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  1. JamesHackerMP

    The Crown

    I agree. Totally. I wonder when Season 3 starts. It's supposed to star different actors, since the Queen is older at that point.
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    Your views on Russia?

    This is a great thread so far, but I hope we can keep it from degenerating into a Trump v. Hillary or "f*** the USA" kind of thread.
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    Your views on Russia?

    Oh, I think I found it. But I could have sworn it was his campaign song for his first election bid in the late 90s. Well, my memory might have failed me. Anyway here is a story about it: http://www.pbs.org/soundtracks/stories/putin/ Actually follow this other link it's hilarious, it has subtitles in English, too. Gotta wait about 20 or so seconds in before the actual singing starts, tho. http://russianhistoryblog.org/2011/02/youtube-of-the-week-a-man-like-putin-with-english-subtitles/
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    Your views on Russia?

    About Putin being a real man....can someone find a link to a NYT (or maybe it was WaPo) I read at the time of Putin's election, concerning his "election song". He had one and it was hilarious. The girl in the song is lamenting that her boyfriend beats her and is a deadbeat; the refrain was something like "Why can't I find a real man, a man like Putin?" I about shat myself laughing when I read about that. But it's illustrative of his clever manipulation of the population.
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    Statistics, comparisons, contradictions

    I cannot read the second link, it's in Turkish.
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    Bam Bam !!!

    For once, I'll take up for Altai. It's not her native language, Rue. In fact, it's the 2nd hardest foreign language to learn (English I mean). If we make fun of someone's English skills, instead of making an actual counter argument, then we become the a********s. That said however, Altai, you do have rather a fixation with America, to put it politely. Why do you hate us so much?
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    New Democracies

    About the notwithstanding clause: I wonder how long it will be, or what it will take, for that to blow up in canada's face?
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    New Democracies

    I'm not sure. I know my uncle, when he appeared before the draft board after his number was picked; all he he to say was that his brother was already in Vietnam (my father) and he was excused. Funny then that Sweden just re-introduced the draft, didn't they?
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    The Death of Nationalism

    What you're talking about is sovereignty of nation-states essentially? Nationalism is a political philosophy of the formation of nation-states encompassing areas with common language/cultures. Like the "liberal nationalism" of the 19th century in europe.
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    New Democracies

    Interesting. Explain the notwithstanding clause to me.
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    Bam Bam !!!

    You didn't answer my question. Instead you've gone on about how much American ass your country is going to kick and some hateful stuff about us being liars.
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    New Democracies

    figured there'd be more interest in this from Canadians. It seems to be "common knowledge" up north that their form of government is inherently superior.
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    New Democracies

    Most people assume that the founding fathers of the United States designed the constitution in a way to create three, co-equal branches of government, capable of checking each other. This isn't quite true. The 3 branches/checks and balances theory is a more modern theory. The government may look the same on paper as it did in 1789, but every government evolves over time. In fact, the checks and balances were supposed to come from WITHIN the legislative sphere, the differences between the Senate and House of Representatives ensured that they could check each other. The senate came from the state legislatures, the House from the People. The presidency, on the other hand, was created for the need of an executive officer with the authority to enforce acts of Congress. The old constitution had no such officer, and the states were expected to carry out its will (and they frequently refused). Most states at the time had nominal executive branches, for the most part. Naturally, the idea of a president met with resistance. Of course, parliamentary democracy didn't exist in the 1780s. We were more rebelling against foreign control and remotely-influenced repression of our liberties, than against any particular form of government; though the Declaration certainly stirred passions against the idea of a monarchy. It's just interesting that in the last century, very few presidential democracies have been established, was my point. I'm surprised Iraq didn't end up presidential, or at least (more likely) as semi-presidential republic, like France.
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    New Democracies

    I've often discussed the difference between the two main types of democracies, presidential and parliamentary (there's actually a third, but it is used very rarely, in countries like France for example). In the last century we have seen a lot of new democratic governments founded: Australia, Germany (twice), Japan, former communist countries...and even places like Iraq. Yet, none of these have adopted the American model of democratic governance (presidential). It made sense for Japan to have a parliamentary government, and for Australia's founding fathers to adopt it as well. We wanted Emperor Showa (Hirohito) to have no power, but remain a symbolic head of state, and the only way to do that is to use the Westminster model, or some adaptation thereof. But when we advised the eastern European countries toward democracy we seemed to have encouraged parliamentary governments. When Iraq's constitution was designed we didn't impose a presidential model on them; but a modified Westminster model with proportional representation, to boot. Other countries have adopted various aspects of the American constitution where they thought it would be useful, but have stopped short of having an actual presidential model. Why is this exactly? Why haven't more countries, especially those which were influenced by American advisers, used a presidential model, or at least some modification thereof?
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    Has your political viewpoint changed over time?

    I used to be a Republican, then went to being a RINO, then an independent (unaffiliated) voter.
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