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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

"Politics is perception"

A friend brought up a very good point in a conversation today and I thought I would post his questions here to see what you all think about the subject.

"How come no one is asking the right Questions?

If Sharon was unable to govern competently for 24 hours – why was no succession plan implemented? Who was available to make the routine daily decisions that the prime minister is faced with. More importantly who would have made any critical decisions that could have arisen? What will happen next time that Sharon is sick or unable to fulfill his role as PM? Most disturbingly is the lack of government response to this breakdown of the democratic process. Where are the politicians yelling foul? Where is the media? Why are they silent?"

Now I know we dont have the equivalent of the 25th amendment here (or any part of the Bill of Rights for that matter), but there should at least be an informal plan in play if/when the PM is incapacitated. Before the 25th came into Law in '67, there were how many Presidents succeeded by their V.P.'s upon Death... eight. Thats more than 5%. In 1947, congress passed the Presidential Succession Act which stated the order of succession if both the President and VP were incapacitated.

When will Israel write it into law?

The possibility that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
– Abraham Lincoln


At 2:26 PM, December 27, 2005, Blogger JoeSettler said...

How come the citizens don't seem to care either?

At 2:52 PM, December 27, 2005, Blogger ifyouwillit... said...

Given the lack of severity of Sharon's stay in hospital, I am sure things were able to run as usual. Politics is full of tiers and delegation and the things that mattered probably got taken straight to Mr Sharon is his hospital bed.

At 9:14 PM, December 27, 2005, Blogger Ze'ev said...

Sounds like ap age out of the 2nd season of 24...

At 11:48 PM, December 27, 2005, Blogger Jack Steiner said...

I was wondering about these things.

At 10:49 AM, December 28, 2005, Blogger westbankmama said...

It seems to me that Israelis have to leave everything to the last minute - they need the feeling of crisis in order to accomplish anything.

There won't be a law passed until we are screwed first.

At 12:02 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger The Cahans in Israel said...

Don't you guys get it? The media here are a bunch of lap dogs for Sharon. They are so enamored by his disengagement plan and further unilateral withdrawls that they will not do anything to rock the boat. The last they want is to see someone like Bibi elected. All the "lefties" are in bed with each other.

At 1:42 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

Elliot: so what do u recommend be done?

WBM - maybe thats why we all need those extra 18 minutes on Friday. For those who havent seen Jameel's post on this topic. click here.


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