Democracy is hard

Once upon a time there was a dictator in Egypt:

The people in Egypt found a weapon or more to defeat the dictator:

Then came the elections:

Mohammed Morsi was elected president of Egypt.

Happy Ending? Not yet:

 

"Democracy is hard," Hillary Clinton said when she met with President Mohammed Morsi in July 2012. "It requires dialogue and compromise and real politics.

Some people in the US may not be happy that Obama won and may want to secede from the US. Perhaps they fear that Obama may attempt a power grab, but someone should tell them to relax. Someone should tell them to be proud that in the US, with the exception of Republican vote suppression, SuperPACs, Fox News propaganda and big corporations meddling in the elections, we have a healthy democracy that for the most part works pretty well (if we forget about the filibuster for a moment). Or perhaps, someone should tell these people to go live in Egypt for a while.

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7 comments to Democracy is hard

  • BC

    What is going on in Egypt is very interesting and goes back to a comment I made on an earlier thread – the revolution was triggered by bad economics – lack of work, food to expensive, etc.  I 'm sure they didn't care for Mubarak's iron fist either.
     
    So Mursi is now going to get it as well as he's done very little to fix the core problem  – economics.
     
    I don't think the religious fanatics will win out in North Africa though.  If Mursi doesn't get his act together he will be out of a job.  Let's hope it doesn't trigger civil war like in Syria and Libya.
     
     

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  • BC

    On the Obama stuff you are so blindly partisan – all problems in the country, world and universe are due to, yup you guessed it, the Republicans. 
     
    LOL – Step away from the Kool Aid. 
     
    Obama and both parties in Congress are going to have their actions dictated to them by the economy over the next few years regardless of what either side wishes to do.
     
    As for Egypt, no need for anyone to go as it will be here within two years unless the right actions are taken in DC to stabilize the economy.  Be careful for what you wish or it won't be your HC that you worried about rather your next meal.

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    • itaest

      All problems in the country, world and universe are due to, yup you guessed it, the Republicans.

      I guessed it right!

      You know I am half German and guess what, the Germans know that the problem is with the current incarnation of Republicans, as reported in Der Spiegel, the most prominent news magazine in Germany:

      The claims that Republican leaders agreed, on the day of Obama's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2009, to rigidly block his policies, are now well-supported by credible reporting. In the last four years, it seems as if one half of America — the Republicans — has been determined to spoil everything for the other half — the Democrats — regardless of the issue and whether or not these obstructive tactics have helped or harmed the public good. This is hardly anything less than a systemic crisis.

      I've been told that there used to be moderate Republicans, those who compromised, those who cared about the country more than politics. Until I see them, I don't believe they exist and I have not seen any of those in congress.

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      • BC

        The problem in the US is lobbying and greed.  Until both are addressed there will be little progress.  We may have to go into severe depression before this changes – hope not though.
         
        One thing I am curious about though is you constantly compare the US to Germany and I think this is difficult given different cultures and history.
         
        But why live in the US if Germany is so much better especially when you are a citizen and can work there without issue?

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        • itaest

          But why live in the US if Germany is so much better especially when you are a citizen and can work there without issue?

          Quite simple: (1) Germans are not funny, (2) Germany weather sucks, and (3) I am also a Latina and a US citizen(!) and live in Miami, which is somewhere in the middle between German government efficiency and the Latino Republicanism of "you are on your own" chaos and I like that middle ground as long as I can hope it will move towards more efficiency (once Rick Scott is gone).

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          • BC

            LOL – good answer!  How Scott got elected is beyond me given how badly he defrauded Medicare.  Just like Corzine – if you have money you can get away with all sorts of stuff.

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  • BC

    ROFL.  Der Spiegel is uber liberal as per Obama as is a lot of Europe.  One of the biggest reasons is under Obama the Fed has been helping Europe and it appeared that Romney would end this.  So Der Spiegel is certainly speaking their interest.
     
    As for the article as a whole, I read this when it came out and it's extremely anti American.  To be certain we have our problems, Europe is on the verge of collapse – so who is Der Spiegel to lecture us?  Deutsche Bank, their largest bank is still levered 40 to 1 = Lehman levels.  So 2.5% loan loss then Deutsche bank is insolvent and German banks are inextricably tied to southern Europe via loans.  So if the south goes down and they will Germany will take a massive hit economically.  The European banking system will most likely collapse – certainly southern European banks will.
     
    The article mentions the "divided states" of America – kind of like northern vs. southern Europe.  And what do you think will rise again in Germany if the economy collapses.
     
    The article also mentions America critic Zakaria of CNN, who comes from a well to do family in Mumbai – why doesn't he talk about the separation in India?
     
    Zakaria also mentions how the big projects of the past really helped the country like FDR programs in 30s and Ike on the interstates.  In this regard both Zakaria and Speigel are not onky taking aim at repubs, but also Obama policy.  For example, stimulus was given to states = union handout, money was spent and now state layoffs are coming.  FDR on the other hand via CCC and other employed young men all across the country without political bias, which is why CCC got up and running in 3 months.
     
    Neither Repubs, Dems or Obama are willing to do this – so how is Obama's stimulus important or anywhere near to what FDR did?  Why didn't he do infrastructure like Ike did?  ACA is only historic if it works so Spiegel should withhold judgment on this one.  As per financial reform, neither party did anything real here – derivatives exist and no one has been prosecuted of note.  Spiegel should look at their own over-levered banks.
     
    The picture of US being back at Civil War status, as painted by Spiegel is absurd.  What we have is two parties that won't compromise.  Spiegel should look at the neo- nazi rise in Eastern Germany if they're concerned about civil war type issues.
     
    Now the business on HSR is not comparable – Europe is densely populated around cities – outside of the Northeast this is not the case so HSR doesn't have a good ROI given future lack of usage.  NY to DC/BOS would be great though.
     
    Spiegel is right though about our awful education system.  A union monopoly on education doesn't seem to be working too well and the 24/7 barrage of Hollywood garbage preaching unbridled materialism and you have to have it now certainly doesn't help.
     
    Healthier lunches into schools = kickback to Obama supporters.  If family can't afford lunch for child then they are already on food stamps so the free lunch is a double dip.
     
    As for Obama's green program = pork to campaign supporters in the form of loan guarantees to start-ups, which is a de facto investment as there is not much left when a start-up goes bankrupt.  The Hoover Dam authorized by Congress and signed by Coolidge in 1928 is a good example of what to do.
     
    Focus on end usage or building of new technology rather than investing in companies of start-ups.  Obama's green plan has been a tremendous waste of money contrary to Spiegel's claims.
     
    At any rate, the article is largely inaccurate and heavily biased.
     
     
     
     

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