The Resistance Reports
March 7, 2017
Respected American research unit, Freedom House says Globally Freedom and Democracy are on a retreat & America is now “A Flawed Democracy.”
How did America get here?
It has been quite a while now, since the highly followed and respected, UK’s research unit, Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its global ranking of Democracy for the year 2016 and for America, the ranking is now “Flawed Democracy” meaning not a full democracy, and one would expect the research to register some impact on Trump & GOP supporters.
What I mean is that GOP, if they cared about America, would amend its way, for example, to being more democratic, like listening to constituents and responding to public pressure. Democracy after all, is an exercise of the will of the people, through elected officials.
This is “Critical” because America’s “Flawed Democracy” ranking, comes from the fall of “Trust” in the government, based on a variety of factors, such as electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.
However, the latest with the GOP is to close down Town Hall meeting with constituents, because constituents have been vocal in calling for the GOP to act on many issues, such as Obamacare investigate Trump on Russia.
Apart from again, shutting down Town Hall meetings, Trump and GOP have, i.e. insisted on pushing for Obamacare replacement and resists investigating Trump.
But the fact is for quite a long time now, political analysts have been pointing out that GOP’s activity, such as gerrymandering, voter suppression, obstructionism, usage of fake news, ultra-partisans, and other, will eventually hurt the vibrancy of America’s democracy. Then for years now, there are such SCOTUS rulings that turned corporations into people, helping to spread corruption and lobbying in high politics.
So because GOP had been so damaging to America’s “Democracy” for so long, the result is the EIU’s findings. There is little hope that GOP will change, even with this EIU ranking.
This is because overall, the GOP instigated policies, that would make them the “Winner” at any cost, even to the level of hurting America’s interest, for example, with the threat of much government shut-down, over conflict with Obama.
So here is one example, of GOP threat, of a shutting down of the American government, that hit the American people’s trust in government. But government shut-down is just the tip of the iceberg, the GOP had a policy of “Refusing to Work with Obama” and therefore, many important laws were not passed.
That “GOP We Must Win at All Cost” is mainly from the reaction to America having the first Black/African President, meaning the reaction is based on “Racism.” And again, as Hillary became more interested in politics and her poll number was highly positive, GOP have been on a very long road, such as with the bogus e-mail and Bengazi investigations by GOP controlled Congress, to demonize Hillary.
Then, apart from Putin hacking the American democracy, 2016 election also saw the FBI gone political and went after Hillary by hitting her a week before election, with a scandalous news, which later proved to be nothing.
EIU reports the following:
AMERICA, which has long defined itself as a standard-bearer of democracy for the world, has become a “flawed democracy” according to the taxonomy used in the annual Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. Although its score did not fall by much—from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016—it was enough for it to slip just below the 8.00 threshold for a “full democracy”. It joins France, Greece and Japan in the second-highest tier of the index. The downgrade was not a consequence of Donald Trump, states the report. Rather, it was caused by the same factors that led Mr Trump to the White House: a continued erosion of trust in government and elected officials, which the index measures using data from global surveys. In total, it incorporates 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties.
A similar pattern of declining popular confidence in political elites and institutions has also been evident in Europe. Such disaffection helped cause the scores of more than 70 countries to decline compared with 2015. Although Britain is one of the leading exemplars of this trend, it was one of only 38 countries to record an improved score, thanks to the robust turnout of 72.2% in the June 2016 Brexit referendum. Despite all the movement in the middle, however, the extremes of the ranking are still in place. Norway keeps its spot at the top with a near-perfect 9.93 out of 10, while North Korea remains rooted to the bottom of the table.