#American Democracy

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Maha Zehery: Celebrating true democracy in USA

Being an immigrant and an American citizen for the last 40 years, I have come to appreciate and understand the meaning of true democracy. The regular meaning of democracy is that the government does not control what people say or do. People can express their different opinions on any political issues without being punished. The country protects civil rights and liberties for its citizens. The government is not a dictatorship. Human rights are fundamental.
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Author Alice Dreger, Ph.D., to guest lecture on Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus on Feb. 10

The Georgia Southern College of Arts and Humanities will host author Alice Dreger, Ph.D., as part of the Mark Finlay Lecture Series. Dr. Dreger is an award-winning writer who speaks to various audiences on provocative topics, including gender and ethics, and will present “What Happens to Democracy When Anatomy Is No Longer Destiny?”, a lecture that questions how the body fits within a changing American democracy.
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Every American Should Fear Losing Our Democracy

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'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act

The worst part about present-day Washington isn’t the partisan polarization; it’s the public posturing. It used to be the case that if your party controlled Congress and the White House and you desired legislative action on a policy issue, your best strategy was to build a coalition of ardent supporters, devise a catchy message that corners your opponents (those explaining are losing), and persuade the president to mount a rhetorical campaign on your behalf, or “go public.” Optimistic and democratic, the rationale was simple: High visibility and public pressure would help coalesce a majority in favor of action.

Where are the interviews with regular Americans terrified for our democracy?

And I know I’m not the only one. I am terrified by the increasingly real possibility that this country — if Republicans take Congress in 2022 and Trump prevails in 2024 — could become a white Christian authoritarian state, where constitutional rights and protections get rolled back either by law, by fiat, or at the point of a neo-Brownshirt’s gun.

January 28 Wake Forest Virtual Symposium: “Preserving American Democracy: Exploring Modern Democracy through the History and Development of First Amendment Jurisprudence and Election Law”

I’m looking forward to participating in this event (free registration required):. The Wake Forest Law Review is excited to present “Preserving American Democracy,” a symposium evaluating the influence of First Amendment jurisprudence and election law on modern American Democracy. This symposium will include presentations from scholars across the country discussing topics such as the impact of First Amendment rights on privacy and civil rights, how free speech jurisprudence could better protect against incitement of harm, and how to minimize risks of election subversion in modern elections.

Far-right radio and the fight for American democracy

On the Jan. 6 episode of Steve Bannon’s show War Room, the message is clear:. “Trump won. And Biden’s illegitimate. And you’re just gonna have to live with it, okay? Because we’re not backing off one inch.”. Right-wing talk radio and podcasts have influence and reach....
Daily Illini

Opinion | American democracy lingers on life support | Part II

In response to Democrats’ persistent attempt to override the filibuster, particularly for the passage of their signature voting rights bills, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “The Senate isn’t broken and doesn’t need fixing.”. This falsehood espoused disingenuously either in bad faith for political convenience or...

Kaultbaum: Democrats are Turning On Each Other

It’s never too late to change parties because it seems the Democrats are imploding as they turn on each other. Many have seen increased infighting as they lose control as the midterms close in. Recently an attack that has made headlines is Senator Bernie Sanders. The wannabe-Presidental nominee has gone after two senators he believes are holding up primary legislation.

Pelosi speaks mumbo jumbo

If you love news, you'll love our homepage!If you love news, you'll love our homepage!. American democracy can’t be confined by a lack of bipartisanship, if partisan power is the only way to pass Democrats’ voting reform legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D‑Calif.) declared Monday. Using the...
Up and Coming Weekly

If you are not worried about the future of American democracy...

If you are not worried about the future of American democracy, you are not paying attention. There is a lot of hot air on this topic from the left and the right. People share their thoughts based on little more than individual political leanings and overheated emotions — no need to take my word for this. Just turn on CNN, Fox News, or scroll your Facebook or Instagram accounts, and you will get the idea pronto.
Boston Globe

‘American democracy is under attack’: Warren urges support for voting rights legislation, rails against filibuster

In a speech that lasted over an hour, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren unleashed a fiery defense of voting rights legislation that Democrats have labeled as being crucial to protecting democracy late Tuesday. Warren railed against Republicans whom she said have undermined the ability for all Americans to have their voices...
The media

Is American Democracy Doomed To Fail?

The attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and its aftermath on political life, contributed to the growing literature on the fate of democracies in the 21st century. Could the United States soon lose its basic liberties? And how could that happen? What are the lessons we can draw from history? The most frightening historical analogy that is often referred to is the fall of the Weimar Republic in Germany and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler by legal means in 1933. According to this “Hitler scenario,” political chaos in the United States, coupled with the ongoing pandemic, growing partisanship in Congress, and uncertainty about the future of the economy could lead to a disputed presidential election in 2024, in which both Democrats and Republicans claim victory and accuse each other of fraud. This could easily be followed by violence, and Donald Trump being re-elected. Under these circumstances, many believe that a Trump Administration would strive to secure all the control necessary to prevent serious and genuine opposition and proceed as an authoritarian dictatorship. Attention must be drawn here to the fact that prominent historians and political analysts are increasingly using this analogy, and that is why it must be taken seriously. The Weimar Republic was founded in Germany in 1918, at the end of World War I, and its early years were marked by an economic crisis due to the financial reparations imposed on Germany by the victorious Allies under the Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919. But from 1924 to 1929, the Republic began to grow and flourish, becoming a liberal democracy boasting arts and culture, such as cinema, theater, painting, and sculpture. Similarly, women enjoyed emancipation, and alternative lifestyles were accepted. However, the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange in September 1929 led to a global recession, so global trade declined, and unemployment skyrocketed everywhere.

Homer-Dixon on American democracy

Thomas Homer-Dixon’s Globe and Mail op-ed continues to generate headlines and discussion. Homer-Dixon, director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads, was interviewed twice recently on MSNBC. He spoke with Nicole Wallace, host of Deadline Whitehouse. Here is some of what he had to say:. “…the point of my...