Do you think the potential exists for democracy to end as a result of another large-scale attack on US soil? Would the US Constitution, as has been suggested by many, be shelved?
t should have incited the American people to try its authors for treason and vicious stupidity.
Oh, fuddleduds! You Canadians, far from being like vichysoisses, are so easily stirred up. The Department of Homeland Security is nothing more than a grandiose pork-barrel scheme. The Patriot Act is a concern, but I don't lay awake at night worrying.
I hate the word freedom. I prefer the word liberty.
To say as if that this means that the degradation of American democracy is imminent is foolish.
Americans have inalienable rights to democracy regardless of the patriot act or any other act that can be passed by democracy and or the president.
The mere fact that we are having a debate on who will be the next president of the United States (one party of which is naturally very opposed to the patroit act) should speak of the durability of American democracy.
Haggis, calm down.
Please, don't ever suppose that I have anything less than respect for you and your point of view. It hurts me when you doubt it.
Crash, why do you assume there will be an election?
Why do you think those rights to democracy cannot be snatched away in a state of martial law? And maybe accidentally forgotten to be returned?
If Americans don't believe they can lose their freedom, they will.
I really don't have a lot of hope for American democracy in its present form. I think the leaders of the US more and more come from an elite class of people (look at the presidential candidates) and understand what democracy is really all about less and less.
They seem less likely to worry about even maintaining the illusion now though. The Patriot Act is a good example of that...it takes away rights, but was passed into law because the White House said it had to be. The alleged checks and balances voted for it because they were told that not to vote for it would be unAmerican.
The last presidential election is another example. There were so many questions and issues surrounding the election, George Bush was made president with less than 50% of the vote, and that appointment was made by a bunch of judges his father put in power.
Money is the other big thing. It's impossible to even realistically seek nomination without a huge war chest. That leaves candidates open to being influenced by campaign contributors.
There are many other examples, but those are the big ones.
The last presidential election is another example. There were so many questions and issues surrounding the election, George Bush was made president with less than 50% of the vote,
and that appointment was made by a bunch of judges his father put in power.
So was Bill Clinton -- twice.
George H.W. Bush appointed two of the nine Supreme Court justices, only one of whom voted to end the recounts.