"Democracy has come to be seen as the key to legitimacy. We see leaders playing rhetorical games. And so you have [Russian President Vladimir] Putin talking about 'sovereign' democracy, where the sovereign in question seems to be himself. You have the Burmese generals talking about 'disciplined' democracy. China discussing 'socialist' democracy. Or [Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf, in his audacity, talking about 'genuine' democracy as he imposes emergency rule," he said. Speaking at Washington's National Press Club, Roth accused established democracies like the United States of complicity in the charade.
"Perhaps the best illustration of the way that the natural defenders of democracy - the major Western democracies - are lowering the bar on what it takes to enter the club of democracies was the way that President Bush responded to General Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan. Musharraf detained thousands of opposition figures. He shut down part of the press. Judges were dismissed, undermining the rule of law. Yet President Bush said that Musharraf had somehow not crossed the line [gone too far]. He noted that Musharraf believes in democracy. That he is on the road to democracy. Now if the road to democracy includes locking up one's opponents, silencing the press, and undermining the rule of law, it is easy to see why every tyrant around the world thinks that he, too, might be able to qualify as a democrat," he said. The US no longer has the moral authority
* Of course the White House dismissed any suggestion that the United States has ceased to be an effective advocate of human rights. we are no longer a Democracy ourselves. It is merely a moniker used to interfere around the world. as i watch the world faling apart not just on a Government level but on an environmental level around the United States, throughout China, and the world, think about this! Iraq continues to blow as we heard another 100 dead yesyerday in Bush's success. The middle east continues to blow due to Bush's so called Democratization. Iran is getting closer to war with Bush because he wants his version od Democracy there. afghanistan is failing because of Bush.
* Bush has lied daily to get what he wants and Congress and the Senate being complicit allows him to to what he wants taking control of us and the world. He destroys what he wants and then covers it up and Congress fails to hold him accountable. I don't understand! As I watch Bush daily destroy our Democracy enabled by the complicit Senate and interfering in every country around the world we hear that he has been destroying all emeils and tapes for at least the last 5 years. Thousands ant it is denied and thats it
* The world is falling apart the country is falling apart, our ecomy is collapsing, we are told our national guard are inadequate to rescue us if needed and our so called Politicians allow it to happen and just play friggen games. Unbelievably to me With the Super Bowl fast approaching, a powerful Republican senator says he wants the NFL to explain why it let evidence of the New England Patriots cheating scandal be destroyed. "I am very concerned about the underlying facts on the taping, the reasons for the judgment on the limited penalties and, most of all, on the inexplicable destruction of the tapes," said Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., in a Thursday letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. BS!
* Specter is the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. NFL security confiscated a video camera and tape from a Patriots employee during New England's 38-14 victory over the New York Jets. The employee was accused of aiming his camera at the Jets' defensive coaches as they signaled to players on the field.Goodell fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000, the maximum amount and docked the team $250,000 and a first-round draft pick. It was the biggest fine ever for a coach and would be the first time in NFL history a first-round draft pick has been confiscated as a penalty. After its investigation, the NFL said it destroyed all materials it received from the Patriots. The Patriots play Sunday in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants. He's being an ass hole about it
** I don't friggen get it! I love sports as much as anyone but who the hell cares? The country is falling apart, Bush is stealing total control over us, and our complicit Politicians enable it all doing nothing. Instead they waste their friggen time investigating steroid use in baseball, inappropriate activity in football, because it is heathen and unconscionable to spoil our sports but it is okay to destroy our America and they do nothing. I don't friggen get it!