Democrats shut down white house by denying passage to money bill.
This is response of President Donald Trump:
A similar shut down had happened in the past. Many years ago. Who did it then? I wonder. This morning I got a mail from a friend in USA to write about it from a ‘different universe’. I think the friend meant ‘from distant perspective’ but the truth is that we are in same boat. Yes. India and USA both democracies are facing similar problems. But about that a little bit later.
In political science it is settled that Monarchy is the best kind of governance because actions are swift and therefore efficient. Constitution of USA follows monarchical pattern but to keep the monarch in check it provides for what is called doctrine of separation of power. But the bipartisan democracy makes a mockery of the doctrine. What was ment to keep exercise of power in check is used as a leverage to bargain deals. Situation could be different if there were multiple parties. That makes bargaining easier. But in absence of that it ends up in a deadlock. This is exactly what happened. But it will resolve. When bullies fight negotiation happens after first round of fight. Not before that.
As regards similar situation, in India it must be noted that the ruling BJP is in minority in upper house. The most important Land Acquisition Amendment law and the triple Talaq matters are lying pending for want of consensus. The Government is in office for four years and only after April it can see some relief with retirement of members and re-election of new members to upper house. However inspite of this problem the Government could bring in many legislation like RERA and GST is certainly an achievement of diplomacy. Something entirely lacking in Trump.
The first thought which traveled to my mind on seeing the news of lock down in USA was that perhaps the doctrine of separation of power is wrong but then the fundamental principle of democracy is to proceed with consensus of at least majority and the word majority keeps changing every moment. Any how, inhuman decisions which lack compassion have consequences and backlash. Enforcement of law without and end to achive is not humane.
A clueless spokesperson of white house Heather Nauert, either has no clue about impact of lock down or did not share it publicly. See this press briefing of 18 January 2018, two days before it actually happened:
A similar development is happening in New Delhi. A Supreme Court enabled martial law is being imposed on people but that has to be accommodated in next article.
Present circumstance in my country sure appreciates the value of “monarchy.” It seems to be the only resolution of this impasse, the irony being that our country was founded in opposition to monarchy but here we are in dire need of it…in some sense. This is such a human issue…how can we live with contrary impulses—instinct vs. the common good. And, of course, each side of the divide is certain they own “common good.” As I quote so often, Auden, “We wage the war we are.” Thanks for your observations. I hope life is going well for you and yours. And that is not a bromide.
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