Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy part 9
Not My Idea of a Party
How many times have we seen where there is a big vote in Parliament, or a legislature, and heard the leaders of the parties , and the party whips, get out and coerce our sitting members to vote in line with the leaders decisions. We most recently saw it when Harper brought down the Omnibus Budget.
There is money involved here. Any member of the ruling party, the Conservatives, or Liberals that gets out of line, or in plain words, anyone that votes for what the Constituents want which is contrary to the Party line, will never get a Cabinet posting, or sit on a committee. It means that your member will be punished for doing what he/she is meant to do, act as your representative. This isn’t just not democratic, it is deliberate, planned and therefore it is anti-democratic.
When it comes to voting against what you as a Constituency wants, and I’ll leave it to you to decide about your own personal Representative, does he/she vote that way in the hopes to getting a Cabinet Post in the future, with its $ 75,516* increase in income? And does he/she just not understand that voting contrary to your interests is anti-democratic?
The Failure of the Representative System under Parties
Moreover, inasmuch as this is deeply systemic, it means that the member that you send to represent you is a member of a party that is organized against the constituents, and guess what, you are paying them to organize against your wishes. Herein is the problem Canadians face, our politicians are organized, we are not.Most Canadians don’t even understand what is happening between elections. And while this is all going on Canadians are just trying to keep their heads above financial waters.
So we don’t have the where-with-all to organize ourselves against this, but at least Canadians have to come to understand this as a problem so we can stop it. The first, and every time your member votes against your will you have to phone his/her constituency office and tell him/her that it is not representing you by voting against the constituents wishes and that you will not be voting for him/her next election if they ever do it again. This is powerful, because it is the way it is supposed to go – it is democracy. If an enormous amount of pressure is brought to bear on the representative, this might just stir your member to remember what democracy us all about. If they don’t represent your wishes you get rid of them in the next election. Understand and remember this, the Achilles heal of your representative is, he/she wants to get re-elected and the more voters that get mad at him/her, they know the less they have to get elected.
But it is not enough to go onto the next election and vote for the same “yesman” member. We have to find a representative that will vote for the constituents. Repeating what I wrote in “Is Your Member an Elitists or a Democrats?”
( https://pushinback.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/essential-knowledge-needed-to-grow-a-democracy-part-5/ ) at the next election we have to ask each candidate this, “if there is an issue in which your constituents believe one way, but your party believes differently, who will you align your vote with? If the candidate does not clearly and immediately say they intend to represent their constituents DON’T vote for the person.
It means that it is time that we stop voting for anyone associated with the major parties and start voting for independents, Or if there isn’t anyone for you to vote for, destroy your ballot in protest. This might seem appalling to some, but to vote for anyone who does not vote the will of their constituents is anti-democratic and your vote for them is your acknowledgement that you agree with their methods and you also agree with our anti-Democratic system.The most important point to remember is, Independents have no one to answer to but the constituents. “But independents will have no power” you say . Independents have not been bought by Corporate interests, and only owe their allegiance to those whom elected them. Harper would have you know that only electing his party members will give your riding a say, as in electing a Member in Power, but that seems quite hilarious inasmuch as Harper himself and the PMO don’t give them a say. So much for lies and fairy tales. Pierre Trudeau called his backbenchers nobodies in a public statement. In our present Party System, the Government is not OUR Government, rather, it is the Government of the 1% Masters. They tolerate our having controlled rights in order to take our last dimes. We are having more money and rights taken as time goes on, and we, who find ourselves sitting at the bottom of the pot feel the water getting warmer, but most have no sense to jump out of the pot. Will we notice before our brains get cooked?
Source of “nobody” title by Pierre Trudeau: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/01/trudeau-backbenchers-justin-pierre-mps_n_2601990.htmlWe must stop this Party System abuse or Canadians will never get Democracy. We will never have Democracy until we elect a majority of Independent Representatives. Post Update: I often update and add content to my posts as new events occur, or as I come across new information. I am an advocate of reading the writings of the American Founding Fathers, and I came across some statements of John Adams and George Washington who warned of parties in America, but I believe that he speaks of the nature of the Party System, therefore I regard it useful for Canadians to consider as well.This is a selection from the George Washington Farewell: 20 “I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discrimination’s. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party, generally”. “Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, … the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” Found at: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_did_Washington_think_of_the_two-party_systemRELATED ARTICLES: YES WE HAVE ELECTIONS BUT DO WE HAVE DEMOCRACY For the doubting Thomas’ out there, here are 2 clips to prove the power from the top down.An audio file of CBC podcast where, among other things, Brent Rathgeber dicusses how the PMO dictate how the PC Members will vote. In Brent’s words, the PMO is accountable to no one including the Prime Minister.http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/current_20130628_28862.mp3 Here are 2 You Tube clip of David Wilks describing what it is like to be a backbencher in the Harper Government, it was part of a blog that I posted called “Stephan Harper’s Democracy”. https://pushinback.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/this-is-harpers-democracy/TOP DOWN OR BOTTOM UP DEMOCRACYhttps://pushinback.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/top-down-or-bottom-up-democracy-18/