Using the democratic process to strip yourself of the democratic process

Democratic process

Yesterday, Turkey voted to make Hitler’s Mini-Me — Tayyip Erdogan – the de facto dictator.

I have to say, that’s irony for you. Using the democratic process to effectively strip yourself of an semblance of democracy.

All it took was a razor-thin majority to deprive the Turkish people of their own voice in government.

Large segments of Turkey were vehemently opposed to this referendum. But because a slim majority voted yes, those opposed were rendered powerless.

In other words, making Erdogan the de facto dictator won the popular vote.

So now do you understand why we have an Electoral College?

Many of those who support this move toward dictatorship want Erdogan to have all power in order to avoid “deadlock” in government.

In America we call deadlock “checks and balances” – there to prevent one person from doing what Erdogan has done.

In other words, “deadlock” is part of the democratic process.

And with this referendum, Erdogan has the ability to remain in power for the next twelve years.

Listen, the greatest threat to Europe right now is not Vladimir Putin.

Europe’s greatest threat is an all-powerful Tayyip Erdogan.

This man has already threatened to unleash a flood of Muslim “migrants” into Europe.

And with this victory, Erdogan is already saying he plans to review the deal he made with the EU to curb the flow of Muslim “refugees” and “migrants” into Europe.

Something tells me with this “New Turkey,” things in Europe are about to go from bad to worse.

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One thought on “Using the democratic process to strip yourself of the democratic process

  • April 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I’m no fan of Erdogan, but Turkey is a very difficult issue for us. On the one hand, as you correctly note, Turkey has a new dictator. Of course, imperial rule in Turkey has a long history stretching back through the Ottoman Empire to the Byzantine Empire. “Strong-man” leadership is a centuries-old accepted norm for the Turks. The secularism seen in Turkey in more recent decades has been like a tight-rope walker, with strong Islamic influences blowing against it. So I’m not surprised that Erdogan (who I think is foremost a survivor) is sensing the wind direction at this moment. On top of which, he has numerous internal threats, including such groups as the Kurds (especially the terror group PKK) and the Grey Wolves, to deal with besides ISIS, Iranians, Armenians, Russians, etc.

    On the other hand, Turkey is a valuable NATO ally. It is the Turks who keep the Soviet Black Sea Fleet (sorry, Russian Black Sea Fleet…old habits, you know) bottled up thanks to their enforcement of the 1936 Montreux Convention (a convention in which we, the USA, in our short-sightedness, decided not to participate). The strict restraints on the passage of vessels through the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles are vital to the maritime stability in the Eastern Med. (It was laughable when the US media got all excited about a Russian frigate appearing in the vicinity of the two US vessels the day after they had launched the missiles against Syria — because of the Montreux Convention, that Russian vessel had to get Turkish permission to pass through the Bosporus at least a week before the US attack ever occurred!). Also vital to NATO interests are the SIGINT sites in Turkey (some of which used to be ours before we scaled back) which provide important intelligence coverage of Iran (especially the early warning sites aimed to detect Iranian missile launches), ISIS, and the Russian steppes. (For example, SIGINT sites in Eastern Turkey had a great vantage point on the Russian military exercise CENTER-2015 — arguably the largest Russian exercise since Zapad-81.)

    Turkey has incredible strategic value to us and it is always going to be a delicate problem to sort out. I fully believe many countries, including us, have a public position on Turkey for domestic consumption and a covert position between the leaders. I expect Erdogan does the same.

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