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  1. #1 McCain Ignores Delicate Balance 
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    WASHINGTON -- Most improvements make matters worse because most new ideas are regrettable, including this not-quite-new one from John McCain's speech depicting how improved America will be after four years of him: "I will ask Congress to grant me the privilege of coming before both houses to take questions, and address criticism, much the same as the prime minister of Great Britain appears regularly before the House of Commons."

    But prime ministers sit in the House because Britain's system of government is not based, as ours is, on separation of powers. Granted, America's separation of legislative and executive powers has become blurred. Legislators overextended by their incontinent involvement in everything, and preoccupied with re-election, do more delegating than legislating: Often the "laws" they pass are expressions of sentiments or aspirations that executive branch rulemaking turns into real laws. McCain's proposal would further diminish Congress' dignity by deepening the perception of its subordination.

    Our constitutional architecture of checks and balances, as explained by the principal architect, James Madison, is: "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place." This design was supposed to serve various governmental functions -- especially the protection of individuals' rights from government made overbearing by the concentration of too much power in one branch.

    But the interests -- primarily electoral -- of legislators have become tenuously connected to the defense of the rights of their place. They are passive about courts setting social policies and supine when presidents act with anti-constitutional independence, especially regarding national security. Routine presidential appearances in Congress, of the sort McCain proposes, would further reduce that institution to just another of the stages on which presidents preen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillygirl View Post
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    Interesting read.
    The First Time a President McCain exerts Executive priveledge he'll get smacked down for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeus View Post
    The First Time a President McCain exerts Executive priveledge he'll get smacked down for it.
    None of that matters, lets just talk about defence/Iraq, since I don't know anything about other issues.
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    McCain is a crazy old man.

    The best and only good thing you can about him is he will be better than either Obama or Clinton.
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    I don't know gator, Clinton's looking better every day. I feel so dirty. :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooster View Post
    I don't know gator, Clinton's looking better every day. I feel so dirty. :eek:
    Really not much difference when you think of it.

    All three will increase the cost of government.

    All three will spend more money than they take in.

    None of the three will drill for oil or open up permitting for more nuclear power plants.

    All of the three will give amnesty to the goddamn illegals.

    None of the three will seal the borders.

    You can't trust any of them on basic Constitutional rights.

    All three of them will increase entitlement programs.

    All three of them are kissing the asses of the Environmental Wackos.

    Two of them will nominate Liberals to the Supreme Court the other one will compromise on a friggin moderate, which will be just as bad.

    Two of them cut and run from Iraq the other one expand our involvement in other people's business.

    It is lose all around.
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    Don't forget the global warming scam. You're right, we are screwed. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by gator View Post
    McCain is a crazy old man.

    The best and only good thing you can about him is he will be better than either Obama or Clinton.
    I hear he's considering a federal ban on smoking.
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    Bob Barr??
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    If I didn't think a vote for Barr is a vote for Obama, I would. Third party candidates haven't been the answer so far. Our only hope is to put enough pressure on MCCain to get him to moderate in our favor. The global warming issue is an area where we could prevail, as well as universal health care. We will be fighting for our lives and can be very formidable if we organize properly.
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