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Constitution of Iraq

I've tended to stay out of political discussion of late -- I'd much rather listen to music -- but I've heard bits and pieces every now and again that the people of Iraq are working to create a Constitution for their new government and I'm struck with the following thought: why don't we [the US] just give them ours? I see two distinct advantages:
  1. Except for a little unpleasantness in the 1860s, the US Constitution has worked pretty well for the past couple of hundred years.
  2. We're not using it anymore; it would be a shame for it to go to waste.


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Apr. 11th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
I think we stopped using it in the 1930's. Some say the 1860's. You might even argue for the 1790's.
Apr. 11th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Funny you should mention this; The Wife and I were talking last night, and neither one of us could figure out why our governmental structure (with separation of powers between three co-equal branches of government) is fairly unique; I couldn't think of another democracy that wasn't a parlimentary one, with a prime minister chose by the parliment and a ceremonial head of state (president/monarch). Even the countries that we conquered and fixed (Japan, Germany, and now Iraq) have parlimentary systems.

I just checked, and the Philippines uses the US model (which isn't too surprising, since it was part of the US until 1946), and Panama has separation of powers, too.

So, the question really is: why doesn't ANYONE else use our Constitution?
Apr. 11th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I think its better they don't have it so they stand a chance of getting things right from the get go.

I am watching with interest to see how the current political structure will work. It may work well in the west but I don't know if it will work there. time will tell I suppose.
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