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  •  by the way... there is a cure for Congress (5+ / 0-)

    it's called a parliamentary system. People still won't like them like they like toe fungus but they'd be a damn sight better than they are today.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:03:34 AM PST

    •  Heh...funny (5+ / 0-)

      I have often heard people in the US looking favorably on the parliamentary system. But I was talking to a friend of mine from India who thinks the parliamentary system discourages involvement because so many fringe candidates can make their mark and have an unfair influence beyond their numbers would warrant. I hear similar from Israeli friends.

      I am wondering if it is simply the grass is always greener or something. Or is that the toe fungus that is always greener...

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

      by mole333 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:58:17 AM PST

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      •  Definitely green toe fungus (1+ / 0-)
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        In both systems coalitions are built of larger mainstream parties along with fringier parties on the right and left.

        In our system all that happens behind the scenes and the coalitions are called the Republican and Democratic parties.

        In multi-party parliamentary systems people get to vote more honestly for the fringe party of their choice so you can see just how much support each party actually has.

        These smaller parties then form coalitions post-election in order to form a governing majority. Yes, that means fringe leaders have to be bribed to come on board and get more power then they probably deserve but it is much more open and honest and in view of the public.

        And some fringe parties in the middle can switch sides from time to time when the main party on their side gets too much in the grips of a fringe group on the wing.

        I think it is a hard sell today to say that the fringe of the right wing is not out sized in its power versus its actual support amongst the electorate given its control of one of the two major parties... the Republicans.

        Likewise I think there is a strong argument to be made that the largely supported party known as the liberals or progressives do not have the power in congress commensurate with their support amongst the populace.

        Parliamentary systems come in various forms and some are more or less susceptible to fringe parties getting more power then they deserve but I think America suffers greatly from not having an honest and open view of just what level of support the smaller political groupings really have in our society.

        Just how much support do the:

        Corporatists
        Libertarians
        New Deal Liberals
        Classical Conservatives
        Progressives
        Tea Party
        Socialists
        Confederates

        and so forth... really have?

        It would force our media to have a wider political discourse as well.

        "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

        by Andrew C White on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:14:29 PM PST

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        •  All makes sense to me... (2+ / 0-)
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          But it was interesting how she had a very different view of the parliamentary system. Maybe Israel and India are a bit different than the average.

          Truth is I don't see us changing much any time in the next 100 years, so probably a moot point.

          FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

          by mole333 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:29:05 PM PST

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          •  Yup... definitely moot (3+ / 0-)
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            I think it is just recognition that there is no perfect system. They all have their drawbacks. I certainly don't think a multi-party system would be a panacea but I do think it would bring some of the backroom dealing out into the public and would simultaneously widen the public discourse in America.

            "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

            by Andrew C White on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:08:48 PM PST

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