People's Commissar of the Navy
- Jan 3, 2010
I remain thoroughly unconvinced by this suggestion that we should arbitrarily appease one group of socialist activists while suppressing the other.
If an activist group's angry demands would be detrimental to the Republic, such as those of our various separatist groups, then political suppression may - in isolated cases - be in the public interest. But to declare that one group of "social reformers" are a shining beacon of political enlightenment, while the other are factious rebels to be crushed under the the boot of the Gendarmerie, without even specifying which group is which, is to set oneself up as a tyrant or a lunatic.
Personally, I believe that our civil service knows little more about how to run hospitals and employ doctors than I do, and that this "socialised healthcare" will be a drain upon the public purse while drawing the nation's doctors into needless administrative overhead. Furthermore, I expect that a legally-enforced minimum wage will only serve to drive up prices, and will thus have no net effect at all upon the lot of the working class (though I am, as I have previously stated, in favour of a short-term experiment on minimum wage on the off chance that I am mistaken on this). But more importantly, I believe that a man should not be forced out of public meetings and interrogated by Gendarmes just because he happens to hold the wrong opinion.
I therefore oppose the political suppression of either activist group.
((Assembly votes on foreign policy/military; you can voice your opinion, naturally, but your vote does not count as far as the suppression issue goes. ))