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  • Anthea Butler: Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don't shut up about civility...

    07/15/2018 6:20:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/15/18 | Anthea Butler
    Anthea Butler Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don't shut up about civility and shout about our democracy dying Rejoice, Republicans, you will have another majority on your hands, because Democratic messaging for the 2018 election cycle is nonexistent. Harsh? Not even. The unimaginative leaders of the Democratic Party — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez — have been playing nice and talking about the virtues of "civility," while the Republican Party has been accusing Democrats of backing Communism and supporting the violent street gang MS-13. (Trump has...
  • Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars

    06/15/2018 1:13:48 PM PDT · by Jonx6 · 3 replies ^ | Apr. 05, 2018 | KLBJ Newsroom
    Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars has some concerned about the legality of so called "Democracy dollars" An Austin commission is kicking around the idea of giving taxpayer dollars to residents who would then donate the money to local political candidates. Fred Lewis of the Charter Commission calls it the democracy dollars program. The program was created in Seattle and is so far the only US city with such a program. The commission’s Fred Lewis explained its to combat major donors from dominating elections. Each voter could get 50 bucks for each city race they can vote in....
  • How Do You "Un-Divide" a Nation

    06/03/2018 6:29:14 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 37 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | June 3, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    If America is badly divided today, then what once united it? The Constitution. The Constitution is not just an abstraction. It’s a real, living commitment by the actual citizens of a country to a democratic form of government with an absolute commitment to individual rights. The most important rights are the top two in the Bill of Rights — the First and Second Amendments. It’s no accident they’re the top two. America’s founders understood that without these two, we’re all sunk. Democracy is meaningless without individual rights. If we did not have a Bill of Rights, and uphold it, then...
  • HDP's Temelli: Economy will get better with democracy

    06/03/2018 11:18:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF NEWS ^ | Sunday, 3 Jun 2018, 16:50 | ALİ KOCER
    HDP co-chair said Erdogan has entered a dead end street. HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli, dedicated some time to the press on Sunday and answered some questions to ANF. Temelli commented on the situation of the political prisoners , AKP’ stance on Kurds and the HDP in this election campaign, Kurdistan economic reality and the political genocide attacks against the parties. Pointing out at the high number of political people in prison, Temelli emphasized that they were all charged with meaningless and false accusations for actually carrying out democratic politics.  Reforming the judiciary system “If you are looking for democracy in...
  • Obama warns: if America stays so divided, our democracy and economy won’t survive

    05/28/2018 7:23:01 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-26-18 | Julie Bort
    Obama believes that one important way we can maintain and increase a national identity, where citizens view themselves as Americans first, rather than members of a particular tribe (like our political party, or race, or gender) is by sharing stories with each other. The more we can do that, the more we'll see each other as fellow humans, rather than as caricatures representing some other tribe.
  • ‘Memorial Day. Honor those who sacrificed for our right in RESISTING Trump’s attack on Democracy’

    05/27/2018 2:56:38 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    Dean Obeidallah - Twitter ^ | May 27, 2018 | Dean Obeidallah
    I've been a bit emotional since I first saw this twitter exchange. It's such a sad and uncalled for response that I'm choked-up and somewhat teary-eyed. Some guy by the name of Dean Obeidallah (see short twitter bio below), posted this tweet: "This Memorial Day weekend lets honor the women and men who bravely sacrificed their lives fighting to protect our nation's freedoms by RESISTING Trump's attacks on our democracy."Dean Obeidallah RESIST In response, a Bill Presson tweeted: "This is pretty bad" Mr. Obeidallah, seeing the old black and white photo of a young man in uniform Mr. Pressor uses...

    05/18/2018 8:07:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/18/18 | Unk
    Hat Tip: Kevin Collins I have never heard this said as simply or as well. Class war at its best. The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like The folks who are paying for the free stuff , because The folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer Afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff. And the folks who are paying for the free stuff Want the free stuff to stop. And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more Free stuff on top of the free...
  • Is Russia Really Trying To Subvert US Democracy?

    05/12/2018 7:24:31 AM PDT · by davikkm · 28 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    Possibly. We would have to unspin the US government’s lies to gain any substantive insights on the matter. They have lied to and manipulated US citizens far more than Russia could ever dream. However, that does not mean Russia is innocent. They and others see US supremacy waning, which makes it easier for them to grab more power for themselves. Let’s begin to unspin. First, when US authorities say that Russia is trying to undermine our democracy, what do they mean? A study done by Princeton shows that the US is much more of an oligarchy than a democracy. This...
  • George F. Will column: The president who knew too little about the Electoral College

    05/04/2018 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 2, 2018 | George F. Will
    Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president — cheer up; they are all temporary — was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by, and for “Fox & Friends,” he said: He won the 2016 election “easily” but wishes the electoral vote system were replaced by direct election of presidents by popular vote. He favors this “because” — if you were expecting him to offer reasons drawn from political philosophy or constitutional theory, grow up — “to me, it’s much easier to...
  • Bush: NSA Wiretapping Hearings Good for Democracy

    01/12/2006 4:37:17 AM PST · by IrishMike · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday 11 Jan 2006 | Associated Press
    Louisville, KY- "President BUSH said Wednesday that Congressional hearings to 'investigate" his domestic eavesdropping program will be good for DEMOCRACY......... as long as they don't give secrets away to the ENEMY." .............................. My thoughts: - How is giving secrets to the Democrats in Congress, on spying on known terrorist contacts within the United States .... helpful in the War on Terror ? ...............................................What is to stop Patrick 'leaky' from giving press conferences? ...........................................What is to stop Jay Rocherfeller 'from flying' to the Middle East to brief his ALLIES ?
  • Livni: It's time to fight for democracy

    04/15/2018 4:30:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/4/18
    ..... She attacked the government's intention to enact the Overrule Clause, saying, "Those who seek to limit the Supreme Court are those who do not accept the value of democracy. It is time to fight for democracy, in Israel, in the United States and throughout the world. To fight against the delegitimization of political opponents, for the right to express positions, even if we disagree with them."
  • The War On Us

    04/11/2018 1:46:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    thezman ^ | 8 April, 2018 | zman
    Whether you know it or not, you are at war. It’s not a shooting in the street war, at least not yet, but it is a war. Specifically, the people in charge have decided to wage war on segments of the American society. To paraphrase the late historian Christopher Lasch, the managerial elite has turned their back on average Americans and opted instead for a ruthlessly cosmopolitan view of life, one that values rootlessness, internationalism and transience. Increasingly, their ends are in direct conflict with liberal democracy. Another way of looking at this is that the managerial elite has reached...
  • British ISIS Terrorist: I Don't Believe in Democracy, But You Damn Well Better

    04/10/2018 4:24:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | April 10, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Practice what you preach doesn't appear to be an ISIS strong suit. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are British citizens who not only pledged their allegiance to ISIS, they traveled to Syria, worked with Jihadi John and came out at the end praising him as "the most loyal, honest and upstanding friend." Jihadi John is the famous savage who beheaded hostages, including American journalists, on video for the world to see. In 2015, he was killed in a U.S. drone strike. But while Kotey and Elsheikh preach iron fisted rule under Islamic Law for the rest of the world,...
  • Framework, Fact, Opinion and Common Ground

    03/29/2018 6:15:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 29, 2018 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Inherent to any democracy is robust debate and an understanding of all the options available before reaching a solution. For a democracy to work, people from all walks of life must participate in the process. If just one person were to make all the decisions in a society, that society would be a dictatorship. Without debate and healthy, robust interaction with those who disagree, we would have little opportunity for reflection, learning and improvement. This also means that democracies are inherently messier than other forms of government. But we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we were to try...
  • Liberal blindness on immigration could be the undoing of democracy

    03/09/2018 11:27:40 AM PST · by TBP · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2018 | James Kirchick
    In this age of noisy populist movements, many commentators tend to see anti-immigration sentiment as a threat to democracy itself. “The Muslim ban will make us less safe; worse, it erodes our democracy,” wrote retired CIA officer Glenn Carle last year after President Trump tried to restrict entry to the United States by citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries. In Britain, the archbishop of Canterbury associates Trump and Brexit, phenomena largely driven by opposition to immigration, as part of a “nationalist, populist or even fascist tradition of politics.” But do these arguments really make sense? The conflation of liberal values (in...
  • It’s Time to Accept What Democracy Really Means

    03/07/2018 6:43:08 AM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    For those who have ever had an election go against their wishes (and at some point, it must have happened to us all), it’s time to accept the harsh reality of what living in under a democratic voting system really means. Those that don’t, do a disservice to the whole of society. 2016 saw two major “upsets” in the political sphere… the election of Donald Trump, and the Brexit vote. It was to be expected that the media and the losing side on both of the “earthquakes” would be angry, and that they would come back and campaign harder than...
  • Democracy v. Republic

    02/22/2018 8:09:29 PM PST · by huckfillary · 26 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 22, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    I've had it with pundits, politicians, and people who should know better that continuously refer to our country as a democracy. The latest such reference was by renowned political commentator Thomas Friedman, who has never been confused with an intelligent person. But he has lots of company among the chattering classes, and even more so from among our so-called educators. At every educational level, teachers, professors, administrators, and even the elite collegiate Boards-of-Directors erroneously refer to the United States as a democracy and, in general, display an overall ignorance of American history and its Founding principles. And unfortunately, our youth...
  • Canadian PM: Sharia law is compatible with democracy

    02/05/2018 8:35:24 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 61 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/18
    As Canada continues to support and implement Sharia Law, as well as slam its opponents by calling them "Islamophobes," a deeper look into what Sharia Law entails is in order. Recently, the Canadian government's Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage completed a draft of its Motion M-103 report, which recognizes "the need to...condemn Islamophobia" and "take action" against "religious discrimination including Islamophobia." According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission Islamophobia includes "acts of intolerance and racial profiling" as well as "viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level." However, it is not clear that Canada's...
  • Whatever Happened to the Republic ? Everyone These Days Calls it a Democracy

    02/04/2018 1:17:44 PM PST · by huckfillary · 64 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 4, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    The word Republic has all but disappeared from our political lexicon.  It has erroneously been replaced by Democracy.  The Founders must be turning over in their graves.  They had nothing but contempt for democracy.  They sought to, and did, create a constitutional republic, but not before doing their homework. Unlike today's politicians, talking heads, and academics, the Founders had an acute, in-depth, and nuanced understanding of history and political systems.  Prior to the 1787 constitutional convention, James Madison undertook a comprehensive study of every known republic in recorded history to ensure that the Founders didn't repeat their mistakes.  The Founders...
  • Democracy’s Highest Crime and Misdemeanor

    01/29/2018 12:57:24 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/18 | Scott Powell
    Subverting the Electoral Process: In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln reminded Americans that they were uniquely privileged to have a new birth of freedom that was contingent on “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” That was then. What about now? Every week brings new revelations and details about a cabal in the federal government whose actions border on a conspiracy. The evidence suggests that specific high level officials in the Justice Department and the FBI colluded together to violate the law in unprecedented ways for the singular purpose of subverting the will of the people...