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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...