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Messages - C. M. Siervicül

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The Hopper / Re: The Fleecing Act
« on: August 05, 2020, 10:01:15 AM »
All of these caveats apply to the 6¤40 Cosă fee as well (if not doubly), don't they?
Yes, except for the fact that parties are typically groups and therefore the burden of a registration fee is split across multiple people, whereas the burden of a Senate fee is more likely to fall on an individual. I’ve long been skeptical of the registration fee for parties, too (back when it was $20 I proposed a bill to reduce it to $5, which was followed by Sir Alexandreu’s successful proposal to cut it to $10). But the bigger point is that even if we think some kind of registration fee is unavoidable and that equity requires that senators or senate candidates share the burden somehow, let’s not unthinkingly impugn the patriotism of those who might be impacted by the fee.

The Hopper / Re: The Ranked Choice Constitutional Referendum Bill
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:25:33 AM »
This should probably be rewritten as we may have an elected Head of State already.

* The King of Talossa shall be replaced by a regularly elected president.

Additionally, can the following options be added:

* The Hereditary Monarchy shall be restored.
* An Electoral College, which shall be independent of the Ziu, shall be established to nominate future monarchs.
One challenge in creating a list of options is that mode of selection, tenure, and powers (and number of holders, for the NPW) are different dimensions of the office and the interplay between them can dramatically influence one’s order of preference. For example, a particular citizen might rank lifetime hereditary monarchy at the top of the list if the monarch is a “symbol of the nation” figurehead with no real powers, but far down the list otherwise. You could create a comprehensive list of options with different permutations of these dimensions but that could result in a very long list.

The Hopper / Re: The Fleecing Act
« on: August 05, 2020, 09:09:14 AM »
If I were to stand for reelection, and if I were reelected as Senator, I would be happy to pay this fee.

I am evidently not so cheap and unpatriotic as my colleague from Maricopa; one would think that a Senator of Talossa should be honored and grateful to support his country financially.
Lack of patriotism is not the only reason one might have a problem with paying a fee to serve in the Senäts. A candidate who is, say, 15 or 16 years old might not have a means of paying online. For a candidate in a developing country, coming up with US$5 in cash as well as postage to mail it internationally may be a challenge.

About the bill itself (not a reply to you), I think the jab at the Senator from Maricopa is a bit petty to include in a statute proposed for enactment by the Ziu.

The Hopper / Re: The Community Jurists (JP Restoration) Bill
« on: August 05, 2020, 08:53:04 AM »
I don’t understand the objection to the title “justice.” As a title for a judicial officer, it’s been around for as long as “judge” has if not longer (according to the Online Etymology Dictionary “justice” has been used in that sense since c. 1200, while “judge” dates back to only the mid-14th century). “Jurist” is a comparative newcomer (15th century) and is less specific: it can refer to any practitioner of law, such as a lawyer or legal scholar, not just a judicial officer. So I would prefer reinstating the JP title over creating a new CJ one. But I wouldn’t vote against the bill just for that reason.

Maricopa / Re: Opening the Cabana
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:00:13 AM »
I stake my claim too.

Congratulations, D:r Nordselva. I’m sure the Chancery will be in good hands.

Wittenberg / Re: The underground RUMP
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:21:03 PM »
there should be one or two names that you will recognize as no longer being on your team.
Indeed. Funny that they find it appropriate to stay on the mailing list and forward its correspondence to the “other team,” but everyone has his/her own standards of personal integrity I suppose. I’m not sure I can even view who is subscribed to the list.

Wittenberg / Re: Caution: Election results ahead!
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:49:59 PM »
What did Cresti have against the Amada Merþedes bill, given that the King himself supported it?
It’s a mystery if you think my political views can be summed up by simply asking “what would King John do?”  ;)

The original amendment allowing senators to be elected before they could vote was (IIRC) introduced by Fritz but drafted by King (then SoS) John. During the discussion of that bill, I asked about the intent behind it. John said at the time that the intent behind the bill was to allow a province to elect a senator who would shortly be able to vote, or concurrently with petitioning the King for a knighthood for the new senator. He didn’t actually say what would happen if a province elected a senator who wouldn’t be able to vote for a long time, but my guess is if I had followed up about that possibility he would have said no one would be stupid enough to do such a thing.

I voted against the amendment way back then because I didn’t agree with electing or appointing senators who would not be eligible to perform the duties of their office, so I think I’m consistent in not wanting to make that situation worse today. Counting nonvotes against the senator as Glüc interpreted the law puts a natural limit on how long someone can serve without being able to vote, and I agree with his interpretation.

Wittenberg / Re: The underground RUMP
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:26:46 PM »
I'll repost his email in full (or at least the email that was passed on to me by someone on the RUMP mailing list
Cool, if we’re publicly posting private emails, how about the one forwarding my email to you? I don’t have any problem with the content of my email being made public, but am curious as to whether the door swings both ways.

I see further up the thread you mention me raising arguments in private that were never made in public, but I don’t think I said anything that wasn’t said in the Hopper thread for the bill (e.g. by Glüc). I wasn’t watching the Hopper thread at the time because I had made a decision to retire from politics for a while, but when the ballot came out I did read the referendum questions as a citizen.

I’ll address my reasons for voting against the Amada Merþedes amendment in the other thread where you asked about that.

Wittenberg / Re: The underground RUMP
« on: August 02, 2020, 07:15:59 PM »
Cresti ended up supporting the Judiciary Amendment, which he voted against as an MC, so we have to give him the credit of being able to change his mind.
I haven’t been an MC in years. I did vote against the predecessor bill to the Judiciary Amendment as a senator back during the 52nd Cosa, but was not in the Ziu for this bill. Also, King John vetoed the earlier bill that I voted against, but not this one.

My initial inclination was to vote against all the amendments, but I ended up deciding to vote for the judiciary one. This was partly in recognition of the length to which Viteu went trying to accommodate concerns raised about the previous bill, and partly a decision to give him the benefit of the doubt on his “magnum opus” (as it were) as he leaves the Ziu and moves onto the bench.

Wittenberg / Re: Resignation as Secretary of State
« on: August 01, 2020, 07:45:47 PM »
Thank you for your service, Glüc!

Wittenberg / Re: August 2020 General Election - Polling Station Open
« on: July 31, 2020, 02:46:02 PM »
I cast my ballot as follows:

Cosa: LCC


54RZ16 - Contra
54RZ22 - Contra
54RZ23 - Contra
54RZ25 - Per
54RZ28 - Contra

Maricopa / Re: Opening the Cabana!
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:34:30 PM »
I stake my claim.

Wittenberg / Re: The Speech from the Throne (40th Anniversary)
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:33:35 PM »
Happy 40th Independence Day, Talossans!

God save the King! God save Talossa!

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