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The USA is a Republic, not a Democracy

The key difference between a democracy and a republic lies in the limits placed on government by the law, which has implications for minority rights. Both forms of government tend to use a representational system — i.e., citizens vote to elect politicians to represent their interests and form the government.

In a REPUBLIC, a constitution or charter of rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if it has been elected by a majority of voters (the conservatives rightfully know this). Conservatives believe in and follow our Constitution.

In a “PURE DEMOCRACY,” the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority (the liberal/progressive/Democrats erroneously believe they can do this). Liberals do not believe in or follow our Constitution.

Liberals are currently trying to abolish the electoral college, which has been part of our constitution for over 200 years, and have HillBillary Clintstone be president based on the popular vote. In a democracy, they could do this, but we are a republic, so they cannot. They hate our republic and you’ll never hear them mention it. They always lie and refer to us as a democracy. This makes them traitors to our country, period!

Most modern nations are democratic republics with a constitution, which can be amended by a popularly elected government. This comparison therefore contrasts the form of government in most countries today with a theoretical construct of a “pure democracy”, mainly to highlight the features of a republic.

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A Lesson for America

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ―Thomas Jefferson

Wake up, Europe, and smell the treachery.

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This article is a re-posting from Laissez Faire Today, a daily e-letter club site dedicated to social/political awareness in the broadest sense. The root of this site is one concerning financial matters, but they expound on a variety of other concerns as well with informative thought brought to their reading public through a continual series of timely articles, book reviews and discount book offerings. With an incredibly vast array of perspective LF defies categorization other than that which might be considered somewhat anarchistic … but in a respectable and responsible manner.

I offer here one of their latest posts, one that describes a woeful tale of totalitarian government surveillance and civil disobedience brought together with an historical perspective on the manner of the world in which we now live. Prepare to witness how our civil liberties in general and specifically our 4th Amendment rights have been under ongoing assault and rapid diminishment through manipulation and lies since no later than the latter half of the 20th Century. See how Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell may well go down in history as one of the greatest philosophical treatises on liberty in Socratic dialog the world has ever witnessed.

For your reading pleasure, I present:

Thank You, RUSSIA?

August 2, 2013

Dear Laissez Faire Today Reader,

Baltimore, MD What happens when you spend a day at home searching the Internet for home appliances and maybe some back-to-school supplies? For most people, you get a lazy afternoon. But one couple in Long Island, N.Y., got a visit from their local police department. They had some questions about their peculiar Internet searches.

Better sit down before you read this. And move away any valuables you might throw at a wall in a fit of rage. (more…)

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Slipping The Noose

by Benny Avni

A SPECIAL court of vital importance for the future of Lebanon and Syria — and perhaps for the whole Middle East — is set to begin work in March, as the UN Security Council determined last week.

If the court tries and punishes the assassins responsible for killing the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and specifically their Damascus-based masterminds, the whole region can become more respectful of the rule of law and assume a less cynical attitude toward democracy and good government.

It’s a big if, however. }} more…

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From the NYP:

Iraq’s Latest Milestone
Iraqi lawmakers have achieved far more in the last two years than our own feckless Congress.

by Ralph Peters

LAST week, Iraq passed another milestone on the difficult road to political maturity: Its parliament unanimously approved a new election law insuring broader participation than ever before.

In early winter, Iraqis will vote in regional elections in the country’s 14 Arab-majority provinces (the Kurds are ahead of the cycle – as they are in most things). Only the tricky status of Kirkuk must still be resolved.

Despite legions of international nay-sayers, democracy worked. (more…)

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MARK COLVIN: The word “apostate” has fallen into relative disuse in the West in the last couple of 100 years.

The idea that leaving your religion, apostasy, should be punished, has largely died out since the Enlightenment.

But Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who’s been in Australia over the last few days, is in continuous fear for her life because she is an apostate from Islam.

In 2004, in the Netherlands, her friend, the filmmaker, Theo van Gogh, was stabbed to death for an anti-Islam film for which she wrote the script. A death threat against her was pinned to the corpse with a knife.

In her subsequent book, Infidel, she stepped up her attack on global Islam. And in Australia she’s been talking about the ideas of the Enlightenment.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali says the creed of Islam itself, rather than the way it’s practised, is the problem, because the ideas of Mohammed are incompatible with the ideas of liberal democracy.

(To Ayaan Hirsi Ali) Is Islam the problem or is fundamentalist Islam the problem?

AYAAN HIRSI ALI: Islam, as a creed, is the problem, depending on how you define the problem and I define it as the ideas of Mohammed are incompatible with the ideas that liberal secular democracies are based on.

And I also want to emphasise that it’s not Muslims as in individuals, because they’re varied, they’re very diverse. Some Muslims are a problem, some Muslims are not, some Muslims are apathetic, but Islam as a system of ideas is incompatible with liberal democracy as a system of ideas.

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Some say Turkey has set an example for the entire region to follow, others think this is just another ploy by Turkey to get what it wants from the West, vis-a-vis NATO et al. Only time will tell.

The July 30, 2008 decision by Turkey’s Constitutional Court to fine – but not outlaw – the ruling Justice and Development Party is a sign that after decades of political turmoil, real democracy is finally taking root in the country. The battle in Turkey between secularism and Islamism is one that has been fiercely fought since the foundation of the republic in 1923. In the past, that ideological confrontation was played out in the streets with gun battles and coups, but this time around the dispute was resolved in a court of law. That both the ruling Islamist party and the secularist opposition turned this time to an independent judiciary to resolve their dispute speaks well of Turkey’s maturation as a democratic society. (more…)

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Movie star Omar Sharif says “Americans are ignorant… We Arabs want Sheiks, not democracy” (MEMRI). What he failed to add was, yes, rich, well-connected Arabs love the dirty-dealing Sheiks, but the little guys who constitute the vast majority of the Arab populace can’t wait to see the Sheiks thrown out on their ears.

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TMQ2 Beats MSM Each Day

May 28, 2008 Lance posted Ann Coulter’s “You Can’t Please Everybody,” prefacing it with a blurb about how it covered the same territory I covered in my piece posted the previous day entitled “Compare Ahmadinejad to Hitler.”

Today, May 30, 2008, I’m posting a New York Post Opinion piece entitled “The Virtue of Scandal: Israel’s Neighbors Should Be So Lucky” by Claudia Rosett in which she covers the same territory I covered in my piece “Olmert’s Troubles” that I posted two days ago on May 28, 2008.

Here’s Claudia’s piece: (more…)

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The Soros Threat To Democracy

George Soros is known for funding groups such as MoveOn.org that seek to manipulate public opinion. So why is the billionaire’s backing of what he believes in problematic? In a word: transparency. }} more…

George Soros & MoveOn.org: Exclusive Series

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