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W(h)ither Democracy?

Our friends on the political Left seem fond of imbuing certain words with talismanic power. "Multiculturalism," "diversity," "dialogue"--these and kindred phrases figure prominently in the rhetorical arsenal of our lefty pals. In fact, one probably can't attend college in the United States these days without hearing multiple paeans to "diversity" and "dialogue." These locutions are simply inescapable.

Strangely, though, our buddies on the Left implicitly provide curious definitions for their beloved words of choice. After all, you needn't be a Women's Studies major to recognize that the leftist's notion of "diversity" seems notably un-diverse. Not much room for intellectual diversity, is there?

Although, furthermore, the lefties love "multiculturalism," for some reason evangelical Christians don't count as one of the world's glorious cultures. Funny, that.

We, the crack young staff of "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," have noted that our friends on the political Left have even offered their own set of curious definitions to a word of great power among their neoconservative enemies--democracy. These days, it seems, our lefty pals bandy about very strange meanings for the word "democracy."

Take, for instance, the far-left radio and television program "Democracy Now! Hosted by an odious radical called Amy Goodman, the show offers little more than nutty propaganda: Almost all the guests share the "progressive" views of the host and merely browbeat the audience with dubious arguments. The "Democracy Now!" crowd, after all, are the type of people who consider Sami Al-Arian a philo-Semitic American patriot.

And this gets us to our point: The folks who bring us "Democracy Now!" truculently oppose the liberation of Iraq. Undoubtedly many of them opposed the removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Further, they have nothing but vitriol for Israel, the lone democracy in the entire Middle East.

How can these buffoons present themselves as promoting, well, "Democracy Now"? Or even "Democracy a Bit Later"? Not, we daresay, for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Apparently they promote a rather selective vision of democracy. To them, democracy is the power of a ragtag assortment of dilapidated hippies clad in Che T-shirts at a useless International ANSWER march. Democracy, it appears, is just a synonym for Free Mumia.

But you needn't take our word for it. Just check out a recent article from "Democracy Now!" stalwart Noam Chomsky, who argues in the pages of The Nation that the way to handle the Iranian regime is by promoting democracy--in America.

Here's The Nation's feculent description for this feculent piece, which is titled "How To Stop a Showdown with Iran":

There's no way of knowing if the White House is planning war in Iran. But stopping Bush from sparking intentional or accidental war requires the promotion of democracy--this time at home--in a way that allows public opinion to shape policy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah: Those poor Persians must still endure the horrors of fascistic mullahs. It's America, thinks Mr. Chomsky, that requires lessons in democracy. (And by this, of course, he means the eschewing of representative democracy in favor of a foreign policy shaped entirely by public opinion polls.)

And to think these fools have the audacity to claim that they are "speaking truth to power." Where's the truth?

(Note: The crack young staff normally "weblog" over at "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," where they are currently wondering how Noam Chomsky, a scorching critic of the evils of capitalistic America, can blithely live in tony Lexington, MA.)


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I think Mr Carter's preside... (Below threshold)
epador:

I think Mr Carter's presidency well demonstrated how Mr. Chomskey's approach works in Iran.

SOOOO that's why Lexington,... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

SOOOO that's why Lexington, MA. is so screwed up....even by mASSACHUSETTS standards...

"The folks who bring us "De... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The folks who bring us "Democracy Now!" truculently oppose the liberation of Iraq."

Democracy = a goverment run by a majority of the people.

A majority of the people think Iraq was a mistake and want us out.

Now stop calling yourself "crack." You aren't "crack" and I certainly doubt you are "young" since your writing style is that of a bitter old woman who happens to have a thesaurus nearby and way too much time to waste on it.

jp2:Democracy ... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2:

Democracy = a goverment run by a majority of the people. A majority of the people think Iraq was a mistake and want us out.

Looks like a dim bulb has been illuminated.

You have the definition correct but your application of the term leaves much to be desired.

jp2, you refer to a poll and polls have zero to do with a democracy as laid out by the Forefathers.

I hope this minor correction in your thinking helps you along in the educational process.

If not... just keep posting nonsensical comments and keep getting slapped down.

And bTW jp2: Based on you d... (Below threshold)
marc:

And bTW jp2: Based on you definition of a "democracy," i.e. by a poll the American peoplehave spoken. It's time to run the "cut and runners" out of Congress.

"Overall, do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way the Democrats in Congress are handling the situation in Iraq?"

Approve Disapprove Mixed Feelings Unsure
40 57 2 1

Multiculturism is just the ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Multiculturism is just the Left's way of enforcing racism by making no one integrates into a society and differences are pointed out and maintained. Keeps the lower species in their proper place.

Political Correctness is simply their code word for censorship. Odd how the first instinct of the Left in a debate isn't to debate but to shut the other point of view out entirely. The Right argues the facts and the Left files a lawsuit.

As for Democracy and Iraq--the Left has made it clear they think so little of the brown skinned people that they should also be under the crushing heel of a dictator. Back up to the first paragraph and people supposedly knowing their roles.

The Left views people entirely through their skin color or sex. To the Left all women think exactly the same, all Blacks, all Hispanics/Lations, and all Asians, and any other racial discriminator they insist on must think alike as well. And those thoughts had damn well better be what the elitist--usually white and well off--Leftists tell them to think.

Only The Left would define "freedom" as total submission of your life to the government.

Many of the conclusions sta... (Below threshold)

Many of the conclusions stated here are overgeneralized, and yet another oversimplification of the many viewpints of liberals who certainly do not all reason alike. Anything that chooses to call itself a "Hatemonger's Quarterly", certainly has begun to raise suspictions about some of their opinions right before even the first word is read, questioning the judgement of such a self-defeating name for anything with any serious opinion of worthwhile value. But the very extreme views of Amy Goodman or THE NATION do not really represent the mainstream liberal community, but the more extreme edges of the progressives.

On the other hand, public input on foreign policy may be important, but still largely the public is not as well informed on foreign policy matters as the White House, Congress or members of the military or intelligence community are expected to be. It is highly important that the White House honestly portray foreign policy to the public and Congress and sell them on the merits of a certain form of foreign policy. Failure to honestly represent foreign policy to the public or Congress is a large part of the current problem for this White House, where both the Congress and public may be now supporting too fast of an exit from Iraq out of anger at this White House and the problems with their planning of this war.

On another hand, foreign policy cannot really be guided by public opinion, but what is best for the security of the U.S., which puts much responsibility on the White House to sell an honest foreiogn policy that the public will see the merits of and fall behind in support. Apologists for this White House go to great lengths to defend the many faces of the ineptness that this White House has brought on itself, nearly making the Carter Administration look like experts by comparison.

It's all just MSM perversio... (Below threshold)
kim:

It's all just MSM perversion, Paul. This administration has been pretty clear about its foreign policy; it has done well with it, too. You've just been propagandized.

This has been an active administration on the foreign policy front. You've no clue, because it isn't reported.
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Anything that chooses t... (Below threshold)
marc:

Anything that chooses to call itself a "Hatemonger's Quarterly", certainly has begun to raise suspictions about some of their opinions right before even the first word is read,

So why do you assume "worst case" Paul?

Could it not be possible the title refs a quarterly that chronicles the exploits of "hate mongers?"

Ina post the refs Democracy Now and the despicable Amy Goodman only goes to re-enforce that possibility.

Chosmsky, the champion of c... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Chosmsky, the champion of collective ownership of personal property, owns $2.1 million dollars worth of real estate, including a $1.2 million vacation house.

He has taken tens of millions from th form of gevernment he derides.

Chmosky is full of shit.

A hypocritical sack of shit.

Another damned liberal who is fully committed to the belief that sacrifice is something others have to make.

He is not worth the weight of the electronic ink spent upon him.

Democracy = a goverment ... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Democracy = a goverment run by a majority of the people.

jp

You need to read the letters of the founding fathers. You need to leave behind the education teaching you of why Heather has two mommies and there are chains in the bedroom and how to put on a spiked condom and learn history free of the plague that is cultural diversity.

You need to learn why they eschewed a direct democracy.

It's really important.

Really.

jpThe book is call... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

jp

The book is called "The Federalist Papers."

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"It's all just MSM perve... (Below threshold)
Steigen:

"It's all just MSM perversion, Paul. This administration has been pretty clear about its foreign policy; it has done well with it, too."

This ought to have been posted by Alice. What sort of a delusional Wonderland have you been living in, my dear?

Go read some foreign press for a Real World view of what this simplistic president and his crack(-ed up) foreign policy team have accomplished.

The Antiseptic Baby and the... (Below threshold)
Arthur Guiterman:

The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the bunny gamboled up;
They looked upon the Creature with a loathing undisguised;
It wasn't Disinfected and it wasn't Sterilized.

They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Disease;
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as Banished Hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.

In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And elected it a member of the Fumigated Band.

There's not a Microcccus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodophorm a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup
The Bunny, and the Baby, and the Prophlyactic Pup.

Many trade deals, Steigen. ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Many trade deals, Steigen. Read the Economist, not the rabble rousers.
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The left allows all to spea... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

The left allows all to speak, as long as they agree with what you are saying. The left is all for peace as long it is the US retreating in submisson to the commies/Islamo-Fascists or whoever is opposing us at the the time. What s bunch of self-loathing elitists.

Alice...still delusional af... (Below threshold)
Steigen:

Alice...still delusional after all these years.

I don't give a flying crap to go digging up some pro-Bush P.O.S. from the Economist. It is hardly the paragon authority on Bush foreign policy lunacy.

You are in dire need of some reality, my dear. You're much-to-much like the pre-teenie weenie, Ashley Ferl, who fawned over & wept pre-puber tears for her Sanjaya in the week before last.

Although Lewis Meadows has ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Although Lewis Meadows has the much more elegant exact Bono quote in the Pelosi Felony Damascus thread.

Steigen, stop throwing sand.
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"in the Pelosi Felony... (Below threshold)
Steigen:

"in the Pelosi Felony Damascus thread."


Ah. and now l'il Alice is a noted legal authority in Wonderland waving her latest crazed indictment?

You've got me in tears.<br ... (Below threshold)
kim:

You've got me in tears.
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The lefties are so pathetic... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The lefties are so pathetic and predictable. They care what others think of them more then what they think of themselves. Low self esteem issues and/or self-loathing. ww

umm, i read the economist, ... (Below threshold)
slingshot:

umm, i read the economist, and it is hardly supportive of bush's comeptence or the "progress" in Iraq. i am not sure what economist you're talkng about kim.

Steigen:Go rea... (Below threshold)
marc:

Steigen:

Go read some foreign press for a Real World view of what this simplistic president and his crack(-ed up) foreign policy team have accomplished.

Isn't the same advice the fatuous Rosie offered to give the "best view" of the U.S?

marc, if you really even gi... (Below threshold)
Steigen:

marc, if you really even give a damn beyond your own propaganda sources, take a look at what is being said in the world beyond Fox, Wash. Times and the wingnut right blogosphere.

I agree with Noam Chomsky. ... (Below threshold)
Zappaluvr:

I agree with Noam Chomsky. The United States of America is in dire need of some democracy now!

We can start by initiating taxpayer funded elections, DECONSOLIDATING the corporate media monopolies, and investing billions in education instead of continuing to spend more than the rest of the world COMBINED on weapons.

I love how the right ALWAYS points to neville chamberlain to refute liberalism and appeasement. That was almost SEVENTY years ago.

Can one of you right wingers explain how 60+ years of OUTLANDISH militarization has helped make the world more peaceful? Peace through strength my ass. Talk about double orwellian speak. That's almost as bad as calling an ESCALATION a surge.

I yearn to educate the right. If only I could get past the roadblock of mindless generalizations and hate that fills your little, indoctrinated minds.

Captain Obvious

I agree with Noam Chomsk... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I agree with Noam Chomsky.

We all have vices in life, I suppose.

We can start by initiating taxpayer funded elections

Letting the government determine which candidates get money? Joy o' joys.

DECONSOLIDATING the corporate media monopolies

Feel free to provide a plan without the government basically buying it. You know why corporations own the media?

Nobody else can afford it.

It's not easy to take a massive bath that investing in newspapers has become. And with the TV news' ratings plummeting and demographically skewing ever older, ad revenue is going to start to shrink more and more.

and investing billions in education instead of continuing to spend more than the rest of the world COMBINED on weapons.

Yes, strip money away from a Constitutionally mandated part of the government and give it to one that is not only not Constitutionally-mandated, but horribly inefficient and inept to boot.

I love how the right ALWAYS points to neville chamberlain to refute liberalism and appeasement. That was almost SEVENTY years ago.

Provided you ignore some of the LOVELY slaughters that people on your side of the political spectrum produced this past century.

Can one of you right wingers explain how 60+ years of OUTLANDISH militarization has helped make the world more peaceful? Peace through strength my ass. Talk about double orwellian speak. That's almost as bad as calling an ESCALATION a surge.

I know, the death of dark-skinned Iraqis is a non-issue for you as long as you can continue attempting to feel like you're actually making a positive impact on the world.

I yearn to educate the right. If only I could get past the roadblock of mindless generalizations and hate that fills your little, indoctrinated minds.

Curse "logic". We should just listen to your mindless gabber, right?
-=Mike

ss, there is some justice i... (Below threshold)
kim:

ss, there is some justice in your contention re: the Economist. Watch the news of trade negotiations. Commerce is Peace's greatest ally.
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Can one of you right win... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Can one of you right wingers explain how 60+ years of OUTLANDISH militarization has helped make the world more peaceful?

I love how the left fails to realize that history never reveals her alternatives.

If it weren't for those god... (Below threshold)
kim:

If it weren't for those goddamned corporatists, everything would be kumbayah by now. And Muslims would be quaint. Dam joos.
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