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  • China villagers threaten to march on government offices

    12/18/2011 4:49:09 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 18,2011
    Protesting villagers in southern China said they will march on government offices this week unless the body of a local leader is released and four villagers in police custody are freed. The 13,000 residents of Wukan, in the wealthy province of Guangdong, are in open revolt against officialdom and have driven out local Communist Party leaders who they say have been stealing their land for years. Many local businesses have been closed for the past week while schools have been shuttered as riot police blockade the village, which has for months been the scene of occasionally violent protests over land...
  • Morning Joe: Obama Sees Our Democracy As 'Stumbling Block To His Greatness' (video)

    Morning Joe remains the home of the overwhelming ratio of liberal to conservative guests. Even so, in recent weeks a narrative unflattering to Barack Obama has emerged around the table: Obama doesn't like his job. He doesn't particularly like people and is in the wrong line of work. An even more damning appraisal was offered today: Obama doesn't think he has failed America. He thinks America has failed him. Or as Joe Scarborough encapsulated the concept, Obama believes our version of democracy is a "stumbling block to his greatness." JON MEACHAM: I think it's, if you think about it from...
  • Clinton Calls for New Egyptian Government to Respect Democratic Norms

    12/11/2011 12:01:56 PM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Now that Islamists have won a majority in the newly elected Egyptian Parliament, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging that they observe democratic norms for determining how to proceed with the persecution of minorities. “They must not allow unruly mobs to rampage through Christian or Jewish communities looting, maiming, and killing at will,” Clinton warned. “Oppression must be orderly and fully authorized by law. Property must be seized by government authorities backed by enabling legislation.” “Undesirable elements must be clearly identified by statute,” the Secretary asserted. “The means for their elimination whether by deportation, incarceration, or extermination must...
  • The Trouble with Muslim "democracy"

    12/04/2011 8:51:35 PM PST · by PRePublic · 9 replies
    Think-Israel ^ | Nov-2011 | D. Greenfield
      THE TROUBLE WITH MUSLIM DEMOCRACY by Daniel Greenfield    The ultimate symbol of Muslim Democracy may not end up being the purple fingers of the Iraqi ballots but the smoke from burning churches and dead Coptic Christians in Egypt. While Iraq was tenuously balanced between Shiites and Sunnis, Arabs and Kurds, there is no such balance in Egypt. The average Egyptian is a Sunni Arab and thinks Christians are dogs. Church burnings are as close as Egypt is ever likely to get to democracy and we should be happy for that. The Muslim world is so enthusiastic about...
  • The Lesson of Egypt: Democracy ≠ Freedom

    12/04/2011 8:20:40 PM PST · by stolinsky · 4 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 12-05-11 | stolinsky
      The Lesson of Egypt: Democracy ≠ Freedom David C. Stolinsky Dec. 5, 2011 In January 2011, I wrote this: One need not be a news junkie to know that Egypt, a nation of over 80 million people, is teetering on the brink. The hope for Middle East peace, as well as the Suez Canal, a key choke point for world commerce, both hang in the balance. If Egypt falls one way, there will be a chance for modernization and democratic reforms. If it falls the other way, the extremist Muslim Brotherhood will take over. Well, now we know...
  • Column: Lawsuits could end Occupy nuisance

    11/30/2011 8:34:39 AM PST · by american_steve · 8 replies
    USA Today, DavidRivkin.com ^ | 11/30/2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    They are not what democracy looks like and are looking less and less like a serious protest movement. Nevertheless, much can be learned from the Occupy Wall Street crowd's protracted seizure of New York's private Zuccotti Park, similar unlawful tactics around the country and the much delayed official response. The most important lesson is that when government fails to do its duty in a timely manner, ordinary citizens must consider using existing laws to protect themselves from unruly Occupiers. The park protesters have been camping out in the urban environment, unsuitable for such activities. They have created sanitary problems and...
  • Now is not the time to push Egypt's military on democratic elections?

    11/09/2011 1:22:46 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11-9-11 | Dan Murphy
    So says President Obama's State Department, arguing that conditions should not be put on aid to Egypt. Egypt's military rulers have been swiftly moving out of benefit-of-the-doubt territory. They've arrested bloggers and activists, jailed civilians with military trials for holding the wrong political opinions, and taken steps to protect their own immunity from civilian oversight when a new Egyptian constitution is written. The latest flap is over a set of proposed "constitutional principles" that the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF), Egypt's current military rulers, is urging be adopted before parliamentary elections are held. Those are scheduled to start...
  • Magnificent quote from Isocrates (436-338 BC)

    11/09/2011 9:56:53 AM PST · by Glenn · 13 replies
    Isocrates
    (as published in Michael Lewis' "Boomerang"): "Democracy destroys itself because it abuses its right to freedom and equality. Because it teaches its citizens to consider audacity as a right, lawlessness as a freedom, abrasive speech as equality, and anarchy as progress."
  • Electoral Civics - The Difference Between Republic and Democracy

    10/28/2011 1:14:38 PM PDT · by Christian Engineer Mass · 8 replies
    Talking Points ^ | Friday 28th October, 2011 | Talking Points
    The Republic of The United States of America was founded in 1776. It was founded as a Republic and not a Pure Democracy, because the Founders knew that a Pure Democracy and independence cannot coexist in the long term. One of the key differences between a republic and a democracy is the requirement for an informed electorate. A Republic requires that suffrage be as wide as possible, while not including those who are likely to be detrimental to the continuing independence of the Republic. As an analogy, Democracy is like theoretical mathematics, while Republic is like engineering. Theoretical mathematics is...
  • Can Islamic parties peddle democracy?

    10/26/2011 6:20:58 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed October 26, 2011 | Moni Basu
    A woman casts her vote Monday at a polling station in La Marsa, Tunisia. In Tunisia, an Islamic party wins the election. In Libya, statements about adopting Sharia, or Islamic law, raise concerns about the future. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood strategizes about how best to score political gains. In the West, real fears arise that the Arab Spring will spawn new states more akin to the principles of al Qaeda and Hamas than fledgling democracies. Political Islam is sure to be a factor as major change sweeps through formerly despotic nations. But exactly how is a question that is...
  • DREAMS OF A LIBERAL LIBYA

    10/24/2011 6:47:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | October 24,2011 | Scott Johnson
    In his statement marking the death of Muhammar Gaddafi last week, President Obama inserted a mystifying passage: “[T]he Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi’s dictatorship….” “An inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya.” Can we mull that over with a glass of wine at the faculty club? Obama added this — it would be wrong to call it a demand, more of a request or an imprecation, yoking heterogeneous ideas by violence together, like metaphysical poetry: “And we call on our Libyan...
  • Gaddafi tortured prior to execution

    10/23/2011 11:48:16 PM PDT · by jackal7163 · 88 replies
    Never thought I'd feel sorry for the bastard, but sodomizing a 69 year old man prior to execution is something only arabs can do...
  • The Tyrant is Dead, Long Live the Tyrant

    10/23/2011 10:13:29 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    The tyrant is dead, and the head of Libya's Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, (who was also Gaddafi's former Justice Minister), has declared that Libya has been liberated. What a glorious day it is when a country is liberated from its justice minister by its justice minister. If only Gaddafi had been quicker on the ball, he could have staged a revolution against himself and liberated the country from himself. We mustn't laugh. Now that American troops are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan has declared that it will back Pakistan in any conflict with the United States, we must have the...
  • Mubarak, Kadafi, and Then...

    10/23/2011 6:30:21 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 3 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 10-24-11 | stolinsky
      Mubarak, Kadafi, and Then… David C. Stolinsky Oct. 24, 2011 The dictator of Libya for 42 years is dead. As videos reveal, he is − like the Wicked Witch of the East in “The Wizard of Oz” − really most sincerely dead. This relieves the people of Libya from the burden of four decades of bloody, psychotic rule, and it relieves us from the burden of deciding how to spell his name. Still, we can wonder why we had the obligation of handling Bin Laden’s body with respect, according to Islamic law. We did not publish photos of...
  • The American Form of Government (Youtube)

    10/23/2011 11:25:16 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 2 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | October 23, 2011 | Unknown (found via Market Ticker)
    Youtube link, also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DioQooFIcgE&feature=player_embedded
  • VADUM: Marxist mobocracy

    10/15/2011 7:13:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2011 | Matthew Vadum
    Abraham Lincoln rightly denounced the “mobocratic spirit.” James Madison considered it the sa- cred duty of government to protect property rights from the violent whims of the mob: “That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty, is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.” Lincoln and Madison would not have looked kindly upon the pro-redistributionist political street theater under way in urine- and garbage-saturated urban parks across the nation. In an insult to the...
  • Burma law to allow labour unions and strikes

    10/14/2011 1:43:17 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 7 replies
    Workers in Burma will be allowed to form unions and go on strike under a new law signed this week by the president, officials say. The law permits unions with a minimum of 30 members to be formed and allows strikes if a notice period is given. Unions have not been allowed to operate in Burma since 1962. The law appears to be the latest in a series of changes being introduced by Burma's new military-backed, civilian-led government. Signed on Tuesday, it also sets out penalties for both employers and employees who do not abide by its terms. "Clearly the...
  • Group wants to retire the Electoral College - Targeting Gov. Rick Perry

    10/14/2011 7:39:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    radio Iowa ^ | October 14, 2011 | Dar Danielson
    The national spokesperson for group that seeking to take the selection of the president out of the hands of the Electoral College says the movement is gaining steam. Tom Golisano of the “National Popular Vote Initiative” was in Des Moines Thursday talking about the effort. The group needs states that have 270 — or half of the electoral college votes — to approve the change to make it happen. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm around our position now, it’s more a feeling of when and no if it’s going to happen,” Golisano. He says 10 or 11 states have signed...
  • Video: 'Occupy Atlanta' Silences Rep. John Lewis Via Jazz Hands (TOTALLY HILARIOUS!)

    10/10/2011 6:48:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 75 replies
    Town Hall.com ^ | Oct 09, 2011 4:18 PM | Guy Benson Political Editor, Townhall.com
    Having watched this clip all the way through several times, I still can't stop chuckling. Here's a quick primer to prepare you for what you're about to see: The video begins as civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis rrives at #OccupyAtlanta, hoping to express solidarity and articulate support with some brief remarks. Unfortunately for him, the Congressman is totally unacquainted with the gathering's "rules," which make the US Senate look like a model of efficiency. The group's "leader" (the hippie with the bullhorn) speaks in three-second intervals so the rest of the assembled group can chant his partial sentences back...
  • Too Much of a Good Thing Why we need less democracy.(Former Obama Director)

    09/27/2011 2:54:38 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 62 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 09/27/11 | Peter Orszag
    In an 1814 letter to John Taylor, John Adams wrote that “there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” That may read today like an overstatement, but it is certainly true that our democracy finds itself facing a deep challenge: During my recent stint in the Obama administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget, it was clear to me that the country’s political polarization was growing worse—harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing. If you need confirmation of this, look no further than the recent debt-limit debacle, which clearly showed...
  • [Israel's first Arab president (2007)] Whbee to Defend Israel in Washington, NY

    09/16/2011 8:34:44 AM PDT · by PRePublic
    INN ^ | September 15, 2011
    MK Majallie Whbee (Kadima) is invited to the UN in New York and Washington, DC...
  • The Democracy Worshipers

    09/16/2011 7:09:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    "Your people, sir, is ... a great beast." So Alexander Hamilton reputedly said in an argument with Thomas Jefferson. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Hamilton explained: "Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship." In his column, "Democracy Versus Liberty," Walter Williams cites Hamilton, James Madison and John Randolph, who wrote of "the follies and turbulence" of democracy, and John Adams: "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There...
  • John Stuart Mill and the Arab Spring

    09/03/2011 10:03:57 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | Sept 2, 2011 | Sammy Levine
    Are freedom and democracy good things for the Middle East? What would John Stuart Mill​, one of the most prominent proponents of liberty in the history of the world, have said about the “Arab Spring”? The answers to these questions may surprise you. In his landmark work “On Liberty,” Mill meticulously delineates his ideas about liberty. He writes that freedom is good because of its “utility” and its ability to enable a better life for the most people. He argues that people must have freedom of thought, opinion and expression, in order for society to prosper. In his book, Mill...
  • Survey Says 60 Percent Of Americans Think People Take Too Long To Eat

    08/25/2011 5:35:20 AM PDT · by hfr · 39 replies
    CBS News New York ^ | August 24, 2011 | CBS New York
    " ... A nationwide Zagat survey of diners says 60 percent of foodies favor putting time limits on people eating at restaurants during peak hours. "
  • The Authoritarian Temptation

    08/17/2011 8:57:45 AM PDT · by CDB · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 17, 2011 | Tony Blankley
    In the weeks during and since the debt-ceiling debate, the media, pushed by the Democratic Party, has peddled the propaganda that our government is broken -- because the Republicans in the House of Representatives negotiated a better deal than the liberals wanted. snip Abraham Lincoln could have been thinking of Thomas Friedman when he worried out loud in the Gettysburg Address whether any nation "conceived in liberty...could long endure." Lincoln then called the nation to the "unfinished work" of maintaining a nation "of the people, by the people and for the people." That work goes on today.
  • Guess You Can’t | Super Committee 2.0

    08/14/2011 12:15:00 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | August 13, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    ~ Too Big, Messy, Tough and Democratic for Obama- Larry Walker, Jr. -When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, "We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage…” ~Genesis 47:18-19At a fundraiser in Chicago on August 3, 2010, Barack Obama said, “It’s been a long, tough journey. But we have...
  • The System Works

    08/12/2011 5:55:13 AM PDT · by drellberg · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | August 12, 2011 | Charles Krauthammer
    The conventional complaint is that the process was ugly. Big deal. You want beauty? Go to a museum. Democratic politics was never meant to be an exercise in aesthetics.
  • Russia: Medvedev doubles down on "modernization"

    08/06/2011 10:29:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 8/5/2011 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    The majority of Russians remain dissatisfied with the progress of democratization in Russia, a new poll has found. The Moscow Times reports that 62 percent of people recently polled in an All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre survey answered that they are “dissatisfied with the development of democracy in Russia.” This number, however, is down marginally from the 73 percent who were dissatisfied with domestic conditions twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those who believe the country is showing progress are largely supporters of the ruling "United Russia" party, are under 45 years of age, and generally active Internet users. [Editors’ Note: Given...
  • President Says “Democracy” Holding Back Progress

    08/05/2011 11:33:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 31 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 5 August 2011 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama cited the lengthy battle over the debt ceiling as “evidence of the need for more radical reform of the way we do business in this country.” “Democracy isn’t always a good thing,” Obama suggested. “Members of Congress are elected by vastly divergent constituencies. The institution is incapable of speaking with one voice. Consequently, precious time was lost by the requirement to gain legislative approval for what we all knew needed to be done. It wasn’t bad just for me. Members of Congress had to put in long hours arguing over minutia that ultimately won’t matter. They could’ve...
  • Ain't democracy wonderful? Only if you like Islamic fundamentalism

    08/03/2011 1:50:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 07.28.11 | Paul Mulshine
    One thing I've noticed about the rather naive types called "neo" conservatives is that they all believe the war in Iraq was somehow intended to reduce the influence of Islamic fundamentalists in that country.  Perhaps it was. But the result of removing a secular fascist from power was the rise of the sort of Islamic fundamentalists who prevail in that part of the world.  A reader sends this article from the Guardian on how the liberation of Iraq has led to a vast increase in Iranian influence there.  The article describes the vast powers over Iraqi politics held by the...
  • Democracy - The Most Costly Lie in American History

    08/03/2011 8:24:22 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 48 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 8/2/2011 | J B Williams
    Democracy is exactly what we have in America today and it’s even worse than Thomas Jefferson warned when he said - “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” It’s really much worse than Jefferson indicated… it’s what Karl Marx said it was, “the road to socialism.” Thomas Jefferson was a well-traveled and studied individual, commissioned to write our Declaration of Independence at the founding of our country and a significant player in the formation of our Constitutional Representative Republic. He was also one of...
  • Media cross-ownership ban restored (handful of large corp. could be detrimental to democracy)

    07/09/2011 5:11:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 7/08/11
    Media cross-ownership ban restoredJuly 08, 2011 By Associated Press WASHINGTON - A federal Appeals Court has restored a long-standing ban that prevents media companies from owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same market. The 3d US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission didn’t give the public adequate opportunity to comment on new rules that lifted the ban in the 20 largest media markets. The Appeals Court sent the rules back to the FCC to be rewritten. The so-called cross-ownership ban dates back to 1975 - a time when newspapers...
  • Walter Williams: Gross Media Ignorance About the Founders

    07/05/2011 8:53:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 5, 2011 | Walter Williams
    There's little that's intelligent or informed about Time magazine editor Richard Stengel's article "One Document, Under Siege" (June 23, 2011). It contains many grossly ignorant statements about our Constitution. If I believed in conspiracies, I'd say Stengel's article is part of a leftist agenda to undermine respect for the founding values of our nation. Stengel says: "The framers were not gods and were not infallible. Yes, they gave us, and the world, a blueprint for the protection of democratic freedoms -- freedom of speech, assembly, religion -- but they also gave us the idea that a black person was three-fifths...
  • Letter writer's revisionism of history was sorely lacking in facts ( Israel VS Arab nations)

    07/02/2011 6:02:09 PM PDT · by a_note · 6 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | July 01, 2011 | T. Korol
    • Israel is a multi-ethnic Jewish democracy, with a thriving Christian population and 20 percent Arab population, all free citizens. Since 9/11, Muslims slaughtered “infidels” in 7,500 deadly, ethnic-cleansing jihad attacks. Islamic states, China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, are apartheid, with severe domination over their citizens, torture, beheadings, amputations, honor killings; death to women, homosexuals, apostates, and rioters who oppose dictatorships. • When Israel became a state in 1948, seven Arab nations attacked for the entire Mandate. 160,000 Arabs who stayed, became Israel's million citizens. Those who followed Arab orders became political pawns to acquire Israel. Acceptance of peace would...
  • Anger motivates people to vote, study shows

    06/10/2011 11:11:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies · 1+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | June 8, 2011 | Provided by University of Michigan
    Though pundits and candidates suggest there is too much anger in politics, the emotion does have a potential benefit—it significantly motivates citizens to vote, according to a University of Michigan study. "Anger in politics can play a particularly vital role, motivating some people to participate in ways they might ordinarily not," said Nicholas Valentino, the study's lead author and a professor of communication studies and political science. "We normally think people with a lot of resources and political skills are the ones who participate, but many citizens in this category regularly abstain from politics. Furthermore, many citizens with few resources...
  • Obama Administration Must Support the People of Syria and Iran

    06/07/2011 1:37:45 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies
    FSM ^ | 6/7/11 | Slater Bakhtavar
    Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, sees the Islamic Republic of Iran as its closest ally in the region. While Al-Assad has pledged to help find a peaceful solution to the nuclear dispute between the West and Iran, he continues to support Hamas and Hezbollah. Meanwhile it has been revealed that Syria had obtained a sophisticated radar system and other military equipment , which were shared with Hezbollah, Iran and Syria's Shiite radical client with a vehemently anti-American ideological agenda The Obama Administration has cautiously reached out to Syria advocating open negotiations and better relations. Believing that Syria is a key...
  • Why 2012 election looks a lot like 1860

    06/04/2011 12:34:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 214 replies
    Dakota Voice ^ | June 4, 2011 | Star Parker
    As the season of presidential politics 2012 unfolds, I’m struck by similarities between today and the tumultuous period in our history that led up to the election of Abraham Lincoln and then on to the Civil War. So much so that I’m finding it a little eerie that this year we are observing the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. No, I am certainly not predicting, God forbid, that today’s divisions and tensions will lead to brother taking up arms against brother. But profound differences divide us today, as was the case in the 1850′s. The difference...
  • The real Egyptian revolution

    06/03/2011 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/3/2011 | Caroline B. Glick
    The coverage of recent events in Egypt is further proof that Western elites cannot see the forest for the trees. Over the past week, leading newspapers have devoted relatively in-depth coverage to the Egyptian military authorities' repressive actions in subduing protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, particularly during their large protest last Friday. That is, they have provided in-depth coverage of one spent force repressing another spent force. Neither the military nor the protesters are calling the shots anymore in Egypt, if they ever were. That is the job of the Muslim Brotherhood. The proximate cause of last Friday's mass...
  • Governor Vetoes Voter ID Bill

    05/29/2011 3:05:43 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed legislation that would’ve required voters to show a photo ID in order to be given a ballot, saying that the GOP-backed bill would discourage voter turnout. “It is important that our democracy have as wide a participation as possible,” Dayton said. “Requiring a photo ID would disenfranchise those lacking the specified documentation. Are people who are camera-shy or have warrants out for their arrest to be excluded from participation? How is that fair?” To help illustrate the potential negative impact of the proposed law Dayton contended that “if this rule had been in place...
  • G-8: Nations, banks to give $40B for Arab Spring

    05/27/2011 3:23:24 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 18 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jamey Keaten
    DEAUVILLE, France – Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide $40 billion in funding for Arab nations trying to establish true democracies, officials said at a Group of Eight summit Friday. Officials didn't fully detail the sources of the money, or how it would be used, but the thrust was clearly to underpin democracy in Egypt and Tunisia — where huge public uprisings ousted autocratic regimes this year — and put pressure on repressive rulers in Syria and Libya. The overall message from President Barack Obama and the other G-8 leaders meeting in this Normandy resort appeared to...
  • Perversion of democracy: gay ‘marriage’ and the law (Chuck Colson)

    05/23/2011 2:46:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | May 16, 2011 | Chuck Colson
    May 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - For two years now, I’ve warned that the drive for so-called “gay marriage” was the greatest threat to religious liberty we’ve ever faced. But I think I may have underestimated the threat, because now I fear the democratic process and the rule of law are endangered as well. It was bad enough when the President and the Attorney General declared the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional and would not defend the law of the land in court. Never mind that the DOMA was signed by President Clinton in 1996 after the Senate passed it...
  • “A New Revolution” – The American Form of Government – Republic vs. Democracy

    05/20/2011 12:14:32 PM PDT · by Poll Patriot · 6 replies
    America, You're Too Young to Die (Blog) ^ | May 5th, 2011 | James Poll
    “Every generation needs a new revolution.” ~ Thomas Jefferson Our country and it’s supreme law (the constitution) was founded by revolutionaries, our Founding Fathers. Men who literally had a price placed on their heads by King George of England. Their capture would have meant a cruel and certain death as public examples to what happens to the enemies of the crown. Yet they persisted! “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, [they did] mutually pledge to each other [their] Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] sacred Honor” (Declaration of Independence). Because of their sacrifice we enjoy relative freedom...
  • Why democracy is failing America

    05/10/2011 4:00:00 AM PDT · by Scythian · 117 replies
    Natural News ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Mike Adams
    Democracy is the worst form of government, Sir Winston Churchill once said... except for every other form of government. In other words, all forms of government are atrociously bad, and democracy may merely be the least bad of the bunch. I certainly wouldn't want to live under a dictatorship, socialism or communism. So I like the idea of democracy, and I wish it would work better for America. But it isn't working. That much is clear. Democracy is failing America, and we can't just blame it on the politicians and the corporations. People actually vote for their own self-destruction by...
  • Florida Legislature Cracks Down on … Voting? (Barf)

    04/19/2011 4:39:42 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 50 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Howard Troxler
    Having solved all other problems, the Florida Legislature now turns to the most dangerous threat of all. Voting. No kidding. The 2011 Legislature is considering, and its committees have approved so far, bills that would: • Cut Florida's early-voting period (nearly one out of five ballots were cast early in 2010) from two weeks to one. • Bar anyone who has moved or changed a name, such as newly married women, from updating their information at the polls on Election Day and receiving a regular ballot. They would have to cast "provisional" ballots instead. • Crack down on, and expand...
  • Obama’s pretend budget cuts: Spending is the lifeblood of the president’s party

    04/12/2011 3:01:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2011 | Tony Blankley
    The great American engine of democracy is beginning to build up a head of steam, and it remains the finest device created by man to organize collective human action. Two months ago, the conventional wisdom held that Washington would do nothing of consequence to start dealing with our fiscal crisis. Certainly that was the political base line for President Obama’s Feb. 14 budget proposal for 2012, which, while roundly condemned as a call to inaction, was seen as politically “shrewd.” Then, about a month ago, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed $61 billion in budget cuts for the remainder of...
  • Carbon dioxide tax raises street temperature

    03/30/2011 6:20:45 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 2 replies · 1+ views
    On Line Opinion ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    On March 12, I joined concerned citizens outside Julia Gillard's electorate office in Werribee, Victoria, where Liberal Victorian senators Mitch Fifield and Scott Ryan spoke. The message: No carbon tax. We came from all walks of life: farmers and city folk, women and men, young and old, black and white. Yes, even in Victoria the debate, and therefore democracy, isn't over, much to Gore's dismay. The chattering classes just can't seem to gag us. But why? Unlike government-endorsed protesters, people on my side are more willing to serve our PM critical-thinking questions. Take the Sydney-based Werribee boy Tim Blair: "By...
  • The Right Must Admit It Was Wrong About Democracy in the Mideast

    03/28/2011 10:44:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 135 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 03/28/2011 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Listen. Do you hear the “Obama lied/People died” chants? Look. Can you see the throngs gathering on the National Mall to protest, “No Blood for Oil”? No? You can’t? Well, neither can I. But lefties will protest a Democratic President’s war as they did a Republican President’s war, right? The Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-chief’s “kinetic military action” in Libya has unmoored liberals from their loudly professed convictions. He has sent conservatives back to—or at least rethinking—theirs. Specifically, the Right has reconsidered George W. Bush-era delusions regarding the universality of Western principles, their easy transplantation through nation-building democracy as an antidote...
  • Egypt has a new dictator

    03/25/2011 3:38:49 PM PDT · by Scottmkiv · 18 replies
    Rational Public Radio ^ | 3/25/11 | Jeff Meek
    The NYT artcile linked below takes on the air of child-like wonder when the author seems to ponder how it is that the "young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force" DUH! RPR and most other rational, intelligent observers noted the Muslim Brotherhood was the only truly prepared to assume the mantle of power in a post-Mubarak Egypt, and that, it appears, is exactly what's happening. Despite the crying and wailing, secular Egyptians are doomed to loose this fight. The Egyptians do not, and have never had, a culture of Liberty....
  • Syria: The Revolt Continues (UPDATED)

    03/22/2011 6:30:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 22,2011 | Michael Ledeen
    This is probably the most important ongoing revolt in the Middle East right now. If Assad were to fall, it would reverberate all over the region, and greatly weaken the Iranian regime. Typically, it is getting far less coverage than the other “crises,” but we’ll follow it here. Latest updates: Dara’a. According to eyewitnesses, the whole city (Population: ~100,000) is up in arms. Tens of thousands are on the street demanding freedom and liberty. Many are aware that the French Foreign Ministry, the US State Department, and the world is watching what they’re doing. This video shows Syrian security men...
  • White House: Helping Install "A Democratic System " Is Goal In Libya

    03/22/2011 1:21:43 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    http://thehill.com/homenews/ ^ | March 22,2011 | Sam Youngman
    The White House suggested Tuesday the mission in Libya is one of regime change, despite emphatic statements from President Obama and military brass that the goal is not to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. According to a White House readout of a Monday night call between Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two leaders "underscored their shared commitment to the goal of helping provide the Libyan people an opportunity to transform their country, by installing a democratic system that respects the people’s will."