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  •  Wrong Answer. The parlimentary system separates (0+ / 0-)

    "head of state" from political. One advantage is the HOS, the sort of embodied flag, is focus of that national pride stuff while the legislative power, the prime minister, can be booted without some of the trauma we and others with both features wrapped in one body seem to face.

    That is the practical reality and the HOS for such countries is most definitely the monarch or elected official serving the function of HOS. By the way, on visiting, those prime ministers do not get the 21 gun salutes their HOS would, so you are just making excuses.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:31:42 AM PST

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      And in all cases, neither the monarch nor the Prime Minister is directly elected, which is what we are discussing here. Why you continue to muddy the waters with trivial irrelevancies is a mystery to me.

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      by Sparhawk on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:02:52 AM PST

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      •  Because you mixed apples and oranges, with an (0+ / 0-)

        error, at the start?

        The particular problem of mixing both Head of State and elected political leader in systems such as ours is a recognized issue if you do your research. The pro is that our system, with a fixed term for both, provides stability. The con is that we are often stuck with either a completely ineffective or sometimes a corrupt political head for that reason and the reluctance of much of our population to see the embodiment of the State subject of "regicide." Yes, that is a foolish view, but a known factor in our extreme reluctance to use the impeachment process when rather well deserved.

        Enough. If you don't want to do some self education on the issues of the systems, the pros and cons and the factual blunder of including Britain in the first instance that is your problem.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:07:39 AM PST

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