Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Elizabeth Warren: Enough Is Enough, It's Time To Stand Up To Donald Trump

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling on "decent people everywhere" to denounce Donald Trump, saying the GOP presidential frontrunner continues to grow into a "bigger, uglier threat every day."

Warren put up her statement in a Facebook post Monday afternoon. In the first 10 minutes after it was posted, the message was shared thousands of times.

Warren has not endorsed in the Democratic presidential primary, although her influence looms large in the race.

Violent confrontations between Trump's supporters and protesters have become commonplace at his rallies in recent months. On Friday, he canceled a planned appearance in Chicago out of safety concerns, saying he had met with law enforcement. The Chicago Police Department responded that it didn't advise Trump to call off the event.

Trump has done nothing to calm his supporters, and has in fact encouraged and applauded people who lash out at protesters. On Sunday, he said he would consider paying the legal fees of a white man who sucker-punched a black man at a recent North Carolina rally.

In recent days, Trump's GOP competitors have spoken out against the violence, saying candidates should not be encouraging such behavior.

"[I]n any campaign, responsibility starts at the top," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. "And when you have a campaign that disrespects the voters, when you have a campaign that affirmatively encourages violence, when you have a campaign that is facing allegations of physical violence against members of the press, you create an environment that only encourages this sort of nasty discourse."

He also took the chance, however, to jab at President Barack Obama and lay some of the blame at his feet, saying the president has "sought to divide us on racial lines, on ethnic lines, on religious lines, on class lines."

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

Original Article
Author: Amanda Terkel

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