The most flagrant and gross misuse of the word is the DPRK "the Democratic peoples Republic of North Korea" one of the worlds worst violators of human rights on the planet. They routinely starve their own people and imprison them if they even look at their Dictator wrong.
First, Mikhail Gorbachev has accused Vladimir Putin of "castrating" Russia's electoral system. Putin has been a Russian Nazi in his unending effort to put an end to Russia's "failed" foray into Democracy. I have always liked and respected Mikhail Gorbachev and have found him to be genuine and as a result we are always in agreement.
It is not funny because I have written about it for years. "Democracy castrated" depicts most every Democracy in the world today including in the US.
Congress is complicit in our façade of Democracy while we criticize others:
A U.S.-based human rights group says despots around the world are attempting to pass themselves off as democrats, and in far too many cases are not being challenged by the world's established democracies. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where Human Rights Watch released its annual report on the state of human rights across the globe. First the good news: according to Human Rights Watch, many leaders have come to recognize the value of being seen as defenders of democracy.
As a brand name, "democrat" has never been more popular. But that is only the beginning of the story. "The bad news is that established democracies are letting autocrats pass themselves off as democrats," said Human Rights Watch Director Kenneth Roth. He said in 2008 that we had seen a "cheapening or degradation" of democracy. It gets worse every year!
"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 put it to General Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule in Pakistan when he was President. 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 believed in democracy. That he was 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 falling apart not just on a Government level but on an environmental level around the United States, throughout China, and the world.
* The world is falling apart, the country is falling apart, our economy 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 frigging games. We hold ourselves up as the work in process model of Democracy and we are a frigging mess. We are not a Democracy we are a corporatocry. Democracy is supposed to control corporations our so called legal system has allowed corporations to control our Democracy.
China is doing a fine job of using Democracy to support their communist country. I was sickened when George w Bush told China they should model their Democracy after us.
The Pandora's box of independence is open. Just look at this! Since 1990, 34 new countries have been created. The dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia in the early 1990s caused the creation of most of the newly independent states.
You probably know about many of these changes but a few of these new countries seemed to slip by almost unnoticed. This comprehensive listing will update you about the countries which have formed since 1990.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Fifteen new countries became independent with the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Most of these countries declared independence a few months preceding the fall of the Soviet Union in late 1991.
Yugoslavia dissolved in the early 1990s into five independent countries.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 29, 1992
Croatia, June 25, 1991
Macedonia (officially The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) declared independence on September 8, 1991 but wasn't recognized by the United Nations until 1993 and the United States and Russia in February of 1994
Serbia and Montenegro, (also known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), April 17, 1992 (see below for separate Serbia and Montenegro entries)
Slovenia, June 25, 1991
Other New Countries:
Nine other countries became independent through a variety of causes.
March 21, 1990 - Namibia became independent of South Africa.
May 22, 1990 - North and South Yemen merged to form a unified Yemen.
October 3, 1990 - East Germany and West Germany merged to form a unified Germany after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
September 17, 1991 - The Marshall Islands was part of the Trust Territory of Pacific Islands (administered by the United States) and gained independence as a former colony.
September 17, 1991 - Micronesia, previously known as the Caroline Islands, became independent from the United States.
January 1, 1993 - The Czech Republic and Slovakia became independent nations when Czechoslovakia dissolved.
May 25, 1993 - Eritrea was a part of Ethiopia but seceded and gained independence.
October 1, 1994 - Palau was part of the Trust Territory of Pacific Islands (administered by the United States) and gained independence as a former colony.
May 20, 2002 - East Timor (Timor-Leste) declared independence from Portugal in 1975 but did not became independent from Indonesia until 2002.
June 3, 2006 - Montenegro was part of Serbia and Montenegro (also known as Yugoslavia) but gained independence after a referendum.
June 5, 2006 - Serbia became its own entity after Montenegro split.
Febraury 17, 2008 - Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. 34 new countries since 1990
The new Country Independence movement
It is too late to worry about or use the excuse of concern over opening the Pandora's Box of countries dissolving because of desires for regions to become autonomous! our intervention has this so called Democratization program which is actually a shaping of sides in the upcoming new order Forever War. It will not be avoided but concern should be focused on Peace in the future and the opening the nuclear war Pandora's Box in defence of this failed Democratization program.
Now we have the Muslim Spring "fall" in the Middle east and North Africa. Watching the degradation of our own Democracy as Politicians lie to use the façade of concern for our Democracy for personal concern I am very concerned for the countries rising up and following our poor excuse for Democracy as an example to follow. Look at Iraq, Look at Afghanistan, look at every country we have interfered with. Know Democracy castrated describes every country I can think of, I have to believe we are seeing the waning days of the grand experiment called Democracy. What do you think!