Keyword: democracy

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Free Speech Isn't Always a Tool of Virtue

    06/21/2017 7:52:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • The Media Blackout On The DNC Lawsuit Proves That It Is Nuclear

    05/14/2017 8:25:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Medium ^ | 13 May 2017 | Caitlin Johnstone
    I had the privilege of interviewing my newest personal hero yesterday, attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck, about her legal team’s fraud case against the Democratic National Committee. One of the many useful insights that this straight-shooting mom on fire brought to light during our conversation was her story about a time she reached out to New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro to get some help cracking through the deep, dark media blackout on this extremely important case. Barbaro had previously interviewed Beck and featured her in a front-page story not long ago, so she had every reason to try and contact...
  • In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

    04/18/2017 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Philos Project ^ | April 18, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) constitutional amendment package. With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential system.It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a state of emergency, and labeled “no voters” as terrorists and traitors. In addition, many irregularities took place before and during the counting. The Supreme Election Board (YSK), for example, controversially announced that it would accept unsealed ballots after it...
  • McCain on filibuster change: ‘It’s a bad day for democracy’

    04/06/2017 1:27:54 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 98 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., bemoaned the state of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the chamber’s rules in order to break through the Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a simple majority. Earlier in the day, Republicans failed to reach the 60-vote supermajority needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. “It’s a bad day for democracy,” McCain said before entering the Senate chamber, where he later voted with fellow Republicans to change the rules. “I think it’s a terrible mistake that we will regret for many, many years to...
  • Words Matter: Government Is Not a Living Thing. Or Is It?

    04/04/2017 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/3/17 | Mark Herr
    In “A History of American Political Theories,” Charles Merriam stated, “The Revolutionary doctrines of an original state of nature, natural rights, the social contract, the idea that the function of the government is limited to the protection of person and property - none of these finds wide acceptance among the leaders in the development of political science.” To illustrate this erroneous line of reasoning, New Zealand’s legislators recently passed a law giving the Whanganui River the legal status of a “PERSON.” The river now has its own rights and the ability to represent “itself” through human representation. Although New Zealand’s...
  • A President is Just a Sideshow, Gifted to the People for the Illusion of Democracy

    03/08/2017 8:11:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    As President Trump is just now discovering, the actual governance of the US has very little to do with him, and is in fact, designed to purposely frustrate changes in policy and pursue its own agenda. There has been a lot of recent talk about the “Deep State”, but the real enemy of change has been in place for a very long time, and has always answered to those outside of the State. How the Illusion Works The smoke and mirrors we are being asked to believe, is that a President, when elected, takes over the reins of power from...
  • At what point do we break up the USA?

    02/27/2017 10:47:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 68 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 26, 2017 | Scott Buss
    At what point do we break up the USA? If your answer is “NEVER!” accompanied by some version of “How could you even consider seriously considering such a thing?!”, then you are a cultist. An Americultist. For the non-Americultists out there, the question – and it is an important one – stands: At what point do we break up the USA? How about at the point DC enforces a policy of open, systematic, “legal” child sacrifice? Nope. That’s been going on for decades. We’re apparently not willing to stand against the America Idol over that one. What about the DC-imposed...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy, Part 3

    02/27/2017 10:42:16 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin when he said to her “Madam, We have given you a republic, if you can keep it” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she keep it? Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel her how to ‘keep’ the U.S. republic. Instead, he merely counseled her...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 2

    02/27/2017 10:38:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 2 replies
    Center for Self Governance ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall said, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that of order and chaos.” -From The Life of George Washington, Revised Edition 1832. The chaos gripping our present society is certainly not the ‘balanced’ republic Marshall was referring to. Our system is functioning more like a plane crashing - like a democracy. Let’s explore ‘balanced republic,’ ‘democracy’ and ‘order and chaos’ by using an analogy. The U.S. government is comparable to a commercial aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot are the elected representatives. They are selected by qualified passengers (or U.S. voters)....
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 1

    02/27/2017 10:13:05 AM PST · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    During my middle and high school years, I found it strange to say a pledge to the United States flag, “and to the republic for which it stands,” and in the same class, be taught the United States was a democracy. The teacher would correct my inquisitive nature by stating, “It’s semantics. Democracy and republic are really the same thing. The United States is a democratic republic.” Not satisfied with that justification of semantics and nuance, I continued to explore and discover the difference between U.S. republic and democracy, and I’m still exploring it today. Let’s explore and discover together!...
  • NBC Touts Norway as Fix for America's 'Flawed Democracy'

    02/23/2017 4:27:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 23, 2017 | 12:06 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    A hypocritical NBCNews.com article argues that America is a “flawed democracy” that can be fixed by copying the “World’s Best Democracy” — Norway. In “Norway Is the ‘World’s Best Democracy’ — We Asked Its People Why,” NBC pretends to provide an objective look at why the Economist Intelligence Unit — based in London, where the country’s parliament actually considered banning America’s president — downgraded the U.S. to a “flawed democracy” and rated Norway the best. The article doesn’t mention one reason the U.S. is a flawed democracy: it isn’t one; it’s actually a Republic. […] Feigning fairness, the article points...
  • Washington Post adopts new motto, 'democracy dies in darkness,' says it has nothing to do with Trump

    02/22/2017 4:13:15 PM PST · by pissant · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/17 | Byron York
    The Washington Post has a new motto, displayed right below the paper's logo on its homepage: "democracy dies in darkness." It's a new thing for the paper, which never had a motto or slogan in its 140-year history. Not through World War I, or the Great Depression, or World War II, or the Cold War, or Vietnam, or Watergate, or the War on Terror, or — or anything. Through all that time, including the period when the Post was lionized for shining light on Watergate, did the paper have a motto. But now, it is "democracy dies in darkness." The...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 1

    02/22/2017 9:05:31 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/22/17 | Mark Herr
    During my middle and high school years, I found it strange to say a pledge to the United States flag “and to the republic for which it stands,” while in the same class being taught the United States was a democracy. The teacher would correct my inquisitive nature by stating, “It’s semantics. Democracy and republic are really the same thing. The United States is a democratic republic.” Not satisfied with that justification of semantics and nuance, I continued to explore and discover the difference between U.S. republic and democracy and I’m still exploring it today. From whom did the Framers...
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • The State Department is the Cancer at the Heart of Democracy

    02/14/2017 4:55:49 AM PST · by davikkm · 18 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    This week, not only have the State Department workers been negatively discussion President Trump’s phone calls with foreign world leaders, they have also taken the opportunity to criticize the structure and content of these calls. According to politico.eu, the state department has suggested that Trump has been going off topic. Surely as elected leader of the United States, the “topic” he discusses is whatever he sees fit to make a benefit to the actual United States. This “topic” they’re referring to is what exactly? Who decided on it? Since when is it the Presidents job to push an agenda put...
  • Arab MK: Israel ‘robbery of century’

    12/18/2005 7:48:46 AM PST · by Alouette · 15 replies · 354+ views
    YNet News ^ | Dec. 18, 2005 | Ronny Shaked
    Knesset Member Azmi Bishara in Lebanon: We are original inhabitants of Palestine, not ‘those who came from Poland, Russia; says Israelis should leave, take their democracy with them Israel is the 20th century's greatest robbery, carried out in broad daylight, Arab Knesset member Azmi Bishara (National Democratic Assembly) told a Lebanese audience last week during a speech at an Arab book fair in Beirut. "I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do," he said. "I will never concede Palestine. The battle is still long." Bishara, who recently launched his campaign for an additional term in the Knesset, left...
  • The U.S. is Dangerously Close to Mass Democracy

    01/26/2017 9:21:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/26/17 | Bill Norton
    Were you happy to see the presidential election conclude on November 8th only to be disappointed in the escalation of hostility after the election? America has always taken pride in its ability to have a peaceful transition of power. Are we losing that ability? And if so, why? Perhaps it is because we are being conditioned and trained to believe our system is a pure democracy, so we are behaving as if it were true. Some democratic principles are an important part of our Republic and must be preserved if we are to maintain a balanced, free government. But history...
  • Germany’s democracy is in danger, says President

    01/18/2017 3:55:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 January 2017 17:35 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Outgoing President Joachim Gauck warned in a talk on Wednesday that his country’s democracy is at risk amid major international shifts, including Donald Trump becoming US President on Friday. Gauck gave a speech to about 200 guests at the presidential residence of Bellevue Palace, looking back at his five years of serving as Germany’s head of state. “Now, after five years, I am more strongly affected by the awareness that democratic and stable Germany is also in danger,” he said. […] Gauck specifically named the crisis in the European Union with the United Kingdom’s impending departure, as well as conflicts...
  • Joe Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse [tr]

    01/18/2017 5:38:18 AM PST · by oblomov · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Jan 2017 | Jay Yarrow
    Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces. Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is using "every tool" in his power to whittle away the European project, and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to "roll back decades of progress." Biden said...