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    Germany got its Grundgesetz (Fundamental Law) because it had to start over from scratch and had to live some things down. It could draw upon the experience of many other countries with their constitutions. It adopted something of a hybrid of the French and American constitutions and the British system. It has a good constitution, but not a perfect one. No such animal.
    We Americans do not have proportional representation, and it would be very hard to graft onto this country. We do not have a provision that any vote of confidence must include the nomination of a new flesh-and-blood chancellor. After all, we do not have a parliamentary form of government.
    Thank goodness we do not have an emergency powers clause like in the Weimar constitution, although George W. Bush seemed to believe in a Living Constitution that implied emergency powers for him in case of an attack on the World Trade Center or a fire in the Reichstag.
    What I hear people yelling "we need a new system" I feel like asking, "Doesn't the German Grundgesetz require that if you raise a vote of confidence you must name a successor?"

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 12:36:32 PM PDT

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