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  •  Just to be clear, I'd be okay with a functioning (2+ / 0-)
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    American government. This one more and more resembles the pre Polish partition parliament:
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    Sejm session at the Royal Castle, Warsaw, 1622
    The liberum veto (Latin for "the free veto") was a parliamentary device in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It allowed any member of the Sejm (legislature) to force an immediate end to the current session and nullify any legislation that had already been passed at the session by shouting Nie pozwalam! (Polish: "I do not allow!").

    From the mid-16th to the late 18th century, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth had the liberum veto, a form of unanimity voting rule, in its parliamentary deliberations. The principle of liberum veto formed a key role on the political system of the Commonwealth, strengthening democratic elements and checking the royal power, going against the European-wide trend of strong executive (absolute monarchy).

    Many historians hold that the principle of liberum veto was a major cause of the deterioration of the Commonwealth political system—particularly in the 18th century, when foreign powers bribed Sejm members to paralyze its proceedings—and the Commonwealth's eventual downfall. Piotr Stefan Wandycz wrote that the "liberum veto had become the sinister symbol of old Polish anarchy."
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    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:34:51 PM PST

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