Author Topic: MSNBC Host: The Constitution is Flawed, So Obama & Democrats Need Absolute Power  (Read 496 times)

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Offline happyg

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Hey Chris Hayes. Move to Europe if you don't like the AMERICAN Constitution.

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I wouldn't go so far as to call the parliamentary system of government "naked force" bereft of any "reasoned deliberation" - that is simply going too far.

That being said, there is at least one element of parliamentary systems liberals don't seem to have picked up on:  a head of state - the prime minister is not the head of state the way that the US President is the head of state - who has veto power over whatever gimcrack legislation the government - i.e., the parliament - comes up with.  The Queen in the UK does not, granted, veto legislation; however, if she doesn't like a particular piece of legislation, the threat of making a historical change from past practice is often enough to get the prime minister to rethink that legislation.  Furthermore, for a parliamentary system to work effectively, that head of state should not be popularly elected because with his or her own separate base of popular political support, a popularly-elected head of state would be in direct political competition with a prime minister from a different political party, and would start using the head of state's veto power on a regular basis - or even the power to remove the prime minister from office - which would paralyze the parliamentary government in a way that would make the current closure of the US federal government seem tame by comparison.

Also, parliamentary governments stand or fall on the support the parliament gives the prime minister - who is nothing more than the head of the party with a majority in the parliament - and they can fall with regular frequency at times.  Also, were the US a parliamentary system right now, neither the democrats nor the republicans would have enough seats to have a majority in Congress, which would result in an essentially hung government - which would in turn call for immediate new elections, leaving both parties with precious little time to do anything more than campaign.  because of this, parliamentary systems regularly spawn not just third parties, but third, fourth, fifth, etc., parties because a party with almost majority control must find enough extra warm bodies who will agree to go along with them in order to achieve a majority and form a government; this simply could not happen in a two-party system.



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