The musings and ramblings of a graduate of the school of life ....
Saturday, 17 November 2012
An Interesting Thought ...
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Preamble, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
This is the opening statement in the American Declaration of Independence. In theory voters are supposed to be able to change the government through the ballot box, but many of us have experienced systems where that simply doesn't happen. More recently I have come to the conclusion that the "first past the post" system actually disenfranchises those who vote for the losing candidates.
Which raises the important question: how then do you effect a change if a majority are so dissatisfied with a government?
There are some very worrying indications starting to emerge from the US about the latest election, some of it beginning to look like massive voter fraud. A friend there sent me this link to the Political Outcast and I have since done a trawl and found that similar stories are popping up in a number of areas. Electronic voting machines that 'default' to Obama no matter who you vote for is just one of them. OK, even if half of these are not provable, it should trigger, at the very least, a thorough investigation of what went on.
I find it unbelievable that in one city almost all the 'Districts' returned a 100% poll for a single candidate. Not one of the other names on the ballot got a single vote. That sounds very fishy, no matter how you cut it. In another State it is said that one candidate got 99% of the vote. Really? Again, the number is incredibly high, especially given that prior to the election it was given as a "swing" state with pollsters splitting the vote 50-50.
If this is happening for real in the world's self proclaimed shining light of democracy, I shudder to think what is really happening in the Polling Booths anywhere else!