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Middle East 'Democracy'

Cal18 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 11:19 AM
Well said. I'm a Republican ONLY because there's no Conservative Party. I'd be a Libertarian if they'd drop the push to legalize all drugs. I like their stand on the Constitution and balanced budgets. Where the GOP is concerned, it's lost its spine. It went astray under George Bush and is now trying to find itself and that means it's becoming Democrat-lite. When that happens, I'm out.
Roy323 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 1:22 PM
PT-I share Cal18s views Re the "libertarian stand on the War on Drugs" and only wish the Gubmint would enforce existing Law. My further, and irrevocable, Major disagreement with the Libertarian Stand is on what amounts to Isolationist position on International excursions. Yes, I've "been there/Done that" and I will die thinking 'Better Over There than HERE"!
hboring Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:20 PM
I forgot, there's an argument for your position at the Federal level, but the states could well restrict drug use.
hboring Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 12:19 PM
Let's see how those states that have legalized marijuana fare before we jump on that bandwagon.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 11:47 AM
Cal18--consider that the libertarian stand on the War on Drugs IS the Constitutional stand. There is absolutely no authorization in the Constitution for a war on drugs. If you like the libertarian stand on the Constitution, as you say, I think you should reconsider.

The Obama administration treated the creation of "democracy" in the Middle East as a Good Thing. Ironically, those who created the United States of America viewed democracy with fear-- and created a Constitutional republic instead.

Everything depends on how you define democracy. In its most basic sense, democracy means majority rule. But there can be majority rule in a free country or in a country with an authoritarian or even a dictatorial government.

In this age of sloppy uses of words, many people include freedom in their conception of democracy. But whether democracy leads to freedom is an open...