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Time To Retire The Parliamentary System

Updated on August 22, 2010

The inexorable march to major developed countries being governed by the deadlock and paralysis of hung or minority parliaments took another step forward when Australians like Canadians and many other national voters couldn't figure out which ballot box to check and thus gave the planet yet another dead heat government, which without any form of a mandate whatsoever, will be able to accomplish absolutely nothing at all.

When the fates of nations have to be determined by hanging chads and how a few hundred out of tens of millions voted, that's the time to toss the whole system right out the door. The parliamentary (and congressional) system hasn't worked worth a damn since Oliver Cromwell slapped the King across the face with it, and it is a complete paradox as to why the democracies of the world cling onto it in light of its utter stupidity.

Certainly in old Oliver's time when the journey from York to London took a week of hard slogging, it was logical to elect a representative to uphold your region's interests in the faraway parliament. However, I just got an email from Osaka, sent one to Manila, checked the newspaper headlines in Rome, and am listening to a radio station stream from Los Angeles. I need to elect some overfed corrupt self-indulgent self-interested egotistical bozo to represent my interests in the "faraway parliament" as much as I need a hole in the head (or as my detractors would state I need another hole in my head). The parliament isn't faraway, it's just a mouse click away for cryin' out loud.

We continue to apply Middle Ages democracy in the 21st century and then we cry and wail and gnash our teeth and rend our clothes as to why the politicians are such morons and why we're being drowned in taxes while our nations circle the drain.

The 21st century media has drilled into our craniums that we are just microscopic cogs in a giant machine and that we are powerless to fight the "flowers that pee."


All that a true revolution to re-establish justice and fairness requires is just one human being willing to stand up and state: This has gone far enough! No further!

Politicans must be exterminated from this earth as the greedy voterphagic vermin that 99% of them are. We need their 16th century representation in the 21st century just like we need the rest of the Middle Ages policies of blood-letting to cure our fevers and pigeon dung for eye irritations.

Direct democracy is a concept whose time arrived at about the same time that Mozilla V1.0 came out of beta. While humanity has used the internet as a way to bore their ethereal "friends" with updates as to the contents of their breakfasts (and their subsequent evacuations), massacre endless parades of zombies, and engage in X-rated pursuits that would have staggered and revolted the Marquis De Sade, the truly important and relevant uses of the internet lie fallow and ignored.

Your browser is the ultimate voting mechanism on Earth. And not to vote for the latest in a five century line of avaricious, mercenary, rapacious, hoggish, gluttonous, insatiable philistines, but to vote directly for the policies which shape your life and that of your communities! Let the politicians get a real job for the first time in their pathetic lives, preferably one that they are best suited for: "Would you like some fries with that, sir?"

Let politicians go the way of the T. Rexes which they resemble and take power right now into your own hands. The policies of a government are established by votes in the parliament or congress... so eliminate the middleman and vote on them yourself! Now. Yes. You can do it. All it takes is for that one human being to stand up and make the change.

Why can't that person be you?


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    • Hal Licino profile image

      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      I see what you're saying but eliminating politics 100% is the way that e-democracy can proceed. Who cares about politics? Put the useless politicians to work waxing my car. There's a decision to be made that affects me and my community, I want to have my DIRECT vote. That's it. Everything else is the devil in the machine which is leading democracies around the world straight to Hades.

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      FitnezzJim 7 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Ten years ago, I would have agreed with you one-hundred percent. The situation now is: I agree that integrating the internet into our US governmental process is the direction we should be heading.

      We have seen some steps in that direction with implementation of open government web-sites to support the administrative agencies. We're beginning to see some congressmen regularly reaching out to the people to ask that laws the people deem most worthy to pursue .(YouCut seems to be the most famous of these)

      I don't think we can successfully go so far as to have all the people vote on all the laws that get proposed by all the people. We'd never be doing anything else, and the country would flap, flail and flounder just as badly as Congress does now. Chances would be good, that like now, we'll lose attention right at the time the items that mean most to us are up for consideration. Timing has become half the game in politics, both for pushing agenda, achieving goals, and for claiming credit. Use the internet and its power to expose the current politics for what it is.

      It is politics as usual that is the problem, not government.

      We forget, we the people granted these folks the power to govern over us. We forget, that we reaffirm that power to them every time we re-elect a career politician. We can use the internet to remind ourselves that government is not an abstract entity out there that we do not take part in. We can use the internet to share positions on issues with other interested folks on any given issue. We can ask (at this point ask, at some point in the future, perhaps demand) our representatives make use of the internet to encourage the sort of debate, discussion, and feedback that we enjoy on the internet, and that was basis for starting our country.

      I would argue that American democracy has not failed, we have simply forgotten that the people have a role in government too. It is not people .vs. government, simply because, we the people are the most powerful (though not recognized) branch of government.

      Remember in November

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      SheriSapp: There is no need to get elected to the highfalutin pig trough. Stand up for direct democracy and begin to convince your community that it's the way to go. Each avalanche starts with one flake of snow! :)

      nicomp: Actually it's T. Rexi, or maybe T. Rexipi. :)

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      T. Rexes is the plural form of T. Rex?

      I learn so much from you!

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      SheriSapp 7 years ago from West Virginia

      WOW!! I would love to take up the mantle, but with things the way they are currently, you must have MILLIONS of dollars in order to hope to win any election. Our current ruling regime sucks, no doubt about that, but I don't want to see anarchy.