Monday, January 29, 2018

Democracy - A Word With Many Meanings

In th coming Russian elections, opposition politician Aleksej Navalnyj is greatly displeased with not being able to run for the presidency. You can always discuss whether a criminal conviction should invalidate your right to run for any office, but the laws of the land are as they are - and that can't be challenged.

In Denmark, a decision has been made to remove the right for new candidates, whereas current members are not similarly thrown out. You can approve or disapprove of such policies, but it won't change a thing.

A person may have a DUI from ages ago, and have recovered totally from youthful folly, but rules such as these simply prove the one point that every crime comes with a price.

We don't want to forgive certain crimes if we were dealing with say a kindergarten - and the same applies to running a country. There may be situations where people have shown such a lack of remorse that you can't really trust that person. I don't know whether that applies specifically to Mr. Navalnyj, but it seems evident it is being called a political conviction.

We have FAR TOO MANY politicians who claim political convictions in an effort to get sympathy for their causes. A much more efficient strategy is to own up to your actions, and then take it from there.

What are your thoughts on this?

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