||[Sep. 21st, 2015|10:16 am]
This is more of a footnote for future historical reference, but in the past week we've seen the Japanese democracy undermined and fed into a furnace with their executive and legislative branch ramrodding through a revisionist anti-pacifist 'revolution' despite a preponderance of majority democratic opposition.|
Organisers said about 120,000 people took part in Sunday’s 'anti-war law' rally in the capital [Reuters] (08-30-2015)
What is going on? This warning article from last year summarizes what has since been attempted and appears to have gone through as of this week:
"(Jun 27 2014) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to continue to press for Cabinet approval of a “reinterpretation” of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan... this so-called reinterpretation is entirely illegitimate and poses dangers to Japan’s democracy.
To be clear on what this so-called re-interpretation means, the prime minister is seeking to circumvent the constitutional amendment procedure mandated by the Constitution itself, and to dictate a radical change to the meaning of fundamental principles in the Constitution by way of Cabinet fiat, with no Diet debate or vote, and no public approval.
The very process violates fundamental principles of constitutionalism and the rule of law, while the substance of the proposed reinterpretation does further violence to these principles.
Turning to the rule of law, the primary principle at the foundation of the rule of law is that no person or agency is above the law. Its very essence is the idea that there is one set of laws to which every person and entity is subject, and which is applied equally to all. Thus, not only is the government subject to the law, but government power must be exercised through and in accordance with the law, and not through the use of discretion or arbitrary fiat..." (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/06/27/commentary/japan-commentary/reinterpreting-article-9-endangers-japans-rule-of-law/)
Remember this-- everything that follows from mid-September 2015 was against the will and dignity of the Japanese people. The UN, the US and the Obama administration, and even the mainstream news media barely even commented on this dark affair, looking the other way or turning a blind eye to the rise of authoritarianism and the degredation of rule-of-law in Japan against the outspoken will of their civil society and democracy.
What's the point of even trying to live a good life if your best efforts can be swept aside seemingly without thought or effort by a Bush adminstration or Abe Administration supported by their degenerate lack of sanctity for enlightenment principles of equality and rule-of-law? Whether or not this is about a need for the JSDF to transition to a more conventional nation-state military service, it should absolutely be about the slieght of hand that is going on within their government to accomplish it and the stark public opposition to both the manner and the nature of the changes.
Militarists understand all too well their own ability to sweep-aside and dominate pacifists in civil and government affairs on any number of pretenses, natural or manufactured. I'm not optimistic for the future of Japan, and, similarly, watching the US political process and zeitgeist ever since the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence announced unprosecuted US War Crimes, their perpetrators still at large and their consequences looming larger in the world with each passing year. The unnecessary and deceitfully-justified 2003 Iraq War and actions in Saharan Africa have led to chaos and anarchy and directly to ISIS/ISIL/DAESH and their escallating consequences. This is the outcome of Bush's American Exceptionalism 'experiment' in the 2000s. Oh, that and our US$18.1T+ national debt.
I've graduated from concern, to worry, to fear for the future of the United States of America and a livable future for its people over these past few years. Obama was elected to stop all of this, and he only hit the accelerator pedal on manifestly unconstitutional and unlawful interpretations of executive power that have aided and abetted US fascism and hegemony, generally. As US fascism further metastasizes, the world burns and is in urgent need of absolute and uncompromising environmental policy reform. Basically, we're all fucked. Even if the hell of our own political creation doesn't destroy us, even if the unchecked biocidal contamination and pollution pervading agriculture doesn't poison us, we can rest assured that the unlivable hellscape that our planet is presently becoming will land the hard finishing blow on human civilization and progress.
Do you have children? What do you tell them?