Magritte - The Hesitation Waltz
If it’s clear, even in every day language, what is meant by circumvention of a disabled person, from the Zingarelli dictionary of the Italian language: "inducing a minor or a person with infirmity or someone with psychological deficiency to take a legal action that is damaging to themself or to others in order to gain profit for oneself or for others", the meaning of the phrase "circumvention of voters“ is still not readily understood. It’s a very common pratice in the Italian Parliament, adopted by turncoats, opportunists, people who are corruptible and those who change to another party.
At the time of the voting, the voter believes in good faith the statements made by Tom, Dick, Harry, Scilipoti or De Gregorio. The voter chooses him because of the policies expressed by his party in the party manifesto. He entrusts him with a five-year term of office, a really long period of time, to represent him in Parliament and to carry out the points in the party’s programme. The voter pays his salary through his taxes so that he can keep his promises. The vote is acontract between the voter and the one voted for and it is more important than a commercial contract, in fact it relates to the management of the State. Whereas the person who doesn’t fulfill the conditions of a commercial contract can be denounced, anyone who doesn’t fulfill the conditions of an electoral contract risks nothing, and in fact, they often gain something. It’s considered to be completely legitimate to change ideas, opinions or parties. It’s possible to go from the right wing to the left wing, from the centre to the mixed group, to vote for a law that is contrary to what is in the party’s programme. Basically, after the election, the citizen can be hoodwinked in terms of the Constitution. Article 67 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic says: "Each Member of Parliament represents the Nation and carries out his duties without a binding mandate". This gives absolute freedom to the parliamentarians who are not fettered in relation to the party for which there were candidates, nor in relation to the electoral programme, nor in relation to the voters. Basically, the person elected can do, (to use a euphemism) “what the heck they like” without having to answer to anyone. Thus, for five years, the parliamentarian live in Eden, in a separate world without obligations, without ties, without having to respect their commitments, commitments that anyway they have freely signed up to so as to get elected. No one has pointed a pistol at their head to make them put their names down in the electoral lists. The circumvention of voters is so common that it has become taken for granted, legitimate, normal. It no longer is considered a scandal. The parliamentarian is allowed the preventive freedom to lie. He can lie to those who voted for him, to his employers, without any consequences, instead of being kicked out of the Lower House or the Senate.
Posted by Beppe Grillo at 04:13 PM in Wailing Wall
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