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Dealing with Career Politicians – The American Advantage!

Although the American and British democratic systems are very similar in many ways, there are differences that are rather significant. For one thing, America has a written Constitution, whereas the UK does not. The American President is elected directly, whereas the British Prime Minister is normally the leader of the political party currently elected to form the government, though this has not always been the case.

In 19 states, there is a Recall facility, which provides for the removal of an elected official under certain conditions. Where a recall petition is generated without cause, however, there is a risk that the recall be deemed “frivolous” if successful. Note that the Recall facility does not apply to Federal officials.

Article 5 of the constitution provides for changes to the American constitution, as follows:-
“Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification.
Amendments may be adopted and sent to the states for ratification by either:
Two-thirds (supermajority) of both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States Congress;
OR
By a national convention assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds (at present 34) of the states.
To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either (as determined by Congress):
The legislatures of three-fourths (at present 38) of the states;
OR
State ratifying conventions in three-fourths (at present 38) of the states.” (Wikipedia)

It is precisely this mechanism that is being used in the push to apply Term Limits to all American politicians, and not just the President. This is necessary, as their system is overloaded with career politicians who need to be replaced.

The process has already been started, and you can monitor its progress by regular visits to Term Limits for Congress
http://congressneedstermlimits.wordpress.com/
term-limits
The UK has the same problem with career politicians, but there is no convenient mechanism to deal with it. We have to rely on the tried and trusted system of the “Petition”.

Any thoughts on how to get started?

Boarders – Are We Missing The Point?

I have been thinking about boarding schools for a while now, wondering how to broach the subject, as it seems to be one that needs addressing. This is all the more important, as there is one aspect that is not being discussed at all:-

Boarders don’t come from homes with loving parents!

 
The subject is of particular interest to me, for I was one of the more fortunate ones who avoided boarding school altogether. I should explain a little of the background to that.

Back in the days when we had REAL grammar schools, at about 13 years of age I was informed about an opportunity to sit an examination for entrance to Eton.

Passing the exam would have meant a Bursary which would have presumably taken care of some or all of the expenses. (I can’t be more specific about that, as I never bothered to find out).

I think I must have informed my parents about it, but I had no intention whatsoever of sitting the exam. I knew that there was a system of “Fagging” in operation at such schools, and I was absolutely determined that I would never be anyone’s “fag”!

Blood would be spilled before that happened!

 
I would mention in passing that I had experienced a separation from my family at a much younger age, with nearly disastrous consequences, and I was not about to repeat the experience.

Recently there has been a spate of articles about the effects of boarding schools on children. I will refer you to only three of them:-
Boarding School“, from the person that coined the term “Boarding School Syndrome”
Campaign urges boarding schools to stop taking young children
The boarding school and the damage done

Note the following extract from the last article in the above list:-

“I was glad enough to go to boarding school. My father’s family had a history of leaving home early and thereafter not having a great deal to do with one another. Maybe I had a bit of that in me. I had been at odds with my mother over religion since childhood and the dispute was escalating. I was never homesick once during the six years I was there.”

The problem is being perpetuated by those drawn into its net. Children of boarders are much more likely to be sent to boarding school themselves, but they may well see it as a logical step, or even a welcome relief.

Why do I think that the whole practice is deplorable?

Boarding schools are commonly the starting point for a career in politics, and are likely to lead to “career politicians” that never go away. This is disastrous for any democratic country, for with such people in control, Democracy is warped and distorted out of all recognition.

This is why we have such a problem in the UK at the moment:-

It is governed by a bunch of emotionally crippled misfits!