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  • 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...
  • Why Trump's Record Trumps the Media's Spin

    09/09/2018 6:50:57 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 15 replies
    The National Intrerest ^ | September 7, 2018 | Christian Whiton
    This is a great read....for those wonderful Freepers who still read....(you know who you are!!) Why Trump's Record Trumps the Media's Spin The media is determined to prove that Donald Trump is unfit to be president. My first reaction to the anonymous anti-Trump op-ed in the New York Times was perhaps unusual for a resident of the swamp, which has been so hyper this week: I chuckled, rolled my eyes, and didn’t even make it to the end of the article before losing interest. It probably helps that I spent the week in Colorado and Utah, where seemingly no one...
  • Regime Change -- American Style

    09/07/2018 9:25:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 7, 2018 | Pat Puchanan
    The campaign to overturn the 2016 election and bring down President Trump shifted into high gear this week. Inspiration came Saturday morning from the altar of the National Cathedral where our establishment came to pay homage to John McCain. Gathered there were all the presidents from 1993 to 2017, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney, Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Henry Kissinger, the leaders of both houses of Congress, and too many generals and admirals to list. Striding into the pulpit, Obama delivered a searing indictment of...
  • Angela Merkel warns against erosion of democracy

    08/26/2018 5:51:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.26.2018 | rs/bw (AP, dpa)
    Merkel defended democratic values in an interview following a contentious summer for her government. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the crisis that nearly upended Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of press freedom, protections for minorities and independent courts in an interview with public broadcaster ARD on Sunday. “Democracy is more than just somebody getting a majority,” Merkel said. “Democracy is protection for minorities, press freedom, the right to demonstrate — democracy is independent courts.” If the independence of those institutions is no longer safeguarded, “then democracy would no longer be...
  • Trusting the Untrustworthy

    08/20/2018 10:03:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/18 | Linda Goudsmit
    We must be very careful and only trust the trustworthy - we must trust the Constitution, the rule of law, and duly elected President Trump who stands for both Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), a Scottish jurist and historian, provides an explanation for why great societies do not survive for more than 200 years: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public...
  • Are We A Republic or A Democracy?

    08/19/2018 6:01:51 AM PDT · by davikkm · 29 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    If you’ve tuned into the news lately, you have undoubtedly noticed quite the commotion over democracy. It is supposedly under attack by the Russians. It is also said to be under attack by Trump. And with the litany of daily articles and TV reports on these subjects, someone inevitably responds with “it’s a republic, not a democracy.” But I can’t help but think these comments are based on theory instead of reality. Yes, it is true that our government was originally set up as a republic. This basically meant that the dominant governing force was the US Constitution, which took...
  • A military coup in Venezuela could pave the way to democracy, or to a Russian/Chinese protectorate

    08/16/2018 2:57:23 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 2018 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Trump administration officials have made thinly veiled calls for a military coup that would topple the Venezuelan dictatorship and pave the way for democracy. But some well-respected academics are warning that a military coup would more likely produce a Russia or China-backed anti-American dictatorship. Evan Ellis, a Latin America expert with the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, and Brian Fonseca, a professor at Florida International University who has written extensively about the Venezuelan military, are among those who believe that a military coup in Venezuela would probably lead to a pro-Russian or pro-China regime, rather than to a...
  • What High School Taught me About Democracy

    07/26/2018 5:24:20 PM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies
    metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff
    Everything that I need to know about Democracy, I learned in High School. It’s true. By the time I started work at 14, I had a very good understanding about how democracy worked. Now, this wasn’t by sitting down in Civics Class. It wasn’t by listening to a teacher instruct us. It wasn’t by reading a book on politics. No. It was by my experiences on Student Council. You know, it is absolutely amazing to me that I received such a profound understanding at such an early age. Even my father, a staunch liberal democrat, couldn’t grasp his arms around...
  • Less-Communist Cuba

    07/25/2018 6:27:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 25, 2018 | John Stossel
    While self-proclaimed "democratic socialists" win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba are finally backing away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor. Sunday, Cuba's National Assembly approved a draft of a new constitution that recognizes a right to own private property. That's progress. Would Senator Bernie Sanders and celebrity-of-the-moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez approve? I'm not sure. Instead of saying that "communism" is the purpose of the state, Cuba will now say that "socialism" is the basis of the economy. That's an ambiguous difference, but "socialism" tends to mean a larger private sector. Cuba's new leaders also say...
  • Anthea Butler: Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don't shut up about civility...

    07/15/2018 6:20:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/15/18 | Anthea Butler
    Anthea Butler Democrats will lose in 2018 if they don't shut up about civility and shout about our democracy dying Rejoice, Republicans, you will have another majority on your hands, because Democratic messaging for the 2018 election cycle is nonexistent. Harsh? Not even. The unimaginative leaders of the Democratic Party — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez — have been playing nice and talking about the virtues of "civility," while the Republican Party has been accusing Democrats of backing Communism and supporting the violent street gang MS-13. (Trump has...
  • Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars

    06/15/2018 1:13:48 PM PDT · by Jonx6 · 3 replies ^ | Apr. 05, 2018 | KLBJ Newsroom
    Austin tax dollars to city election campaign dollars has some concerned about the legality of so called "Democracy dollars" An Austin commission is kicking around the idea of giving taxpayer dollars to residents who would then donate the money to local political candidates. Fred Lewis of the Charter Commission calls it the democracy dollars program. The program was created in Seattle and is so far the only US city with such a program. The commission’s Fred Lewis explained its to combat major donors from dominating elections. Each voter could get 50 bucks for each city race they can vote in....
  • How Do You "Un-Divide" a Nation

    06/03/2018 6:29:14 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 37 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | June 3, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    If America is badly divided today, then what once united it? The Constitution. The Constitution is not just an abstraction. It’s a real, living commitment by the actual citizens of a country to a democratic form of government with an absolute commitment to individual rights. The most important rights are the top two in the Bill of Rights — the First and Second Amendments. It’s no accident they’re the top two. America’s founders understood that without these two, we’re all sunk. Democracy is meaningless without individual rights. If we did not have a Bill of Rights, and uphold it, then...
  • HDP's Temelli: Economy will get better with democracy

    06/03/2018 11:18:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF NEWS ^ | Sunday, 3 Jun 2018, 16:50 | ALİ KOCER
    HDP co-chair said Erdogan has entered a dead end street. HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli, dedicated some time to the press on Sunday and answered some questions to ANF. Temelli commented on the situation of the political prisoners , AKP’ stance on Kurds and the HDP in this election campaign, Kurdistan economic reality and the political genocide attacks against the parties. Pointing out at the high number of political people in prison, Temelli emphasized that they were all charged with meaningless and false accusations for actually carrying out democratic politics.  Reforming the judiciary system “If you are looking for democracy in...