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Going To The Polls

By PRADIT PHULSARIKIJ 
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Since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932, Thailand has seen 27 general elections. The first one took place in November 1933. The latest was held in February 2014, although it was later declared unconstitutional by the court.

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30362512

 

The Nation: 2019-01-19

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Let us not forget the 19 coups d'etat that they have also had, 12 of them successful, so about half of the elected Governments have been overthrown. History has shown that the army have never been any good at running the place, they keep handing back power, saying they won't get involved again. This time looks a little different, as while the Junta are saying they are ready to give power back to the people, in reality it seems that they have no real intention of doing so. If they do cling on, history would suggest that it will not help Thailand one jot. Power hungry maniacs don't let little things like that worry them though, do they?

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'Going to the polls' - ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Firstly, we still don't know for sure when the rights-deprived Thais will be allowed to 'vote'.

Secondly (and most importantly), we DO know for sure that the election will NOT be free and fair.

In other words - it will be rigged - and the 'result' (continuance of the military's power grouping) is already in essence decided.

 

 

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2 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Let us not forget the 19 coups d'etat that they have also had, 12 of them successful, so about half of the elected Governments have been overthrown. History has shown that the army have never been any good at running the place, they keep handing back power, saying they won't get involved again. This time looks a little different, as while the Junta are saying they are ready to give power back to the people, in reality it seems that they have no real intention of doing so. If they do cling on, history would suggest that it will not help Thailand one jot. Power hungry maniacs don't let little things like that worry them though, do they?

One can wonder what might have happened, if general Prayuth Chan-o-cha didn't stop the unrest in 2014...🤔

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3 hours ago, darksidedog said:

Let us not forget the 19 coups d'etat that they have also had, 12 of them successful, so about half of the elected Governments have been overthrown. History has shown that the army have never been any good at running the place, they keep handing back power, saying they won't get involved again. This time looks a little different, as while the Junta are saying they are ready to give power back to the people, in reality it seems that they have no real intention of doing so. If they do cling on, history would suggest that it will not help Thailand one jot. Power hungry maniacs don't let little things like that worry them though, do they?

What is worse. is that Chanocha says he is doing it all for the glory of someone else.

 

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15 minutes ago, khunPer said:

One can wonder what might have happened, if general Prayuth Chan-o-cha didn't stop the unrest in 2014...🤔

Or even better, if he had not refused to come in and subdue the seditious rioters because they were friends of hi and had an 'arrangement'. Put the man against a wall and administer the Thai punishment for treason. That'll make sure there are no further coups, no mstter who the coup-makers pretend to be honouring with their treason and sedition.

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27 minutes ago, khunPer said:

One can wonder what might have happened, if general Prayuth Chan-o-cha didn't stop the unrest in 2014...🤔

Well, the protests were rather fizzling out, so who knows? After all, in terms of protest action, the "reform before elections" (unspecified reforms) guru had been reduced to squatting in a tent in Lumping Park sending tweets accusing the Prime Minister of being a whore! 

 

What is perhaps is a more pertinent question is what would have happened had General Prayuth Chan-o-cha actually done his job as head of the armed forces, and at least ensured that the entirely constitutional and correctly mandated general election which the legal, elected,  government had called, had been allowed to go ahead, rather than being blocked (by use and threat of force) by a minority political faction who did so because they would have lost. Now there's a question to ponder... 

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2 minutes ago, JAG said:

Well, the protests were rather fizzing out, so who knows? 

 

What is perhaps is a more pertinent question is what would have happened had General Prayuth Chan-o-cha actually done his job as head of the armed forces, and at least ensured that the entirely constitutional and correctly mandated general election which the legal, elected,  government had called, had been allowed to go ahead, rather than being blocked (by use and threat of force) by a minority political faction who did so because they would have lost. Now there's a question to ponder... 

Brilliant post, JAG. Every sentence bursting with truth!

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As I am a foreigner with no horse in the upcoming race my opinion means zero. One thing I am pleased about is that presently innocent lives are not being lost due to political rivalry. If you look at some of the powerhouse nations in the world now you see the effects of political maneuvering. The chaos of brexit, the us gov in a shutdown makes me wonder what is the solution? And this is from supposedly well educated countries. IMO if voting in the reds or yellows results in riots in the streets and the death of innocents then what's the point of that? Oh, they're free now to kill each other in the street, but at least they're free doesn't fly as an argument with me. Sometimes, expat solutions based on homeland experiences and education just don't fit. Failed attempts at colonization in different locales have sometimes proven this out. Despite the arrogance of some, cut and paste solutions sometimes are not the only answer. Whatever way this all goes in couple of months (maybe), my main wish is that the Thai people don't get brutalized over politics and political systems. As noted above, even the political systems that are supposedly the best don't always serve the greater good.  

   

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2 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

Whatever way this all goes in couple of months (maybe), my main wish is that the Thai people don't get brutalized over politics and political systems. As noted above, even the political systems that are supposedly the best don't always serve the greater good.  

At the moment they have a junta, drawn from a collection of people with something of a reputation for brutality, and which is effectively maintaining itself in position by threat of such brutality. There are elements lining up behind the junta, perhaps (probably) with a view to succeeding them, with equal if not greater reputations for brutality.

 

I'd say that whilst the Thai people are not brutalised at present, the country's political system is, and as the only realistic prospect of any change is through popular action, such action will almost certainly be met with brutality. 

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23 hours ago, darksidedog said:

...as while the Junta are saying they are ready to give power back to the people, in reality it seems that they have no real intention of doing so.

 

You don't take something at gunpoint with the intention of giving it back.

 

 

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20 hours ago, khunPer said:

One can wonder what might have happened, if general Prayuth Chan-o-cha didn't stop the unrest in 2014...🤔

I don't think for one minute that Prayuth stopped the unrest, he was only the driver in the first tank. 

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8 minutes ago, Hayduke said:

You don't take something at gunpoint with the intention of giving it back.

Exactly, which is why they have been constantly "tweaking" the constitution in their favour regardless of who is in power!

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20 hours ago, khunPer said:

One can wonder what might have happened, if general Prayuth Chan-o-cha didn't stop the unrest in 2014...🤔

correct  .....   I myself, as are many others quite content with Khun Prayuth Chan O Cha being in charge. As said all along, it's better to have someone in charge with control to move Thailand forward than have roads blocked, constant protests, fighting and lawlessness.

Thailand is going ahead with numerous highway extension projects, BTS extensions, SRT extensions and various agricultural project continually being implemented.

Thankfully Khun Prayuth took control off a worsening situation.

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20 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

If you look at some of the powerhouse nations in the world now you see the effects of political maneuvering. The chaos of brexit, the us gov in a shutdown makes me wonder what is the solution? And this is from supposedly well educated countries. IMO if voting in the reds or yellows results in riots in the streets and the death of innocents then what's the point of that? Oh, they're free now to kill each other in the street, but at least they're free doesn't fly as an argument with me.

Well said CC .....    Just further evidence to show that ' democracy ' is nothing more than a word and a smokescreen.  Look at the UK .... what a mess !  Look at Australia ....  the Aussie's change PM every 6 months ..what a mess !   just a couple of examples.

Give me Thailand and Khun Prayuth Chan O Cha anyday :wai:

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