Constitutional Convention 2012a: Provincial Govt Feb 25, 2012 11:47:41 GMT -6
Post by Trotxâ on Feb 25, 2012 11:47:41 GMT -6
S:reu Grischun has done our province a service by calling a Constitutional Convention. He has worked hard to write a draft of a proposed new Constitution for the greatest province in Talossa, Vuode. I don't disagree that this is needed. However, after some thought and study, I humbly suggest that starting with a Constitution is putting the cart before the horse.
I recommend that we in Vuode start with a discussion of the Role and Function of Provincial Government in Talossa. We need to agree on the guiding principles before we can enshrine them in a document. We should agree on our goals, so that when we're done all our citizens can determine if we've met them. I've created a separate thread to enable this discussion.
It is worth starting this discussion with a few observations:
1. For the foreseeable future, provincial populations will be small. As of today we have 13 citizens in Vuode. (I have a Cub Scout den in my Pack that has more 9-year-olds than the number of citizens here today in Vuode.) The most populous provinces are only slightly larger than twice ours.
2. Time is limited. Every Talossan has other responsibilities. No Talossan is paid for his time here. Each citizen's level of availability and participation will fluctuate.
3. Provincial issues are simple. Provinces don't need to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, or establish commerce. One reason Vuode's current constitution is a failure is that it is overly complex for the required functions.
4. At this level, patronage doesn't work. Due to the small populations involved, parties become cliques. Just like junior high, cliques alienate some people. Alienated people don't participate.
These observations lead me to propose these guiding principles for our Constitution:
1. A provincial government should reflect the size and needs of the population.
2. A provincial government should not impose undue demands on our citizen's time.
3. A provincial government is not an appropriate venue for experiments in political science.
4. A provincial government should be simple.
5. A provincial government should have limited scope.
6. A provincial government should allow every citizen to participate.
I'm sure I haven't captured everything. It is also possible for reasonable people to disagree about one or more of these principles. It is even possible that unreasonable people will disagree - we have those in Talossa too. I hope we can keep this discussion civil.
Let's debate these guiding principles before we write our Constitution. Let's make a blueprint before we build the house.
I look forward to your thoughts.
Sir Trotxâ Betiñéir