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Seven Reasons Why The Single-Issue Common Candidate Project Will Not Work

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka’s political evolution has clearly arrived at a crisis stage that demands just one great imperative action by the people, namely the abolition of the institution of Executive President. The current incumbent in office, Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR), has done one salutary service and that is to demonstrate the serious fault lines in the system by reducing it to the absurd drama that the JR Jayewardene-led United National Party government script can turn into. Governance has been reduced to shambles and the basic need for law and order and public confidence in what the rulers do has been totally obliterated. The character of the powerful executive created by the script has been able to capture every democratic institution-the Cabinet, the Parliament, the judicial system, the policing agency, the electing mechanism and the media all of which must necessarily have some measure of independence and teeth to checkmate any possible abuse of power. A fundamental reality of the use of power is its potential for abuse if gone unchecked. That is the nature of human behavior and it is doesn’t vary with a JR, a Premadasa, a MR or even a possible Ranil Wickremesinghe. There are no angels in politics.

It is obvious MR will not preside over the demolition of the office he holds although he pledged it in Mahinda Chinthanaya. He is not a Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. In that event socially conscious leaders must plot and plan a realistic and democratic way to have this task completed. In this regard Revd. Maduluwawe Sobitha’s initiative must be commended by all well-meaning citizens. Under the prevailing system where everyone seems to fall before the possibility of lucrative self-advancement by propping the powerful centre, such an initiative can be described as something that restores faith in our people. There are still some saviours left. Sri Lanka is not all a country of vultures or gijulihini.

Ranil ChandrikaOn the other hand, my worry is that the project of Maduluwawe Sobitha is ill-designed and at the outset. He has to go back to the drawing table along with his advisors. The first question that arises is whether a single issue candidate can arouse an appeal among the broad electorate particularly of rural Lanka at a Presidential election. Isn’t the single issue character something too abstract for digestion to the very large majority past the Colombo intellectuals? It lacks the flesh and blood and the emotion that can provoke the imagination of the public. This deficiency will play out badly at a Rajapaksa election when a different rhetoric is on. The candidate has to have a more total appeal that pricks the day to day issues that ordinary people in villages and towns face.

Secondly, the single issue project by definition will not be able to mobilize grass-roots leaders who will be asked to work for a ‘candidacy’ and not for their future political leader. The local leader mobilization is crucial at elections and such leaders can be enthused to act and work only toward a goal that puts them in the picture or serves their vested interests. A local UNP leader or JVP leader will work hard for their party leader because thereby he /she will have a stake in the future administration. Why should he work his bones out for a distant single issue leader?

Thirdly, funding is a serious consideration. Will business and other interests fund an impersonal one-issue candidacy? ‘No,’ is the answer. Funding a party leader and party that can be brought to power is an entirely different matter. Next, they are not going to fund two successive campaigns.

Fourthly, if the single issue candidate wins he will naturally have a competitive advantage over rivals at the subsequent Presidential election. Hence, one cannot reasonably expect an aspiring party leader or party to be enthused to work for a situation that will eventually leave him/it out of the political landscape.

Fifth, the project assumes that the different established political parties will set aside party ambitions and interests to spend their money and time to work for a single issue candidate. This ignores political realities.

Sixth, campaign coordination is going to be problematic unlike in the case of a party candidate. This was the experience of some organizers of the Sarath Fonseka campaign for Presidency.

Seventh, the project ignores the political party power imbalance in oppositional ranks. Any move that ignores such a reality will be fraught. Come what may, it is clear that the UNP has had/has a solid minimum base of thirty per cent of electoral support island-wide at the worst of times. No other party can get anywhere near that guaranteed start.It also enjoys the confidence of minorities. Eking out the deficit twenty one per cent is realizable in these better times. In terms of electoral support all other parties lag behind the UNP with a huge gap.

In view of the above considerations it appears obvious that a coalition under UNP leadership is the more practical solution. The six-month pledge to end the office of the Executive President must be a priority in such a campaign.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe –

    “It is obvious MR will not preside over the demolition of the office he holds although he pledged it in Mahinda Chinthanaya. He is not a Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. In that event socially conscious leaders must plot and plan a realistic and democratic way to have this task completed. In this regard Revd. Maduluwawe Sobitha’s initiative must be commended by all well-meaning citizens. “

    Yes. the executive Presidency, allowed for the abuse.

    The Question to ask is why the current Parliamentarians allowed for the extension of the Term to begin with?

    This is a clear example of Bribery and Corruption, Mahinda Rajapaksaa Rajapaksa knew that. He knew he had to throw some bones with meat to the dogs.

    He will throw some bones do several dogs.

    The Modayas will be happy to eat some meat off the bones…

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      Mr Jayasinghe,

      Look at positive side.
      Since you all know what are the areas that need to be developed it is matter of leadership, planning, organizing and executing the strategy.
      Definitely Ranil can learn how election campaign are run in US.

      Further more UPFA is so disorganised. Former SLFPers are dead againast Rajapakse family. People are tired with Jarapassa racist and communal politics. Further burden with cost of living, economic problems.

      The more Rajapakse rules the more people get tired of this rulers.

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        Sumith you are living in a world of your own.The only chance for the SLFP come out against MR is if MR is defeated prior to the parliamentary election.Otherwise the UPFA , SLFP,JHU,WW’s party all will work and go begging to MR.They know that they have no future without MR. If MR is defeated the stinking rats will cook kiri bath on the road.When Dudley was defeated there were so called strong UNPers who rejoiced. When RP was killed a similar scenario took place
        Shaymon Jayasinghe is right

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      Mayka thamai Appe Aanduwa, Appe Aanduwa, Appe Aanduwa:

      This is how we rule, home grown and well honed.

      Full independence to the rulers from the rule of law!

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        “Seven Reasons Why The Single-Issue Common Candidate Project Will Not Work”

        Here is one reason why it will not work: It is not based on reason; it’s based on emotion.

        I just say it again what emotion it is, it is well known to all and sundry: It’s the emotion about ‘others’!

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,

    You have hit the nail on the head with #3

    Try to imagine the kudu karayas, Tavern mudalalis, Thilanga’s, Harry’s Kili’s and their ilk united in the cause of keeping the ‘hora jaaraawama’ going. Then, add the vested interests of the crooks in power, desperately needing to win to survive….

    As always Sri Lankans love to discuss to death any subject. Go to a party and we are all experts in Cricket, Rugby, Stocks, Gaza, Israel, Buddhism, Islam and even the unknowns!

    The crazy thing is what we know how things should have happened…EVEN AFTER IT HAS HAPPENED. How useful is that exercise in stupidity one might venture to ask? There would’nt be a point in asking because you would be labeled the idiot!!

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    “Funding is a serious consideration”… What Obama did and still doing in his fundraising campaign could be a turning point if correctly applied in SL. If the new leaders appeal to the public to become “Participants” of democratic system but not merely “Represented” as Modi explained… This participation can be started with donating small amount of money for the CHANGE they want… If this is successful, then this drive could help to resolve some of other 6 issues you mentioned… Am I dreaming???

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe has thought it out, but not thoroughly.

    There are just two major political parties of standing, SLFP and UNP.

    There is rift among UNP. No politician of standing will be willing to support another attempt at power by RW. There is a reason for it. The chances of RW becoming President in this climate is slim to nil.

    It would require some sort of evidence from some corner indicating that MR could be defeated for a joint CBK/RW ticket to win.

    Yes, MR could be defeated. This can be achieved not by uniting UNP, but by splitting UPFA.

    The hairline – invisible – cracks are already there. One requires a concerted effort to make it widen.

    This could be done, but not by a single candidate but by a SLFP/UNP ticket.

    Though it is sad, only CBK/RW is on the horizon.

    If the country could be made to believe that MR is certain to be ousted, UPFA will fall like a pack of cards. Hordes of SLFP politicians in UPFA still clinging on to MR despite the insult and injury meted out to them by Rajapakse brothers will not hesitate to jump ship, if CBK/RW boat has the wind on its sails.

    RW should agree to support CBK for President, on the assurance that he would be made the Prime Minister and SF is guaranteed of the the post of Defence Secretary.

    Will SF agree? He has to. He has some unfinished business with MR/GR.

    This will also guarantee a divided military loyalty to UPFA, read MR/GR.

    What do we do with Revd. Maduluwawe Sobitha? What do we do with SB?

    Trust me. They are not that greedy. They will back CBK/RW ticket.

    Hey, Who said that I shouldn’t dream!

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    A UNP candidate is a party candidate Ranil should sit behind Chandrika and it’d be easy to pull down Ven. Sobitha incase if he won’t abolish presidency conduct parlimentary election on first past post voting system and quit, in the light of emerging political rabid monks power crazy Ven. Sobitha has no alternative to emerge SLFP old guard minus families and negative buddhist power force so can trust Ven. Sobitha of such a buddhist power force positive! ExCJs won’t articulate well with rural base, of course!

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    They all are correct reason. But for Tamils, they cannot have a say on the parliament with PR systems. But they have a say on presidential election. In fact they did very well by teaching a lesson to Ranil for splitting LTTE and taking away Karuna. But Robert Blake got involved and without knowing Lankan politics messed it up. Otherwise, by now, Tamils might have recycled three times the president post. Blake messed up Tamils politics, Sinhalese politics and European and American politics. Even Australia is suffering by what Blake did. (They foolishly think they know to deal with Royal Government, but they will soon take the lesson Robert Blake took from Lanka.

    Further, there is no interest for Tamils to change EP. They had more raw deals with Prime Misters like DS, SWRD and Srimavo. It is pointless to think for them about the Lankan leader. They should be contented with what they have to do with their 66 years problem, rather than the last two, three years of Sinhalese problem.

    After all the solutions proposed as alternative for EP are worse than EP. DS started by hurting upcountry Tamils, as an example of how to use Sinhala dominant politics and gain approval from Sinhalese. Somara Thero showed to do political murders. JVP set the example of how to rebel against government. Srimavo showed how to carry out mass murders to save her own position. They all growing, not receding. Now Sobitha Thero setting example of how to limit the Sri Lankan politics only extreme Sinhala Buddhist ID. This lesson is, if you want do anything serious in Lanka, let lead a Buddhist monk, his political, legal, technical, professional qualification and experiences are irrelevant. This how the new path being opened, so in the next election, Gnasara can stand as Sinhala Buddhist Monk + Anti-minority stands.

    EP is problem for Sinhalese. Probably, this what Pribharan aimed at, in the 2005 election? If that is correct, even though he lost because of Blake, his military and political calculations are being proved correct. EP is not a broken problem for Tamils. They should not try to fix it.

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    Shyamon,

    I feel that the incumbant is too well entrenched in the presidential post and too well insulated by levels of high end criminals, common thugs and well educated ingratiates, that dislodging him with a single issue candidate as Sobitha Thero or Ranil is not going to happen. Furthermore Mara has used the military and the police very efficiently, so much so they are now just an extension of his power structure.

    I agree with you about needing to reach the rank and file outside the cities to make any difference in the elections. However the hypnotic aura of the Sinhala god king who defeated the Tamils is not going to be an easy task to compete with. Furthermore the JHU and BBS are also there to prop up the Rajapaksa regime with the considerable racist votes in Sri Lanka.

    Whether it is Sobitha Thero or Ranil who will be the common candidate the results are predictable. MaRa will win and the people will lose.

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    Shyamon, are you pulling for Ranil? Let me give your another reason why a single issue candidate should be supported. It is better to have a single issue candidate to focus on getting Mahinda Rajapakse out of his seat. Once this is done, then a National Caretaker Government can be formed by the newly elected President with a short period of life span to formulate a new Constitution. The National Caretaker Government can have members from all parties formulating the constitution. Who says Ranil’s constitution would be the suitable one for Sri Lanka? Once this is done the elected President can become a Ceremonial President like William Gopallawa.

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    The single issue of abolition of Executive Presidency can revive our people from their current state of stupor and motivate them to reject the accursed system in one voice if they are adequately enlightened on the serious damage it has already caused to the country and the calamity that would befall the entire nation if it were not thrown overboard without further delay. All opposition political can be expected to back a credible and apolitical common Presidential candidate to be pitted against MR, but certainly not one from a political party. As for Ranil he is not acceptable to even some UNP stalwarts. The only way out is for the opposition political parties to field Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Thera as the common opposition Presidential candidate after reaching an agreement to contest the general elections to follow, together on the platform of a common program or manifesto with a view to forming a coalition government for a specified period. These parties may go their separate ways after at least attending to the national priorities like the adoption of a new Constitution, restoration of independent commissions, law and order and good governance and elimination of bribery and corruption. Why can’t the political parties take a leaf from the Pariwasa government experiment that enabled the passage of the 17th Amendment?

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    Where is Kumar David?

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      “Fourthly, if the single issue candidate wins he will naturally have a competitive advantage over rivals at the subsequent Presidential election. Hence, one cannot reasonably expect an aspiring party leader or party to be enthused to work for a situation that will eventually leave him/it out of the political landscape”.

      This is hilarious. What “subsequent presidential election” after the executive presidency is abolished!? Jayasinghe is cluless about the whole Single Issue proposal.Maybe that’s why Kumar David dosen’t even bother to reply.

      Actually most of Jayasinghe’s logic is weak. He seems to be the kind of guy who shoote his mouth off first and then thinks.

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    Political analyst Dayan Jayatilleka must come in and enlighten us

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    Yes Mr Shaymon Jayasinghe, Please consider a follow-up with Seven or More Reasons as to why the incumbent president with his all his amoral, immoral, legal and illegal sources of the many concentric circles of power, authority and influence cannot and will not be removed from the position he holds irrespective whoever may contest him.

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    What a disappointment.

    To imply that the Chief Architect Weliyamunne is stupid , must be the ultimate “below the belt” blow to the Elite, Intelligentsia , Anglicans and the Vellala Rainbow.

    And coming from the same camp by a supposed to be a formidable Anti Sinhala Buddhist writer, who would have been expected to be a heavy hitter, in the campaign leading to the election, must be making it unbearable to the rest of the team.

    Just imagine the election Logo.

    An “Elephant” pulling the Bullock Cart with a “House” mounted on the Tray ,Sobitha sitting inside with his cabinet Fonny, Shirani, Chandrika, Handunnatta, Sambandan and even Abraham standing around, with the Rainbow in the background.

    Perhaps the Buddha Flag and the Allah flag have to be inserted , because of the absence of real people there to represent these two groups.

    And of course Rainbow Ranil has to be the mahout… , ,

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      ” Intelligentsia , Anglicans and the Vellala Rainbow.”

      How come Jayamaha Wellala (poet)was part of the founding racists fathers of Sinhala/Buddhists Hela Havula?

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    Still enjoying the fruits of Libyans kicking out dictator Gaddafi, Iraqi’s Saddam, Afghans and Egyptians – can’t remember who. Long live hard earned freedom,peace, stability and democracy in these places.

    God bless Shyamon and other writers for their valiant role in accelerating sri lanka’s journey towards this blissful and heavenly state..

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    I did not know that KA SUMANASEKERA is a [Edited out]. Where does he stand re the regime?

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    The Rajapakse family have huge financial reserves and they will pull that out for the election . Kudu dealers will also join in. China will pour money and so will casino boys. Revd Sobitha’s team is underestimating their enemy.

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    Here is a another reason.

    Although Sambandan and the apprentice Abraham were on the front row of the Rainbow, LTTE proxy and the TNA heavy Prema says, that they are not decided whom to back.

    Could it be their own Vellala Wiggie . or would they back Rajapaksa,?.

    After all some of the Intelligentsia and even the Diaspora say that Prabkaran backed Rajapksa in the first round against Rainbow Ranil… Don’t they ?

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    I see this whole struggle to “abolish” the “position of President” with all the pledges and presentation of a “Common Candidate” is a “mix up of Priorities”. Do these people including the organizer of this “movement” – Rev. Sobitha have felt the pulse of the voters? Is there a “cry” for abolishing of the Presidency? What do the people feel about the movement for doing away with it and is that at the moment a “Priority” for the people?

    The best test of the peoples’ opinion as regards this “Presidency” is the aftermath of the election of a President. Both CBK and MR pledged to the voters that they would do away with it. But afterwards, both of them backed away from that solemn pledge. When that pledge went down the drain, was there any uprising among the voters for going back on that promise? NO. Then WHY? The voters had and have so many other, specially economic and social problems and prioritaies to worry about and they completely forgot that promise. Even today the general feeling among the people is that, it is because we had MR as the President, the war against terrorism was won and peace was brought about to be enjoyed by all. So most people favor the Presidency still because we were freed from terrorism and that feeling is used to a very great extent in winning election by MR. Also any challenge to do away with Presidency will be “interpreted” by MR to the greatest extent in reminding the people as that of the desire of the opponents to topple him from power.

    The next very important factor in this “struggle” is the failure of the organizers to educate the people on what this “Presidency” has done to the country by misuse of powers vested in it. Are the people aware of what is going on in the “Administrative Structure” and its “Functions” in matters of Governance? The surface of the governing is so coated with sugary business of the infrastructure and employment opportunities granted in the Central and Local Government sectors and investment credentials by foreign and local investors. Yet the concerns and sufferings of the people have not been addressed by both the Presidency and the Organizers of this movement to do away with the position. As a result, the general feeling is that those who organize this struggle are merely “staging” it to capture power.

    The writer is very emphatic on the 30% vote base of the UNP and also it is understood that itself is not enough to bring about the so called “change”. Yes it is; but this 30% is the “Traditional UNP VOTE” that will not change at any time. How did it erode? It is because of the “Poor” and “Incompetent” Leadership. It is abundantly clear that RW is not wanted by the people and even a majority of UNP supporters.If and when people are reminded of the CFL during his tenure as PM, people will turn away in large numbers from him. The record of CBK too is not favorable for the organizers. They know of her “arrogance” and “mismanagement” of the affairs by the stooges and underworld gangs. As a matter of fact, all Presidents had and have patronized this menace of Underworld Class. That patronage has come to stay with us.

    So all point to the fact that this struggle for “ONLY” to do away with the Presidency will not work. What the country need is a COMPLETE OVERHAUL of the Governing System, both of the Central and Local, and until that is addressed, no change will come and will not be possible.

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    To FULLY CONFUSED. Obvious typo. Can’t you see? SJ means subsequent parliamentary election. A parliamentary election will have to be held immediately since two-third majority is needed for change of constitution. At such an election the winner of the Pres election cannot be disposed of to make way for another party leader.
    SJ’s is a sound and perceptive analysis.

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    When he addressed the awards ceremony and dinner yesterday on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce hosted by the outgoing chairperson of the Chamber, the highly perceptive and articulate Suresh Shah, Mahinda Rajapaksa was a man with a message.

    “Cast your mind back or go back to your records of encounters with Sri Lankan leaders and top officials in the ten years before 2005, he said. Your highest priorities were the cessation of terrorism and the provision of infrastructure, and while you were optimistic about what your enterprises could do if these conditions were fulfilled, you were pessimistic about the prospects of their fulfillment. Remember that we, this administration, delivered what was thought to be impossible; so impossible that some were even willing to give Prabhakaran free run of the North for ten years or more” – said Mahinda in a barb aimed at the Leader of the Opposition sitting in the audience.

    “Now we are being criticized for not moving forward on political reconciliation, but just as we succeeded in eradicating terrorism which was thought impossible, we shall succeed in the task of political reconciliation too, Mr. High Commissioner”, he added, in a gentle jibe at the genial John Rankin.

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    Thirdly, funding is a serious consideration.

    This is not a problem. US, UK, EU, Tamil Diaspora, TGTE, BTF, GTF, Tamil Nadu will be more than happy to fund any campaign that aims to displace MR/GR.

    SJ should read Kumar David more often. As his post below shows, he never planned to take the support of “majority” of citizens in this country to topple MR using this single issue ruse! Yes, single issue is really a ruse a trojan horse to kick out MR — its not about EP at all, it never was.

    He just needs a crackpot like Sobitha and a whole bunch of political leaders who wish to see MR gone for their own reasons. The finances are already available. LOL

    Note that he plans to take the support of “Colombo elite” That is the best part of this post. Shows the depth and reach of his thinking.

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    Kumar David June 22, 2014 at 8:08 am: Dr KS should extend this piece including sections on (a) The BBS-Army nexus, if any, (b) possibility of much bigger conflagataions even if not as horrendous as 1983, and (c) international repercussions and the possibility of regime change (How many opponents? India, the West, the Tamils, the Muslims, the Liberals, the Left, the Colombo elite, the Islamic states).

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    Gota is no longer interested in playing the second fiddle anymore. He is on the horns of a dilemma. He is aware of the increasing unpopularity of MR. Gota believes that why MR can not achieve success is due to MR accommodating dead wood in the system. If Gota leaves for MR to be returned for the third term, it sure is going to buckle his chances of becoming President for ever. Therefore Gota has to clinch the Presidency through a Military take over at the next Presidential Election. What better way than allowing MR to lose and then take over. The moment MR realise this strategy of Gota, it is indeed interesting to see what action MR will take. All said and done the public is in for a good showdown in the near future. Uva election might be the litmus test.

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      Keep dreaming gamini..

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        Paul-iban

        Do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. was wrong to have his own dream?

        Here is an excerpt of his speech in case you misunderstood Martin for madman Mussolini:

        I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

        I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

        I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

        I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

        I have a dream today!

        I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

        I have a dream today!

        I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

        http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

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          Grandad:

          I HAD a dream:

          “As a people we will get to the PROMISED Land”.

          Grandad I am in cloud nine and I am about to land. I can see “antru Sinthiya Ratham” and I am dreaming “Anda Paramprai Mentrum oru murai ala ninaipathil enna kurai “.
          Adios Amigos.

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            kali-stani

            “Grandad I am in cloud nine and I am about to land.”

            Make sure you don’t land on Vanni Commander for he might be tempted hack you on your forehead.

            Are you looking forward to Mullivaaikkal?

            Take care until 16 August.

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              Grandad:

              Tell that to the Jews. They have risen from the holocaust so will we. But you cant take it can you Grandad. Are you still counting.

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                kali

                Countdown: 15 Days

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    Not Kumar David, ask our political analyst, Dayan Jayatilleka. He knows all the answers.
    Second, how about Kumar Sangakkara as common candidate? Honourable man and an intelligent one. Dayan, can you advice?

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    Correction! The modifier ‘power cracy’ is for rabid monks, not for Ven. Sobitha thero. It is a run on the sentence, inadvertent.

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    Fellow citizens:

    I am the real ela kolla not the other monster.
    I wish to apologise to all those I have hurt Tamils and recently Muslims. Thanks to CT for bringing me to my senses by editing me out everytime I tried to put out a Racist Statement. I now realise how important freedom of expression is which we have denied to so many people up to now. Freedom of Expression is a wonderful thing without which man kind will cease to exit. Thanks CT.
    There are million reasons why MR should be removed if are to join the Civilsed Nations. MR is a blot on Sinhalese as a people who are peace loving unlike MR who is a Tamil hating butcher.

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    Mr.Jeyasinghe:

    “Seven Reasons Why The Single-Issue Common Candidate Project Will Not Work”.

    I hate to agree with you because elections in Sinhala Lanka are not won on bread and butter issues but on Race issues and no one plays it better than MR and he plays it to the Sinhalese Gallery full of born RACISTS.

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    Speaking of lacking touch with the realities of people Abolishing Executive presidency is the best. Well said douglas, who among the common people ( besides educated elite) is asking to abolish the Executive presidency? NONE. They have no idea about the blatant civil rights violations, attack on democracy the list goes on. Thanks to sugar coating tv henchmen, and the pro MR News papers, and journalists.

    They even believe it(EP) was really instrumental in defeating terrorism and helped standing upto the vested interests of Western meddlers in SL sovereignty. Common man is irksome about nepotism, Rajapaksha family members extending their tentacles in every aspect of social, political and economical aspects of SL life, and their grabbing power is what they can see and they are weary of. The kids who are spoiled brats.
    So, one must take that path of attacking nepotism(levels today we see is something we have never seen before), which our people hates -if they want take back power.
    I don’t even understand why Sobitha Thero, at a time majority of educated SL are so weary of saffron robed politics.

    It is sure to alienate and drive away minorities based on the recent experiences, by them. Who would want to live in a state of Buddhist Khameni in power(unknown, only thing we know everyone who comes to power saying the same starts to adore it and push the envelope to the next level of robbing us the civil liberties. And denouncing of Aluthgama incident is yet to come from him. So it is dishonest on his part, or either he also in agreement with what happened.

    IMO putting him as the common candidate is a sure way to lose the next elections. CBK/RW combo is a used damaged goods in many peoples eyes. They need a better strategy if they want to win. Someone who is charismatic, strong, authentic(if such politician exists), knows how to talk pocket book issues, and who can effectively articulate this familial power grabbing to them. Basically a new face. RW perhaps has a chance, if he can man it up a bit. CBK out since she epitomizes nepotism.

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    MR cannot lose even with a common candidate because knowing it will definitely be annihilation for him and his family he will go all out, pour money and kudu and employ the BBS rascals to do the jilmart for him

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    Two buggers who shouldn’t be touched even with a barge pole on the UNP side – Sajith P and Ranil W. These two should be kicked out if UNP wants to really win.

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