sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 29, 2010

Three Cheers for the American Constitution

Filed under: Uncategorized — edge of the sandbox @ 5:08 am

One for each level of government: Federal, State and Local.  All elected independently.

Now take Russia.  In 2004 Putin nixed gubernatorial elections.  And now Putin’s successor/reluctant puppet Medvedev sacked the mayor of Moscow (click on the link!  The pictures are priceless!):

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev abruptly sacked veteran Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov this morning.

Mr Luzhkov had become a powerful political opponent who openly criticised the Kremlin and then defied pressure to resign.

He had ruled Russia’s capital since 1992 but angered Medvedev by suggesting the country needed a stronger and more decisive leader – a remark seen as favouring Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

A cute corruption twist:

Luzhkov’s tenure as mayor was tainted by repeated allegations that his billionaire construction boss wife, Yelena Baturina, benefited from his post – allegations that the pair strenuously deny.

Suggestions of corruption were a focus of mud-slinging programmes that state-run television networks showed suddenly this month after Luzhkov targeted Medvedev with thinly veiled criticism in a state newspaper article.

I hope the sacked mayor will not immigrate to Chicago.

Anywho, three cheers for constitution and the people willing to abide by it.

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