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  • Australia needs Indonesia. Who else supports developing this relationship?

    01/17/2019 2:31:08 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 44 replies
    Austral-Indonesian Tujuhbelasan ^ | 17 January 2019 |
    Is Indonesia the missing link in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (between India, Australia, Japan and America) created as a response to the rise of China? Do Free Republic readers believe reaching out in friendship to Indonesia is in the interests of The West?
  • Kamala Harris Says India is ‘Oldest Democracy in the World’ (It’s Not)

    01/11/2019 5:01:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 120 replies ^ | 1/10/19 | Brent Scher
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) falsely stated on Wednesday night that India is the "oldest democracy in the world," a title that actually belongs to the United States. Harris, whose mother Shyamala Harris is from India, made the remark after she was asked by the Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart how "being half Indian-American" shaped her "identity and political views." "You know, India is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, democracy in the world," Harris said. The statement has no basis in fact. The Republic of India wasn't established as a democracy until 1950 after it won independence from...
  • Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking

    01/09/2019 8:51:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Jan 09 2019 | none stated
    Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking Out of almost 50 countries in greater Europe, only one performed worse than Turkey in The Economist’s latest Democracy Index, released on Wednesday. Just Italy, which fell 12 spots, outdid Turkey, which dropped 10 places last year.“Turkey’s score declined further in 2018 as the country consolidated amid weakening checks on the presidency,” the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote in its annual report. “A presidential election in June, won by the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was held under a state of emergency and appeared mostly free, but largely unfair.”Countries in western Europe, where EIU...
  • Democrats have big ideas for scrapping republican democracy

    01/06/2019 5:10:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/06/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Not content with just raising taxes and calling it "good for us," Democrats are arriving in this new Congress with big ideas.  Big, big, very big ideas. No more of that Clintonian reform around the edges, the small-fry midnight basketball thing – Democrat plans today are bigger.  They'd like to start by remodeling the Constitution, for one.  After all, it always seemed to get in the way of their big plans to create a New Soviet, er, American Man, er, Myn, or whatever they call it, so now they're effectively admitting they've never liked it, and now they want to get rid of it....
  • We need Indonesia on our side.

    12/30/2018 9:38:17 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 22 replies
    As the world wonders how totalitarian China will use her economic power in the future, it is worth remembering why democratic Indonesia should be among our friends.
  • The War On Trump Is All About Keeping Liberals And Their Lackeys In Power

    12/27/2018 5:07:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 27, 2018 | Kurt Schlichter
    And this year ends with our loser ruling class shedding any pretense of legitimacy in its quest to reclaim the power we took back from it in 2016. The reaction to Donald Trump by our alleged betters - SPOILER: They are much, much worse than us - is instructive. They have abandoned all the principles they once claimed to support - democracy, civil rights, due process, and equality. None of those principles help them to keep or regain power anymore, so they are expendable. As are you. Liberalism was always a lie and a scam, right from its sordid...
  • Why the West Must End Democracy

    12/17/2018 9:39:49 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1 September 2018 | Way of the World
    WotW weighs the pros and cons of Western democracy and calls for new ideas to address the unique problems of our time.
  • We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

    12/11/2018 10:58:49 AM PST · by Baynative · 134 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/10/18 | 44 reprobates
    We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again. "During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else."
  • 30 Second Arguments

    11/28/2018 5:06:20 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 11-28-18 | MOTUS
    Premises: Civilized societies in general and democratic republics in particular require an informed citizenry to surviveAn informed citizenry requires a free, accurate, unbiased news media“Informed” is the opposite of “misinformed” and antithetical to “indoctrinated”           Conclusion:Coming soon: the 30 second argument regarding the state of the rule of law Posted from: MOTUS A.D.  
  • The democracy myth

    11/26/2018 6:24:36 PM PST · by TBP · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2018 | Richard W. Rahn
    Governments are created to protect person and property, and to ensure liberty. Democracy is a partial means to that end, not the end in itself. Simple majoritarian democracies have a record of running over rights of minorities, including economic minorities. From the time of the ancient Greek city-states, democracies have been established from time to time, but have never lasted. Those longer-lived modern democracies have all restricted the voter franchise in one way or another until recent years. In the United States, originally, the voting franchise was limited to male property owners. Finland was the first country to give women...
  • Here's Hillary Clinton With a Truly Horrible Take On the 'Migration Issue'

    11/23/2018 12:40:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Splinter ^ | November 23, 2018 | Jack Crosbie
    Hillary Clinton popped back into the news cycle on Thanksgiving in the worst possible way, after the Guardian quoted her as saying, basically, that Europe needs to get harsher on migrants and refugees or else people like Donald Trump will keep winning elections. Just to reiterate this is a bad and terrible stance that only some kind of ultra-warped center-think could come up with. The interview took place before the midterms, according to the Guardian, and was published as part of the paper’s new “The New Populism” series, which might explain why they decided to drop the quotes on Thanksgiving...
  • Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was...

    11/21/2018 6:15:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | November 16, 2018 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    FULL TITLE: Unfixable? Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same. In April, aided by massive gerrymandering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling coalition crushed opposition in Hungary’s national elections, claiming a supermajority in the parliament. The prime minister — who had used two prior terms in office to dominate media outlets, alter electoral rules so that urban areas were massively underrepresented and seize control of the top courts — moved to further consolidate his power. He is pushing Central European University, a leading academic institution backed by George Soros, whom Orban has demonized,...
  • Is the US turning into a Courtacracy?

    11/11/2018 3:12:12 PM PST · by ealgeone · 21 replies
    vanity | 11-11-18 | ealgeone
    The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” It seems as of late the US has drifted from a republic to more of a courtacracy. How many decisions of "We the People" have been passed at...
  • Which countries are most likely to fight wars?

    11/09/2018 4:50:16 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    The Economist ^ | 8 Nov, 2018
    WHEN THE first world war ended on November 11th 1918, Davhenid Lloyd George, Britain’s prime minister, told Parliament: “I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars.” History proved him wrong. But 100 years on, the world is far more peaceful. Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000—one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950. Why? The simplest explanation is the advent of nuclear weapons, which deter major powers from fighting each other. But wars have declined among non-nuclear...
  • Democrats Aren't Losing Faith in Our Constitutional System. They Just Don't Like It

    11/09/2018 11:50:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | November 9, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    In liberals' imaginations, there are only four ways to lose elections -- and none has to do with their leftist turn, their hysterics or their one-dimensional identity politics. Democrats say they lose because of gerrymandering, voter suppression (sometimes known as asking for ID), Russian mind-control rays deployed by social media, and our antiquated and unfair Constitution. That last excuse is becoming increasingly popular among pundits who continue to invent new crises to freak out about. Take Vox's Ezra Klein, a longtime champion of direct democracy: "I don't think people are ready for the crisis that will follow if Democrats win...
  • The Electoral College Debate

    10/17/2018 6:41:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies ^ | October 17, 2018 | Walter E. Williams
    Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate's confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, nominated by George W. Bush, and Justices Neil Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, nominated by Donald Trump, were court appointments made by presidents who lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College vote. Hillary Clinton has long been a critic of the Electoral College. Just recently, she wrote in The...
  • Is America a Republic or is it a Democracy – What is it?

    10/11/2018 4:10:36 AM PDT · by vannrox · 77 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 11OCT18 | Editorial staff
    I often hear Conservatives explicitly state that America is a Constitutional Republic. They argue this, because the United States Constitution set the organization and layout of the nation as a Republic. It states this explicitly as such. Meanwhile, I often hear Liberals, Democrats and Progressives repeatedly state that America is a Progressive Democracy. They say this, mostly because I guess, they don’t know any better. They parrot what they have heard. Today, sadly, America does not function like either a Republic or a Democracy. It functions as something else. It functions and operates as an Oligarchy. It really does. Let’s...
  • Hillary Clinton is still finding ways to denigrate democracy

    10/08/2018 3:29:35 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/6/18 | Michael Goodwin
    And so our fiery national nightmare is over. For now. But only a Pollyanna would think peace is about to break out across the bloody political and cultural battlefields. We are a long way from fixing what was shattered and retrieving what has been lost. There were many causes and events on the long road that brought us to this low place, but a telling moment took place almost exactly two years ago. It was the final debate of the presidential campaign, held on Oct. 19, 2016. Here is how The New York Times began its slanted coverage: “In a...
  • "Equality" an essay by CS Lewis (1943)

    10/05/2018 12:47:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Spectator UK ^ | 27 Aug 1943 | CS Lewis
    I'm a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they're not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure. I don't deserve a share in governing a hen-roost, much less a nation. Ivor do...
  • California Farm Workers Voted By Massive Margin To Leave Union (But Nobody Told Them)

    09/20/2018 1:04:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Fasten your seatbelts for one of the strangest union stories to come over the transom in a while. Back in 2013 (which is five years ago, for those who skipped math class), out in Fresno, California, the workers at farming corporation Gerawan Farming held a vote to determine whether or not they would decertify their membership in United Farm Workers (UFW), the union which had been representing them. The vote was held, and then… nothing. The union refused to release the results and even convinced a court arbiter that they could do so. They went on acting as the...