Sunday, June 1, 2008

Illegal and Unconstitutional- We should be worried Fiji citizens

"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer" these words by Henry A. Kissinger clearly explains the recent actions and words by/of Mr. Bainimarama.

In particular, the report in the Fiji Times (June 1) demonstrates how Mr. Bainimarama has taken the "illegal" and the "unconstitutional" to the extreme. Snippets of it is recorded below:

Chapter Seven and Part One of the 1997 Constitution on executive authority says the President and the Vice-President are appointed by the GCC after consultation with the PM.

Commodore Bainimarama did not elaborate, only saying there were many options to consider.

"The most unfortunate thing is that the events of December 5 were carried out by the military.

"Because usually when the military does this, it's seen as a grab for power. But we can't let the chiefs dictate how we do things because they've been very corrupt.

"That's why we're changing the GCC structure. We want people who are not corrupt to come on board with this.

"We can't let the church decide for us because the church has been politicised.

"So we've taken it upon ourselves because we think we're the only entity that can do this and that's most unfortunate.

"Because we're the military and with the military all over the world, as soon as you overturn the elected government, you're seen as being out to grab power.

"If the chiefs don't want to come in, if the people don't want to come on board with the charter, there'll be no elections."

Commodore Bainimarama said elections would be held on his terms and it was important for everyone to join in the charter process.

He said if the SDL came into power in two years time and decided to remove institutions like the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption and bring back controversial bills like the Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill, then he would step in.

"We've decided on the charter we've decided that this (charter and institution removals) is not going to happen. If you do it, I'll remove you.

"The reason is for us to come on board the charter so there'll be no coup. That is the reason."

He said the charter would be formulated by consensus and inclusive of all views. "But the people who have not given their views, if they don't say, ok I agree with the charter at some stage then there'll be no elections.

"Because what's the use of elections if SDL wins and two months down the line, they change everything else. What's the use of having elections?"

Below I have attempted to find the definitions and some related quotes about some systems and institutions we currently have in our country. If you read them, you will find that only one institution/system is set-up to counter-act the progression of peace and prosperity-the military.

Therefore, the assertion by Mr. Bainimarama that they are the only entity that can make changes in our country, is NOT to do with their genuine concern, it IS to do with the fact that they are ARMED and can and will threaten our lives and livelihoods with their GUNS. Period!

It is time they are STOPPED!

The head or leader of any body of men; a commander, as of an army; a head man, as of a tribe, clan, or family; a person in authority who directs the work of others; the principal actor or agent.

“Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.”
Henry A. Kissinger

The act or process of educating; the result of educating, as determined by the knowledge skill, or discipline of character, acquired; also, the act or process of training by a prescribed or customary course of study or discipline; as, an education for the bar or the pulpit; he has finished his education.

“Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

The act of governing; the exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction; regulation; as, civil, church, or family government.
The mode of governing; the system of polity in a state; the established form of law.
The right or power of governing; authority.
The person or persons authorized to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.

‘A government of, for and by the people, requires much from the people.’
Ernie Fletcher

The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease.

“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

“Investments in our transportation and infrastructure are investments in our economy, in our communities and in our quality of life.”
Bill Lipinski

Of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown.
Performed or made by soldiers; The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.
Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.
A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.
Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct.

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
Abraham Lincoln

Source: brainyquotes