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  • The Election's Ominous Results

    12/07/2016 5:54:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    Yes, it is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department. If true, she belongs in prison. However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her. This is not a sign of a healthy American electorate. It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her. Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking....
  • The Electoral College Was Meant to Stop Men Like Trump From Being President

    11/21/2016 8:56:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 21, 2016 | Peter Beinhart
    Americans talk about democracy like it’s sacred. In public discourse, the more democratic American government is, the better. The people are supposed to rule. But that’s not the premise that underlies America’s political system. Most of the men who founded the United States feared unfettered majority rule. James Madison wrote in Federalist 10 that systems of government based upon “pure democracy … have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” John Adams wrote in 1814 that, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”
  • Meanwhile in Turkey, President for Life Erdogan? You are watching Democracy fail Before your eyes

    11/17/2016 8:30:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Just as our democratic elections were wrapping up last week we heard rumors that a different sort of transition of power was taking place in Turkey. Aspiring tyrant Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation’s president, was spreading the word that he would like to see some changes to the constitution which would effectively remove most limits to his power. At the time I predicted that while the desired changes would be sweeping and transformative, there was actually a good chance he could pull it off.Sometimes I really get tired of being right. (Business Insider) President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey...
  • Hillary's Last Campaign Lie

    11/14/2016 9:49:04 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 26 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 11-12-2016 | Steven Maikoski
    Hillary’s concession speech on Wednesday tendered a horrible lie: that we are a Constitutional Democracy. Now, I know many of you are romanced by the idea of democracies, of your being directly involved in the government and the nation listening to your wonderful opinion; but it is important for you to understand that our citizen involvement is limited—and for a very good reason. Over 2,000 years ago, Plato explained the problem with democracies throughout history. He wrote that the poor have always outnumbered the rich; that when you give the poor the same power as the rich, the poor will...
  • Suicide by democracy

    11/13/2016 11:16:58 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/16 | Diane Bederman
    We must not allow our government to bully us into welcoming people whose moral obligation is the destruction of Western countries. Let us never forget that people who scream “Death to Israel” and "Death to the West” mean every word. We are living in an era of dis-ease. Our belief systems are under attack. We witness the horror of terrorism spreading in countries who do not share our values, as well as the spread of terror in democracies around the world. We are up against tribal societies whose ethic is one of honor and shame and where blood revenge is...
  • Why We Use Electoral College, Not Popular Vote

    11/08/2016 8:32:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 7, 2016 | Jarrett Stepman
    The Electoral College remains in place over two centuries after the framers of the Constitution empowered it to select presidents. Though occasionally maligned, this system of electing a chief executive has been incredibly successful for the American people. Many modern voters might be surprised to learn that when they step into a ballot box to select their candidate for president, they actually are casting a vote for fellow Americans called electors. These electors, appointed by the states, are pledged to support the presidential candidate the voters have supported. The Electoral College holds its vote the Monday after the second Wednesday...
  • Hitler elected through Democracy

    10/29/2016 12:09:34 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | Brian Ball
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuC1z5n1YWY A documentary I did condensed to 27 min. The liberals bagged and tagged the older one because they couldn't stand being called out. It includes examples of Democracy failure and Germany's fascism and authoritarian culture and what our Founding father's thought of Hitler and Occupy Wall Street, our modern nazi movement
  • Africa: Pro-Trump Youth Storm Us Embassy in Kampala, Arrested

    10/25/2016 10:05:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    allAfrica ^ | October 25, 2016 | Damali Mukhaye
    Kampala — Police on Tuesday arrested two Ugandan youth for demonstrating at the United States embassy in Kampala in support of Donald Trump, the Republican candidate in the US presidential election due on November 8. Those detained are Bigirwa Moses and Allan Kitonsa while their colleagues; Kizza Hakim, Kayondo Juma and Nsibuka Harunah escaped. The five demonstrators, all members of Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), held placards inscribed with the words "vote Trump". The group arrived at the embassy at 9am, and began a surprise pro-Trump demonstration, a witnessed said. After taking embassy security by surprise, the youth started negotiations ostensibly...
  • Voting is a duty to preserve God’s gift of Liberty

    10/12/2016 8:56:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 10/12/16 | Karen Lees
    “Choosing not to vote isn’t rebellion. It’s surrender.” – Author unknown In the election of November 2012, over 90 million eligible voters did not vote. It is estimated that up to 50 million of those were Christians. Sadly, many of them had not even registered. This is not only disgraceful, but Christians are accountable to God for neglecting the responsibility of maintaining His precious gift of liberty. After the November 2012 election, Rev. Franklin Graham said, “If Christians are upset, they need to be upset at themselves… If Christians would just vote, then elections in this country would be much...
  • Capitalism is to freedom and liberty Socialism is to tyranny and crime

    10/06/2016 8:52:11 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 7 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Reuben Ben Abraham
    Coming up, an article by Reuben Ben Abraham of Los Angeles California. A senior member of the New England Alliance for Liberty and Free markets and a brilliant economist in the Austrian school gives us this insight in the superiority of the capitalist system over socialism... The article I am typing now deals with traits that show the superiority of capitalism, inspired by an incident that took place at a McDonalds restaurant one morning that illustrates capitalism. Anyway, this first incident I want to illustrate took place at McDonalds restaurant in Wilshire Boulevard across from Ross Department store and California...
  • Millennials Offer New Hope in the Fight to Reclaim Democracy

    10/05/2016 11:36:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- Why has real democracy become so elusive in developed nations? Sure, you can still vote and feel as if you have some kind of say, but genuine democracy is getting further and further out of reach. The current climate in Europe should serve as a warning to America about what lies ahead if U.S. citizens don't reclaim power by choosing the anti-establishment candidate, Donald Trump, in November's presidential election. Hungary held a referendum last weekend on whether to allow the European Union to impose migrant quotas on the country in an effort to resettle millions of refugees from...
  • More Democracy, Less Liberty

    08/22/2016 1:58:16 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 22nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Judging from the outcome of recent federal court cases involving Voter ID, one could be forgiven for believing two things. First, there is an unqualified right to vote. Second, the more voting by more people on more matters, the better. Voting itself would appear to be an unalienable right. Ever expanding democracy has long been the Progressive’s means to their fuzzy, yet dangerous social justice ends. Our national experience has shown that the explosion of the democratic element since the direct election of senators, voting by women, repeal of Jim Crow, abolition of poll taxes, lowering the voting age to...
  • Hitler's election and how Democracy lead to the holocaust and ww2

    08/19/2016 8:22:13 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 49 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Brian Ball
    In this video we look at the evils of unrestrained Democracy, mob rule and the dictatorship of 51% and the horrors that follow every time it is practiced. America is a constitutional republic not a Democracy. This video shows why our founders intended otherwise LIBERAL MYTH: Hitler and the nazis seized power without the consent of the German people. HISTORIC FACT: The German people in a series of elections, elected to the Reichstag representatives who were nazis. Their election enabled Hitler to become Chancellor and seize power. They had many chances to turn back and change their vote but they...
  • The National Popular Vote: Vicious Democracy

    08/17/2016 2:20:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 17th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Democracy stinks. History is littered with short-live democracies that cratered between the bloodlettings of factions going at each other’s throats. Our Framers were well aware of their shortcomings from the lessons of history and their personal experiences since 1776. Popular election, the democratic element in the Framers’ Constitution, was limited to the House of Representatives. This satisfied the Declaration’s maxim that consent of the governed serves as the just basis of government. In Article II, the sovereign people assigned their Natural Right to elect their chief executive to another body, their state legislatures. As discussed in a recent blog post...
  • Turkey Becomes A Fascist Dictatorship, Obama Supports

    08/08/2016 2:55:42 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 19 replies
    Poletical.com ^ | August 1st, 2016 | D. Stone
    Leading up to the the most bizarre and unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey's history, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been choking out the civil liberties of his citizens, punishing journalists and threatening the country's top constitutional court. Erdogan has taken Turkey further from secularism and closer to Islamic theocracy, which is claimed to be one of the reasons behind the attempted coup. He somehow convinced Germany to punish a writer for reciting a negative poem and has imprisoned journalists in his own country for their negative criticisms of his increasingly authoritarian rule. It is suspiciously obvious that the recent failed coup...
  • Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser

    07/24/2016 11:28:29 PM PDT · by Enchante · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 23, 2009 | Tom Whitehead
    He said the final published version of the report promoted the labour market case for immigration but unpublished versions contained additional reasons, he said. He wrote: "Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural. "I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended – even if this wasn't its main purpose – to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date." The "deliberate policy", from late 2000 until "at...
  • Out-of-Control Amanpour Badgers Pro-Brexit Official; He Pushes Back

    06/30/2016 11:57:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 29, 2016 | Matthew Balan
    CNN's Christiane Amanpour took her left-leaning, pro-European Union activism to a new level on Tuesday during an interview of pro-Brexit politician Daniel Hannan. Amanpour, who recently blasted the referendum as an example of "xenophobia", tried to implicate the British member of the European Parliament as somehow partially responsible for supposed post-vote "hate crimes." Hannan didn't take her clear bias sitting down, however: "You guys have been shouting 'racist' so long, you're not listening to what we were actually saying...if I was relying on CNN...I would think that this was nativist vote, a protectionist vote. It's the opposite." [video below] The...
  • Globalist Contempt for Liberty and Democracy

    06/26/2016 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/26/16 | Arnold Alert
    That's not democracy. That's totalitarianism, and a globalist totalitarian state is the left's endgame Over the weekend, the last remaining pieces of progressive narratives regarding tolerance and democracy exploded. Only a couple of days after the UK voted to free itself from the shackles of it overlords in Brussels, Fox News reported that 2 million Remainers ostensibly signed an online petition calling for another vote—and left-wing Labour party MP David Lammy said Parliament should overturn the result. This is the true face of progressive ideology: voting and democracy only count when the “right” result is reached. “Rejection of elitist enlightenment...
  • Alinsky's program: we are almost there

    06/26/2016 8:08:03 AM PDT · by dvan · 20 replies
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    Here is the heart of Saul Alinsky's plan to convert our American Republic into a soulless Commune called Communism or Socialism ending private ownership of a home or business!!!! This in turn brings an end to self initiative to improve community conditions due to lack of self economic growth with it's rewards!! When the central government controls all elements of your life, there is no allowance left for free self expression!!! Right now the Republican Party is so completely at war internally that it may not recover in time to knock out Hillary. That would complete Alinsky's program. A real...
  • The Vendee Massacre: Europe's forgotten Shoah

    06/15/2016 4:51:27 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 37 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mainestategop
    An awesome documentary on the Vendee uprising and the massacre of catholics in France in the French Revolution The Vendee is a taboo in France. It is nearly forgotten but thankfully isn't. In 1793, after the execution of Louis XVI, Catholic Farmers in the Vendee region of France revolted against the newly formed godless republic headed by Robbspierre. The response by the newly created republic was monstrous. Over Half a milllion people, men women children and elderly were put to death by the government for opposing it and for promoting Catholic faith. Very few acknowledged its existence, John Paul II...
  • Essential institutions are no longer respected, government demands respect. A recipe for tyranny.

    05/31/2016 4:37:27 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 6 replies
    Albert Mohler ^ | May 5, 2016 | Albert Mohler
    For nearly two and a half centuries, Americans have enjoyed the enormous privilege and responsibility of forming our own government—a privilege rarely experienced throughout most of human history. For most of history, humanity has struggled with the question of how to respond to a government that was essentially forced upon them. But Americans have often struggled with a very different reality; how do we rightly respond to the government that we choose? Thus, the idea of a limited government requires that society uphold and pursue the health of its most basic institutions. When a civil society is weak, government becomes...
  • Democrazy: Venezuela Needs a Military Coup

    05/23/2016 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/16 | Selwyn Duke
    Cautionary tale: When socialism is instituted democratically, it’s a good indication that your days of making decisions democratically may be numbered With Venezuela spinning out of control, it’s said that U.S. officials fear a military coup. We ought to ask “Why?” Democracy on the brain can be a dangerous condition. George W. Bush pursued his unwise “nation-building” policies under the assumption that, as he put it, “democracies don’t go to war with each other.” (Note: technically we’re speaking of “republics,” not democracies.) So WWI was the “war to end all wars,” and now there’s the political system to end all...
  • SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT

    04/03/2016 1:58:13 AM PDT · by SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT · 57 replies
    Brushfire Publications | March 28, 2016 | Mike Miles
    SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT If you listen to the politicians and the media pundits, you'll hear clever sounding rationales supporting their particular position on a variety of topics. They'll talk around and tip toe right up next to the issue, but will never bring the defining issue of our time as a nation clearly into focus. Why, because they're afraid. They're afraid because of the firestorm such straight forward talk would generate. Among all the voices, consider this: The issue that is continuing to divide our country is not a racial one, though many have relentlessly played that card....
  • What John Adams Knew -- Donald Trump: the populist demogogue John Adams anticipated

    03/18/2016 5:53:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    National Review ^ | 3-18-16 | Kevin Williamson
    There is a line from John Adams of which conservatives, particularly those of a moralistic bent, are fond: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people." The surrounding prose is quoted much less frequently, and it is stern stuff dealing with one of Adams’s great fears - one that is particularly relevant to this moment in our history. John Adams hated democracy and he feared what was known in the language of the time as "passion." Adams's famous assessment: "I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run,...
  • “Voices Now Demanding Apology from Trump Who Calls Tienanmen Incident a “Riot” " (My Translation)

    03/13/2016 11:10:16 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 105 replies
    NHK Television News, Tokyo, Japan (from Japanese original) ^ | 13 March 2016 | NHK Network International News Staff
    (トランプ氏の天安門事件「暴動」発言 謝罪求める声) (“Voices Now Demanding Apology from Trump Who Calls Tienanmen Massacre a “Riot”) (Translation from the original Japanese by FReeper AmericanInTokyo):”In the most recent TV debate between candidates for the Republican nomination for President in the USA, Mr. Trump referred to it as a “riot” (boudou: 暴動) when Chinese students stood up in Tienanmen Square and requested freedom, in Beijing, China in 1989. Real estate magnate Trump was answering a question from the moderator in the March 10 debate in Miami, with respect to the suppression of Chinese university students. They were only pleading for freedom but were...
  • Scalia Defended Democracy: Liberals Subvert It

    02/16/2016 7:19:25 AM PST · by Heartlander · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/16/2016 | Frank Turek
    Scalia Defended Democracy: Liberals Subvert It "I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy," wrote Justice Scalia in his dissent from last year's Supreme Court decision, where five unelected judges imposed same-sex marriage on all 320 million citizens. "This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves." Exactly. "A system of government that makes the...
  • South Korea Slouching Towards Governance by Intimidation

    12/18/2015 11:47:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Brian Darling
    Judge Robert Bork wrote a book titled "Slouching Towards Gomorrah" as a way to argue that Western culture was experiencing a decline. The same can be argued about South Korea. This nation was once a bulwark against communism and now it is a nation slouching toward a statist form of government that resembles a dictatorship more that a western style liberal democracy. Back in April, I wrote a piece titled "South Korea Not Ready for Pacific Trade Partnership" where I argued that the deteriorating human rights situation in South Korea was troubling. The Wall Street Journal reported that South Korea...
  • The Yin and Yang of Politics

    12/16/2015 5:59:59 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Allen West
    I found a definition of Yin and Yang to be, "In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also, yin-yang or yin yang) describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another." It appears that our 2016 presidential election cycle is early on being defined by that philosophy. The question is, can this media-driven divide be good for the future of our Constitutional Republic? In 2008 it was all about the "anti-Bush" sentiment in America heavily fueled by a complicit media....
  • Why do Democrats hate democracy?

    11/15/2015 4:01:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/15/15 | Kyle Smith
    **SNIP** As recently as 2008, the Democratic Party presented 26 debates, which we mainly remember as the venues that presented Barack Obama with the opportunity to promise that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, would never support anything as preposterous as "the individual mandate," a k a fining people who don't have health insurance. Now the Democratic National Committee is led by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was the chair of Hillary's 2008 campaign. Any doubts about which candidate she wants to win this time? She declared that any candidates that participated in debates outside of the tightly controlled DNC framework would be...
  • Why Ben Carson's Nazi Analogies Matter

    10/20/2015 8:35:36 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/20/2015 | Peter Wehner- certified GOPe
    "Like many other political autodidacts, Ben Carson has an odd obsession with Nazi Germany. On several occasions, the pediatric-neurosurgeon-turned-Republican-presidential-candidate has compared the United States to the Third Reich. Mr. Carson has warned that a Hitler-like figure could rise in America. To understand what is happening in the Obama era, he recommended that people read “Mein Kampf.” And he won’t let go of the myth that the Holocaust would have been “greatly diminished” if Jews in Nazi Germany had been allowed to possess guns. To declare the United States to be “very much like Nazi Germany” is a special kind of...
  • India has stood as beacon for the world since 1947, says John Kerry

    08/14/2015 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 41 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Commemorating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of India's 69th Independence Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said India has stood as a beacon for the world. - John Kerry AFP photo Washington - Commemorating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ahead of India's 69th Independence Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said India has stood as a beacon for the world. "Since 1947, India has stood as a beacon for the world, as an economic power that prides innovation, as a resilient...
  • Democracies must not Kill the Messenger

    08/06/2015 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Diane Weber Bederman
    Media dereliction of duty to the citizenry I recently watched the movie “Kill the Messenger” which was released in the fall of 2014. It’s the story of journalist Gary Webb who in 1996 began looking into links between Nicaragua’s drug-running Contra rebels and the CIA. He published his findings under the title “Dark Alliance” in the San Jose Mercury News in which he submitted that a US-backed rebel army in Latin America was supplying the drugs that made their way into some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighbourhoods. More importantly, he tied the CIA to the drugs. “For the better part...
  • We Are No Longer A Democracy

    08/04/2015 10:47:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 35 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/15 | Douglas Gibbs
    The liberal left is always quick to call the United States a democracy Recently, in an interview with Thom Hartmann, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said regarding 2010 Citizens United decision and the 2014 McCutcheon decision, “It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or being elected president.” Huffington Post goes on to explain that the decisions were rendered by “five Republican judges on the U.S. Supreme Court.” According to liberal left commentators, experts, political...
  • Sarah Palin On De Tocqueville's 210th Birthday

    08/02/2015 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 15 replies
    Facebook ^ | August 1, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    This past week was Alexis de Tocqueville’s 210th birthday. This brilliant Frenchman’s insight into our national character still rings true nearly two centuries after he wrote his famous book “Democracy in America.” Ever insightful and prophetic, Tocqueville understood the dangers of big government. He feared that over time big government would strangle the free will of citizens, diminishing our capacity to think and act for ourselves and reducing us to “a herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.” But he offered solutions! "He hoped that those having read his prescient book would come to...
  • NYC Mayor de Blasio: We have a “democracy problem” in America

    06/08/2015 8:10:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio is a busy guy. He’s got more than enough on his plate already, needing to deal with his city’s skyrocketing crime rate, crushing poverty in the areas that the TV cameras don’t cover and a police force which doesn’t much care for him. Still, he took time out of his busy day on Sunday to talk to John Dickerson on Face the Nation. Strangely, he wasn’t there to talk about Gotham, but rather about Hillary Clinton and her recent calls for expanded early voting around the nation. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio...
  • NYC mayor: America has a 'democracy problem' (needs different voting laws alert)

    06/07/2015 11:52:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said on Sunday that Americans would benefit from reformed national voting laws. “We have a democracy problem,” de Blasio told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Our elections are governed by state law and for a long time I’ve believed we need to make a fundamental series of reforms,” he said. “Let’s face it, a lot of the people in the political class have tried to discourage voter involvement and a lot of incumbents prefer a very small electorate,” he added. De Blasio said he disagrees with Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)...
  • Enough with the Holy Founders' Undemocratic Constitution

    05/31/2015 11:59:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    TeleSUR ^ | May 31, 2015 | Paul Street
    The U.S. constitution has remained in place with occasional substantive amendments over more than 220 years. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in a foreword to the book Dollarocracy wrote that, “we cannot govern our own affairs when our national, state, and local debates are bought and sold by billionaires, who use thirty-second commercials to shout down anyone who disagrees…The money and media election complex, producing a slurry of negative ads, spin, and obstruction, is not what the founders intended.” [1] Sanders was right to suggest that the United States’ revered “founding fathers” would be scandalized by the plutocratic madness of the...
  • The Rise of Democracy, and the Fall of the Electoral College

    05/21/2015 6:34:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    The progressive era, fueled by the Fabians, worked to take away more of the voice of the States, and move America towards pure democracy James Madison wrote five times in his essays of the Federalist Papers that we are a republic, and then explained what a republic is. He believed this to be necessary not only so that the Constitution may be properly understood, but because in their argument against the Constitution, the statists of the era were trying to convince the people that a republic, and a democracy, are the same thing. Democracy, in reality, is a transitional form...
  • Democracy By Pretense

    05/17/2015 6:35:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission abruptly canceled its planned public meeting. On the OCMC’s agenda was to have been the proposed weakening of legislative term limits, from the current eight-year maximum to 12 years, which the august Legislative Branch and Executive Branch Committee had advanced, 8-1, to the full commission. Perhaps the cancelation came from concern that supporters of term limits were riding to the capitol for a news conference to coincide with that now-scuttled meeting of the commission, announcing a campaign to confront this latest gambit against citizen-imposed limits. Goodness, a meeting of this elite tribunal and...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:36:45 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • Freedom House: Democracy Discarded, Return to the Iron Fist

    05/12/2015 5:30:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Post-Cold War honeymoon is long over. It was a geopolitical honeymoon that the West should have never taken in the first place After the Cold War ended, much promise was held out that the world would rapidly democratize—particularly states with notoriously poor human rights records such as China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba. Alas, these were utopian dreams. We were told that transferring large amounts of wealth and technology to authoritarian regimes would make them richer and free—only the former took place. We educated their leaders, often at our taxpayers’ expense, with the promise that these Western educated leaders would usher...
  • The United States Is Not a Democracy

    05/05/2015 1:01:56 AM PDT · by kathsua · 14 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 4th, 201 | reasonmclucus
    “Power is the great evil with which we are contending. We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.” — Patrick Henry Americans are now living under judicial tyranny as one of our greatest patriots Patrick Henry predicted. For those who have forgotten Henry, he is the man who said “give me liberty or give me death.”
  • The War for/on Democracy

    04/26/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    The United States of America is a republic, of course. Not a democracy. Yet, it is through democracy — that is, via democratic means — that we maintain the Republic and thus, maintain the bulwark protecting our freedom as individuals. Or not. “We the People” elect our representatives at the local, state and federal level, to serve our interests, and in 49 states (Delaware’s the weirdo) a majority of citizens must vote to approve any change to the foundational contract of that government: the state constitution. That’s wonderful, certainly, except that hardly anyone (that is, hardly anyone not on the...
  • Springfield, Mo., voters repeal LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

    04/07/2015 7:48:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | 04/07/2015 | COLIN MURPHY
    Springfield, Mo.SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Springfield, Mo., city council last October, was overturned by voters on Tuesday.With more than 97 percent of the votes tallied, 51.4 percent of voters opted to repeal the ordinance, while 48.5 percent voted to retain the measure.The vote comes following months of campaigning by advocates and opponents of the measure, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in employment, housing, and public accommodations.The city council approved the ordinance by a 6-3 vote on October 13.But any celebration was short-lived when, in November, an...
  • The Siren Call of Universal Democracy

    03/25/2015 8:30:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Knight
    It’s not enough to propose liberal ideas. Eventually, you must use force against your fellow citizens if they don’t embrace them. Coercion is at the heart of the liberal enterprise. Hence, President Obama has unveiled his latest plan to fundamentally transform the United States – mandatory voting. It comes on the heels of his unconstitutional order granting legal status to five million illegal immigrants. Coincidence? Ironically, it also landed the very same day that Hillary Clinton floated the idea that summer camps should be created for adults because we have a “fun deficit.” Perhaps they will get together and create...
  • Walter Williams: What's Gone Wrong With Democracy?

    03/23/2015 10:43:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 114 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The Economist magazine recently published "What's gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?" The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That's a popular misconception. The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, "Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an...
  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/23/2015 2:34:33 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 65 replies
    Refuting the Belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the notion of the Divine Right of KingsI this article I will help to refute the false belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the so called “Divine Right” of kings. I will show that the concept of “Divine Right” is actually not a Catholic and for most part a medieval concept, but rather a concept which derived from the Late medieval ages, and which found its way into complete acceptance in the Protestant Reformation. Similarly I will show that to much extent the Catholic Church actually helped develop much of...
  • Beware of Republican Unipartyists bearing Cuban straw men

    12/22/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Of course Barack Obama’s latest treachery – normalizing relations with the Castro Brothers prison state – is a terrible thing. It is as fraudulent as Obama is and it will further crush any hopes the average Cuban might have of ever being free. By infusing cash to prop up a torture regime Obama has all but guaranteed the Cuban people’s nightmare will continue after the Castros have died. They need only look to Venezuela to see their own desolate future. Yet, as sad as this is for the Cuban people, it is fraught with dangers for us as well. The...
  • The Tragedy of Replacing God with Unchecked Democracy

    12/08/2014 1:31:31 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 13 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 8 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American Thinkerby Enza Ferreri I'm not sure how conservative Americans will view the recently-published book Democracy as a Neocon Trick (Amazon USA) (Amazon UK) by Alexander Boot. It’s a very unusual work, in that, whereas critics of America are generally on the Left end of the political spectrum and those on the Right tend to unquestionably defend the “land of the free”, this is a criticism of the US from a non-Leftist viewpoint, indeed from a traditional, conservative, Christian, pre-Enlightenment viewpoint. I don’t agree with everything the author says about America, but he’s such a brilliant philosopher...
  • Hong Kong protesters clash with police at government HQ

    12/01/2014 4:23:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 December 2014 Last updated at 07:03 ET | BBC
    Hong Kong police have clashed with pro-democracy activists overnight, briefly shutting down government offices on Monday.