Advertisement
HomeCollectionsDemocracy
IN THE NEWS

Democracy

FIND MORE STORIES ABOUT:
FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
October 6, 2013
Let's set something straight. There is a law, the Affordable Care Act, that was passed by both houses of Congress, signed by the president and vetted by the Supreme Court. That's all three branches of government. What House Speaker John Boehner is attempting is unconstitutional ( "Obama blames Boehner for 'reckless' shutdown," Oct. 3). If he wants to change the law, the Republicans need to win the White House and the Congress, then pass a law that amends or abolishes the present law. That's the process spelled out in our Constitution.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
By Zainab Chaudry | September 11, 2014
Last night, in a televised address to the nation, President Barack Obama outlined his administration's strategy for battling the terrorist group ISIS. While I support and even welcome part of his remarks - such as his firm distancing of ISIS from the true tenets of Islam, his admission that the majority of ISIS' victims have been other Muslims and his commitment of U.S. support for Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime - there are some issues that cause concern. We must acknowledge that ISIS is born partly as a result of extensive destabilization in the region caused by America's and Britain's 2003 invasion of Iraq in search of non-existent weapons of mass destruction.
Advertisement
NEWS
October 25, 2013
A family that takes a second and a third mortgage may be in danger of losing the family home. A nation raising its debt ceiling again and again is in danger of losing its future. I think that many people are willing to do something, but what can we do? I recommend a process where small groups come together all over the country to simplify and clarify our laws. Let us start with the farm bill. Small groups could be family farmers, ranchers, a representative of an agri-business, an agricultural extension agent, a volunteer lawyer.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Caroline Chavasse stood before a room of fidgeting young bodies and wandering eyes and made a tearful plea for her livelihood. The fate of the 51-year-old rested with this group of 40 youngsters who, with a check of a "yes" or "no" box, would decide whether she would be able to pay her mortgage for the next year. "I really do want to come back," Chavasse, a mother of two, told the students of the Arts & Ideas Sudbury School. "This is the best job I've ever had. I love being with you and seeing you grow.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
How hypocritical we are to be teaching Third World countries to establish democratic governments while our own U.S. Supreme Court makes it easier than ever for the wealthy to buy political candidates even as it suddenly discovers that "corporations are people. " Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
President Barack Obama has stated that for the U.S. to extend a helping hand to Iraq he must see "tangible commitments from Iraq's leaders to pursue more inclusive government agenda" ("50 bodies found in Iraq in massacre resurgence," July 10). Despite many setbacks, Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki announced that the army has gained the upper hand against militants of the ISIS, and I hope to see Iraq eventually become a state, self-sufficient county and the first democracy in the Arab Middle East.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner insists all that's needed to reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling (to prevent default and disaster) is for the majority party to sit down and negotiate with him. Let's be clear: negotiation is a necessary democratic activity to produce agreement; extortion is a dangerous activity designed to get something by threat. Mr. Boehner believes it's OK to use extortion - the threat to do great harm to the American people and the economy - to force others to succumb to his demands, while insisting the majority limit itself to good faith negotiation.
NEWS
February 16, 2011
Unfortunately, with the limited experience that Egypt has with democracy, there is a very good chance that we shall see continuing chaos in that nation, spreading throughout the Middle East, a region not noted for listening to the voices of its own people. The results in Iran were devastating, with the initial acceptance of a purported democratic government, destroyed by the accession of Khomeini to power. Fortunately, the religious leaders of Egypt do not have the same following, but with the Muslim Brotherhood a strong factor we may be looking at a theocratic government with no possible conversion to what we consider a democracy.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
I'm sorry to disagree with Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics ("Court's campaign finance ruling a free speech victory," July 8), but I cannot see any practical democracy in the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling. Elective offices are now for sale to the highest bidder, which puts the richest Americans firmly and permanently in the driver's seat. As long as this pernicious decision remains unchallenged in the legislature, the United States is and will remain plutocratic, and ordinary citizens' voices are effectively silenced by the shouts of organizations and candidates with limitless budgets for the purchase of air time.
NEWS
July 6, 2011
The article in Friday's Sunpaper ("Petition drive yields big numbers," July 1) was an example of freedom at work. It seems from this article that the people of Maryland have had enough of Maryland politicians who ignore their constituents and kowtow to lobbyists and political correctness. I sincerely hope their next step is to vote every politician who voted for this legislation out of office as I intend to do. Hats off to the Sunpaper for using the correct terminology, "illegal immigrant," rather than the ridiculous terminology from Gov. Martin O'Malley in this article.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to give some helpful tips to a pair of Dundalk activists about the rules of decorum at County Council work sessions and not trying to intimidate them into silence about their opposition to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed redevelopment of a government building in the community. Even if the meeting earlier this month between three officers and a pair of community activists really was intended as a "polite and friendly way to discuss concerns about protocols," as the police department's spokeswoman put it, the whole business still stinks, which Chief Jim Johnson correctly concluded after reviewing the incident.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2014
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. " At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.)
NEWS
July 14, 2014
President Barack Obama has stated that for the U.S. to extend a helping hand to Iraq he must see "tangible commitments from Iraq's leaders to pursue more inclusive government agenda" ("50 bodies found in Iraq in massacre resurgence," July 10). Despite many setbacks, Iraqi Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki announced that the army has gained the upper hand against militants of the ISIS, and I hope to see Iraq eventually become a state, self-sufficient county and the first democracy in the Arab Middle East.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
Commentators Richard Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg argue that political debates improve when they feature sound-bite answers (90 seconds maximum) and neutral moderators who don't point out when candidates make factually inaccurate statements ( "A better debate," June 15). Both these suggestions are a disservice to democracy. Such debates create consumerist politics rather than involvement; ideology rather than deliberation. The authors mention one of the Obama vs. Romney debates in which Mr. Romney made a factually false statement about Mr. Obama, then insisted he was correct when Mr. Obama protested.
NEWS
May 22, 2014
The following is part of a speech given by Chaplain Gittelsohn when the American cemetery on Iwo Jima was dedicated shortly after the fighting ended in 1945. I think it sums up the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday as well as anything ever written: "Here lie officers and men, Negroes and whites, rich men and poor men - together. Theirs is the highest and purest democracy. We shall not foolishly suppose, as did the last generation of America's fighting men, that victory on the battlefield will automatically guarantee the triumph of democracy at home.
NEWS
By Peter Morici | April 30, 2014
The new book by French economist Thomas Piketty, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," has rocketed to the top of the Amazon.com bestseller list. It accomplished this feat by offering yet another apocalyptic vision of capitalism in the tradition of Malthus, Ricardo and Marx. To American workers and a middle class besieged by stagnant wages and rising taxes, it provides justification for the dangerous elixir of confiscatory taxes on the wealthy hustled by liberal pundits and politicians.
NEWS
January 15, 2012
Regarding your recent article about the continuing violence in Iraq, it's disturbing that it and many similar pieces all followed President Obama's Dec. 2010 announcement that all American troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011 ("Blasts targeting pilgrims kill 15, injure 52 in Iraq," Jan.10). It's quite obvious that the president's action was nothing more than a political ploy to position himself in a more favorable position for re-election in 2012. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama's announcement also created the chaotic situation the articles describe.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
In the wake of the recent death of a British soldier at the hands of extremists, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary misappropriates the term "multiculturalism" and consequently muddles the discussion ("Multiculturalism is the enemy of democracy," June 2). Mr. Ehrlich argues that multiculturalism, which he sees as promoted by progressives, and which entails the maintenance of separate cultural enclaves that do not partake in American values, has no place in the United States, since it disrupts the image of the melting-pot that remains a powerful metaphor in our quasi-mythological self-conception.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | April 23, 2014
We're in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation's antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as Comcast's pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In 1890, when Republican Sen. John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he didn't distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same.
NEWS
April 15, 2014
How hypocritical we are to be teaching Third World countries to establish democratic governments while our own U.S. Supreme Court makes it easier than ever for the wealthy to buy political candidates even as it suddenly discovers that "corporations are people. " Al Funk, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.