O controlo da democracia pelo poder executivo na Guerra das Estrelas

OBI-WAN: The Senate is expected to vote more executive powers to the Chancellor today.

ANAKIN: Well, that can only mean less deliberating and more action. Is that bad? It will make it easier for us to end this war.

OBI-WAN: Anakin, be careful of your friend Palpatine.

[…]

PADME, BAIL ORGANA, and SENATORS MON MOTHMA, FANG ZAR, TERR TANEEL, and GIDDEAN DANU sit in Senator Organa ‘s office.

BAIL ORGANA: Now that he has control of the Jedi Council, the Chancellor has appointed Governors to oversee all star systems in the Republic.

FANG ZAR: When did this happen?

BAIL ORGANA: The decree was posted this morning.

PADME: Do you think he will dismantle the Senate?

MON MOTHMA: Why bother? As a practical matter, the Senate no longer exists.

GIDDEAN DANU: The constitution is in shreds. Amendment after amendment . . . executive directives, sometimes a dozen in one day.

BAIL ORGANA: We can’t let a thousand years of democracy disappear without a fight.

EVERYONE looks at each other, a little worried at the implications of what was just said.

TERR TANEEL: What are you suggesting?

BAIL ORGANA: I apologize. I didn’t mean to sound like a Separatist.

Esta tendência do controlo do poder legislativo pelo poder executivo é inspirado pela realidade. Para alem de se inspirar na evolução política do Império Romano, reflecte o que tem vindo a ocorrer em todas as democracias liberais. Em Portugal, por exemplo, o Parlamento tem vindo a perder as suas principais figuras e transformou-se numa mera correia de transmissão da vontade dos líderes partidários. O Parlamento não desempenha nenhuma das suas funções limitando-se a aprovar iniciativas do governo ou a conceder autorizações legislativas ao governo. Para todos os efeitos práticos, o parlamento já não existe.

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