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Offline kimmy

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Re: Commonwealth Culture
« on: March 09, 2021, 11:29:26 pm »
Constitutional monarchies are consistently ranked as the best places to live. I really don't know what is to be gained by having a politicized head of state. If it is another appointee, we might as well leave it the way it is. If it is an elected position, what powers do you give it? I really like the idea of a head of state who won't be running for re election and who's only duty is to the Constitution. Our neighbours to the south are a really poor advertisement for the idea of a political head of state.

I used to feel that the monarchy is a bullshit institution that could be done away with and not missed.  I began to reconsider during the G.W. Bush vs Al Gore Jr election legal proceedings in Florida in 2000.  It made me question the idea to which we could trust institutions filled with appointees, especially when those appointees are installed by partisans.  In this past US election, we saw endless court challenges ruled on by judges that were in many cases installed by the plaintiff.  Happily the rule of law prevailed, but I think all of us were to some degree concerned with what might happen if Trump-appointed judges had been as biased as some Republicans had hoped they might be.

The monarchy and their representatives here are independent and unaccountable, and sometimes that's a feature and not a bug.  Making it a hereditary position is silly and arbitrary, but it removes the question of partisanship from the selection process.

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