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Also worth mentioning, I think the Federalist nature of the United States of America really undermines any feeling of government centralization.  The current admin, once pro-states rights, it trying doggedly to change that, but the state of politics can really vary quite radically from one state to another.  There isn't really anything culturally or politically homogenous about America, even right down to the way the democratic process is conducted, laws change from state to state.  So it may look to you like we are all under the thumb of Cheney, but here in the US, a person is just as likely to feel more under the thumb of their Governor...

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by poemless on Wed Jun 27th, 2007 at 02:04:05 PM EST
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