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    We're saddled with a type of democracy that's well past its sell by date. No new democracy in the last 50 years has copied the U.S. There's a good reason for that. Our creaky type of government isn't suited for the fast paced 21st century. I think we're slowly dying because of it. The Founders saddled us with a time bomb, and made it way too difficult to make changes. Our constitution is the most difficult of all the world's constitutions to change. I think a way has got to be found around that. The U.S. eventually has to morph into a parliamentary system sooner or later.

    American elections are overly long precisely because we have set elections every two and four years. Whereas in parliamentary systems, new elections can be called whenever necessary. Preset elections give the media an incentive to draw things out. Of course, the other reasons are that only a handful of corporations own all the "news" outlets and the news divisions were rolled into the entertainment departments. These media conglomerates have to be broken up, and news must be required to be non-profit.

    "Behind every great fortune is a great crime." - Honore de Balzac

    by mooremusings on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:16:36 AM PDT

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