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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Al Jazeera: Riz Khan Interviewing U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich - A Case To Run For President

Source: Al Jazeera- U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, D, Ohio-
Source: Al Jazeera: Riz Khan Interviewing U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders to me represent what Democratic Socialists in America say that they want both politically and everything else. And since they are not happy with the progressive Democratic Party, because they don't believe they are socialist enough or far enough to the left, that they see the Democratic Party as "Republican Light", which to me as a Democrat is an insult. They should recruit Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders to run for President in 2012.

When Barack Obama ran for President in 2007/08, the Far-Left in America got behind then Senator Obama, because they saw him as a Democratic Socialist. They thought he would try to make America more like Europe, with a broader welfare state and broaden democratic socialism in America. Expand Medicare and Social Security, send everybody who wants to go to college. Increase taxes on high-earners not to pay down the Federal budget deficit and Debt, but to bring their vision of what America should but which it isn't. More like Europe and turn America into a social democracy instead of a liberal democracy. As well as gutting the Defense Department to the point where we look more like Europe.

But since Barack Obama became President two years ago, Democratic Socialists in America have spent a lot of their time being against the President and his Administration. Because Barack Obama is not a Democratic Socialist and never has been. He's a Progressive Democrat who us also pragmatic. Meaning he rather get most of what he's looking for, instead of nothing. The Recovery Act, Affordable Care Act, Wall Street reform and the Bush tax cuts, are prefect examples of this.

I wouldn't want to see Representative Kucinich and Senator Sanders run for President in the Democratic Party and go up against President Obama, as a Democrat. That would be devastating and probably cost Democrats the presidential election as well as Congress in 2012. But head of a their own social-democratic party like the Democratic Socialists. Perhaps a new socialist-libertarian party, or broaden a current Socialist Party. Whether its the current Democratic Socialist Party or the Green Party or whoever. Then these Socialists in America would have their own political party that they could turn to and their own voice in American politics. Instead of just being a fringe, a vocal fringe but a fringe in the Democratic Party.

Democratic Socialists in America will never be happy as Democrats, they'll always see us as too mainstream and not idealistic enough. And there's simply not enough of them in the Democratic Party to ever make it the party that they want. But with their own social-democratic party, they'll have their own voice and be able to lay out the policy's and platforms that they want with their own leadership.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Canadian Opposition Topples Harper Triggers Election: Signals need for Electoral Reform in Canada

This might sound strange coming from an outsider to Canada, even though I'm an american and we share a three thousand mile border with them. I believe the longest International Border in the World. If you think the American-Mexican Border of two thousand miles is long, then I suggest you check out the American-Canadian Border. Another beautiful long border between two beautiful countries. But as an outsider who's just a two hour flight away from the American-Canadian Border. Or an 8-10 hour drive depending on where I go, I believe I'm well inform enough to comment on the Canadian Electoral System. Also because of how interlink we are, not just on trade but in the media as well. We get each others News Media, sometimes whether we want it or not. Because the news of both countries affects both countries. Because culturally we are so similar with our lifestyles. And we belong to the same International Clubs and work with each other in them. NATO and the United Nations being just a couple examples of that. We cover their news, they cover ours, we see their entertainment, they see ours. We eat similar food, both have very diverse society's, ethnically, racially and other things as well. So when I saw that the Conservative Government lost a No Confidence Vote in the House of Commons on Friday. It signaled to me that Canada is starting to become like Italy in a way, changing governments every few years. Because none of the Major Parties in Canada have enough support or the full trust of the Canadian People. To stay in power and at least finish their full term.

This is an indicator to me anyway as an American Outsider, that its time for Electoral Reform in Canada. And at least set up a system where when one party wins the General Election. And becomes the Ruling Party, that they at least get to finish their term. Whether thats four years or five years. And then have Mid Term Elections similar to America, where the Canadian House and Senate run for reelection. So if the Canadian People doesn't like the government halfway through, they would be able to respond by electing Members of Parliament from the other parties. To make the Prime Minister weaker and send them the message that we don't like what your doing and you need to change course. Or you could very well be out of power in the next election. This would allow the Prime Minister to take Bold Leadership and actually lead the country. And not have to worry about facing a No Confidence Vote every time they make a tough decision. And if voters don't like what the Prime Minister is doing, they can take it out on the Ruling Party in the Mid Term Elections as well in the next General Election.

Also even though the Canadian Parliament is technically a Bi Cameral Legislature like the United States Congress. The Canadian Senate even though its technically the Upper Chamber, has almost no real authority if any. Unlike the US Senate which is the Upper Chamber in Congress, by title and in practice. The House of Commons has most of the power in Parliament. The Canadian Senate is very similar to the United Kingdoms House of Lords, in structure and in practice. With appointed Senators and not much if any authority. So I would make the Senate democratic with all the Senators up for reelection. And make the Leader of the Senate and at large member and the Leader of the Majority Party. With the Minority Leader the Leader of the Minority Party also an at large member. The Senate representing the Canadian Provinces and Territory's equally. Similar to the US Senate and the real Upper Chamber in Parliament. If your going to have a Senate in a Democracy, then it should have real authority and be accountable to the people.

Looks like Canada will have another General Election in May, for like the fourth time in like six years. Hopefully the Canadian People will vote for a party they like and trust. Rather then vote for the lesser of the evils.