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  • Freedom of Speech, Greatest generation heritage and Demogracy in australia

    11/12/2017 12:03:03 AM PST · by Ozguy1945 · 1 replies
    Wordpress ^ | 08/11/2017 | Geoff fox
    AN OPEN LETTER TO SARAH CARTER, MARIBYRNONG, AUSTRALIA. Councillor Carter, This letter to you and for Australia is about environmentalist memorial trees, free speech and democracy. In 1945 during World War 2 (WW2), my father served in the fight against fascism on the Indonesian island of Morotai. In 2012, I encouraged some Morotai locals to plant memorial trees to honor the memory of soldiers who fought for freedom. Memorial trees are a proud Australian tradition often forming Avenues Of Honour in the approaches to many of our country towns. In 2013 a landowner in Morotai planted over 100 memorial trees...
  • Facebook Blocked Account Of Exiled Billionaire In NYC After China Complaint

    11/02/2017 8:31:24 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 8 replies
    TPM ^ | November 1, 2017 | SAM THIELMAN
    Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his company had taken down the account of Chinese dissident Guo Wengui, who lives in the US, on the strength of a report filed to the tech giant by the Chinese government. Guo, a billionaire living in New York City who is a harsh critic of the Chinese government, published on Facebook “sometimes outlandish tales of deep corruption among family members of top Communist Party officials,” the New York Times wrote a month ago, as it reported that Guo’s account had been taken down. Republican Sen....
  • The Demise of Turkey’s Democracy: An Open Letter to President Erdogan

    10/05/2017 4:46:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | October 3, 2017 | Alon Ben-Meir
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: File.Dear President Erdogan,I have been in your country scores of times, and have developed close and friendly relations with many Turks from all walks of life; these people all took pride in the incredible progress that Turkey made under your leadership.During your first ten years as prime minister, you transformed Turkey economically, socially and politically, and put the country on the path to greatness as an emerging regional and global power. That is why, Mr. Erdogan, it pains me to witness a once-great reformer destroying his own impressive achievements. You have chosen this destructive path...
  • Trump warns Pak on terror; seeks India's help in Afghanistan

    08/21/2017 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Rediff ^ | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | PTI
    The United States on Tuesday ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as President Donald Trump warned Pakistan of consequences if it continues to provide safe havens to terror groups and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a 'critical part' of it was to further develop US' strategic partnership with India. He said after a 'comprehensive review', it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically. "A...
  • Trump refused phone call with Venezuelan president

    08/11/2017 11:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 11, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump declined to speak with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday after the South American leader requested a phone call with him, the White House said in a statement. "Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political prisoners, cease all human rights violations, and stop oppressing Venezuela’s great people," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "The Maduro regime has refused to heed this call, which has been echoed around the region and the world. Instead Maduro has chosen the path...
  • Democrats Don’t Actually Believe in Democracy

    08/03/2017 1:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    Yeah, we’re a republic, but we also have democratic rules, norms, and traditions. Too bad the Democratic Party doesn’t believe in them.Case in point – their bizarre embrace of illegal aliens. Democrats seem to think that foreigners who violate our laws have a greater right to determine what will be America's laws than actual Americans. After all, that's their argument when they whine because some illegal is getting shipped back to his Third World hellhole-of-origin. They seem to think that just because some uninvited, unwanted, unlegal trespasser (we’re not supposed to call them “illegal,” right?) has been violating our laws...
  • Revolutionary Ancestors: Sidney & Alinsky Part III

    07/10/2017 1:21:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 10th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The purpose of Rules for Radicals is to encourage and guide revolutionaries in their quest to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. Where Machiavelli’s The Prince was written for the Haves on how to hold on to power, Alinsky’s Rules was for the Have-Nots on how to take it away. Mass organizations are to seize power and give it to the people. Only then, wrote Alinsky, can the people realize democracy, equality, justice, peace, education, useful employment, health, and “those circumstances” and values which give meaning to life. Yikes. Since change is...
  • Free Speech Isn't Always a Tool of Virtue

    06/21/2017 7:52:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in horror when anyone suggests that they might be responsible for inspiring bad deeds. Hollywood, the music industry, journalism, political ideologies, even the Confederate flag: Each takes its turn in the dock when some madman or fool does something terrible. The arguments against free speech are stacked and waiting for these...
  • Chairman of House Media Fairness Caucus: Fake News Is a ‘Threat to Our Democracy’

    06/17/2017 5:16:10 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Penny Starr
    Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) spoke with Breitbart News’ Washington Political Editor Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 on Saturday about the media bias that’s reached unprecedented levels since President Donald Trump was elected and poses a risk to the democracy it is tasked to protect. “I think the media bias today is a threat to our democracy for this reason,” said Smith, who is the chairman of the House Media Fairness Caucus. “If the American people don’t get the facts then they can’t make good decisions. “And if the American people can’t make good decisions...
  • The Media Blackout On The DNC Lawsuit Proves That It Is Nuclear

    05/14/2017 8:25:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Medium ^ | 13 May 2017 | Caitlin Johnstone
    I had the privilege of interviewing my newest personal hero yesterday, attorney Elizabeth Lee Beck, about her legal team’s fraud case against the Democratic National Committee. One of the many useful insights that this straight-shooting mom on fire brought to light during our conversation was her story about a time she reached out to New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro to get some help cracking through the deep, dark media blackout on this extremely important case. Barbaro had previously interviewed Beck and featured her in a front-page story not long ago, so she had every reason to try and contact...
  • In Turkey, the Victims Change but the Regime Remains the Same

    04/18/2017 9:51:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Philos Project ^ | April 18, 2017 | Uzay Bulut
    Some 51.4 percent of the more than 58 million Turks who turned out to vote on April 16 said yes to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) constitutional amendment package. With that vote, they decided to shift to an executive presidential system.It is debatable if the government would still have won if it had not detained thousands of political dissidents, imposed a state of emergency, and labeled “no voters” as terrorists and traitors. In addition, many irregularities took place before and during the counting. The Supreme Election Board (YSK), for example, controversially announced that it would accept unsealed ballots after it...
  • McCain on filibuster change: ‘It’s a bad day for democracy’

    04/06/2017 1:27:54 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 98 replies
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., bemoaned the state of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to change the chamber’s rules in order to break through the Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a simple majority. Earlier in the day, Republicans failed to reach the 60-vote supermajority needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. “It’s a bad day for democracy,” McCain said before entering the Senate chamber, where he later voted with fellow Republicans to change the rules. “I think it’s a terrible mistake that we will regret for many, many years to...
  • Words Matter: Government Is Not a Living Thing. Or Is It?

    04/04/2017 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/3/17 | Mark Herr
    In “A History of American Political Theories,” Charles Merriam stated, “The Revolutionary doctrines of an original state of nature, natural rights, the social contract, the idea that the function of the government is limited to the protection of person and property - none of these finds wide acceptance among the leaders in the development of political science.” To illustrate this erroneous line of reasoning, New Zealand’s legislators recently passed a law giving the Whanganui River the legal status of a “PERSON.” The river now has its own rights and the ability to represent “itself” through human representation. Although New Zealand’s...
  • A President is Just a Sideshow, Gifted to the People for the Illusion of Democracy

    03/08/2017 8:11:33 AM PST · by davikkm · 10 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    As President Trump is just now discovering, the actual governance of the US has very little to do with him, and is in fact, designed to purposely frustrate changes in policy and pursue its own agenda. There has been a lot of recent talk about the “Deep State”, but the real enemy of change has been in place for a very long time, and has always answered to those outside of the State. How the Illusion Works The smoke and mirrors we are being asked to believe, is that a President, when elected, takes over the reins of power from...
  • At what point do we break up the USA?

    02/27/2017 10:47:59 AM PST · by Mozilla · 68 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 26, 2017 | Scott Buss
    At what point do we break up the USA? If your answer is “NEVER!” accompanied by some version of “How could you even consider seriously considering such a thing?!”, then you are a cultist. An Americultist. For the non-Americultists out there, the question – and it is an important one – stands: At what point do we break up the USA? How about at the point DC enforces a policy of open, systematic, “legal” child sacrifice? Nope. That’s been going on for decades. We’re apparently not willing to stand against the America Idol over that one. What about the DC-imposed...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy, Part 3

    02/27/2017 10:42:16 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    A little-known figure, Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Powel, had the historic exchange with Benjamin Franklin when he said to her “Madam, We have given you a republic, if you can keep it” at the conclusion of the 1787 U.S. Constitutional Convention. Keep this in mind: If the U.S. architects had produced a democracy, Eliza, as a woman, wouldn’t have had a voice at all. She could not vote or hold public office, yet she kept her republic. So how did she keep it? Interestingly, Dr. Franklin did not counsel her how to ‘keep’ the U.S. republic. Instead, he merely counseled her...
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 2

    02/27/2017 10:38:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 2 replies
    Center for Self Governance ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall said, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that of order and chaos.” -From The Life of George Washington, Revised Edition 1832. The chaos gripping our present society is certainly not the ‘balanced’ republic Marshall was referring to. Our system is functioning more like a plane crashing - like a democracy. Let’s explore ‘balanced republic,’ ‘democracy’ and ‘order and chaos’ by using an analogy. The U.S. government is comparable to a commercial aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot are the elected representatives. They are selected by qualified passengers (or U.S. voters)....
  • The U.S. is not a Democracy - So What Is It? Part 1

    02/27/2017 10:13:05 AM PST · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 27, 2017 | Mark Herr, Co-founder and President of Center for Self Governance,
    During my middle and high school years, I found it strange to say a pledge to the United States flag, “and to the republic for which it stands,” and in the same class, be taught the United States was a democracy. The teacher would correct my inquisitive nature by stating, “It’s semantics. Democracy and republic are really the same thing. The United States is a democratic republic.” Not satisfied with that justification of semantics and nuance, I continued to explore and discover the difference between U.S. republic and democracy, and I’m still exploring it today. Let’s explore and discover together!...
  • NBC Touts Norway as Fix for America's 'Flawed Democracy'

    02/23/2017 4:27:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 23, 2017 | 12:06 PM EST | Craig Bannister
    A hypocritical NBCNews.com article argues that America is a “flawed democracy” that can be fixed by copying the “World’s Best Democracy” — Norway. In “Norway Is the ‘World’s Best Democracy’ — We Asked Its People Why,” NBC pretends to provide an objective look at why the Economist Intelligence Unit — based in London, where the country’s parliament actually considered banning America’s president — downgraded the U.S. to a “flawed democracy” and rated Norway the best. The article doesn’t mention one reason the U.S. is a flawed democracy: it isn’t one; it’s actually a Republic. […] Feigning fairness, the article points...
  • Washington Post adopts new motto, 'democracy dies in darkness,' says it has nothing to do with Trump

    02/22/2017 4:13:15 PM PST · by pissant · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/17 | Byron York
    The Washington Post has a new motto, displayed right below the paper's logo on its homepage: "democracy dies in darkness." It's a new thing for the paper, which never had a motto or slogan in its 140-year history. Not through World War I, or the Great Depression, or World War II, or the Cold War, or Vietnam, or Watergate, or the War on Terror, or — or anything. Through all that time, including the period when the Post was lionized for shining light on Watergate, did the paper have a motto. But now, it is "democracy dies in darkness." The...