With those republican governors, ending the gerrymandering in key states isn’t going to be easy.
We've got our very own form of gerrymandering taking place in Canterbury;
For any other democracy, it would be a good result for the nation - as it would require negotiation across the two houses. In other words, the kind of checks and balances envisioned by the authors of the Constitution, and the same kind of mechanism that MMP has afforded us in NZ.
But the US media won't be supporting such a cooperative, collaborative democratic approach - no way. They are baying for division, obstruction and impeachment as that ensures legislative paralysis and the status quo (under which they are doing just fine), i.e., nothing progressive happens and there is no real change. Lame duck presidents are their objective.
The fact that the US democracy has become so constipated in this way is intentional - it is the hand being played by the non-elected Davos elites.
We do not have 'birthright citizenship' (Jus soli) in NZ - ours is a Restricted Jus Soli;
New Zealand: Since 1 January 2006, a person born in New Zealand acquires New Zealand citizenship by birth only if at least one parent was a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (includes Australian citizens and Permanent Residents) (see New Zealand nationality law), or if to prevent being stateless.
I think a Restricted Jus Soli is what Trump is aiming for in the US.
The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution of 1868 was enacted to address the citizenship rights of the children of former slaves. The context under which it was made law is completely different to the context under which it is being and has been applied more recently.
We're watching Al Jazeera's coverage. We only watch their news as well. It's all I can stomach.
Yes, I agree. With financial security comes the confidence to take risks and pursue opportunities.
Fascinating insight and a story that makes me proud that NZ proved to be a land of opportunity for you. It used to be the way I viewed the States when I grew up there. I also felt good when Jacinda Ardern stated to the UN that she wanted to inject more kindness into governance. It's a simple but poignant vision/intent.
That interview on ‘The Nation’ was really poor.
I agree. I also think the Newsroom piece by Melanie Reid was really poor. I was disheartened to see the use of "anonymous" reports in respect of matters regarding sex between consenting adults. Just as the use of non-disclosure agreements is dreadful behaviour by organisations dealing with bullying/harassment complaints - they leave perpetrators in place.
The MP who had an affair with Ross, identified him in the Melanie Reid report - yet she was given anonymity (and again by Newstalk ZB when he named her - they bleeped out that name).
Only Ross' wife and children suffered the public indignity. It was a Newsroom article that I just felt very uncomfortable about. Trumpian/US style reporting - a place I guess I'd rather not see NZ media and NZ politics go.
But it did go there and now someone has been hospitalized, and who knows what other trauma people and families are suffering.
Thanks for the link. I just realised that Collings is the Howick Board guy, not the former NP GM. So it wasn't party hierarchy that went to the media.
it’s unclear whether Ross was placed under the mental health act – he could have been admitted as a voluntary patient.
Former National Party general manager Chris Simpson on The Nation yesterday morning said this:
Interviewer: Okay. Do you think that his [Ross'] behaviour changed as his reputation in the party changed or grew?
Collings: Well, I think the ego grew, I guess. And, yeah, definitely. And that’s one of the reasons... Look, we met with Melanie Reid. And thank you to Melanie for breaking the story. I went to Melanie because she broke the story on Todd Barclay. And I said, ‘Look, this guy, we’ve got a guy in our area that makes Todd Barclay look like an angel.’ But we knew nothing of this. This is, you know...
So, National Party hierarchy went to the media asking them to investigate allegations of bullying and abusive behaviour by one of their own MPs?
And in the Newsroom story, is prefaced stating;
Over the past year, Newsroom investigations editor Melanie Reid has been looking into the background and behaviour of former National MP Jami-Lee Ross. She has talked to a number of people who have given detailed accounts, recordings and documents of their close working and personal relationships with the controversial politician.
No concern for the mental health implications on the individuals and their families and a total abdication of their own responsibility as an organisation.