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  • 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: Its 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 chambers 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. Its 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 its 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 Zealands 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 Zealands...
  • 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. Thats been going on for decades. Were 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, wouldnt 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. Lets 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, Its 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 Im still exploring it today. Lets 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 Worlds Best Democracy Norway. In Norway Is the Worlds 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 countrys parliament actually considered banning Americas president downgraded the U.S. to a flawed democracy and rated Norway the best. The article doesnt mention one reason the U.S. is a flawed democracy: it isnt one; its 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, Its 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 Im 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 Trumps 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 theyre 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...
  • Germanys 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 countrys 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 Germanys 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 Kingdoms 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...
  • Obama calls on Americans to fight for democracy in farewell speech

    01/10/2017 8:46:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.11.2017 | dm/cmk (AP, AFP, Reuters)
    President Barack Obama reaffirmed his belief that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it during his farewell speech on Tuesday. Addressing thousands of supporters at McCormick Place in Chicago, the same city where he gave his presidential victory speech in 2008, the outgoing president said change was the beating heart of our American idea our bold experiment in self-government. Obama, who cultivated his empowering brand of American politics in Chicago, said the city had taught him that change starts at the grassroots level. [] At one point, the president was...
  • Prediction: Goodbye Democracy, Hello Technocracy

    01/10/2017 12:39:30 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/10/17 | Patrick Wood
    A tectonic-level battle could soon take place over the fundamental structure of America, and hardly anyone sees it coming. Nevertheless, I am making a bold prediction for 2017. With the Democrat party seemingly in total upheaval after the 2016 Presidential election, it boggles the mind at how fast political fortunes can change these days. Democrats, liberals, leftist and progressives have arguably realized that the current system of things political has become impenetrable to them, and that they will not move forward by gaming the existing political machinery any longer.
  • Soros' bleak 2017 forecast: Billionaire warns EU will FALL after elite 'STOLE democracy'

    01/03/2017 6:42:22 AM PST · by wtd · 50 replies
    UK Express ^ | 03:48, Tue. Jan. 3, 2017 | Jon Rogers
    Soros' bleak 2017 forecast: Billionaire warns EU will FALL after elite 'STOLE democracy'GEORGE Soros has warned voters have turned away from mainstream political parties as many people felt that the elites have stolen their democracy, in an alarming forecast for the European Union in 2017.