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  •  No. It would alter the system (none)
    to make Congress like one of those earlier rudimentary tries at parliaments, the ones who didn't yet have quite enough power to rein in their King. Things have changed a wee bit since you had your Revolution.

    Parliaments in modern nations run the country. It is the official Head of State who is reduced to a token role.

    Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

    by Canadian Reader on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 06:43:27 PM PST

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    •  Is Blair a good example of this? (none)
      I have a hard time understanding the govt. in the UK at times, both in design and practical application.

      "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

      by joanneleon on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 07:07:08 PM PST

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      •  What I wouldn't give... (none)
        ... for the President to have to undergo Question Time every couple of weeks.  Prime-time.  With play-by-play.  

        You can never ask too many questions.

        by socratic on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 10:12:48 PM PST

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        •  Love it (none)
          One of my favorite things to watch.  Everytime I do, I wish the same thing.  Please, please make our President do Question Time.  In fact, he should be required to do it here, and also, every so often we should throw him to the Brits and have them do Question Time with him.

          Arrggghhhh (response from the benches of the House of Commons)

          Actually, the night that Mean Jean trashed Murtha, our own House sounded a bit like that.

          "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

          by joanneleon on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 10:41:19 PM PST

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      •  Blair is not the Head of State. (none)
        He's a working politician. He's not entitled to any patriotic loyalty or reverence. He's the head of one particular political party that just happens to be a majority in Parliament at the moment. More like Dennis Hastert, say, if Hastert actually had some real power. Nobody ever puts their hand over their heart and with a tear in their eye shouts, "Hail to Dennis Hastert!"... right? It would be totally ridiculous.

        The Head of State for Britain (and for most Commonwealth countries, too) is Queen Elizabeth II.

        Blair's power is the power of the House of Commons. Of Parliament, in other words.

        See, Britain stumbled backwards into a wonderful, accidental discovery: you really honestly don't want your Head of State to have any power. You need someone to fill a ritual role, some human being who can personify all the emotions of patriotism and proud nationalism that people naturally feel towards their native land. But it is extremely dangerous for that person to be permitted to use those emotions politically.

        This separation evolved as a protection against the Divine Right of Kings. It turns out to protect quite well, also, against the emergence of "strong man" dictators like Hitler, Stalin, or Mussolini.

        Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

        by Canadian Reader on Tue Dec 27, 2005 at 07:35:20 AM PST

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