning and wasting time) or by a vote from the Representatives.  This option brings about factions and political manoeuvring.
 D. Equality for All

To maintain fairness and to bring down costs of a government and bureaucracy that are now sky-high, several things will have to change.
  1. Annual income for every representative will be the median household income for across the nation.  the Pension will be equal to that of other public servants who earn the median income for a five-year term.
  2. The State will pay certain expenses (such as flights to/from the Houses of Parliament, travel, dental, optical, etc – within common-sense reasoning).
  3. All expenses are transparent.  Constituents must have access to the expense accounts and the representative called into account if necessary.
  4. Housing will be constructed at/near the Houses of Parliament to host all representatives in a dorm-like setting.  Parliamentary expenses will cover this cost.  If representatives wish to rent outside the common housing, the responsibility and cost will be out-of-pocket and not permitted as expenses
    cafeteria-style eateries will supply food while representatives are in-house.  Meals here will be covered.  However, meals outside will be at the representative’s personal cost, not the cost of their constituents.
The theory for the above model is this.  With but one single term, representatives must put the interests of the nation and your constituents first.  Representatives’ actions and expenses must be made accountable at every moment.  At the end of this term, you are free to return to your private life, never having to serve as a politician again. Once again, representatives must vote for their constituent majority.

Next:  Creation of Democracy – Revision of Laws
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About jsmeraka

A writer and all-round contrarian, I've worked in and out of government and the private sector, shared radical thoughts on political and global change and aimed to live on the fringe of political and creative thought. That doesn't mean I do. I just hope so.
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