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“Square Pegs In Round Holes” – Idiots Exercising People’s Sovereignty

By Elmore Perera –

Elmore Perera

Elmore Perera

Not a day too early! The Island Editorial of 11th April 2014 says it all!

Money has taken precedence over everything else in politics. Time was, when the super rich became paupers because of their politics. But now, we have rogues in the garb of representatives. Some politicians who wore flip-flops, rode rickety bicycles or snatched gold chains before entering politics, have become billionaires owning palatial houses, both here and abroad and fleets of super-luxury vehicles. Cattle-rustlers, boot-leggers, killers, rapists, racketeers and dregs of all sorts, drug dealers and their beneficiaries, and even those not fit to be labourers in a government institution have become law makers and placed themselves above even top-bureaucrats and are going places in politics.

The Legislative, Executive and Judicial powers of the Sovereign People are currently all vested in one single individual. The elected representatives of the people are solely responsible for this sad state of affairs. By the 18th Amendment these representatives divested the Sovereign People of their “Inalienable Sovereignty” and vested same in the Executive President. Some of them belatedly admit their folly and even shed crocodile tears, but, without exception, they all continue unashamedly to reap the benefits of their treachery and continue to exercise people’s power as their representatives.

Those in the highest echelons of governance are blatantly violating the law in the full glare of public scrutiny. Privileged persons have no law to obey. The wrongs of headless anarchic attitudes and the ruin of a nation are on the cards – and on the heads of the Sovereign People.

Bleak indeed, is the future of a country where people’s Sovereignty is exercised by a bunch of idiots at the levers of power. The country cannot aspire to development so long as it trusts semi-literate, intellectually retarded, corrupt elements with the management of public finance and law making. Those elected to control the destiny of the country should be men and women of integrity with some intelligence and education.

To quote Nelson Mandella, “Our new order must therefore be based on constitutional democracy in which, regardless of race, gender, religion or political opinion, the law will provide for the equal protection of all. Government will be bound by a higher body of rules – an empire of laws – and will not govern at its discretion. We reject the empire of men. We require the rule of law, as opposed to what Aristotle called the ‘Passion of men’”

Stating the obvious, the Editor opined that “If only decent, intelligent candidates are fielded, the National Legislature, the Provincial Councils and the Local Government Institutions will have representatives capable of making this country a better place”. D.E.W. Gunasekera lamented that “Intellectuals no longer enter politics unlike in the past”

The power of money has overtaken and vanquished the power of the people. The people are many and their power is diffused. It takes time to harness it. The power of money is concentrated in a few and it is closely knit when the few realise they may lose all their privileges. They have got the means to corrupt and to organise their strategies.

The Editor opined, “Who in his or her proper senses will ever want to plunge into a cesspit?” Taking momentary leave of his senses (or was it sarcasm?) the Editor further opined that the “mind-blowingly simple” solution to this mega problem is for political parties to abandon the practice of nominating rogues, cattle-rustlers, boot leggers, killers, rapists, racketeers and drug dealers or their proxies/beneficiaries. The “closely knit few” in whom the power of money is presently concentrated, cannot survive without the active support of the aforementioned hoodlums who will demand nomination as a pre-condition for their continued support. The honourable men and women willing to take the plunge and accept nomination to act as true representatives of the people, will be effectively taken care of by (toy) pistol wielding hooligans.

Austin Fernando has opined that “Not to have election violence at all is the best, though the prevailing election systems do not support such outcome.”

We urgently need to think ‘out of the box’. The need of the hour is an inexpensive, easy to operate, people friendly and truly free and fair electoral system that would enable the people resident within a small area (such as a Grama Niladhari Division) to elect – from amongst themselves – decent, intelligent persons, whose strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities are well known to all of them. Representatives so elected are more likely to honour the trust placed in them and serve in the best interests of those who elected them. This system must necessarily include a simple and expeditious process of “recall” of representatives who fail, for whatever reason, to act in the best interests of those who elected them, and election of a replacement within 15 days. Neither the Judiciary nor the Executive will have any power to prevent such recall and replacement in the exercise of the inalienable sovereignty of the people. The role of the Elections Commissioner will be restricted to facilitation of this process. All appointments to Pradeshiya Sabhas, District or Provincial Councils and Parliament itself, will be made by appropriate Electoral Colleges constituted from the aforementioned freely elected representatives of the people.

Political parties may continue to operate as such, to support the Sovereign People. However, nomination by any such party will neither be a requirement nor will such party be recognised in any manner for the election, recall and/or replacement of people’s representatives. This will perhaps facilitate persons in their proper senses being persuaded by their electorate to take the plunge.

No longer can it be claimed by interested parties that the average Sri Lankan is incapable of electing decent, intelligent and honourable persons as their representatives, in this manner.

Successful implementation of this system will undoubtedly make Sri Lanka not only the “Wonder of Asia” but perhaps of the entire world.

Much of the credit for this must go to the forthright Editor for his timely intervention.

More strength to your elbow, Mr. Editor!

*Elmore Perera – Attorney-at-Law – Founder, Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance- Past President, Organisation of Professional Associations

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    Dear Elmore Perera,

    “The Legislative, Executive and Judicial powers of the Sovereign People are currently all vested in one single individual. The elected representatives of the people are solely responsible for this sad state of affairs. By the 18th Amendment these representatives divested the Sovereign People of their “Inalienable Sovereignty” and vested same in the Executive President. Some of them belatedly admit their folly and even shed crocodile tears, but, without exception, they all continue unashamedly to reap the benefits of their treachery and continue to exercise people’s power as their representatives.”

    It is like a women saying rape me, and then complain.

    They are all shills. Dangle a Ministerial Portfolio or a women, they will sell their mother.

    This is what the paras have done to the land of the native Veddah.

    What a shame.

    The Paras should get back to South India, as shown by the DNA in their bodies.

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      Spot on Mr. Perera. How to EDUCATE the Sinhala Modayas to vote for decent people is the first challenge.. Asking the corrupt and criminal political parties, particularly UNP and SLFP to change their practice of MONEY POLITICS and nominating crooks will not do.. alone.

      We need to [educate people as to what real democracy means in practice.

      Please translate your excellent article into Sinhala language to educated the Sinhala Mass modayas… and publish it widely in Sinhala press

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        S. Modaya

        “Please translate your excellent article into Sinhala language to educated the Sinhala Mass modayas… and publish it widely in Sinhala press “

        It will be banned by the MaRas and any edittor who published will be gyve a free ride to Heaven or rebirth, courtesy of the State.

        UPFA thugs assault workers for not participating in their rally

        The thugs had assaulted the two persons and attacked the houses saying, “This is our government. This is our police, don’t get caught making any complaints to the police. We don’t care for any laws.”
        Another complaint (No. 30121) has been lodged at Mawarala Police regarding the second assault by the Matara Organizer of the All Ceylon Estate Workers’ Union Sinnasamy Alexander.

        http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6866:upfa-thugs-assault-workers-for-not-participating-in-their-rally&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

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    they come poor & homeless and with no Colombo house deed/s so first priority?
    buy land at our expense
    build largest mansion at our expense
    expand said mansion at our expense
    go abroad at our expense
    buy/get cars at our expense
    give children things they never had at our expense
    give all cousins,uncles,all relatives,close friends state jobs,room to make money (rob us)at our expense
    and they continue…at our expense

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      …..let me finish your comment.
      @ the end they will die in hole or a drain. That will be the only time we will not pay.

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        No. Their deaths do not mark the end. If they are Ministers, slavish public servants in the Ministries will sign vouchers to meet funeral expenses.

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        Even the drains are constructed at our cost

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    Well said Elmore! Bensen

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    The best and timely article at present. Thnx to Elmo.

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    @Elmore, this is exactly I have been saying. An idiot friend of mine who happens to be a loyal supporter of the Paksa’s feel I am saying this because I am a Tamil and MR and his clan are decent gentlemen who have the country’s interest first. He constantly argues how his thoughts are correct and I am messed up.

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      Tamil from the North

      “An idiot friend of mine”

      Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.

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        @NV, you are a clown. We all have friends where some are great and some are idiots and you are one to judge eh? I have seen your writings and I see how wonderful your pea brain works inside that little skull of yours.

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          Tamil from the north

          “I have seen your writings and I see how wonderful your pea brain works inside that little skull of yours.”

          You should be happy I am not your friend.

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    This whole story of coming into being of “Square pegs in round holes” has to be viewed as an “evolution” of the political system. To be very brief;

    We first saw how the “WEALTHY” class took control of the task of Governing. Some scholars describe it and give the name “OLIGARCHY” in which society wealth is the criterion of merit and the wealthy are in control. Then because of their uncontrolled desire for wealth, power and protection of their life styles, this class attracted the wrath of the so called “governed” and “deprived” class. That is what we saw in 1956,when the “Pancha Maha Bala Vegaya” (Sanga, Weda, Guru, Govi & Kamkaru) arose. So this was and is still called “DEMOCRACY”. In the same process of “evolution” this “DEMOCRATIC” system has been and is presently going through radical changes and today we are at a phase witnessing some other class emerging, mostly introduced by the very people who formed the “Pancha Maha Bala Vegaya”. How do we see it?

    Again this very man who felt was deprived or forcibly restrained himself from the “pleasures”, that were called unnecessary, and of his rights, gets into head the “desire” to acquire the very qualities that he fought against. At this stage he does not see anything as “unnecessary” but goes to describe it as “equal”, and now he starts to get a taste of the drones’ honey and gets into “Brutal” and “Dangerous” company, where he can be provided with every variety and refinement of pleasures; yet surreptitiously cover under the cloak of “DEMOCRACY”. What does he do next?

    He now lives from day to day, including the pleasures of the moment. One day it is wine and song, the next water to drink and strict diet; one day it is hard work and physical training; the next indolence and careless ease and then period of philosophic lecturing. He is in full swing in Politics and keeps jumping to his feet and saying or doing whatever comes into his head. Sometimes all his ambitions are military and sometimes directed to success in business. There is no order or restraint in his life and he reckons his way of living is pleasant, free and happy and sticks to it through thick and thin. What does he do next?

    He now becomes a very “PHILANTHROPIST” and introduces his kith and kin; companions and their kith and kin; and whole host of others who were described as “Deprived” into the task of governing, no matter what their capabilities and qualifications or professionalism are. They all ultimately become “LOTUS EATERS” in one company.

    The above is the process of our having today those “Square Pegs In Round Holes”. Yet again this will evolve and to what it will be anybody’s guess.

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    The biggest blow to a time tested and correct electoral process was the approval by former CJ Sarath Silva for elected MPs to cross over from one party to another.
    Earlier,MPs who disagreed with their parties, resigned their seats and a by-election was held.
    But after the “crossover approval”,MPs were enticed to desert their voters and parties and cross over to the government for rewards – of portfolios,prestige and even cash, and jobs for family members,including diplomatic and other posts.
    As all know,this is how the pernicious 18th amendment was passed.
    There is no remedy.
    Thus we have the largest cabinet of ministers in the world.
    In many countries,legislaters who desert their parties in parliaments are permitted to function as “independents”,but cannot cross over.

    As for the quality of those who contest elective posts,what the writer says is correct.
    Mostly all do not even declare their assets.

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      justice

      “But after the “crossover approval”,MPs were enticed to desert their voters and parties and cross over to the government for rewards – of portfolios,prestige and even cash, and jobs for family members,including diplomatic and other posts.”

      If people feel unhappy about the candidates they could always go to the polling booth, spoil their ballot papers and stuff them in the boxes.

      People do have options to boycott candidates without really boycotting the democratic exercise.

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    All power is not vested in one person. At least that was not the original intention. However, sufficient power was vested in one individual who could subvert the constitution and turn it into a dictatorship as has happened. The first act of treason committed along the path to destruction was the appointment of Sarath Nanda Silva as chief justice of Sri Lanka. An unsavory character who did not qualify for the post, who was promoted to the position over the heads of much more learned and qualified judges with a solid reputation of impartiality. He then went on to rule in favor of the crossover followed by the blocking of the hearing into the pilfering of tsunami money by MR thereby paving the way for him to contest the presidency. Parliament became a den of jokers. Democracy bastardized and the voter mocked and insulted by the cross over provision alone. Therefore the devil most responsible for the ruination of democracy is this scoundrel of a judge and the person who appointed him. Without the cross over provision there would be no 18th Amendment and far more discipline among the MPs.

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      You are spot on. That’s the one individual more than anyone else who should answer for this. What an unscrupulous fellow to have had as CJ of this country? He’s dragged himself down and the country with him. And he still continues to pontificate like some latter day Oracle!

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    A book worthy of translation and free mass distribution is “ARROGANCE OF POWER” by Rajan Hoole for the education of the Sinhala Buddhist modayas. They need to read this from cover to cover if there is to be salvation for our mother land. Of course beware any one who attempts to do this will definitely be disappeared by Gotha Paiyya.

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