Five Best Thursday Columns

Bruce Ackerman on forming an Egyptian parliamentary system, Daniel Henninger on cracks in Big Government, Congressman Tom Cotton writes it's my way or the highway for immigration reform, and Marc Polite on the racial fear mongering of anti-Zimmerman riots.

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Bruce Ackerman in The New York Times on an Egyptian parliamentary government "The presidency is a winner-take-all office," the Yale law professor writes, and this "is a recipe for tyranny in places like Egypt." Framers of the new Egypt should look to the European parliamentary system, and not the United States, for their new set-up. "Even if Islamist parties won a substantial share of the vote, they would not be able to monopolize power." Finally, a sensible idea," tweets Joe LauriaThe Wall Street Journal's U.N. reporter. Tara Todras-Whitehill, a former Associated Press photographer now stationed in Cairo, notes that in future times of turmoil, this system "means a vote of no confidence instead of taking to the streets."

Daniel Henninger in The Wall Street Journal on Obamacare and government's demise Between the delay of a major Obamacare provision, the Edward Snowden leaks, the mismanagement of the Arab Spring, and the failure to protect the Mexico-U.S. border, "important parts of the federal government are breaking down almost simultaneously," Henninger writes, particularly because legislation is getting too complex. The problem, perhaps, is that those geniuses must not be communicating with the White House very well, and Ed Rosen, a political blogger for The Washington Post, notes "how disconnected Barack Obama is from what his government is doing."

Jon Favreau in The Daily Beast on Republicans' irrational fear of Obamacare Why are conservatives like the Koch brothers now increasing their opposition to Obamacare these past few days? "Because Republicans are terrified that Obamacare could actually work," Obama's former speechwriter claims. The legislation is complicated, sure, perhaps overly so, but that doesn't discount the fact that it provides 54 million previously-uninsured Americans access to basic health care. "But today, the antigovernment zealots who have taken over the once-proud Republican Party feel they must burn our village to save it." When — not if — it does succeed, Republicans will "regret labeling it Obamacare," writes former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, and Jon Lovett, another former Obama speechwriter (sensing a trend?), tweets to "Read this, it's good."

Tom Cotton in The Wall Street Journal on the House immigration bill or nothing The Republican congressman from Arkansas states his party's case against the Senate immigration, calling it "legalization first, enforcement later … maybe," and lays down a deadline: "If the Senate insists on the legalization-first approach, then no bill will be enacted." Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore writes Cotton "may have laid out the path for the future today," and Washington Examiner senior writer Conn Carroll tweets "good for The Journal for printing this."

Marc Polite in Time on the racial fear mongering of anti-Zimmerman riots The Broward County calls for Trayvon Martin supporters not to riot is a form of race-mongering, and "recapitulate what this case is all about—the assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men," Polite argues. The fear comes from the race riots 21 years ago after the Rodney King case, but "The black community has become more sophisticated in protesting injustice," such as the peaceful protests that pressured Zimmerman's arrest on murder charges in the first place. BuzzFeed breaking news reporter Adrian Carrasquillo tweets that Polite "assumes many aren't more invested in Trayvon" — but judging by the almost 200 comments below the story, many are.

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