Compromised Political Leaders – Fall Of 55 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:12:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Compromised Political Leaders – Fall Of 55 32 32 Eknath Shinde to be sworn in as Maha CM, says BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:55:31 +0000

Devendra Fadnavis will be sworn in as CM today, sources say

Asked about the next move of the BJP as it is the largest party in the Maharashtra legislature, Patil said, “The next steps will be decided by Fadnavis and Eknath Shinde.” He also said that BJP workers “should show restraint in victory”.

Fadnavis told reporters that “I will say the party’s position tomorrow for sure.” There will be another round of meetings at Fadnavis’ official residence later in the evening, sources said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation to state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday night. The governor accepted the resignation and asked him to serve as chief minister until another arrangement is reached, Raj Bhavan’s sources said.

Thackeray traveled by Mercedes to the Raj Bhavan, accompanied by his sons Aaditya and Tejas as well as Shiv Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe and Arvind Sawant and others. Thackeray met Governor Koshyari at Raj Bhavan at 11:44 p.m. Shiv Sena workers accompanying him shouted slogans as his convoy reached the Raj bhavan. Later, Thackeray returned to his residence “Matoshree” in the suburb of Bandra.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has lost a sensible and cultured chief minister in Uddhav Thackeray who has graciously resigned, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday evening.

Stating he was not interested “in playing the numbers game”, Thackeray said on Wednesday evening that he was stepping down as chief minister. “The Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) has graciously resigned. We have lost a sane and cultured chief minister,” Raut tweeted.

He said they would carry on the legacy of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and were ready to go to jail. “The end of traitors is never good and history can prove it. Now it’s the start of a massive victory for Shiv Sena. We will face the baton, go to jail but keep alive the Balasaheb Thackeray’s Shiv Sena,” he said.

Raut also said he was grateful to NCP leader Sharad Pawar for persuading Uddhav, son of Bal Thackeray, to take charge of the CM in 2019. “Pawar provided his advice. When his own (Uddhav Thackeray) people (the rebel Sena MPs) stabbed him in the back, Pawar stood firmly behind Uddhav,” he said.

Raut added that Congress leaders have always stayed with the government. “Power comes and goes, and no one is here permanently to stay in power.” He also said that there will certainly be justice.

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Let’s Fix Our Toxic Politics • Missouri Independent Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:50:03 +0000

When Eric Greitens posted his tweet of April 25I thought, “that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”

He was on a shooting range with Donald Trump, Jr., firing first what appeared to be an AR-15 and then a handgun with the audio messages, “Scare in the hearts of liberals” and “Liberals, beware”.

May 25 was even crazier, when he sent the same tweet to his followers, this time the day after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

But last Monday, Greitens outdid himself. He posted a video showing him with a combat team in camouflage gear breaking down the door of a house and firing a heavy weapon before saying, “Join the MAGA crew. Get a RINO hunting license.

His short video was a scene from a horror movie and his message was unequivocal. In the wake of Uvalde and Buffalo and more, Greitens encouraged his followers to take up arms and hunt down fellow humans, his political adversaries.

Perhaps Greitens’ message shouldn’t surprise us because it comes from a man who his ex-wife and ex-lover say is personally prone to violence. What should surprise us is that he appeals to the Republicans who put Greitens near the top in the race for our Senate nomination.

But maybe not.

Personally, we must commit to the reality that family and friendships are more important than politics.

While Greitens’ ads are the most extreme in the Senate contest, his theme isn’t unusual at all. Even short of descending into violence like Jan. 6, the current trend in politics is to treat adversaries as enemies we should attack, not as adversaries we should respect.

Notice how often the words “fight” and “fighter” are used by candidates these days. In a recent campaign solicitation I received, “fight” or its derivative appeared three times in a single sentence. It’s as if there is no room for reasonable disagreement and certainly no room for compromise.

This is the state of things today, and it has made politics as we once understood it – a place to address and hopefully resolve our disagreements – unworkable.

It has rendered the United States Senate, where I had the privilege of serving for 18 years, dysfunctional. Here’s a question you might ask yourself: what are senators actually doing these days, other than issuing statements indicating how angry they are?

It would be bad enough if this state of rage was contained in the world of professional politics. Unfortunately, it is not the case. It has metastasized in our interpersonal relationships.

Most of us know families and friends who have been separated by politics. I know a young woman whose father ended a phone call about politics and hasn’t spoken to her in two years. I know of another whose mother kicked her out of a family Christmas party for the same reason. Then there are the 35-40% of supporters who don’t want their children to marry someone from the other party and the 33% of students who have “deleted” those who voted for the wrong candidate.

For the health of our personal lives and certainly for the good of America, we must end this constant fight. It won’t be enough to think like me that Greitens’ tweets were crazy. We should do Something. To this end, we can draw inspiration from the illustrious history of our nation.

Former close friends John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became so angry about the 1800 election that they didn’t speak for 12 years. Then they reconciled and ended their lives in a warm and respectful friendship.

In 1861, after the secession of seven southern states from the Union, Abraham Lincoln pleaded for national unity: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.

James Madison not only understood political disagreements, he welcomed them, believing that by compensating each other they would protect us against tyranny.

From our beginnings, a great project of America has been to hold us together, with all our differences, as one united country. We honor this with our motto, e pluribus unum; we are many different people, and we are one. We pledge allegiance to an indivisible nation.

Today, the standard tactic of politics is to set aside our grand plan for national unity and go our separate ways. This tactic is being pursued by “fighters” who on the left put our different identities above our common identity, and on the right argue that we should not believe our leaders were legitimately elected.

The work of holding us together as a people must be both political and personal. Politically, we must elect candidates who reject divisive politics and will commit to overcoming our differences and keeping America together.

Personally, we must commit to the reality that family and friendships are more important than politics.

Joint statement on the situation in Libya Fri, 24 Jun 2022 23:33:01 +0000

The text of the following declaration was issued by the governments of the United States of America, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom:

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France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America welcome the progress made in the talks between the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the High Council of State in Cairo, facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) . We welcome the degree of consensus reached so far towards an agreement and appreciate the work of Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Stephanie Williams and UNSMIL.

We call on the House of Representatives, the High Council of State and their leaders to urgently finalize the legal basis so that credible, transparent and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections can take place as soon as possible, as stated in resolution 2570 ( 2021), the LPDF roadmap, the Libya stabilization conference, the conclusions of the Berlin II conference and the declaration of the Paris conference on Libya.

The LPDF roadmap set the expiration of the transition phase on June 22, provided that the presidential and legislative elections are held on December 24, 2021, which was not the case. We stress the need for a unified Libyan government capable of governing and organizing these elections throughout the country, achieved through dialogue and compromise as soon as possible. We strongly reject actions that could lead to violence or greater divisions in Libya, such as the creation of parallel institutions, any attempt to seize power by force or the refusal of a peaceful transition of power to a new executive formed through a legitimate and transparent process. . We urge Libyan political leaders to engage constructively in negotiations, including through the good offices of UNSMIL, to break the executive deadlock and agree on a path to elections. We continue to await the full implementation of the October 23, 2020 ceasefire agreement. Violence, incitement to violence and hate speech are inexcusable and unacceptable.

We emphasize that Libya’s resources must be managed transparently, responsibly and responsibly across the country, and for the benefit of the Libyan people. We urge Libyan leaders to agree on the country’s public spending priorities and establish a joint revenue management and oversight structure through continued engagement with the Berlin Process Economic Working Group.

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Carl P. Leubsdorf: The compromise is difficult to find | app Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:06:25 +0000

The protracted negotiations between four senators that culminated in this week’s compromise on a modest gun control bill show how difficult it is to reach bipartisan agreement on contentious issues in a time of heavily political partisan.

So does the apparent collapse of talks last week on crafting a new COVID relief bill.

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Netanyahu braces for comeback as Israel heads for new elections Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:08:18 +0000
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TEL AVIV — News of the collapse of Israel’s governing coalition and preparations for a fifth election in less than four years has angered many Israelis. But the news came as a resounding victory for Benjamin Netanyahu, who over the past year as opposition leader has been plotting his own comeback.

However, it is not immediately clear how this would play out, as polls show most Israelis continue to vote as they did in the last election, producing a polarized and deadlocked Knesset and fragile coalition governments. .

Netanyahu, who has led Israel for much of the past 20 years, appears to be betting on breaking the political deadlock by galvanizing his right-wing base and portraying his opponents as a threat to society.

Israeli leader to dissolve Knesset, triggering new elections

“A government that depended on supporters of terrorism, that abandoned the personal security of the citizens of Israel, that raised the cost of living to unheard of levels, that imposed unnecessary taxes, that endangered our Jewish identity . This government is going home,” Netanyahu said in a video posted on Twitter on Monday. “My friends and I will form a government… which, above all, will restore national pride to the citizens of Israel.”

The coalition’s collapse is largely due to Netanyahu’s efforts to encourage coalition members uneasy with its ideological diversity to jump ship.

“From day one, Netanyahu sought to overthrow the government and focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and issues related to Arabs in Israel,” said political analyst Dahlia Scheindlin. “It was handy fruit.”

The Knesset committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to hold the first reading of the vote to dissolve on Wednesday, instead of next week as originally planned, to avoid Netanyahu’s efforts to form an alternative government of the last chance.

At 72, after a year and a week in the opposition Knesset chamber and in the Jerusalem District Court where he faces an ongoing corruption trial, Netanyahu’s determination to reclaim his throne appears fiercer than ever.

“It’s the big show, and nobody does the big show like Netanyahu,” said Aviv Bushinsky, a former adviser to Netanyahu.

Michael Maimon, a longtime Netanyahu voter and former 1960s army buddy, expects the vote to go differently than the last four times. The “nightmare” of the incumbent government has mobilized Netanyahu’s base, some 300,000 of whom did not turn out to vote in the last election due to exhaustion from the protracted cycle of political deadlock.

Netanyahu has reliably won the most votes in each election, but has struggled to cobble together the 61 seats needed to lead the 120-seat Knesset.

“Bibi knows he’s the most popular candidate and the support for him is better now than it has been in recent years,” Maimon said. “He can’t wait to get home.

A survey by Israeli radio station 103FM found that a bloc led by Netanyahu – comprising his right-wing Likud, religious Zionist parties and ultra-Orthodox parties – would win the most seats in a new election, although there are still two short of a majority – a recurring problem of recent coalition attempts.

In 2021, Netanyahu failed to form a coalition and was forced to hand over the mandate to centrist Yair Lapid, who led the second-largest party and later allied himself with right-wing Naftali Bennett in a deal of power sharing.

The Bennett-Lapid coalition replaced Netanyahu last June with the backing of a wafer-thin coalition of eight ideologically divergent parties united only by a desire to oust Netanyahu.

Part of the reason Netanyahu failed to form a coalition in 2021 is that he had alienated so many of his former allies on the right – the same people now vowing to prevent his return.

“I will not bring Bibi back. All party members are with me. No one will succumb to inducements [to defect to Likud]Gideon Saar, justice minister and former Likud party veteran, told Army Radio on Tuesday.

Netanyahu will try to raze those in Bennett’s religious Zionist base who have expressed discomfort with the inclusion of an Arab-Islamist party in the coalition. Netanyahu has long claimed that his inclusion undermines Israel’s Jewish character and its security – although he once courted the party himself.

“Peace and security must be restored for the citizens of Israel and on the streets of our cities. Unfortunately, we all see that a government dependent on the Islamic Movement is unable to do that,” Netanyahu said after visiting relatives of one of the Israelis killed in a shooting in March.

With the election rush, the Arab community in Israel is preparing for a Netanyahu campaign that will vilify Arabs, said Yousef Jabareen, a former Knesset member from the left-wing Arab-Israeli Hadash party.

Netanyahu has previously portrayed Palestinian citizens of Israel as a danger in previous elections, warning that they were “heading to the polls in droves.”

“We are seriously concerned that Arab politicians and Arab citizens will be subject to delegitimization,” Jabareen said. “We know that incitement against the Arab community is an integral part of Netanyahu’s process, in that he tries to attract more right-wing voters while trying to keep Arab voters out of the game.”

]]> Will 11 SADC leaders ask Rwanda CHOGM 2022 to follow them and lower the electoral standard to readmit Zimbabwe Sun, 19 Jun 2022 20:38:54 +0000

Rwanda is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 next week, June 20-25, 2022. President Mnangagwa has no doubt pushed for Zimbabwe to be readmitted to the Commonwealth. The regime is known to have spent millions of dollars on public relations ventures to spruce up its image, even as the country’s education and health care collapsed for lack of funds.

Zimbabwe’s readmission application was rejected following the country’s failure to hold free, fair and credible elections in 2018. The report by the Commonwealth Election Observation Team, like the EU and numerous reports, gave detailed recommendations on what Zimbabwe should do to ensure future elections are free and fair.

Zanu PF has not implemented a single token reform since the rigged 2018 elections. The regime has stubbornly resisted all pressure to produce even something as basic as a verified voters list.

Zanu PF is blatantly rigging the 2023 election!
If this Rwandan CHOGM of 2022 were to decide to readmit Zimbabwe back to the Commonwealth, it would be because the delegates had given up on Zimbabwe implementing the democratic reforms necessary for free, fair and credible elections. And so Zimbabwe’s elections will be measured against a one meter long stick, unlike the international which accepts a three foot stick! This is exactly what SADC leaders have done!
Of the 19 African Commonwealth countries, 11 of them are also part of the SADC regional grouping. Wearing their Commonwealth hats, the 11 countries endorsed the report by the Commonwealth Election Observer Team led by former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

“We note that significant gains were made in these elections. However, the state media’s acute bias in favor of the ruling party, the persistent allegations of intimidation reported to the group, and the unfair use of the privileges of incumbent tipped the scales in favor of the ruling party (Zanu-PF),” the Mahama report said.

“Post-election violence, which resulted in deaths, and the behavior of security forces have marred this phase of the elections. For these reasons, we are unable to endorse all aspects of the process as credible, inclusive and peaceful.”
However, when the 11 wore their SADC hats, they endorsed the SADC team which concluded that the same electoral process was “essentially free, fair and credible!” This was only possible because the SADC was judging the elections in Zimbabwe against a lower standard than the Commonwealth team was using.

Of course, President Mnangagwa was eternally grateful to SADC leaders for their political endorsement and legitimacy.
The only time, in 2008, when SADC leaders joined the rest of the international community in condemning Zimbabwe’s irregular and illegal elections; The Zanu PF lost its political legitimacy and was forced to agree on the need to implement a series of democratic reforms. A Government of National Unity (GNU) was tasked with implementing the reforms.

Unfortunately, not a single reform has been implemented in five years of GNU. Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC, responsible for implementing the reforms, have proven to be corrupt and breathtakingly incompetent. SADC leaders had harassed the MDC to implement the reforms, but to no avail.
SADC leaders had made a last-minute offer to postpone the 2013 elections in Zimbabwe until reforms were implemented. They said face to face to Tsvangirai and company: “If you participate in the elections next month, you will lose. The elections are over!
As we know, the MDC leaders, once again, did not pay attention and participated in the elections. The Zanu PF blatantly rigged the elections and SADC leaders, no doubt in desperation unhappy with the MDC’s betrayal, turned a blind eye to the rigging and endorsed the process as “substantially free, fair and credible”. “giving Zanu PF legitimacy.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is counting on the 11 SADC countries to pressure CHOGM to measure Zimbabwe’s adherence to democratic values ​​using a one foot long measure and not the universally accepted three foot long measure because that Zimbabwe has not even implemented a single reform. when the country had the golden opportunity to do so!

It would be foolish, to say the least, for 2022 Rwanda CHOGM to readmit Zimbabwe back into the Commonwealth for three reasons:
a) Lowering the democratic standards that have served Commonwealth nations well will trigger a race to the bottom, as many leaders will want the same compromised standards applied to them as well. Many Commonwealth countries, including Rwanda and Uganda, have dictators who have failed to organize free, fair and credible elections. Readmit Zimbabwe again and there will be many more dictators in the Commonwealth.

b) Many Zimbabweans readily accept that the GNU from 2008 to 2013 was a golden opportunity for Zimbabwe to implement democratic reforms and they condemn the MDC leaders for selling out. Zimbabweans who continue to support the MDC/CCC’s foolish madness to “win rigged elections” do so out of ignorance and/or desperation. Every thinking Zimbabwean accepts that it is foolish to participate in flawed elections out of greed for the few gravy train seats offered as bait only to give legitimacy to Zanu PF. They are looking forward to another opportunity to implement the reforms and finally get the nation out of this hellhole.

c) If Zimbabwe were readmitted, the Commonwealth would render the organisation’s own democratic norms and values ​​irrelevant and encourage Zanu PF to rig the 2023 and future elections. 2022 Rwanda CHOGM will have condemned Zimbabwe to the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship aided by the incompetent and utterly useless corrupt opposition entourage. Zimbabwe should not be readmitted to the Commonwealth until it implements democratic reforms and adheres to internationally recognized democratic standards and values. Surely that’s not too much to ask!

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Keir Starmer on edge as Labor leader grappling with ‘complex politics’: ‘He’s tense!’ | Politics | New Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Sir Keir announced last week that the Labor Party would oppose new Brexit legislation aimed at easing trade friction. The Labor leader is opposing a government bill under which parts of the Northern Ireland protocol can be left unenforced. He claimed ministers should keep trying to reach an agreement with the EU in talks between London and Brussels to update the hated rules.

“There are still a huge number of people who are extremely determined to join the EU in the UK.

“It’s not a majority by any means, but enough that if they come out of the Labor Party coalition, well, that’s a problem for them too.

“And if they have to talk a lot about Europe and Northern Ireland, well, that’s going to put a strain on the Labor coalition.”

Before the UK left the EU, the two sides agreed on the protocol as a way to protect the bloc’s single market.

Indeed, Northern Ireland, which left the EU as part of the United Kingdom, shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland, which is still a member state.

“But this was a generation that came into politics at a time when Northern Ireland was seen as a settled issue.

“So they don’t have the inherent meaning of it, or what the sensitivities are.”

The political expert also claimed the Labor leader was reluctant to discuss Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

He said: “Labour is going to have to ask itself if it’s a good thing to compromise with the European Union and be pro-European.

“That’s the last thing Starmer wants to talk about.”

Sir Keir was criticized during his leadership of the Labor Party for changing his stance on Brexit.

The politician voted to remain in the EU, but later said he would honor a referendum result.

He later admitted there could be a second referendum on UK membership of the EU, but later told Remainers the Brexit debate was “over”.

Other Views: Western unity is more essential than ever | Opinion Tue, 14 Jun 2022 05:45:00 +0000

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine has made the West – in this context, NATO and the European Union – more united than it has been in a long time. Unfortunately, that cohesion is now under threat, as the Russian invasion turns into a crushing war of attrition. To deter Putin from escalating and prevent him from winning, Western leaders must focus on the two weakest links in their alliance: Turkey and Hungary.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey – a member of NATO but not the EU – has said he will block Sweden and Finland from joining the transatlantic alliance unless he receives a series of independent concessions. If he continued, not only would he make both countries more vulnerable to Russian aggression, but he would also make NATO weaker than it should be in the defense of its Baltic members. For free, Erdogan is also increasing tensions with Greece, another NATO ally.

Then there is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. For weeks, he has been brandishing a sanctions package that embargoes Russian oil. Last week, EU leaders thought they had finally reached a compromise: only Russian oil delivered by ship would be banned, while oil arriving by pipeline would not. This would give landlocked Hungary, as well as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, more time to adapt their energy infrastructure.

In a shocking breach of decorum, Orban then reneged on even that compromise. Bizarrely, he also insisted that Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church – a staunch supporter of Putin and the war – should not be on the new sanctions list. The EU also gave in to this demand to get the package adopted. The whole ordeal was an embarrassment and a rare reason for Putin to be optimistic. In every possible way, Orban signals that he is not entirely behind the West’s joint effort to support Ukraine and undermine Russia – in fact, that he is not a reliable ally.

So what can be done? A fundamental design flaw shared by the EU and NATO is that neither has a mechanism to expel errant members. This means both will have to get creative to subdue the rogue rulers.

In Erdogan’s case, accessing blackmail should not be an option. The United States is expected to announce that future arms sales to Turkey will be halted until they rejoin the new memberships. NATO should threaten to suspend Turkish participation in military planning and exercises. If the situation escalates, revising the alliance rules to allow evictions should be on the table.

As for Orban, the EU will have to take a similar hard line. In 2018, the bloc triggered Article 7 of its treaty against Hungary in a censure of its subversion of democratic institutions, launching a process that could in theory strip Budapest of its voting rights in Brussels. In practice, the measure has proven ineffective, as it requires unanimous support. Poland, whose populist government is also the target of an Article 7 procedure, has always had Hungary’s back.

These days, however, Poland is among the most vehemently anti-Putin member states. And Warsaw is horrified by Orban’s obstructionism. Belatedly, Poles realized that a strong EU is in their national interest, not against it. They should therefore persuade Orban to join the effort to weaken Putin’s war machine and strengthen Ukraine. If he doesn’t, the other 26 EU countries – including Poland – would have to strip Hungary of its votes.

Maintaining the Western alliance has never been easy. In the midst of a escalating war on its doorstep, it has rarely seemed more necessary. The time for populist political games is over.

—Bloomberg Review

Florida is proof lawmakers can act after school shooting Sun, 12 Jun 2022 13:30:00 +0000

Once again, a town most of us have never heard of will forever be etched in our hearts – Uvalde. Once again, families are broken, a city is in mourning and a nation is shaken by grief. Again, a collective fear that nothing will change.

America, the most prosperous country on the planet, need not be the only industrialized nation where this is happening – cries of “do something” from weary Americans need not be in vain. There is another way. Florida is the model.

The bill passed by the Florida legislature in 2018, just weeks after the Parkland tragedy, wasn’t perfect. It didn’t solve all the problems and didn’t satisfy everyone. The majority that voted for him had real qualms with individual parts of it. Many Republicans who voted “yes” did not support increased gun control measures in the law. Many Democrats who voted “yes” worried about giving school districts the ability to arm school staff.

But the choice was compromised, or nothing.

Fortunately, enough policy makers have found a way to yes. As Congress conducts its own negotiations over a response to Uvalde, we think there are a few lessons from Florida that could be instructive:

  • Time matters. The Florida Legislature was in session during the Parkland Massacre, creating both the opportunity and the pressure to act. The longer Congress waits to act, the more likely we are to miss the window. Getting lawmakers to witness first-hand the carnage and destruction of this school was essential – seeing it on television is not enough.
  • Take a new path. Florida’s bill was the art of the possible, not the art of the perfect. The legislation dramatically increased funding for school safety, created red flag policies, improved mental health guidance and gave local school boards the ability to decide whether or not to allow limited numbers of school staff. trained to be armed on campus. The bill also tackled firearms by raising the minimum age to buy to 21, instituting a three-day waiting period for background checks and banning bump stocks. It was a real compromise.
  • Bipartisanship paved the way. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act was the collective work of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Republican leaders in the Legislature, and Democratic lawmakers who represented the districts where the massacre took place. No partisan package could pass – getting to yes required true bipartisan cooperation.
  • Advocates – namely parents – have joined hands in support of the bill. The art of politics is giving people the space to join your coalition – or in this case, cutting off the space for someone to oppose it. The parents understood that if any of them spoke out against the reforms, this singular act could derail the bill by providing fuel to opponents. Despite their own internal political differences, days after burying their own children, they presented a united front.

Supporters on both sides of the debate thought the bill went too far or not far enough — and those positions pushed the opposition. But when it came time to vote, enough Republicans and Democrats put aside their personal opposition to elements of the bill to do something more predicted would not happen.

Despite all the ranting about the politics of an issue, not a single Democrat or Republican who voted yes in Florida lost because of their vote. No Republican lost for voting for the gun provisions. No Democrat lost for allowing school districts to arm school staff.

While we recognize it won’t be easy, there is a way forward in Washington, if the courage exists to find an answer.

Today, several bills are currently being introduced in Congress – by members from both sides of the aisle – that together could form the basis of a package that would both keep our schools safe, keep guns out of the hands of those who would do harm, take meaningful steps to toughen up schools and increase mental health counseling. Many of these proposals come directly from Florida law.

The wounds of a school shooting are never at surface level; these wounds permeate all levels of our collective consciousness. Healing these wounds and finding a solution takes time, patience and above all: bipartisanship.

But that’s only going to happen if Republicans and Democrats step back from their own talking points and find a solution that neither side really likes — but can actually pass. Reforms in Florida are a roadmap, but now is the time to act: the window to do something will close quickly.

And unfortunately, if nothing is done, we all know what will follow.

Jared Rosenstein was the legislative aide to then-Democratic state Rep. Jared Moskowitz, whose district represented Parkland, Florida, and who was a key driver behind the passage of the Marjory Stoneman Act Douglas.

Steve Schale is a Democratic strategist in Florida who worked with parents of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre on passing school safety legislation.

COMMENT: satisfied with the status quo? Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:59:27 +0000


One-feather staff

Do you think we have a perfect governance system with the best possible leadership? To hear some voices in the community, the answer to this question would be an emphatic “no”. And then you would also hear a lot of people saying “yes”. It’s a fact of politics: you can please everyone some of the time and some people all the time, but you’ll never please everyone all the time.

In my own work here at the newspaper, when I hear people’s compliments (which I’m humbled and grateful for) but don’t hear criticism, I get a little nervous. Because the reality of this job is that I often have to do and say things that offend or upset at least one or two people if I want to stick to my value system and that of the newspaper. In short, if you do the right thing by a consistent standard, you will inevitably offend or rub someone the wrong way. The same paradigm can be applied to the political environment of the tribe. And a lot depends on the “standard of law” or ethical standard of each person in our tribal leadership. To paraphrase a former US president, whether or not you do the right thing depends on your definition of “good.”

We live in a society that searches for itself and thrives on propaganda and media hype. Politicians, even those who deny being politicians, regularly exaggerate to accentuate their positions. There is not much in this world and few people in this world who are totally bad or good. Generally, people and things are a balance between good and evil. And even good and bad are in the eye of the beholder, socially speaking of course. I intentionally steer clear of personal religious beliefs, mostly because that also tends to gravitate toward political extremes today. Without some sort of social norm, right and wrong are truly subjective and, as is the case with situational truths, depend on how well educated a person is about a particular topic, idea, other person, or a group of people. Thus, we generally tend these days to market our value system to others. And part of our marketing strategy is to highlight our “goods” and their “bads” and conversely, we ignore their good and our bad. So what you typically see in an election are candidates painting incomplete pictures of themselves and their opponents.

Facebook and other social media have made billions of dollars satisfying our appetite for gossip. We have itchy ears. And we want to hear what we want to hear. We gravitate to the pages of people and groups who confirm our already formulated idea of ​​what is good, fair or ethical. Again, it all boils down to your definition of “law”.

If you look at any of our old tribal voting records, there’s one glaring fact that strikes you when you analyze the data. We had elections in which less than 40% of eligible voters turned out. In a few cases, there were not enough voters to create a valid quorum for a referendum vote. And when you ask voters why they don’t vote, you get the propaganda answers; “Well, I don’t think my vote counts”; “They’re going to do what they want to do anyway”; “I know so-and-so is going to win, so why bother”. This mentality prevails even though some races in our tribal elections came down to ten, five, and in at least one case, one vote. Based on our historic voting records, it’s a great turnout if we manage to get 50 or 60 percent of the electorate to take a few minutes, twice a year, to participate in the electoral process. It makes it more understandable that some think they can stand in front of the Tribal Council Chamber podium and say they speak for the people or tell you what the people want. Those people in the gallery don’t have to worry about half or more of us contradicting what they say, because we won’t even speak with our vote.

Our government is juggling a lot of balls. Construction is happening at a pace I haven’t seen in 20 years. More recent tribal councils and executive administrations have addressed land use planning. For example, we have at least five large multi-unit dwellings (apartments and duplexes) completed or in the final stages of completion. Single-family homes are moving more slowly, but they are progressing. Building land, as far as residential use is concerned, is a “high priority”, whatever that means in our current environment. And yet, we continue to see battles among our leaders over the purchase and use of land. The latest battles that have been announced have focused on land use planning and the integration of workforce housing. Because we have limited land mass and limited “buildable” land, there needs to be consensus around purchase and use to find productive solutions for people. And while some try to make reasoned arguments for and against, much of the debate includes accusations of personal agendas, character challenges, and political rhetoric, all of which deflect from solving a problem and therefore delay remedies for the tribesmen.

Many statutes in our Cherokee Code contain an element of quasi-civil rights. They reside in the Code because the Charter does not imply any rights of members except voting and a census to make the vote fair and equitable (a right, by the way, which has been denied to the people for at least a decade of elections). It is, after all, a charter, not a constitution.

There are other projects, like a homeless shelter, recognition signage for cultural figures, Cherokee code cleanup/update, and others that are mentioned from time to time, but as cans down the road, they are kicked out to another tribal council headquarters. or Executive Election. Important large-scale projects, at least according to the tribe’s own strategic economic development document, are rejected for so long that they become obsolete and must be delisted.

Routinely, Tribal Services will be audited at a monthly Council session which requires reports from major programs and divisions within the Tribe. Almost as regularly, tribal council representatives or community members come to ask for information and correction of a lack or delay in services. Whether it is medical care, facilities, housing, or a number of other social programs, there are usually a few areas that need to be addressed or corrected. The law of averages would say that’s normal. What is neither normal nor acceptable is the deviation that occurs in some of these cases. When there is a problem to be solved, there is sometimes a tendency to divert attention from the problem to personal attacks. To distract from a problem and its resolution, you might hear “We have good people on our team and we won’t allow their reputations to be tarnished.” At this point, the focus shifts from solving a potential problem to a perceived personal attack of some sort. We sometimes seem to have a hard time keeping the basics as the main thing.

We have a problem with the flow of information within our government. Our leaders have expressed a desire to be transparent, but transparency takes more work than you might think. I advocated for a tribal program, perhaps hosted by the Communications Division, that would be responsible for disseminating information to the community and general public. Some programs, programs, and tribal entities have actual Public Information Officers (PIOs) who are tasked by their job descriptions with disseminating information to the public. The challenge with most information in tribal government is that according to human resource policy, basically anything discussed in a program is confidential until it’s released, and I’ve had managers who have told me said they couldn’t release material until it was released. do so by the executive office.

In one instance, I was advised by an attorney, regarding a request for information made to the Tribal Council through the operations office, that the Code did not require disclosure of that information, so they would not release it not. In short, it was not the content of the information that determined its release status, it was a legal loophole that provided the general power to refuse release of information to the public. The lawyer did not even mention the possibility that there was confidential information in the requested document. It was simply refused because they could. We have even had situations where the tribal government has denied us information that our government has provided to the federal government. We subsequently made public information requests to the federal government and obtained information that our tribal government could not provide. Transparency at its best, no.

A public information office would organize existing public information officers into a legitimate representative entity of the tribe. He could be educated in what is legally public information and could act as a clearinghouse for external communications for all iterations of our tribal government. Simple laws could be created, as they were for the ethics committee, to provide guidelines and authority for a public information office to work with programs and entities to generate reports that would be transparent, without compromising confidentiality. One of the issues the government deals with on a daily basis is real community engagement. Commitment to knowing what most people want. A good public information office could streamline the paperwork process that has bogged down our public records law since its inception.

We are a nation of people and we are a multi-hundred million dollar corporation/government. We need to pay attention to the adjustment needs of our government and it is not just for leaders to make this happen. It’s up to all of us who are tribal members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.