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2006-03-05 Africa Subsaharan
Decisive ANC win in S Africa poll
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Posted by Steve White 2006-03-05 01:25|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [247 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Still less than Saddam got. Or the CPSU for that matter.
Posted by Jackal">Jackal  2006-03-05 08:52||]">[]  2006-03-05 08:52|| Front Page Top

#2 A nation unbalanced with a single majority party passing a two-thirds majority is courting disaster, whether it be SA or the US. This speaks less of either the majority party, or the minority party, than it does to the wisdom of the people, comfortable with such an imbalance.

It does not matter if the great issue of the day is "creamy" or "crunchy", what matters is the disagreement. If the minority is utterly worthless, then people should create a new minority, founded on something more acceptable to the nation as a whole.
Posted by Anonymoose 2006-03-05 10:09||   2006-03-05 10:09|| Front Page Top

#3 California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maryland do it all the time.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2006-03-05 11:11||   2006-03-05 11:11|| Front Page Top

#4 What is unseen is the fact that the minority in SA see it "unbalanced" and impossible as well, and have all but given up on the process and are leaving the country. A sort of "white flight" has been ongoing there for several years now. Another fact that is unseen are the rampant party cross-overs. As soon as an opposition party member (non-ANC) gains any momentum or popularity at all or becomes the slightest threat to the ANC, he is wooed (or threatened) over by ANC comrades and switches parties. The ANC continues to have great success as the champion of the majority poor. Farm and land buy-outs and transfers similar to the seizures in Zimbabwe are becoming major issues again as Black Economic Empowerment or BEE gains further momentum. Last month the ANC introduced legislation that would end foreign purchasing of second homes, land and property. Nice little "decomcracy" there I'd say. If nothing changes, I suspect we'll be reading similar ANC polling success stories in 2050.
Posted by Visitor 2006-03-05 11:26||   2006-03-05 11:26|| Front Page Top

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