Monday, September 19, 2005

German Election in Stalemate

   The German parliamentary elections ended in a near-tie over the weekend with neither of the two major parties winning a clear majority. Don Surber rightly notes that the shoe is on the other foot after Germans thought Florida in 2000 was just so funny.


Blogger Kevin said...

I just hope they didn't use those damn Diebold machines.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

Heh... Based on my (exceptionally limited) knowledge of German election procedures, paper ballots are quite frequently used.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Henry Nickel said...

Well it looks like things have pretty much gone from bad to worse. But I believe you should never blame politics for bad government, the system is broken. Giving such power to factions rather than people will lead to a factionalized government and serve the interests of faction over the people. Madison warned against such government in Federalist 10. I wish more Europeans would at least acknowledge the lessons learned here. I don't expect they will and I doubt the system will change. To that I say Schroeder is brilliant and lead the conservatives gleefully into a trap. He is a master of the German system and for that I give him great credit. But he is an iconic example of the type factitious leader Madison warned us about. The zwei stimme system is fundamentally flawed and the parties too strong, I may make a lot of enemies by saying it but I truly believe it. Good luck to Germany. I'm sure we can still find ways to accommodate those brilliant enough to leave.

1:37 PM  

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