Are two heads really better?
31 October, 2013
Are two heads really better?
Georgia now has a new President which is good. Or is it? Our democratically organized state has followed a couple of existing western examples to build its democratic statehood. We have not based it on only European or only on American political paradigms. Our constitution has borrowed bits from here and bits from there, and finally we received something good enough for our modern national state to proceed with its development successfully, but I don’t think the model is optimal
and rational enough for turning Georgia into a functioning strong democracy.
The question that has been drilling my mind for years and nobody has been able to provide me with a qualified answer is: Why can’t Georgia adopt the American government model unaltered and unadulterated, I mean as is? What’s wrong with the American political system? Why is it not good enough for Georgia to transplant and use it for the rest of our democratically-based political life? Look, we have spent so much time, resource and energy on the election of a president of the country, without whose services Georgia could practically operate the same way if not better at all. Well, it is said that the President’s job description is well defined and the presumption is that he could be useful in doing certain things, but nobody is saying why Georgia needs one additional leader of that caliber. We already have one head of government – the Prime Minister. Why are we spending the taxpayer’s money first on electing President and then on keeping him up and going? I don’ think I need to be very specific concerning the future presidential expenses. Expenses should be OK if the job were indispensable. No, the president’s is a second rate governing job in Georgia. President of Georgia is a formal head of state with certain limited obligations to fulfill. Nothing will happen with Georgia if Georgia had no president. Georgia can survive without this political figure who will take more from this nation than give it back. This is why I have mentioned the American government system. Americans have three clearly cut branches for governing the country – legislative, executive and judicial. The chief executive of the country, residing in the White House, is both the head of state and head of government but he is reasonably controlled by the Congress and the Supreme Court.  Can we say for some reason that America is not governed well? If a giant like America, the richest and the most powerful country on the planet can do with only one leader, why can’t a country with only four and a half million people has to be governed by two leaders? Why? Why such a huge national pain in the neck? I know that I will hear million different smart or stupid answers to this simple question, but those answers are not helping Georgia in any way. Georgia does not need overly prolonged gabble on how this country has to be organized politically. Georgia does not need words, Georgia needs deeds. The excessively politicized Georgia is pernicious for the future of its good people. The American model could have been a constructive and helpful simplification of the situation here. Do as Americans have done in their own time and we will relax forever! Bring in the system of Checks & Balances without delay and untouched, and we will feel that the country has started working. I have heard that some of our politicians and philosophers have thought about this but eventually the nation had arrived at some amalgam of a system which is not stable and functional. This is why we are compelled to change the system every now and again. We are permanently experimenting with our government system, not being aware that we are thus experimenting with the destiny of our people, which is equal to playing with fire. Why are we not taking after America where the system is weathered and tested by time? It is also true that even Americans are complaining about their political system, trying to improve it but nobody can change anything so far because the change seems to be impossible because it is too strong and correct to be subject to change. The American system excludes too many cooks who may spoil the broth. It is clear and amazingly simple and functional. If we had that system in Georgia, we would not have to have two chiefs, two leaders, two number ones, two bosses, two decision makers, two commanders, two heads, two fathers . . . and we would probably be way better off.
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