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Direct Democracy Ireland (rough draft manifesto)

Direct Democracy Ireland (rough draft manifesto)

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Published by Jason Werbics
There is a new political party in Ireland called Direct Democracy Ireland. As a distant member of this group, I offered to put forth a draft copy of a manifesto, to help put shape and form to the many aspirations and ideas that this group is trying to coalesce around. Others within this group have also brought forth draft copies of a manifesto.

It must be stated clearly, that a final draft of a manifesto has yet to be voted or agreed upon.

I am sharing my personal interpretation of a manifesto with the public today, in the hope that it will generate greater attention, interest and membership in the group known as Direct Democracy Ireland.

Given the dire situation that the Republic of Ireland is now confronted with, it is imperative that the people of Ireland know, that they are not alone in this, the darkest of hours.
There is a new political party in Ireland called Direct Democracy Ireland. As a distant member of this group, I offered to put forth a draft copy of a manifesto, to help put shape and form to the many aspirations and ideas that this group is trying to coalesce around. Others within this group have also brought forth draft copies of a manifesto.

It must be stated clearly, that a final draft of a manifesto has yet to be voted or agreed upon.

I am sharing my personal interpretation of a manifesto with the public today, in the hope that it will generate greater attention, interest and membership in the group known as Direct Democracy Ireland.

Given the dire situation that the Republic of Ireland is now confronted with, it is imperative that the people of Ireland know, that they are not alone in this, the darkest of hours.

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There is a new political party in Ireland called Direct Democracy Ireland. As a distant member of this group, I offered to put forth a
draft copy of a manifesto,
to help put shape and form to themany aspirations and ideas that this group is trying to coalesce around. Others within this grouphave also brought forth draft copies of a manifesto
.
 
 It must be stated clearly, that a final draft of a manifesto has yet to be voted or agreed upon.
I am sharing
my
 
 personal interpretation
 
of a manifesto
with the public today, in the hope that itwill generate greater attention, interest and membership in the group known as DirectDemocracy Ireland.Given the dire situation that the Republic of Ireland is now confronted with, it is imperative thatthe people of Ireland know, that they are not alone in
this
, the darkest of hours.Direct Democracy IrelandA Manifesto(rough draft)ByJ. R Werbics(The Peasant Philosopher)
 A
Call, Not to
 A
rms, But to
 A
ction
There comes a time in the political life of all peoples, nations and states when the status quo nolonger commands the respect and allegiance of those it is intended to serve. Regardless of whether these circumstances are found and formed from within society, or they are thrust upon a population due to foreign events²brought ashore simply by chance and bad luck. The onset of such happenings demands that a new course of action be brought forth by all individuals without partisan ideology or desire for personal aggrandizement.It is this very situation that now confronts the citizens of the Irish Republic.For no reason, want or action by the individuals who call Ireland home,
w
e the people
now face aworld not of our making. Once where the future for all shone bright and strong, exemplified by
 
the words
eltic Tiger 
and
 sovereign citizen
, we now face a future of personal hardship, politicaluncertainty and economic misery.It is this dire set of circumstances that now confronts every member of this Republic; the veryfoundation of the Irish state is at risk of collapse.Unfortunately, the elected representatives of the Irish parliament, entrusted to prevent such acatastrophe from happening, are themselves complicit architects in these events and continue, tothis day, to bring misery upon the Irish people.We, the sovereign citizens of the Irish Republic, demand action and answers to this unacceptableset of circumstances.
e
 A
re Not 
 A
lone...
As we look around the world, we, the people of the Irish Republic, can see that what afflicts us inour land also burdens all of mankind. From the islands that once made-up the Greek State andare now for sale to the millions on the Spanish mainland who have no prospect of employment;from the bankrupt and insolvent banking system enslaving the people of Iceland to a futureworld of deflation and economic loss; from the dwindling population that was once EastGermany that has set out across the continent in search of work to the millions who no longer have a home due to foreclosure in the United States²these tens of millions who were workingtoward a prosperous future now find themselves in poverty, unemployment and depression.Everywhere one looks in the Western world, there is
a loss of hope
and a future that brings false promise. We do not see the underlying cause of the Great Economic Collapse as necessarily afailure of capitalism or the idea of a free market, as much as it was a failure of 
representational democracy
.By the very hands of those who have been entrusted with the security and the prosperity of thestate, those representatives who dwell in legislatures throughout the Western world, have we been deceived; when confronted with the totality of the economic collapse, they abused andusurped the trust which the people had given them. Ignoring their fiduciary role of overseeingthe economy with responsibility, due diligence and with the economic rights of the individual othe state in mind, the representatives of many of the West¶s democratic states, including our ownhere in the Republic of Ireland, offered to the wealthy and elite, the corporations and the banks a bailout, a grant, a loan that will forever relieve them of their financial obligations and losesincurred by poor investments and, in some cases, outright fraud, their debts wiped out and allallowed to continue on as if nothing ever happened!
 
 The citizen of the Western world has been sacrificed as a broker and lender of last resort; setadrift to fend for himself, with nary an apology, policy or plan to right the wrongs or begin a pathof redemption and possible salvation for the members of these States.For us, the poor and the working class, born without privilege and the chance to work toward prosperity stolen, our dollars are worth pennies and pocket lint trumps change!It is the betrayal of trust and confidence in those who were elected to lead that has brought us,the people of the Irish Republic, to a point where we must ourselves bring forth action andanswers for a world now filled without possibility and purpose.
Th
e Coming Democratic Renaissance
As if an economic collapse was not enough, over the last few years we the Irish people havecontinued to see a never ending flow of sovereignty and responsibility from our parliament to theunelected councils, commissions and courts found on the continent in the European Union.Decisions that affect the lives of every individual in the Republic of Ireland have beeninfluenced, corralled and gathered in fewer and fewer hands.
 
And this despite the embracing bythe Irish people of electoral reforms such as the alternative vote and proportional representation.
 
Most disturbing is the fact that too many academics, political activists and legislators continue todescribe, define and ameliorate electoral reform with a broadening of the democratic process.Furthermore, many who comment and advocate for these electoral schemes remark that thisweakening of the democratic process and the erosion of the rights of the individual is a naturaloccurrence in the creation of a just progressive state. They define this new federalism with itsappointed ministers, judges and bureaucrats as the only viable and sustainable form of government for the future. They say that this reality of diminished individual rights and limited political choice is what the Irish people want. We say...that we see just the opposite!We see a coming democratic renaissance on the horizon.All around the world, more and more people are demanding an increased say in how governmentis run. From the Tea Party in America to the Swiss model of direct democracy; from the anti-HST battle in British Columbia, Canada to the endless number of non-governmental

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