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September 01, 2007

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Hear, hear! A motion to change our form of government to a parlimentary democracy! Do I hear a second?

I vote for an anarchy!

As the unaccountable imperial presidency is continuing unchecked, in what manner could such a change as you propose be brought about? While the Constitution does provide for a popular organization of a convention, would not the USA Patriot Act be applied to block any such effort? As much as I hate to see it, the longer this goes on, the only possible outcome of any effort to topple the American corporatocracy is the dissolution of the nation into regional rivals, such as the re-emergence of the Confederacy and all of its racist white-supremist baggage.

It's good to see this piece. I've thought this for a long time - even though my impression is than the Prime Minister's questions time is carefully stagemanaged - still, it would be a very good idea for us.

The biggest thing missing is any sort of punishment for violations of the US Constitution. If Congress passes a law that is later deemed Unconstitutional, nothing happens to those who pushed for the law or those who voted for it.

We need to at least declare violations of the Constitution to be felonies, depriving the violators of their future rights to vote and own firearms. Preferable would be a death penalty or life imprisonment, which would deter government officials from flirting with illegality.

If every American citizen pushed the limits of the law the way the US Government does, we would live in a total chaos. Why should the government be anywhere near the edge of legal violations? We should hang the bastards and set an example for future lawmakers to obey the Constitution above all else.

Even from as far as Oz i knew back in Dec 2000 at the time of the hanging chad fiasco when it was difficult for Dubya's minders to keep up with the rapid change of events, he was forced to having to speak impromptu without benefit of prior coaching, and then it was that everyone saw how inept was his grasp of the detail and command of English - unlike former Secretary of State Baker who explained the ongoing uncertainties well.

Surely it also means that the Republican Party would also have known Dubya's shortcomings months before but were overridden.

I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT AT THE TIME,AND SO DID ALL THE DEMOCRATS THAT VOTED FOR THE WAR. IT JUST MAKES ME SICK TO ALWAYS HEAR SOME ONE SAYING SOME BAD THINGS ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT,HE SHOULD BE SHOWN RESPECT. HE HAS FOUGHT HARD TO KEEP THE TERRIOST FROM OUR COUNTRY,AND DOES HE GET THANKS FOR IT? NO.NOTHING BUT HARD WORDS.WHY DON'T THEY GET RID OF SOME OF THE CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE SO LONG THEY THINK THEY OWN THE PLACE. MR.PRESIDENT I HOPE YOU THE VERY BEST IN YOUR RETIREMENT. GOD BLESS YOU,YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN AND AMERICA.

Hush up margaret, you know not what you say. If you won't educate yourself, don't pretend to know...

Are you kidding? Both parties are working for the same master (zionist Israel, if you did not know). They would throw softballs at the President. Maybe the 'opposition' party would give a harsh examination regarding an inane issue like Global Warming. Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protesters, banning books like "America Deceived' from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
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margaret,
You are just a parrot of the programming you receive from Fox News. FRIGHTENING! You are one of the 26% of Party Line Zombies who still recite per rote what you are told and support this administration from Hell! Open your eyes, ears, and mind. Try actually thinking for yourself!!!

Also, in MY fantasy world, I see the candidate opposite Bush at "Question Time" as being Congressman/Candidate Dennis Kucinich!!! After that encounter W. would head straight for the ranch to trim weeds for the duration of his illegal presidency!!!!! Kucinich in '08!!!

Power rests ultimately with the people. The primary business of all politics and its communication arts is to persuade or to intimidate them into thinking and acting as though they are weak.

Poor, poor Margaret - you had a very strict Daddy when you were a girl, I bet. Told you what to think, did he? Still doing so even today? Just speculation...

Being president does not automatically confer respect. One must, even in that job, EARN respect. In my view, and that of more than half the country, Shrub has not.

And people have died - many people have died - because of his unrespectable behavior.

So don't trot out that "Bush deserves respect" nonsense here. It will get no traction. There are plenty of websites where you can get away with such crapola - this is not one of them.

Yup, Margaret, your 'shouting' text was a turn-off before even reading the words. Respect is earned....just as this country is learning the hard way. Our P-resident is earning the respect he deserves which is very little! Too bad it's rubbing off nationally. Didn't vote for him; didn't support his war(international war crime); won't vote for a Repub the next time either....not sure yet about the Dems. Tell us that you are not a 'good German,'(not fair to the Germans, I fear.) Margaret!!

(Not So)Sorry Margaret,
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While we are at it, why not have a Parliamentary Democracy? This 4-8 year presidency encourages two things: lame duck periods, and (under Republicans) executive malfeasance. The fixed term means that they are incented to get away with as much as possible as quickly as possible, and then the clock runs down.
We should also ditch the electoral college, which discriminates against cities and individuals, and is antiquated.
And the final stake into the Imperial Presidency: get rid of the Presidential Pardon.
The President needs more than two or three 'accountability moments.' Democracy is every day, and we must be vigilantly be involved with it.

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