Tuesday, August 28, 2012


"Coal Country Stands with Romney"

A story making headlines on the night of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney's nomination may signal the depth, or lack of depth, in his campaign.

A group of coal miners in Ohio are publicly speaking out about the role they were forced to play in a Republican photo shoot on August 14tth. The miners says they would have been fired if they did not attend. The kick in the ass, they lost a days pay to boot. The company did not compensate them for attending.

 Employees at Century Mine in Ohio said they feared retaliation if they did not attend the Romney event.

“Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.”

Coal mine owners  stand with Romney, but what the voters do in the privacy of a ballot box is another thing.

That is how democracy works in the world's mightiest democracy!


Anonymous said...

Not too far from recent NL politics!

Jay L said...

A minor niggling point, but the US, despite protestations to the contrary, is not a democracy. It's a republic. They choose people to make decisions for them.

and I quote, "You know, we forget sometimes. In all the talk about democracy, we forget it's not a democracy. It's a republic. People don't make the decisions. They *choose* the people who make the decisions. Could they do a better job choosing? Yeah, but when you consider the alternatives... "

Peter L. Whittle said...

Jay, interesting comment. The Constitutional Republic vs true democracy.

Most western democracies elect others to make decisions on their behalf. In this regard, we are no different. We are a constitutional monachy! For four year terms, elected officials can pretty much do what they want.

The Americans, with mid-term elections, have some great democratic checks and balances.

I think one would have to provide a very strict definition of a pure democracy to declare the United States or Canada are not democracies.

In the convention sense of the word, the United States is a democracy. Officials are elected to terms by the people. In fact the separation of powers in the USA mean the President has a lot less power than a Canadian Prime Minister.

The Americans very much ensured that their republican state was not held hostage to direct democracy, although the popularity of plebiscites has been eroding that divide.

I like this definition "Democracy. That form of government in which the sovereign power resides in and is exercised by the whole body of free citizens directly or indirectly through a system of representation, as distinguished from a monarchy, aristocracy, or oligarchy. Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, pp. 388-389.

Jay L said...

I think that comparison is valid when you consider the original Athenian democracy, where all hands got together to vote on everything. Incredibly inefficient, and so we moved on to our various forms of representative democracy.

Problem is, when our duly elected representatives do something not to the taste of a certain portion of the populace, we decry the Death of Democracy instead of disagreeing with the decision. :)

I don't think one can have it both ways.

Interestingly, the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index places Canada at #8 in the world, and the US at #19. Still pretty good when you consider the alternative.

Anonymous said...

This is nothing compared to this upcoming rolling stone story. Romney's famed rescue of Bain actually came as a result of a Govt bailout.


Anonymous said...

Jay's comment is one of the dumbest I've ever seen here.