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  • High Treason Part III: A Way Out

    08/04/2014 7:29:32 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 3 replies ^ | August 4, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    The American people have had enough with the assault on their first amendment rights. They just want to be left alone by their government and government-affiliated pressure groups. It is the establishment in both parties, who is on the take from these pressure groups, that prevent ordinary Americans from speaking their minds like the civilized people we ARE. People disagree, sometimes vehemently. That’s normal and healthy, and it shouldn’t be the job of the government to shut people up. That’s not American – that’s totalitarian. How do we fix this? It’s remarkably simple. We, the normal people, outnumber the control...
  • What If Democracy Is a Fraud?

    07/24/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people's understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything...
  • The Economist names the only democracy in the Middle East, and it isn’t Israel

    07/08/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With the rise of Islamist organizations, repressive regimes, and civil conflicts which threaten regional stability, the promise of the Arab Spring of 2011 quickly devolved into an Arab winter. In an expansive article in The Economist, the threat to the Middle East is discussed in appropriately grave terms; Syria and Iraq are in flames while Jordan looms as the next domino to potentially fall. Libya and Yemen, where Islamic terror networks operate with impunity, are labeled “failed states.” Those Middle Eastern nations that are not in danger of imminent collapse are either absolute monarchies or counties which merely maintain...
  • The Presidency Has Turned Into an 'Elective Monarchy' (Book review)

    07/06/2014 9:35:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | July 5, 2014 | Gene Healy
    The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America, by F.H. Buckley, Encounter Books, 2014, 319 pages, $27.99.Try making sense out of what Americans tell pollsters. According to the Pew Research Center, fewer than one in five of us trusts the federal government. Gallup says that nearly three quarters of us consider it "the biggest threat to the country in the future." Yet by equally overwhelming margins, Gallup shows Americans agreeing that "the United States has a unique character because of its history and Constitution that sets it apart from other nations as the greatest in the...
  • In Hong Kong, Tens of Thousands to March for Democracy

    06/30/2014 11:52:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Time ^ | 7/1 | P. Nash Jenkins
    July 1 marks 17 years since the former British colony became a Chinese Special Administrative Region. Calls for popular representation are growing ever fiercer in the freewheeling metropolisWhen typhoons begin to lash along Asia’s coastlines each midsummer, Hong Kong usually manages to escape serious damage, since storms in the South China Sea tend to lose their muster over the Philippines and Taiwan by the time they make landfall. Some locals will cheekily boast that the city, constructed across an archipelago and on a peninsula extending south of the Chinese mainland, is protected by an invisible dome that blocks out these...
  • The Spiritual Recession: Is America Losing Faith in Universal Democracy

    06/27/2014 6:56:13 AM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | David Brooks
    For the past few centuries, the Western world has witnessed a contest of historic visions. On the one side was the dream of the beautiful collective. Human progress was a one-way march toward socialism. People would liberate themselves from religion, hierarchy and oppression. They would build a new kind of society where equality would be the rule, where rational planning would replace cruel competition. On the other side was . . .
  • Margaret Thatcher of India?

    05/20/2014 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Is the election of a pro-business, pro-American, growth-oriented prime minister in the world's largest democracy good news or bad news for the world's oldest democracy? We in that oldest democracy are currently governed by the Democrats, a party that has more in common with the defeated Congress party in India than with the victorious Bharatiya Janata Party. You could tell that the White House was less than overjoyed at the election of Narendra Modi when the spokesman recited boilerplate praise of a "free and fair election." Are there sensitivities regarding this particular small-government guy? Sure. India is not Indiana. The...
  • Democracy Has Failed Because We Have Failed

    04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PanAm Post ^ | April 28, 2014 | Frank Worley-Lopez
    Until We Learn to Be Sovereign, the Illegitimate State Will Continue.A recent editorial column here at the PanAm Post spoke of the failures of the opposition parties in Venezuela and their culpability in the collapse of their country. The article raises some very important questions about democracy itself. Democracy, after all, is a very good system, and can produce some very positive results. However, it is also a system fraught with incredible danger. Democracy represents the will of the people, but it also represents their whims, their fears, and their prejudices. The Historical Legacy: False Promises, Division, Failure It was...
  • Putin bans Mozilla products in Russian government offices

    04/18/2014 7:23:57 PM PDT · by steve86 · 15 replies
    24 TV - Ukrainian TV live broadcast | Early 19 April, 2014 GMT time | 24 TV Staff
    ...and also Russian Orthodox church offices. Firefox, Thunderbird, WebMaker, etc.
  • An Inconveniet Truth

    04/16/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 3 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    We're better than those damned Russians and their Putin; we have democracy! Well, maybe not. Quote: Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. Lots of big words in that paragraph. Let's distill it down -- the argument presented is that America is really no different than...
  • High Road to Serfdom

    04/15/2014 8:30:30 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 15, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The startling thing about the books academics typically dismiss as relics of the past is the uncanny manner in which they anticipate the present. “Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in 1848. “Democracy attaches all possible value to each man while socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number.” “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” The de Tocqueville quote was resurrected nearly a century later by Friedrich A. Hayek in The...
  • Scheme to neutralize 36 states' votes advances

    04/10/2014 12:49:47 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Apr 9, 2014 | Aaron Klein
    The National Popular Vote effort, which could see the 14 states with the largest populations decide the presidency, is more than halfway to its goal of legally bypassing the Electoral College established in the Constitution. Now 10 jurisdictions possessing 136 electoral votes are part of the plan, just over half of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring the National Popular Vote interstate compact into effect. The NVP effort is fully partnered with a George Soros-funded election group, as WND was first to report. The group, the Center for Voting and Democracy, received original seed money in 1997 from the...
  • Back in the USSR?

    03/24/2014 7:51:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    How did our relations with Russia go so far wrong so quickly? The Obama administration hoped to have a “reset” of our bilateral ties by wiping the slate clean. In giving the Russians a reset, we were showing a willingness to let bygones be bygones. Or, in their case, let Putin’s 2008 invasion of neighboring Republic of Georgia be forgotten. It was exactly the wrong thing to do. But the trouble with our Russian relations goes further back. After the collapse of Communism and the largely peaceful dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, it seemed...
  • Kansas Supreme Court Usurps Legislature’s Authority

    n most states, elected officials, usually state legislators, are responsible for assessing what education funding in the state should be and will be. Recently, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that in fact, the judicial branch has jurisdiction over this crucial area of the budget. Although the Court didn’t answer the broad question of what constitutes the “adequate school funding” requirement in the Kansas State Constitution, it did say that lawmakers must fund schools equally. And while this ruling will have some impact on present school funding formulas, the Court made sure to clarify that it has jurisdiction over what counts...
  • Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

    03/12/2014 6:30:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 11, 2014 | Noah Smith
    The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of war. Or to put it another way: the end of the Age of the Gun. ........................................................... The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is...
  • Seriously Ill Hurt by Obamacare a ‘Tiny Minority’

    03/08/2014 8:15:07 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 March 2014 | John Semmens
    As the number of seriously ill patients whose access to treatment has been impeded by the Affordable Care Act continues to increase, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insists that “the actual number affected represents only a tiny minority of the population.” “No plan can comfortably accommodate every single person,” Sebelius pointed out. “Trade-offs are inevitable. We can’t let ourselves be distracted by the pitiful stories of a handful of unfortunate victims of rare diseases. The vast majority are receiving the coverage we deem essential.” Providing the “vast majority” with contraceptives, mammograms, and sex change surgery while short-changing the...
  • A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching

    02/06/2014 9:15:58 AM PST · by cornelis · 20 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Patrick J. Deneen
    For most casual observers, whether Catholic or not, the main battle lines within American Catholicism today seem self-evident. The cleavage overlaps perfectly the divide between the political parties, leading to the frequently-used labels “liberal” and “conservative” Catholics. We have Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo representing the Left, and Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback aligned with the Right. Mainstream opinion has classified Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as honorary Republicans, and Pope Francis as a Democrat (hence, why he is appearing on the covers of Time and Rolling Stone Magazines). This division does indeed capture real battle lines, but...
  • Tibi on Canadian TV: Israel is a ‘Selective Democracy’ (Arab member of Knesset)

    01/21/2014 8:41:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 1/22/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Arab MK Ahmed Tibi said on Tuesday that he walked out of the Knesset plenum during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech because of Harper’s “bias”. Speaking to Evan Solomon of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Tibi claimed Harper had described Israel in “a very unbalanced way.” He also claimed that Israel is a “selective democracy” and that Arabs are “suffering discrimination.” Canada’s foreign policy toward Israel is “biased, non-balanced, and that’s why Canada has a very marginal role in the Middle East,” Tibi charged. He left the plenum “to say that we are very much unsatisfied with the remarks...

    01/03/2014 6:02:06 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 13 replies
    THE AMERICAN THINKER ^ | June 18, 2013 | By Daren Jonescu
    How Democracies Perish, Deathbed Edition By Daren Jonescu AMERICAN THINKER, June 18, 2013 At the heart of this work, Revel details "The Tools of Communist Expansion," among which the most relevant for understanding our current situation comes in Chapter 16, "Ideological Warfare and Disinformation." The profound simplicity of Revel's nuts and bolts account of totalitarianism's Cold War advance, far from being obsolete, actually sheds light on a defining feature of today's progressive ascension: the perverting of the free press into a propaganda ministry.
  • Democracy vs. Republic -- a video

    12/25/2013 2:48:44 PM PST · by grayeagle · 8 replies ^ | Dec 2008 | Not Idenified
    Found this gem from Dec 2008 on Good explanation of what kind of government we have, if we can keep it. Mash here >> The American form of government.
  • High court hears medical-marijuana case

    12/14/2013 8:12:22 AM PST · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/4/2013
    Tallahassee’s political establishment has repeatedly blocked legislative votes on medical marijuana and will ask the Florida Supreme Court Thursday to follow suit and keep the issue away from state voters in 2014. Led by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, opponents have raised a host of objections to the proposed state constitutional amendment, which they say could lead to de facto “unfettered” marijuana legalization under the guise of compassionate medicine. Read more here:
  • Thai protesters cut power, water to PM's offices

    12/12/2013 6:23:13 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 12 ,2013 | GRANT PECK and SINFAH TUNSARAWUTH
    Anti-government protesters in Thailand cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday while their leaders met with businesspeople to explain why they want to oust the caretaker government before upcoming elections.
  • Nuclear Gangbangers Have Upper Hand on Global Police

    12/12/2013 5:08:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 12, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation -- help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors -- or both. The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism. Since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998, it has been able to extort...
  • Syrian Islamists: No to Democracy, Minority Rights

    12/07/2013 11:46:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Dalit Halevy and Maayana Miskin
    Recent statements from various leaders within the Syrian rebel movement show that the rift between secularists and Islamists remains a key issue. A video released by a leading Islamist faction shows Islamist military leader Abu Bilal al-Homsi exhorting his followers to reject the largely secular Free Syrian Army, led by Salim Idris. According to Al-Homsi, Idris has said that the Free Syrian Army under his command is fighting for "democracy, secularism, communism, and the rights of minority groups", including Syrian Druze. Rebels must fight not for democracy or rights, but for Islam, Al-Homsi declared. From the beginning, the purpose of...
  • Egyptian assembly raises doubt over democracy timetable

    12/01/2013 8:33:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 1, 2013 10:52am EST | Yasmine Saleh
    The assembly writing Egypt’s new constitution voted on Sunday against an article requiring parliamentary elections to be held before presidential elections, raising uncertainty about the country’s political transition timetable. Thirty-three members of the 50-member assembly named by interim President Adly Mansour voted against the article, meaning they will have to redraft it. … The disputed articles included one obliging the state to ensure fair representation of Christians, youth and peasants in parliament, and one regulating the coming parliamentary vote by stipulating it be held with two-thirds of the seats allotted to individual candidates and one third to party lists—reversing the...
  • Democracy and the Filibuster

    11/29/2013 1:39:29 PM PST · by steelhead_trout · 18 replies ^ | 11/25/2013 | Steve Chapman
    Republicans and Democrats can debate which party has most abused the option, and which has been more hypocritical in changing its mind about the filibuster once it went from the majority to the minority or the reverse. Neither side has acted with selfless regard for the will of the people or the proper functioning of government. The change adopted by the Senate has been dubbed the "nuclear option," as though it were unimaginably destructive. But all it destroys is the capacity of the minority party to frustrate the operation of the legislative branch. And it applies only to executive and...
  • Shallow Democracy...In US and Canada.

    11/28/2013 4:59:06 AM PST · by PingPongChampion · 10 replies ^ | November 1st, 2013 | R. Rados
    Midway through the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama was making references to lights shining down upon voters. He told them they would have an epiphany and that they would be told to vote for Barack Obama. His campaign rallies gained positive media coverage at a rate nearly three times higher than that of Republican candidate, John McCain. People even cried and fainted during his speeches. Americans believed that their savior had come. Obama wasn't just giving political speeches, he was giving spiritual sermons. Every word that came out of his mouth was deliberate, scripted, and vague. Obama's words were designed to...
  • Democracy and the Filibuster

    11/24/2013 6:58:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 24, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    The Senate vote Thursday to curb the use of filibuster against judicial nominees, over the objections of the Republican minority, can only be seen as a terrifying development. Why, next thing you know we could be deciding all sorts of things by majority vote. The average American may think deciding things by majority vote is the basic idea of our democracy. But say something like that, and you risk getting a lecture on how America is not a democracy but a constitutional republic, and that the framers took care not to give too much power to the people, and that...
  • Addressing the Founding, and Us

    11/16/2013 4:57:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 16, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Ever since Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring Gettysburg Address at that great battlefield in Pennsylvania 150 years ago, people have been parsing it. Almost immediately, Sen. Charles Sumner compared it to great Greek literature, a thought echoed by historian Garry Wills in our time. But Lincoln’s words weren’t Greek to his audience, and they aren’t Greek to us. As historian Allen Guelzo explained recently, the address is an example of democratic speech, words aimed at his audience that they could easily understand. The crowd gathered that day would have appreciated that the address was so short -- just 272...
  • Constitution Check: Is devotion to the Constitution destroying democracy?

    11/12/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/12/13 | Lyle Denniston - National Constitution Center
    Lyle Denniston looks at a claim that interpreting an old document, like the U.S. Constitution, is a doomed attempt to apply outdated legal principles. THE STATEMENT AT ISSUE: “Professor Neuborne describes this dysfunctional democracy very well, but he does not give the real reason for that dysfunction – the reverence for the United States Constitution. Each of the Supreme Court’s iniquities he lists is based on the interpretation by five of nine high priests of increasingly irrelevant documents written by wealthy white men in an unimaginably different and distant world.” ... WE CHECKED THE CONSTITUTION, AND… One of the fundamental...
  • Conspiracy Theorists Are the Greatest Challenge to Democracy … According to … Here’s who

    10/31/2013 7:33:16 AM PDT · by kimtom · 9 replies ^ | Tuesday, 29. October 2013 | Sibel Edmonds
    British establishment mouthpiece BBC leads the way again. This time it is about the biggest threat to democracy today. No, it is not terrorists. No, it is not Islamism. And, no, it is not the Western-Installed Dictator Regimes around the world. No, no, no, no, no. The new enemy is the conspiracy theorists. It is those who question their governments. It is those who find facts and confront the mainstream lies and liars such as BBC. Basically, it is you … and me. Allow me to wade through all the fillers and present you with a few telling excerpts from...
  • How to start and develope a social movement...(vanity)

    10/21/2013 7:52:14 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    Research for Progress ^ | October 20, 2013 | self
    While thinking about the real problem with our culture I wondered about how much we need pro-life pregnancy centers where ever there is a culture of death center. I stumbled upon this site and immediately recognized it as a means to empower the individual, forget the republic. Libertarians have nothing on these people. Masters degrees in community organizing. Who'd a thought.
  • South Sudan Implements Major Diplomatic Reforms Planned by FM Barnaba Benjamin

    10/14/2013 5:07:42 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan Implements Major Diplomatic Reforms Planned by FM Barnaba BenjaminBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba, South Sudan — October 14, 2013 (SSN) … South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has announced that a major diplomatic reform is underway in the South Sudan Foreign Ministry. The move comes after national legislative assembly lawmakers from the south-governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) expressed concerns over the manner in which its embassies handle the country’s foreign affairs matters. “There remains a lot of work to be done and it is imperative that the ministry devise policies...
  • Wonkblog: We Need an Elected King

    10/02/2013 1:00:16 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | October 2, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In my piece yesterday, I wrote about critics of the American system of government, among them Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews. In the course of my essay, I explained that opponents of the Constitution tend toward the Wilsonian view of things: Hostility toward America’s rigid separation of powers has a rich, if unappealing, history on the Left. Woodrow Wilson — a man whose animus to the constitutional order that he had sworn to uphold approached almost treasonable levels — was savvy enough to recognize that the expansive long-term ambitions of the Progressive movement were simply incompatible with the country’s founding documents. In...
  • What is to be in Russia?

    09/21/2013 8:28:01 AM PDT · by annalex · 35 replies
    July 11, 1949 | Ivan Ilyin
    What is to be in Russia? I.A. Ilyin Translated from Russian by Annalex. Having weighed all that we had to say about the basics of popular sovereignty , every sober-minded and responsible democrat must sorrowfully admit that the Russian people after three decades of destruction, violence, poverty and corruption of every kind - will be unable to implement a democratic system, as long as it does not restore in itself honor, conscience, and the sense of national state. Now, all the basic and necessary foundations of popular sovereignty are undermined in its soul, desecrated, distorted – if not directly abolished...
  • Neither Putin nor Obama get it

    09/17/2013 9:19:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies ^ | September 16, 2013 | Gary Bauer
    At the core of America’s founding was a simple, yet literally revolutionary, idea: that all people deserve to be free because they are created by God in His image, and that our rights come from God, not government. This was articulated in the most important sentence in America’s founding, the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Those 36 words are sometimes called the best-known...
  • South Sudan Breaks Oil Embargo Imposed By Moslem North

    09/05/2013 7:15:13 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 2 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | September 5, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan Breaks Oil Embargo Imposed By Moslem NorthBy Joe OdabyJuba — September 5, 2013 (SSN)... The visit by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to Sudan’s capitol Khartoum on September 3-4, 2013, might prove a turning point in both bilateral and regional terms. In the climax of the Summit, Presidents Kiir and Omar al-Bashir signed oil export agreement guaranteeing the South Sudanese oil exports will continue “without any impediments” across “flexible but secure borders” between the two countries. The agreement removes the immediate threat of economic strangulation and uncertainty by repeated Sudanese threats to close down the oil exports of...
  • South Sudan Devastated By Floods, Requests Emergency Humanitarian Aid

    08/24/2013 7:52:37 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | August 24, 2013 | John Leaman
    Juba, South Sudan — August 24, 2013 (SSN) … More than 18,000 people with over 1,000 households in South Sudan have been directly affected and others displaced from their homes by devastating floods that ravaged the Maiwut County in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. Over 48 people have been killed with severe damage to public buildings, including schools, clinics, offices, shops, markets and water and sanitation facilities. Roads in South Sudan have been inundated, disrupting transport. According to County authorities people are deeply suffering and lacking basic essentials. Women and children have mostly been displaced due to flooded homes. Médecins...
  • Obituary?

    08/09/2013 3:37:27 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    E-mail ^ | August 8, 2013 | Unknown
    Excerpt (source - email) OBITUARY? In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy...
  • Russia, China, and the new world

    08/09/2013 3:09:50 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 August 2013 | Matthew Olson
    Today is Gun Appreciation Day at Starbucks! No it doesn't mean we're getting a Free coffee if we brandish our guns. Starbucks is only announcing this because in the past they did not support the rights of those to bear arms. Read more here
  • The West Has Failed South Sudan

    07/24/2013 8:26:52 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 26 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | July 23, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    The West Has Failed South SudanBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba — July 23, 2013 (SSN) … The Fashoda Institute, South Sudan’s leading think-tank, asserts in its latest analysis that the West has betrayed this young democracy. Two years ago, on July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation. Independence came in the aftermath of more than two decades of genocidal liberation struggle and five years of failed stifling autonomy. The Fashoda Institute states that South Sudan has huge potential. The land is exceptionally rich. The Fashoda Institute points to the CIA’s World Factbook, South...
  • Does the Zimmerman Case Remind You of a Communist Show Trial?

    07/18/2013 8:16:59 AM PDT · by pinochet · 45 replies
    In every democratic country in the world, law-abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves, when they are being subjected to violent attack. When the shooting was initially reported to the police, the cops took one look at Zimmerman's injuries, and they realized that they did not have evidence to take the case to trial. The outcome of the trial was predictable. But, now, the Justice Department wants to put Zimmerman on trial afresh, for civil rights violations. Sen. Harry Reid is supporting calls for Zimmerman's prosecution: Is America still a free and democratic country?
  • Why Our Democracy Has Succeeded While Others Failed

    07/14/2013 8:57:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | July 14, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Egypt is on everyone’s mind as a democratically-elected government was overthrown by the Egyptian military. It is utterly necessary as the country was moving toward an Islamic state, slowly turning into, at minimum, an oligarchy if not a dictatorship. The question becomes why, after only about a year, did the government fail where ours has endured for 226 years? The answer is right under our noses and we often do not think about it. Our government had the advantage of six giants of history involved from the start. Those men were Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and Hamilton. Each one...
  • Revolutionary Tribunals [VDH]

    07/09/2013 6:39:40 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/9/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Our courts have too often become expressions of the popular will. In ancient Athens, popular courts of paid jurors helped institutionalize fairness. If a troublemaker like Socrates was thought to be a danger to the popular will, then he was put on trial for inane charges like “corrupting the youth” or “introducing new gods.” Convicting gadflies would remind all Athenians of the dangers of questioning democratic majority sentiment. If Athenian families were angry that their sons had supposedly died unnecessarily in battle, then they might charge the generals with capital negligence — a warning to all commanders to watch their...
  • Islamists Not Ready For Democracy

    07/09/2013 5:56:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 9, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations, which have erroneously promoted the notion that American-style democracy in Islamic lands will produce a nation more like ours. The Founders wrote a Constitution. When properly read and obeyed, it guards against pure democracy and makes "we the people" subject to laws that cannot be abolished by popular vote. Benjamin Franklin properly called what the Founders wrought a "Republic." Representative government would guard against the passions of a majority. No such safeguards apply in Egypt, or for that matter throughout most...
  • When Coups Advance Democracy

    07/07/2013 9:06:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Michael Rubin/Pundicity ^ | July 7, 2013 | Michael Rubin
    Just hours after the Egyptian army deposed Mohammed Morsi on July 3, President Obama expressed "deep concern" at the ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected leader and reiterated U.S. support for "the democratic process and respect for the rule of law." He instructed the State Department to re-evaluate more than 1 billion dollars in aid earmarked to Egypt. Now is not the time to punish Egypt, however. If democracy is the goal, then the United States should celebrate Egypt's coup. Morsi may have won an election, but he despised the democracy which propelled him to power. Rather than consult and...
  • Russia's 'majoritarian' crackdown on minorities rolls on with new anti-gay law.

    07/03/2013 12:10:38 PM PDT · by Antioch · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 1, 2013 | Fred Weir
    Russian police in St. Petersburg on Saturday arrested dozens of LGBT protesters and a handful of the more than 100 nationalist counter-protesters who'd gathered to pelt the heavily outnumbered gay pride rally with rocks, eggs, and homophobic taunts. Such ugly public violence is not uncommon in Russia, where social lines are tightly drawn between a conservative majority that regards homosexuality as a disease and a small, but active LGBT community that wants to live in the open and enjoy the same minority rights and protections that LGBT people in the West do. Scenes like the one in St. Petersburg have...
  • The Glue Holding America Together (We are like Rome Circa A.D. 200)

    06/27/2013 8:21:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    By A.D. 200, the Roman Republic was a distant memory. Few citizens of the global Roman Empire even knew of their illustrious ancestors like Scipio or Cicero. Millions no longer spoke Latin. Italian emperors were a rarity. There were no national elections. Yet Rome endured as a global power for three more centuries. What held it together? A stubborn common popular culture and the prosperity of Mediterranean-wide standardization kept things going. The Egyptian, the Numidian, the Iberian, and the Greek assumed that everything from Roman clay lamps and glass to good roads and plentiful grain was available to millions throughout...
  • United States: Democracy or Judicial Oligarchy

    06/24/2013 2:23:09 PM PDT · by kathsua · 23 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | June 24, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    The ruling in the same sex marriage issue before the Supreme Court will indicate whether the United States is still a democracy or has become a judicial oligarchy. In a democracy, elected officials decide major social issues like how government will treat the ancient mating practice of marriage. In a oligarchy, non elected officials dictate policy to elected officials based on their personal views. One of my favorite movie quotes is from "The Teahouse of the August Moon". Glenn Ford plays an American officer attempting to explain democracy to the Japanese after World War II. He says, "democracy is where...
  • When Untruth Undermines Democracy

    06/20/2013 5:08:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 20, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble.</p> <p>If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our voluntary system of citizens computing their own taxes implodes.</p> <p>Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS's top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency's conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined and in court.</p>