"Putin is the President, He can commute the sentences ..."
by W. Finnerty Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:02
Reply to "pat c" at Fri Aug 17, 2012 23:37:
Assuming you are correct regarding the matter of President Putin being able to lawfully commute the sentences, and I don't have any reason at the present time to believe you are in error (in any way) regarding this point, the thought has crossed my mind that President Putin might now be in a position to significantly advance himself, and humanity as a whole, by lawfully arranging for the "final" decision on the matter to be decided by "the people".
Although the issues themselves (connected with the understandably very controversial actions in the Moscow Cathedral by the pop-group members concerned) might appear relatively trivial to many -- in comparison to the present overall set of extremely serious global threats for humanity as a whole (in places such as in, and around, Syria for example, and which are the product it appears of "The Ascendancy of a Criminal Financial Elite") -- the socially very basic principle of significantly involving "the people", in their respective governments' of the world decision making processes, regarding matters that appear to be of huge importance to many members of the public, is anything but trivial (in my opinion).
As President Putin is a highly trained and highly qualified lawyer, the thought has also crossed my mind that he might be able to lawfully arrange for a referendum of some kind: which would enable "the people" to decide whether or not the three young women in question should serve their sentence (as imposed by the courts), or, be released from prison with immediate effect: if that was what the majority "the people" voted for. In other words, I am suggesting that President Putin MIGHT decide to voluntarily "hand over" the decision that is now his in law, and his alone at the present time, to "the people": so that "the people" can have the "final" say regarding this particular set of issues.
"Putin graduated from the International Law branch of the Law Department of the Leningrad State University in 1975, writing his final thesis on international law. His PhD thesis was titled 'The Strategic Planning of Regional Resources Under the Formation of Market Relations' and it argued that Russian economic success would depend on creating national energy champions." (This excerpt is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin )
What a major advance (as I see things) that this might provide for the "unfinished work" of "the great task remaining before us", connected with the ancient Athenian and remarkably successful "government of the people, by the people, for the people" principle, which is closely associated these days with former United States President Abraham Lincoln; not forgetting that President Lincoln was an exceptionally talented lawyer (as I suspect President Putin might also be?); and, having due regard for the fact that President Lincoln had -- and still has no doubt? -- many well know and highly influential admirers and supporters in Russia.
"The greatness of Napoleon, Caesar or Washington is only moonlight by the sun of Lincoln."
The statement immediately above was made by the Russian writer and book author Leo Tolstoy, and more information on the impact his writings have had (to date) on humanity as a whole, can be found via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/9cmrozp
More on the "government of the people, by the people, for the people" subject can be found via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/9cyvmff
The excerpt in the section immediately above is based on a comment (dated August 20th 2012) at the following Indymedia (Ireland) location:
Article 6.1 of Bunreacht na hEireann na hEireann, the Constitution, and Supreme Law of the Republic of Ireland":
"All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people, whose right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy, according to the requirements of the common good."
The excerpt just above, without the emphasis, has been copied from the following Republic of Ireland Government address:
"Thoughts on Government" and "Politics": by John Adams , Second President of the Republic of the United States of America ...
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it."
" Politics is the Science of human Happiness - and the Felicity of Societies depends on the
Constitutions of Government under which they live. "