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Sunday Times Editorial: THE dogs of populism are barking at the doors of freedom. The bark is getting louder and the pack is growing.

 

1. When democracy gets in the way of power.
2. South Africa is in need of reform to
Congressional powers because secrets are leaking out and they are trying to
establish a bill to see that it is” Much has been said about this piece of
legislation. Most recently, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel observed that South
Africa, like any other country, needed to protect its official secrets and this
was what the bill set out to do. No one disagrees with this objective. What is
troubling is the absence of protection for those who reveal such information
when it is manifestly in the public interest. If there were any doubts that
this legislation was intended to punish the media, they were dispelled when it was
voted through parliament by a cauldron of baying MPs while editors watched from
the gallery.”
3. The writer wants the Bill of Protection from the
public’s secrets getting out from the government officials faulty hands.
4. Yes the writer states his opinion directly” His
speeches to parliament faultlessly include homage to the constitution. But in
an interview with The Star newspaper this week, his true motives came tumbling
out. “We don't want to review the Constitutional Court; we want to review its
powers .... There are dissenting judgments which we read. You will find that
the dissenting one has more logic than the one that enjoyed the majority. What
do you do in that case?" It is tempting to provide a simple answer:
"You suck it up, Mr. President, because that's how a democracy works”
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6. I learned that the president needs to learn what
his responsibility is and live up to it like he signed on for and save and
protect the people’s secrets from the wrong hands.
7. This article was written for the adult reader,
for advanced minds.
8. Yes because through the reading it’s clearly
obvious what the writers is trying to tell you about the wrongful government
and the source of how to fix it without changing the full weight of the
congress.

9. Hart, Chris. "When democracy gets in the way of
power." Sunday Times Editorial 17 Feb 2012.

2. The writer
gives facts to back up his opinion; “No one disagrees with this objective. What
is troubling is the absence of protection for those who reveal such information
when it is manifestly in the public interest,” when he agrees with Minister
Trevor Manuel as he “observed that South Africa, like any other country, needed
to protect its official secrets and this was what the bill set out to do.” As
he gives his opinion the reader can plainly agree with his message and sign on
to his side. Alongside his other thoughts he also gives expressions about the president
and all that he’s trying to do for South America such as reforming the
constitutional court’s power as the president said "We don't want to
review the Constitutional Court, we want to review its powers .... There are
dissenting judgments which we read. You will find that the dissenting one has
more logic than the one that enjoyed the majority. What do you do in that
case?" After the president’s statement the writer gives his opinion again
saying [it’s] tempting to provide a simple answer: "You suck it up, Mr.
President, because that's how a democracy works." Just adding to the readers
thought about the thoughts towards the reform from the president to the
Congressional court. With the rhetorical opinion statements the writer has me
convinced to agree with his motion towards the idea of the reform.