America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. There is another ground for the adoption of the veto principle, which had probably more influence in recommending it to the Convention than any other. Dante turned on her and said: --And am I to sit here and listen to the pastors of my church being flouted? --Nobody is saying a word against them, said Mr Dedalus, so long as they don't meddle in politics. A bell beat faintly very far away.