DBN here. It’s August 22. The man on the left is Fareed Zarkaria. He’s currently a journalist with CNN and host of the Fareed Zarkaia GPS that airs on CNN. This past weekend he made an interesting observation on his GPS website that people took notice. I could not help feeling that what he said raises some very important point.
Mr. Zarkaria had read a website that said, “no country with a presidential system of government had AAA rating from all three rating agencies. Only counties with parliamentary systems have that honor, with the possible exception France, which could be characterized as having a parliament, a prime minister, as well as a president.” This was after the S&P downgrade of United States with that debt ceiling crap that basically froze the U.S. government not to long ago.
He mentioned a Yale scholar, Juan Linz, who said “that parliamentary systems are superior to presidential systems because they allow for greater stability and purposeful action. In a parliamentary, he contended, the legislature and executive are fused, so there is no contest for national legitimacy and power.”
You can go to CNN to check out that particular show.
Now while that may be true to some extend I think what makes the United States unique is the Three Branches of Government. (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) If you have parliamentary system, party with the most seats won in the house the person who the leader of the same party gets to be Prime Minister. In the Presidential system, the people get to elect directly the Presidential. Note* in the U.S. we do have the electoral college which is an extra step but I won’t bore you with those details.
By theory the parliamentary system doesn’t usually have the political wrestle matches like what we see in the U.S. I beg to differ. You can look at England’s system. They tend to be pretty civil. But there several other countries with parliamentary systems once in a while look like a boxing match on Saturday night between legislators. A lot of countries have their own various issues unique to them. But when it really comes down to it, you going to have one charismatic person step out and become the person who manages to work his way to the power seat a has that ability to influence. In a way, that not to much different the way the U.S. Congress works.
While the parliamentary system is interesting in it’s on way, I like what we have here in the United States. It’s not always pretty, but somehow it works. Think for a second, Watergate: Richard Nixon under a parliamentary system if the party in charge was in charge (the Republicans) Watergate probably would have remained a second rate burglary crime. Maybe Congress would not have bothered with Iran-Contragate or Teapot Dome.
In all the reality is that we got issues, and they need to be addressed. We can play the blame game and say who is at fault with our system of government. You can say that Congress is the conscience of the President. It would be nice if they would find a way to work together and ensure that we will have a future well into the New Millennium.
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