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  1. Isn’t the brouhaha over wiretaps just another example of what happens when a political system gets too legalistic? Our system is in most ways superiosr to that of the British, but not, it seems to me, in this one. They’ve managed to preserve very vigorous freedom of speech even with things like the Official Secrets Act and real libel laws.

    Comment by Honza Prchal — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 8:20 am

  2. In brief, as I am pressed for time, I would say that this is far more than an issue of being legalistic-it has to do with proper boundaries of power in our system of government-something I take very seriously.

    And no, I do not find the British system superior in any way in regards to the protection of rights and liberties. I would not want a situation in which whatever the legislature passed into law was, by default, constitutional-which is what one has in Britain.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 8:35 am

  3. Thank you for this post. I’ve been very frustrated for some time because what I’ve really wanted for some time was an investigation into the suspicious actions of this administration and I think after feeling repeatedly disappointed that nothing was getting done, I’ve felt like maybe if they jump the gun straight to “censure” or “impeachment” maybe we can get a little investigation. Why can’t we just have some investigation, just a little check and balance? Just to make sure that everyone is playing by the rules and playing nice?

    Comment by N. Mallory — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 8:49 am

  4. Of course, it is not as if the British system (single party majority that is essentially an elective dictatorship between elections) or the USA system (fixed-term executive and a congress that may from time to time abdicate its check-and-balance function) are the only choices.

    While no system is without flaws, and each has flaws that the others lack, parliamentary systems but with minority or coalition cabinets avoid many of the flaws of both the UK and USA forms. This also happens to the most common form among the advanced democracies. No coincidence there.

    Regarding censure, nah. Impeachment or bust. There is no meaning to the concept of censure in our constitutional system.

    Comment by Matthew Shugart — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  5. “Right to know”. Remind me where that is in the Constitution?

    People like you were also foaming at the mouth about Roosevelt during WWII. It’s funny how some just can’t face the fact that we’re at war with those who want nothing more than our total destruction.

    Comment by whatever — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

  6. It has something to do with a little something I like to call “democracy.”

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

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