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Wed May 20, 2020, 08:10 AM

When other countries look at U.S., do they see a democracy or a dictatorship?

Many countries of the world have a lot of respect for the World Health Organization (WHO). They see them as promoting better health for people around the world. They are knowledgeable.

When Donald Trump says he is going to withdraw us from the World Health Organization, it is an affront to all the people of America. Is this what America really wants?

Yet, the Republican Party is silent...

Mitch McConnell and his Republican cohorts are waiting for the next election to be over. They hope to escape with the minimal of damage.

And people question whether America is still a democracy?

With no response from our Senators and Congressmen, many may conclude that we are now a dictatorship.

Which side are we on?

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Reply When other countries look at U.S., do they see a democracy or a dictatorship? (Original post)
kentuck May 2020 OP
House of Roberts May 2020 #1
kentuck May 2020 #2
Nay May 2020 #3
Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #13
malaise May 2020 #18
Johnny2X2X May 2020 #4
C_U_L8R May 2020 #5
Tom Rinaldo May 2020 #6
kentuck May 2020 #9
Igel May 2020 #15
lark May 2020 #7
Hugin May 2020 #8
kentuck May 2020 #12
tazkcmo May 2020 #10
Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #14
tazkcmo May 2020 #16
Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #17
tazkcmo May 2020 #19
Buckeye_Democrat May 2020 #11

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:13 AM

1. We are an oligarchy.

Congress only passes laws that the oppressor class approves.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:19 AM

2. Yep...

People don't always vote in their own best interest.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:36 AM

3. What they see is an empire, one that has no qualms about trampling anybody or anything

in its compulsion to acquire more power and money.

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Response to Nay (Reply #3)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:31 AM

13. IMO, the best answer.

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Response to Nay (Reply #3)

Wed May 20, 2020, 02:45 PM

18. THIS

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:37 AM

4. They see a failing state and they are afraid

I have several Canadian friends, they're scared, they can't believe what the US is becoming and message often for reassurance, I give none. I tell them that the US is a threat to them and if Trump wins 4 more years that Canada is not safe from US aggression economically, he will try to punish them.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:42 AM

5. A lot of stupid people voting against their own well-being.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:46 AM

6. For most of the world Democracies are flawed at best, and the U.S. is just another one.

Exceptionally well functioning democracies are rare outside of Europe, North America and a few bright spots in Asia. The Philippines is "a democracy". Russia is "a democracy. Turkey is "a democracy" and so on. It's not so much that the U.S. is no longer viewed as "a democracy", it's that we done so much under Trump to cheapen the idea of being "a democracy". Being viewed as "a democracy" is less often equated with embracing "good government". It increasingly is seen as just another way of organizing the distribution of the spoils among those who have access to power.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #6)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:05 AM

9. Well said!

Good government cannot be taken for granted.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #6)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:35 AM

15. "Democracy" also took a hit over the last 10-15 years for another reason.

If you watched a lot of protests and quasi-revolutions, the signs and spokesfolk often seemed to point to the equivalence of democracy = (fast) prosperity.

In other words, dictatorship = poverty.

What happened is that in some cases "democracy" was put in place, whether formal and superficial or fairly thorough-going, and prosperity didn't immediately ensue.

Abductive logic got them to a false conclusion (as it often does, it's not real logic but puts on a good act). GIGO.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 08:52 AM

7. We are a functioning oligarchy that is trying to be changed to an rw fascist dictatorship.

Of course, it is being run by oligarchs, the continuing destructive force in this country and the world.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:03 AM

8. They see a very un-funny wanna-be banana flavored laffy-taffy republic.

But, mostly they see an ill managed fascism, stinking of organized crime with a broken down self-absorbed syphilitic cretin as a front man, a complicit and completely auto-neutered one party genuflecting government, and a few corporate interests really running things from the safety of their ensconced enclaves.

That about sums it up.

P.S. They're terrified.

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Response to Hugin (Reply #8)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:24 AM

12. They have a reason to be terrified.

Somehow, the facts have to defeat the propaganda.

Facebook and technology is simple to use and simple people use it. Many times with no authoritative sources. Nothing more than a slogan on a colored background.

When there are no responses from the so-called 'Legislature' to the incredible comments and actions coming from this White House, we can only conclude that we are in a dictatorship.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:08 AM

10. Neither

They see a once productive and desirable beacon of fairness and freedom reduced to a dysfunctional and impoverished rubble of trash.

MAGA!!!!

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Response to tazkcmo (Reply #10)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:34 AM

14. Hell, even "I" have never looked at America as a "beacon of fairness and freedom". I doubt

very much that the world has either.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #14)

Wed May 20, 2020, 11:01 AM

16. They did when I lived there.

1975 to 1978, W. Germany

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Response to tazkcmo (Reply #16)

Wed May 20, 2020, 02:43 PM

17. They were wrong.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #17)

Wed May 20, 2020, 03:23 PM

19. I would agree

But this was during the Carter administration and before Raygun

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2020, 09:11 AM

11. They probably view us as more dangerous than ever.

Even before Trump, polling of people across the world showed that the plurality viewed the USA as the MOST DANGEROUS country in the world.

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