September 26, 2005

Democrazy -- Israeli Style!

Hatched by Dafydd

This is too delicious to allow to pass unblogged:

Sharon Walks Out of Stormy Likud Meeting
Associated Press
Sep 25th, 2005

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon walked out of a stormy meeting of his Likud party Sunday after what appeared to be intentional electricity cuts repeatedly prevented him from delivering his prepared speech....

Sharon, the final speaker of the night, walked to the podium to make his argument and found the microphone did not work. He sat down for several minutes and then walked back to the podium. He spoke a few words and then the microphone disconnected again. After waiting for several minutes, Sharon walked out of the hall.

I have a dream -- a dream of the Taiwanese parliament getting into a row and a ruction, with members leaping over decks and hurling chairs back and forth at each other (gives new meaning to the title "chairman"). I have a dream of the Japanese Diet with members pulling hair and scratching the faces of opposing members. Oh, wait... those aren't dreams, they're memories of what I saw on World's Wildest Parliamentary Videos.

Gee, don't you wish the United States had a parliamentary system, instead of our stodgy, old Congress? Think of the ratings that C-SPAN would garner if they could show entertainment like this every night, instead of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Margaritaville) burping and bloviating from a sheaf of prepared notes without even lifting his head to look at the witness. Or the camera. Heck, we haven't even had a duel among congresscritters in, like, more than a hundred years.

The convention came ahead of a Likud vote Monday on whether to move up the party primaries. Netanyahu wants them in November and Sharon in April. Sharon has hinted he might quit the party if defeated in Monday's vote.

I don't think Israel needs a new prime minister; I think the Knesset just needs a good electrician!

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 26, 2005, at the time of 12:26 AM

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The following hissed in response by: HelenW

So Israel is in crisis, and saboteurs prevent her leader from communicating with her people. This is "too delicious?

Maybe this is great joke for democratunderground, but I don't get it. I invite you to rethink your reaction in the context of high-explosive rockets raining down on you.

The above hissed in response by: HelenW [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 10:14 AM

The following hissed in response by: Milhouse

He wasn't prevented from communicating with the people, he was prevented from bloviating at a meeting of the party he has treated with utter contempt. In any other parliamentary democracy, he would have been out on his ear long ago. No longer party leader, and therefore automatically no longer Prime Minister. Nobody voted for him; people voted for the party, whose platform he has ripped to shreds. He is a dictator and a bully, and having his microphone turned off is the least of what he deserves.

The above hissed in response by: Milhouse [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2005 3:15 PM

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