Recently, CNN's Fareed Zakaria gave an on-air opinion piece (Click here to See Story) where he argued that our system of government, a presidential republic, is inferior to all of those European parliamentary-style governments. Further, he argued that America's credit downgrade would never have happened if we just had a parliament and not had all the partisan bickering associated with our system of separate and balanced powers.
But, what Zakaria is really expressing is his total disdain for our Constitution. A constitution which has made the U.S. the longest running and the most economically powerful Democracy in the world. He, like most liberals, love parliaments because the ruling party has complete control of government. That's because the ruling party of parliament elects the Prime Minister of that country; not the people. Further, any ruling-party legislation, no matter how obscenely bad, just glides through the system to approval. That's a big problem and it's the primary reason why so many European countries are so "socialized" and, consequently, so deep in debt and on the verge of bankruptcy. But, for a liberal, a parliamentary form of government means big-government policies can flourish.
Fareed Zakaria is just expressing his frustration that the Democrats no longer have complete control of our Government. He, like most other liberals, were living high on all the power they had when the Democrats had control of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Presidency. Actually, when you think about it, within our American form of government, nothing could have been closer to a parliamentary system than when the Democrats had complete control in 2009 and 2010. But, even then, they were still frustrated in not passing anything and everything "liberal" because of a little two-third's majority filibuster-proof rule in the Senate. A rule that deprived them of the all the power needed to fully socialize America. That's why they long for the parliamentary system.
ObamaCare, that ridiculously expensive and horribly bad legislation, would have been even more expensive and more controlling if passed into law by a parliament. That's why almost all of Europe has socialized, government-controlled health care. And, that's what Zakaria is really all about. Our system might look messy to many; but, it works quite well in restraining the over-expansion of government. Something, that all those deeply troubled European parliamentary countries are now desperately trying to reverse. It never ceases to amaze me how liberals always want to break something that has worked so well.