Conscience comes second in politics
COMPARE the voting in the US Congress on President Barack Obama's recent legislation. Nine of the 58 Republican senators voted with the Democrats and in the House of Representatives more than a dozen did the same thing.
Several Democrats voted against, as did most of the Republicans. No recriminations -- a true democracy.
In Ireland, the party leader demands that his senators and TDs vote the way he dictates and almost invariably they do.