Iraq Constitution Referendum
Some critics in and outside of Iraq are right: Partisan politics as usual...
A record number of people went to vote in the referendum over two weeks ago. More people went to the polls in Iraq than may have ever gone to the polls in the U.S. (in recent times, at least). That’s what President Bush, the Secretary of State and other politicians should have stressed. That the people of Iraq stood up and said “I want to be counted.”
Instead what does the U.S. Secretary of State have to say when the election was just over? That the draft of the Constitution seems to be winning.
That’s partisan politics as usual for the United States.
We don’t congratulate them on going to the polls despite car bombs, kidnappings and assassinations. We don’t say, “hey it doesn’t matter if it passes or doesn’t – Iraq voted and that’s all that counts!”
No. We take pride in the fact that the new Constitution passed. Not in the fact that they voted.
The fact of the matter is that if Iraq voted down the Constitution we’d still win! This was a win-win situation, because there was no boycott of the election. We succeeded in our goal: To rid Iraq of a dictator and bring democracy to their people. We helped do that and if they want to vote down the Constitution they have a right to do that.
They didn’t, of course, but the fact that we went public early saying “looks like it passed” made it sound like that Constitution was our agenda and it shouldn’t have been! The agenda should have been free, unbiased elections. In this case an election of the Constitution and it doesn’t matter who wins or loses the fact an election took place and that as many as 80% of the country voted is an accomplishment, considering that less than 10% of the population of Los Angeles voted for their current Mayor!
Our agenda should be for or against any person or thing. When the Iraq people vote in an election in, say, six eight years they may vote in a person we don’t like or want. Too bad. We want democracy, then we have to let it happen and if the people of Iraq don’t pick the same person, place or thing as our leaders it’s wrong? We stop liking them? We made them. We better like them because we, the people of the United States, gave them their freedom to elect whomever they want, even if it’s Saddam!
If some people in Iraq don’t like the constitution and they vote against it and it doesn’t pass, gee, too bad! It’s their country, their issues and their politics. Our job was to see that election happened, not to go around with puffed up chests because they made the decision we wanted them to make!
We’re not stuck with that constitution, they are!
Now thing about that. Los Angeles is stuck with their current Mayor because 1% of the people voted for him and the other 9.99% that voted, voted for the other guy. So a few thousand people out of millions turned the election!
Almost 80% of the people in Iraq voted unlike the 20% that voted in the Los Angeles election that decided who would run that city of over 5 million people.
If Iraq keeps this type of voting record up they are going to bring shame to America where traditionally far less than 50% go to the polls and a total of 26% of the registered voters decide who, what, where and when will run this country!
More than half the people in Iraq wanted that Constitution, that is a decent majority and they should be proud of how they did it and we should also be proud of the fact that happened and not of which side won or lost...