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Attacking judges puts democracy in danger.

Source: Can the courts protect democracy? Yes, but they need these three supports. – The Washington Post


Democracy demands we accept the result — and get to the bottom of Russian meddling.

Source: Trump is a legitimate president. But we need to know how he won. – The Washington Post


Hillsborough, the Southern rail crisis and corrupt councils – all were investigated by local reporters. But legislation drafted after Leveson could silence us

Source: Local papers are vital to our democracy. Now section 40 threatens their future | Sam Meadows | Opinion | The Guardian


Certainly needs progressing, especially taking into account the Power that Trump, within 10 days will gain.

We should all be extremely worried at what might occur.

Beastrabban\'s Weblog

A few days ago I put up a piece from Sam Seder’s Minority Report about a letter by three American professors of psychiatry to the Surgeon General expressing concern about Donald Trump’s health. The writers believed that Trump showed signs of severe personality defects that could exclude him from being medically fit to fulfil his post as the next American president. They therefore requested that the Surgeon General should order a psychological examination of The Donald to assess his mental fitness.

I received this comment from Twoifbycharm, who said:

This is dead on. I have done some writing on this topic, and several doctors have weighed in favorably on it. Trump exhibits the characteristics of a narcissistic sociopath. Please take a look at my report and decide for yourself. This is a dangerous situation. https://twoifbycharmwordpress.wordpress.com/ B. Ashley.

Twoifbycharm says in the introduction to his site

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign…

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Representative democracy in the United States seems further hollowed out with every election cycle.

Source: The American political system is broken – The Washington Post


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The role of the electoral college in the election of Donald Trump has come under a lot of scrutiny and debate over the past few days. Killary won the popular vote by about 1/2 million or so more votes than the orange-tanned Nazi. But Trump was ahead in the electoral college, and so won the election. Many Americans now are discussing abolishing the electoral college as an anti-democratic institution.

They’re right. It is anti-democratic. It was meant to be from the very beginning. In this piece from Outdate Democracy, the American constitutional lawyer, Paul Finkelman, explains how the electoral college was deliberately invented by James Madison, in order to preserve the power of the slave states. The Founding Fathers discussed various methods by which the present could be elected, including restricting his election to the governors. This was rejected. Madison believed that the ‘fittest thing’ would be for American citizens…

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The leaders of the European Parliament’s two largest groups called on Tuesday for the European Union to halt membership talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges.

“Our message to Turkey is very clear: accession negotiations should be frozen immediately,” said Manfred Weber, the head of the largest faction in the European Parliament, the centre-right European People’s Party.

He was echoed by Gianni Pitella, the leader of the socialist group, the parliament’s second biggest: “We want to freeze the accession talks.”

 More than 110,000 people in Turkey – including soldiers, academics, judges, journalists and Kurdish leaders – have been suspended from their positions or dismissed over their alleged backing for the plotters of a failed military coup in July.Some 36,000 have been arrested and media outlets have been shut.

“Turkey under Mr Erdogan is more and more drifting towards an authoritarian regime,” Pitella said, referring to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

“Our political message towards Turkey is that human rights, civil rights, democracy are non negotiable if you want to be part of the EU.

 

Source: European lawmakers call for end to Turkey EU membership talks | Reuters


This is one step from internment camps and then what.Are there any similarities with Hitler and if there is the camps were not only for Jews, but for anyother race and individuals whom Hitler and his supporters deamed to be not one of them.

So anyone in the US should think very closely about what may be to occur or even occuring for much can be done in 4 years, which is just short of the period of Hitlers reign.

Beastrabban\'s Weblog

This is a very short piece – less than a minute – from The Young Turks, where they talk about a suggestion from one of their viewers for defeating Trump’s proposed Muslim registry. The viewer recommends that everyone should register themselves as Muslim to overload the system. Cenk Uygur calls it ‘the I-am-Spartacus movement’, after that scene in the classic movie where the Romans ask the defeated slaves which one of them is Spartacus, and they all reply ‘I’m Spartacus’.

I’ve got my doubts about such a strategy, as I’m afraid some hardline Muslim organisations would see this not as a gesture of toleration and solidarity, but as an opportunity for mass conversion. But it remains a viable strategy to attacking this section of Trump’s own bigoted, racist and xenophobic agenda.

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The defeat of the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement shows that the people can win against entrenched corporate and political power.  The way the TPP was defeated shows how the people can win against entrenched power.

A couple of years ago, the passage of the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement seemed inevitable.

163050_600Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Republican leaders in Congress, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and most big newspapers and broadcasters were in favor of it.  The public knew little about it because it was literally classified as secret.   Congress passed fast-track authority, so that it could be pushed through without time for discussion.

Today it is a dead letter.  President Obama has given up his plan to join with Republicans and push it through a lame-duck session of Congress.   Leaders of both parties say there is no chance of getting it through the new Congress.

If you…

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On Nov. 8, the American people spoke clearly, and chose Hillary Clinton for President.

 As of this writing, Clinton leads the popular vote by roughly 200,000 votes, with 92 percent counted. Further, her lead will likely grow, with most of the remaining votes coming from blue states California, Oregonand Washington.
However, because Clinton’s support was geographically concentrated, Donald Trump will win the Electoral College and become president of the United States.

This comes only 16 years after Al Gore won the popular vote but did not become president of the United States, in a similar affront to democracy.

 

Source: The surprisingly realistic path to eliminating the Electoral College by 2020

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