The articles of this declaration seem like such a no-brainer but at this point in time, they have to be codified & THANK YOU WDI SCOTLAND for doing so!
Man, I hear this ALL the time! A really good break-down of the debate. “…if you think these people are indifferent toward democracy, you couldn’t be more mistaken…it certainly wouldn’t hurt their cause any to convince a large part of the public that democracy never even existed in the first place.”
From what I hear, lots of people already believe that.
It’s bound to happen. Mention something about protecting American democracy within earshot of a right-winger, and you are pretty much guaranteed these days to get a canned response like this: “America is not a democracy, you libtard snowflake moron! It’s a republic!” This is a snappy comeback intended to “own the libs”, but all it actually does is demonstrate ignorance and gullibility.
Saying that a nation is “a republic and not a democracy” is like saying that an animal is a dog, and not a mammalian quadruped. Because democracy and republic are not at all antithetical or mutually exclusive. Rather, a republic is a particular kind of democracy: namely a democracy in which citizens elect representatives to make laws on their behalf.
As the entry for republic over at Britannica states:
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I learned of Thích Nhất Hạnh many years ago when I was in the Cleveland Dharma Study Group. He was one of many Buddhist masters whose books I read & cherished. I am very sad to hear of his passing.
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Brooking’s Lib began his last essay by asking why anyone would ever vote for a Republican. He then went into great detail about why Republicans represent a clear and present danger to America today. He concluded his essay by asking, “Am I wrong?” No Jeff, you’re not wrong. You’re 100% correct. I’d like to offer some additional thoughts I’ve had for quite some time however.
To answer your question simply, people vote for Republicans because they like what they’re hearing from Republicans. That part has never changed.
But many things have changed. Things are very different now. We see what’s happening on the news, we read about it and we feel it in the air. We’re at each other’s throats and we literally hate each other. Many say it’s not impossible that we’re heading for another civil war, and it wouldn’t surprise me because the hatred and feelings of justification…
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I have never heard of this festival before. The world is filled with wonderful celebrations.
Today is the day when the Sun enters the constellation of Makara (Capricorn). It’s celebrated as Pongal, Bihu, Bhogi and mostly as Makara Sankranti in India to express gratitude to Mother Earth for providing sustenance in the form of grains and other edibles, and also to the farm animals, especially the cow, which is worshipped and treated as mother. We are the only mammals who drink the milk of other species.
This festival is important, because a society can survive without rocket technology, but not without agriculture. This day of gratitude and celebration of the bountifulness of the earth and nature is a beautiful Indian festival that all environmentalists, irrespective of the religion and geography, should participate in.
This is celebrated by flying kites, lighting bonfires, bathing in holy rivers, worshipping Lord Sun, making, eating and distributing sweets made from sesame (til) and jaggery.
Now on a…
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I love this poem
By Nguyễn Văn Thiện, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
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I wholeheartedly agree.
This is an open letter to white evangelicals in the United States. It’s time for you to get vaccinated. If you are a Christian prove yourself. Otherwise, if you refuse vaccination, and contract COVID-19 this blog would suggest that you should not be mourned in death. One aspect to your foolishness is that you have proved the Charles Darwin is right.
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This is really important. The difference in symptoms in heart attack shows the sex-based differences in men & women. You cannot “identify” yourself into the other sex & for medical reasons alone, COMPLETE HONESTY about your birth sex should be maintained, regardless of how you identify. For your own health & the collective health of all of us.
Do you know, when women have heart attacks, they seldom experience the same symptoms as men experience. Yet men’s symptoms are well and widely known. We men are told what to watch for early in life. So why are women not told what symptoms and signs they should watch for! Heart attacks are the number one killer of women in the world. If we do not know how to spot them coming, the earlier the better, how can women get the help they need before or when they need it.
Until just recently I had no idea heart attacks for women did not present the same as heart attacks for men. And when I found out, I was furious. Even in the medical world, where women dominate by numbers, most women are not aware of their signs of an oncoming heart attack, or an ongoing heart attack. So how do…
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