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  • 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...
  • Why Democracy Is Overrated

    01/21/2018 6:48:41 AM PST · by davikkm · 24 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    I know, speaking disparagingly about democracy is considered blasphemy by most Americans. For many decades, US citizens have been taught to uncritically support the democratic system. Both republicans and democrats have accepted democracy as the only viable option of governance. However, what if I told you that the founders of the US were terrified that their beloved system would someday turn into a democracy? This wasn’t just one or two founding fathers that had some oddball ideas. Almost every founder once warned us of this corrupt system. Below are just some of their numerous criticisms:
  • Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

    01/17/2018 9:34:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 01/18/2017 | Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House. In its annual global assessment, the think tank slammed the Trump administration for withdrawing from America's "historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy," calling it perhaps the most striking on a "long list of troubling developments" around the world in 2017. The report criticizes Trump for making false statements, refusing to disclose his taxes and other...
  • Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy

    01/17/2018 7:14:03 AM PST · by Cheerio · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 17, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.” Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Why? They say the Electoral College system, as opposed to a simple majority vote, distorts the one-person, one-vote principle of democracy because electoral votes are not distributed according to population. To back up their claim, they point out that the Electoral College gives, for example, Wyoming citizens disproportionate weight in a presidential election. Put another way, Wyoming, a state with a population...
  • Iran: Trump shows contempt for democracy

    12/20/2017 11:16:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/12/17 | Elad Benari
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday blasted the United States for threatening to cut aid to countries that vote at the UN General Assembly to reject President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. “Trump regime exposes contempt for democracy through its threats against those who dare resist its thuggish demands at the UN—all while Trump insults Iran crudely as ‘dictatorship,’” Zarif tweeted. “US version of democracy stops at rhetoric of ‘either with us or against us,’" he added. .....
  • Greatest day in U.S. history is all but forgotten

    12/20/2017 12:18:30 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | December 20, 2017 | Phil Kadner
    It is probably the most important date in United States history, but to most people Dec. 23 signifies only that there are two shopping days left until Christmas. After victoriously leading an army for more than eight years against the mightiest military force on the planet, Gen. George Washington walked before the Continental Congress and announced, “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theater of action …”
  • Freedom of Speech, Greatest generation heritage and Demogracy in australia

    11/12/2017 12:03:03 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 1 replies
    Wordpress ^ | 08/11/2017 | Geoff fox
    AN OPEN LETTER TO SARAH CARTER, MARIBYRNONG, AUSTRALIA. Councillor Carter, This letter to you and for Australia is about environmentalist memorial trees, free speech and democracy. In 1945 during World War 2 (WW2), my father served in the fight against fascism on the Indonesian island of Morotai. In 2012, I encouraged some Morotai locals to plant memorial trees to honor the memory of soldiers who fought for freedom. Memorial trees are a proud Australian tradition often forming Avenues Of Honour in the approaches to many of our country towns. In 2013 a landowner in Morotai planted over 100 memorial trees...
  • Facebook Blocked Account Of Exiled Billionaire In NYC After China Complaint

    11/02/2017 8:31:24 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 8 replies
    TPM ^ | November 1, 2017 | SAM THIELMAN
    Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his company had taken down the account of Chinese dissident Guo Wengui, who lives in the US, on the strength of a report filed to the tech giant by the Chinese government. Guo, a billionaire living in New York City who is a harsh critic of the Chinese government, published on Facebook “sometimes outlandish tales of deep corruption among family members of top Communist Party officials,” the New York Times wrote a month ago, as it reported that Guo’s account had been taken down. Republican Sen....
  • The Demise of Turkey’s Democracy: An Open Letter to President Erdogan

    10/05/2017 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 3, 2017 | Alon Ben-Meir
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: File.Dear President Erdogan,I have been in your country scores of times, and have developed close and friendly relations with many Turks from all walks of life; these people all took pride in the incredible progress that Turkey made under your leadership.During your first ten years as prime minister, you transformed Turkey economically, socially and politically, and put the country on the path to greatness as an emerging regional and global power. That is why, Mr. Erdogan, it pains me to witness a once-great reformer destroying his own impressive achievements. You have chosen this destructive path...
  • Trump warns Pak on terror; seeks India's help in Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | PTI
    The United States on Tuesday ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a 'critical part' of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India. He said after a 'comprehensive review', it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically. "A...
  • Trump refused phone call with Venezuelan president

    08/11/2017 11:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump declined to speak with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday after the South American leader requested a phone call with him, the White House said in a statement. "Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead Maduro has chosen the path...
  • Democrats Don’t Actually Believe in Democracy

    08/03/2017 1:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | August 3, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    Yeah, we’re a republic, but we also have democratic rules, norms, and traditions. Too bad the Democratic Party doesn’t believe in them.Case in point – their bizarre embrace of illegal aliens. Democrats seem to think that foreigners who violate our laws have a greater right to determine what will be America's laws than actual Americans. After all, that's their argument when they whine because some illegal is getting shipped back to his Third World hellhole-of-origin. They seem to think that just because some uninvited, unwanted, unlegal trespasser (we’re not supposed to call them “illegal,” right?) has been violating our laws...
  • Revolutionary Ancestors: Sidney & Alinsky Part III

    07/10/2017 1:21:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 10th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The purpose of Rules for Radicals is to encourage and guide revolutionaries in their quest to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. Where Machiavelli’s The Prince was written for the Haves on how to hold on to power, Alinsky’s Rules was for the Have-Nots on how to take it away. Mass organizations are to seize power and give it to the people. Only then, wrote Alinsky, can the people realize democracy, equality, justice, peace, education, useful employment, health, and “those circumstances” and values which give meaning to life. Yikes. Since change is...
  • Free Speech Isn't Always a Tool of Virtue

    06/21/2017 7:52:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in horror when anyone suggests that they might be responsible for inspiring bad deeds. Hollywood, the music industry, journalism, political ideologies, even the Confederate flag: Each takes its turn in the dock when some madman or fool does something terrible. The arguments against free speech are stacked and waiting for these...
  • Chairman of House Media Fairness Caucus: Fake News Is a ‘Threat to Our Democracy’

    06/17/2017 5:16:10 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Penny Starr
    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) spoke with Breitbart News’ Washington Political Editor Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 on Saturday about the media bias that’s reached unprecedented levels since President Donald Trump was elected and poses a risk to the democracy it is tasked to protect. “I think the media bias today is a threat to our democracy for this reason,” said Smith, who is the chairman of the House Media Fairness Caucus. “If the American people don’t get the facts then they can’t make good decisions. “And if the American people can’t make good decisions...