Thursday, December 4, 2008

What is it about Harper that engenders comparisons to Bush?

Although we will never know, it is possible that Jean placed more weight on the Peace (in our time - CV) and Order aspects of our Constitution over the Good Government one. This has, IMHO, established a dangerous precedent. And here is where Bush comes in and a way to regain the representative aspect of our democracy.

In Bush Vs. Gore, the horrible decision that enabled the neo-con nightmare to begin the US Supreme Court held that this was not precedent setting. From the Wikipedia summary:

"Some critics of the decision argue that the majority seemed to seek refuge from their own logic
in the following sentence in the majority opinion: "Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances, for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities." The Court's defenders argued that this was a reasonable precaution against the possibility that the decision might be read over-broadly, arguing that in the short time available it would not be appropriate to attempt to craft language spelling out in greater detail how to apply the holding to other cases. Critics, however, interpreted the sentence as stating that the case did not set precedent in any way and could not be used to justify any future court decision, and some suggested that this was evidence the majority realized its holding was untenable."

I am not channeling Eugene Forsey here and I suppose this is grasping at straws but it is an attempt to make the best of a bad situation.

At present, I do not have a preferred candidate for the Liberal leadership. If one were to state that he would put a motion before Parliament asking that this current prorogation be set aside as precednt it would go a long way to demonstrating his credentials as a democrat and therby getting my support.Recommend this Post

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