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  • Real Threats to Democracy Still Come From the Left

    01/16/2021 3:42:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 16, 2021 | David Limbaugh
    A dark cloud looms over the United States today -- a storm cloud of tyranny. All the rest is noise -- a diversion. If self-congratulatory pats on the back could cause skin damage, Trump haters would have leprosy. Having been on a witch hunt to burn him at the impeachment stake since he took office, they believe they are vindicated forevermore. But apart from their brutal mistreatment of President Donald Trump from the beginning through their coordinated and malicious hoaxes that incidentally rejected lawful election results (in 2016), and apart from the question of whether they have some legitimate complaints...
  • The Framers’ President (July 2016)

    01/14/2021 2:25:27 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | July 26th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The pull of democracy often overwhelms societies. As men are naturally drawn to the scent of a woman, passion instead of reason lures societies toward all power to the people. Why shouldn’t our representatives, senators and presidents be popularly elected? Because democracy isn’t perfume but rather a poison that terminates in tyranny.In a recent post, I showed how the Framers designed their presidential election process around two goals. First, only men of national stature, wisdom, experience and public virtue would be considered. Second, the winner would assume office without any political debts whatsoever to a factional party or divisive segment...
  • Professor Calls for Election Investigation [semi-satire]

    01/14/2021 9:26:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Jan 2021 | John Semmens
    Prof. Jonathan Turley, a constitutional scholar and longtime Democrat, has called for a "thorough, no holds barred investigation of the 2020 presidential election." Turley says that "while I don't personally believe the election was stolen, the fact that tens of millions of voters do is cause for concern. Rather than telling these people to shut up and sit down, I think it would better serve the quest for unity if all the claimed evidence cited by Trump and his supporters could be carefully examined in a fully transparent and open process." "Contrary to media claims, these claims have not really...
  • World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump

    01/12/2021 7:52:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 12, 2021 | Victoria Kelly-Clark
    Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms. At present, the president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, and Instagram. Twitter permanently removed Trump’s account, saying that his recent posts were in violation of the “Glorification of Violence Policy.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Twitter’s ban on Trump “problematic,” and said that freedom of opinion is an essential right of “elementary significance,” her spokesperson, Steffen Siebert, said on Jan 11. “This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined...
  • Biden wants to convene an international 'Summit for Democracy'. He shouldn't (Barfidy barf barf. Two bits)

    12/22/2020 10:59:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22/12/20 | David Adler, Stephen Wertheim
    Democracy is in disrepair. Over the past four years, President Donald Trump has mocked its rules and norms, accelerating the decay of democratic institutions in the United States. We are not alone: a global reckoning is underway, with authoritarian leaders capitalizing on broken promises and failed policies. To reverse the trend, President-elect Joe Biden has proposed to convene a Summit for Democracy. His campaign presents the summit as an opportunity to “renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the Free World”. With the US placing itself once again “at the head of the table”, other nations can...
  • China-Based Executive at U.S. Telecommunications Company Charged with Disrupting Video Meetings Commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre

    12/18/2020 6:39:59 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | December 18, 2020 | Department of Justice
    Defendant Coordinated with the People’s Republic of China to Target Dissidents and Disrupt MeetingsA complaint and arrest warrant were unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Xinjiang Jin, also known as “Julien Jin,” with conspiracy to commit interstate harassment and unlawful conspiracy to transfer a means of identification. Jin, an employee of a U.S.-based telecommunications company (Company-1) who was based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), allegedly participated in a scheme to disrupt a series of meetings in May and June 2020 held to commemorate the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in the PRC. The meetings were...
  • Venezuela’s Maduro claims sweep of boycotted election

    12/07/2020 8:14:29 PM PST · by xomething · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/07/2020 | Associated Press
    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s political alliance claimed a sweeping victory Monday in congressional elections boycotted by the most influential opposition politicians and widely criticized internationally as being fraudulent. The win gives Maduro control of the last major branch of government outside his grasp. It plays out in the waning days of the Trump administration, which leaves office with Maduro firmly entrenched despite its efforts to bring about his departure through diplomacy and sanctions. “We have recovered the National Assembly with the majority vote of the Venezuelan people,” Maduro said in a televised address. “It’s a great victory without a doubt...
  • Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/26/2020 8:28:15 AM PST · by Regulator · 7 replies
    The White House ^ | November 26 2020 | Donald J. Trump
    On Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for the abundant blessings in our lives. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this season of generosity, hope, and gratitude, we commemorate America’s founding traditions of faith, family, and friendship, and give thanks for the principles of freedom, liberty, and democracy that make our country exceptional in the history of the world. This November marks 400 years since the Mayflower and its passengers faced the unknown and set sail across the Atlantic Ocean. Propelled by hope for a brighter future, these intrepid men and women endured two long months at sea,...
  • It was the Rioting Mob that Crucified Jesus

    11/24/2020 3:16:10 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 37 replies
    Advent Messenger ^ | 2020 | Andy Roman
    The Bible says that Pilate couldn’t care less about Jesus. Pilate actually interviewed Jesus and also sent him to King Herod for examination. The testimony of the Bible says that none of these men, rulers in Judea, were able to corroborate the false claims... “Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I...
  • America's Elites— Not Trump —Are Responsible for Undermining American Democracy

    11/20/2020 8:59:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 11/20/2020 | Tho Bishop
    It is an overplayed cliché to refer to the insanity of the current year. Still, 2020 manages to surprise. It is increasingly looking like 2020 has created the greatest challenge to democratic legitimacy in the past century.Yesterday was a truly remarkable day in American history.The official legal team for President Donald Trump—led by Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis—outlined an argument that America’s elections were hijacked by a conspiracy involving Dominion voting systems, the Smartmatic corporation, and elected officials of both parties. The team claimed that these actors collaborated with foreign enemies of the president to ensure he lost...
  • I'm Optimistic About America

    11/18/2020 6:30:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | November 18, 2020 | Star Parker
    I'm a conservative, and I guess I should be writing a column about my great distress resulting from this election. But I'm not going to write that column, because it's not what I feel. I'm actually quite upbeat and optimistic about the country that I love. With all my genuine, and legitimate, concerns about the chaos and violence that have ravaged many of our urban areas, about the strident rhetoric dominating our media, with its grossly distorted message about what is happening in America, when it came time to vote, American democracy prevailed. Not only did Americans vote in turnout...
  • Top CEOs met to plan response to Trump's election denial

    11/14/2020 5:18:59 PM PST · by tarpit · 58 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Only a few of America's CEOs have made public statements about President Donald Trump's refusal to accept his election loss, but in private, many are alarmed and talking about what collective action would be necessary if they see an imminent threat to democracy. On Nov. 6, more than two dozen CEOs of major U.S. corporations took part in a video conference to discuss what to do if Trump refuses to leave office or takes other steps to stay in power beyond the scheduled Jan. 20 inauguration of former Vice President Joe Biden. On Saturday Biden was declared the...
  • Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China ruling

    11/11/2020 3:30:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 11, 2020
    All of Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned after four of their colleagues were disqualified. On Wednesday Beijing passed a resolution allowing the city's government to disqualify politicians deemed a threat to national security. Shortly afterwards the opposition lawmakers said they would leave the city legislature in solidarity. For the first time since Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997 the body has almost no dissenting voices. BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonnell says the legislature was already stacked in favour of the pro-Beijing-camp. The territory's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, is pro-Beijing and is supported by the central...
  • Ostracism

    11/11/2020 2:37:18 AM PST · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Ancient History Encyclopedia ^ | 03/30/2016 | Mark Cartwright
    Ostracism was a political process used in 5th-century BCE Athens whereby those individuals considered too powerful or dangerous to the city were exiled for 10 years by popular vote. Some of the greatest names in Greek history fell victim to the process, although, as the votes were often not personal but based on policies, many were able to resume politics after they had served the statuary 10 years away from their home city. Nevertheless, ostracism was the supreme example of the power of the ordinary people, the demos, to combat abuses of power in the Athenian democracy.
  • Who is King in America? Not to Vote is to Abdicate the Throne! The Lord hold accountable!

    11/05/2020 7:04:03 PM PST · by Perseverando
    American Minute ^ | November 3, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Who is the KING in America? Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary defined "KING" as: "KING, n. 1. The chief or SOVEREIGN of a nation; a man invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe or country; a monarch. Kings are absolute." Kings have "subjects" who are subjected to their will. The word "citizen" is Greek, and has the connotation of co-ruler, co-sovereign, co-king. "Polis" is the Greek word for city, and "politics" was simply the "business of the city." The Greek city-state of Athens had about 6,000 citizens, and every citizen had to be at the marketplace everyday to talk politics....
  • Post-election 2020: Two studies say all hell to break loose

    10/26/2020 5:17:14 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 26 Oct, 2020 | Bill Livingstone
    Two recent reports, when combined, paint a dark pathway for America in the coming weeks, a nation set on fire by multiple contentious court battles and widespread daily protests. The 79 Days Report, by the Claremont Institute and the Texas Policy Foundation, illuminates possible election legal battles on the horizon and how they might play out in the courts. The bottom line? The litigation will be time consuming and combative. There’s no fast forward button to speed up the process. It concludes: On election night, the winner will not be known “due to millions of uncounted mail-in ballots in 6...
  • The Oldest Temptation in the Book

    10/21/2020 9:13:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 21, 2020 | Bill Murchison
    Back to where we left off the other day: democracy's varied discontents staring us straight in our blurred and reddening eyes, obscuring once-familiar loyalties and understandings. Modern democracy as a bloodier and bloodier power struggle, our self-chosen political classes' refusal to recognize reality as a barrier to the achievement of new and fancy ideals - such are the reminders that you and I, my brothers and sisters, must be mighty careful in our political choices. We can always make things worse than they are, and how they are isn't great. Under a Chinese-style dictator, say, the act of choosing with...
  • Thai protest leaders play cat and mouse with police as thousands rally

    10/19/2020 6:21:36 AM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 18, 2020 | Rebecca Ratcliffe
    Wearing hard hats and dressed in black, thousands of people rallied in Bangkok on Sunday, using Hong Kong-inspired tactics to defy the authorities and demand that the prime minister resign and the power of the royal family be curbed. The government is struggling to control an unprecedented student-led movement that began on university campuses and has since spread to streets across the country. Protesters have risked long jail sentences to breach the country’s ultimate taboo and call for reforms to the monarchy, demanding that the institution be answerable to the people. They also want wider democratic reforms including a new...
  • Joy Behar: ‘End of Democracy’ if Trump Reelected

    10/16/2020 7:35:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/15/2020 | Pam Key
    Co-host Joy Behar predicted Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that if President Donald Trump won a second term, it would be “the end of democracy.” During a panel discussion of Trump and Biden’s competing town halls tonight, Behar said, “It’s so insane out there. I mean, you watch TV, and you see how insane everybody is. You know, the ratings will probably go to the stable genius because people prefer to watch a train wreck rather than watch, you know, say, a course in civics. That doesn’t mean the ratings will translate to votes. I think NBC is all in...
  • Democide and the 2020 Election

    10/12/2020 12:08:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 12, 2020 | James McCoy
    Editor's Note: This column is co-authored by Loyd Pettegrew. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s trusted Minister of Propaganda and certainly no friend to democracy, stated, “It will always remain one of the best jokes of democracy, that it gives its deadly enemies the means by which to destroy it.” What Goebbels was pointing out was that a democracy, by its very nature, must give voice to its critics, whose real agendas may be cleverly disguised or not revealed at all, as well as to its proponents. John Keane in the Griffith Review reminds us of the often overlooked truth that democracies contain...