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DEMOCRACY: The Party System

Katharinee Skillern, a Bahai, comments on his quote from the posting Democracy: The Party System":

One obvious shortcoming of our form of democracy is the party system, in which each party tries to score points, not to solve problems. People were born into either Republican or Democratic families, almost like an inherited religion.

"I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. It is for this reason that Baha'is are forbidden to participate in partisan politics. We are enjoined to support the governments of the countries we live in, and public service is encouraged. But the antagonistic nature of partisan politics is abhorred. Baha'is actually have an election-based system upon which we run our own affairs, which functions in contrast to current political systems. Elections are by secret ballot, and no nominations or campaigning are allowed. People are expected to vote in a prayerful manner according to their individual consciences for those they feel best exhibit the qualities necessary for service, without any discussion of individual personalities. It is said that the best elected representatives are those that have no desire for office and think themselves unworthy of the position, as they will best manifest the proper attitude of impartiality and service. Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, has written, "The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice... By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor." Thus each individual is required to investigate the truth for himself or herself, and not to blindly follow what others say. The Baha'i system only works because people strive to put ideals into practice, such as justice, wisdom, respect, education, independence of thought, service to others, selflessness, generosity, tact, and compassion. Without these ideals, the system might not function any better than the wasteful, antagonistic, and somewhat ineffective political systems dominating world governments today".

My comment: The problem with this is that I want to know a person's program so as to be able to hold him to it. I don't want to buy a pig in a poke (bag. ch pocket), Only a free press and an opposition can force politicians to come clean.

Ronald Hilton - 6/21/01