Sunday, September 18, 2011

Google searching "democracy in distress"

Yes, this is how brain dead I have become this Sunday.  But it is interesting to me.  Only the Pearson Study Guide comes in higher on Google.

Here are some links that pop up other than my own...

Pearson American History Study Site...

From 2004...
Philip James: Democracy in distress | World news |
If the US wants to restore confidence in its voting system it must learn lessons from the recent elections in Venezuela, writes Philip James
Philip James, Friday 20 August 2004 12.18 EDT

A flikr photostream...

Our democracy is in Distress! by jarnocan

Our democracy is in Distress!, a photo by jarnocan on Flickr.

One from the rabid left wing...
democracy in distress – Oh!pinion: democracy in distress
Michigan replaces democracy with dictatorship
Apr 18th, 2011 by S.W. Anderson. 18 comments

"From the chambers of Congress to the legislatures of all the states, to various forms of county government down to the lowliest town council of the smallest hamlet, American government for more than 200 years has standardized on democracy, until now.

Under a radical-conservative, tea party governor and his legislative allies, Michigan has embarked on a path that replaces democratically elected local government with appointed managers — dictatorship at the least, potentially outright fascism at the worst."

Another one from the far side of the left...

Democracy In Distress"We the people have endured repeated abuses of power by the Executive Branch of our government, and the failure of Congress to stand up for what’s right.

  We’ve seen our nation led into war based on false premises and cynical half-truths. We’ve seen our good name disgraced by torture, secret prisons and profiteering. And we’ve seen our Constitution and laws ignored and violated.

  As a result our democracy has suffered at home, and our reputation has been tarnished abroad. America is less free and less secure. It is time to restore the core values of American democracy that made us a beacon of hope in a troubled world – freedom from tyranny, respect for individual liberty and human rights, and government based on the rule of law.

  It is time to right our country and reclaim our flag as the symbol of a democracy we can all be proud of.

  Today Common Cause launches Recapture the Flag, a campaign to unite us around the promise and hope of America. Please come to our website and sign the pledge below. "

One from 1998 and that whole flag burning amendment thing... The flag amendment: A symbol of democracy in distress"...a long line of Supreme Court decisions affirming the First Amendment right of American citizens to burn the U.S. flag as a form of expression.
Most Americans disagree with the Supreme Court. So do most members of Congress. For several years now, members of Congress have been trying to secure passage of a constitutional amendment to circumvent the court and to allow the punishment of those who desecrate the American flag.
Each term, the passage of such an amendment becomes more of a possibility. Last year, the House passed a proposed amendment by an overwhelming margin. Now the Senate is ready to take it up with the introduction of a proposed amendment earlier this week. During the 104th Congress, this effort fell only three votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate after comfortably making it through the House. This year, that three-vote margin may not be there. If the proposed amendment is approved by the Senate, it goes to the state legislatures, where ratification is assured since 49 already have endorsed it.

If that happens, for the first time in its two centuries of existence, the Bill of Rights will have been amended. That is a terrible price to pay for the privilege of punishing those who believe the First Amendment means what it says."
Some Bengali political shenanigans...
Democracy in Distress : The Murder of Madan Tamang « Signpost : Siliguri" The brutal assassination of Madan Tamang, President of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL) in broad daylight by an armed gang on 21st May is a body blow to democracy in the trouble-torn, three  mountainous sub-divisions of Darjeeling district in West Bengal.

Two days after the murder the police fear that the main accused, all members of Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s (GJM) frontal organizations, have taken shelter in neighbouring Sikkim.

Laxman Pradhan , General Secretary of ABGL has lodged an FIR accusing Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha Gurung and several other GJM central committee members including Roshan Giri, Harka Bahadur Chhetri and Binay Tamang  of criminal conspiracy.

It is now widely believed that Mr. Tamang’s fearless opposition to the fascist and corrupt leadership of GJM had infuriated them. GJM’s stranglehold on the hills was getting threatened by the coming together of several anti-GJM outfits including the influential Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM) under the leadership of Mr. Tamang.

That's it for now.  I am a little surprised at the lack of Tea Party links on the first couple Google pages.  I guess, after eight years of Bush, they need more than three years of Obama to catch up on their hit counts.
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