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    I would argue that the legacy of the Bush/Blair lies has so affected public opinion on both sides of the pond that it is not a proper measure. Look how many references there are to Iraq and that intelligence on here and, indeed, in the 8 hour debate in the Commons which I followed a lot of.

    I could point out that the USA is not a democracy but a representative Republic.  By all means consult the demos but understand how the Atheneans arranged their true democracy.

    A democratic process should lead to decisions, not gridlock. A legislative chamber should be the place for vigorous discourse between men and women who respect that the other has a point of view they find equally valid and are open to persuasion. And when agreement on how to proceed is made in backroom (or open) discussions between partisan leaders, they should stick to their word - which by the way Milliband failed to do in the UK having agreed the original motion without complaint then proposing an amendment.

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 02:48:17 PM PDT

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