Since Donald Trump entered politics the Democrats have struggled to compete. The mid-term elections will see them employing a change in tactics that they hope will mobilise new voters and win over disillusioned moderates.
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It's being called the most important midterm election in American history. On November 6th Americans will vote for the first time since Donald Trump won the presidency. The Republicans control both houses of Congress - the midterms provide the Democrats with a chance of clawing back some political control.
If the Democrats come up short they face another cycle shut out of power. The result of these midterms could shape America, and its political parties, for decades to come.
Max Rose is running for Congress. Like Mr. Trump, Mr. Rose is an unusual figure. He's a military veteran who prides himself on not being a career politician. The success of Donald Trump has forced the Democrats to cast a wider net supporting first-time candidates with diverse backgrounds. Among them a record number of women and non-white candidates, but also many military veterans.
The Republicans have long claimed that they are the party of the military. But now the Democrats are harnessing military patriotism too. This is a different breed of Democrat. In many cases they're running against career politicians. Mr. rose was inspired by the fresh approach of Mr. Trump's vision for the country but feels let down.
Republicans already hold the house in the Senate. The Democrats stand little chance of winning the Senate, but with this new breed of candidate they could take control of the house. Failure would leave them unable to check president Trump's power.
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The Confederate government was ungovernable. It did not get things done at even trivial levels of normal achievement. Embracing a novel concept of a "national anthem" was not a priority. A newborn nation also needs symbols. to rally and cohere the population..
Dixie had an interesting variety of inspiring song well received, anthems among them; they never came up with anything as compelling as the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
+Philip B Back then there wasn't much of a concept of a government deciding that a song was the official national anthem. But that didn't stop people from behaving as though it was. Dixie Land was and still is considered to be the national anthem of the confederacy, even though the confederate government didn't officially have a stance on it.
Did the Confederacy have a national anthem? The US didn't yet have one at any time while Grant was alive.
Meanwhile, I suspect that the editorial choice to use 'Dixie' for background music... might have been a nod to the GOP's "Southern Strategy". .You might google the term if you are not familiar with it.
A message to the country, I know these are dark times, and we may face evil and all the dark secrets may be revealed, your hate and anger is understandable. But stop the mass shooting! Stop hurting innocent people! We will get through this together and we will find the enemies with in. Don’t give up! And don’t loose faith in the country and the people! We are fucking trying to fix the mess we inherited! Don’t you fucking dare give up now on the country and it’s people. Honor those who died and lost everything protecting this country! Carry on for them!
I very much agree with Rose. I can't blame him with running as a dem cus he could care less about the party he's on. Trump did a lone campaign and won, pretty much proving that you can do this without kissing up to fellow politicians in the party. Reps didn't even want to support him, they were going for Jeb Bush. But now that he's president, I gotta say that he's getting influenced a lot by his party and should've been running a very bipartisan govt just to give a big F U to both the dems and the GOP. Like honestly, the swamp is still very much there.
Holy shit! Well played Economist for playing Dixieland in the background.
I love the song but come on now, it was made popular by the south during the CIVIL WAR.
And what party fought for the Confederate during the Civil War?
Well played, well played.
Its the best time ever to be a Democrat. They just turned Florida PERMANENTLY BLUE With the passage of amendment 4 last night which allows 1.6 million convicted felons in florida to now vote. And literally 80% of felons are democratic voters because they are either minorities or whites who want lenient law enforcement (which democrats are for). So its basically 1.6 million new democrat votes in florida, Trump only won it by about 100,000 votes. ITS OVER! The dems have secured their super majority.
Hey when you have a political party that would take you to jail or has you in jail because you want to smoke a little marijuana you are automatically converted to democrat! Stop doing stupid laws and you wont have stupid results! Republicans freaking blame everyone but theirself.
+PoliticalMonkey your generation isn't conservative, there is just bunch of you who watch "crazy SJW cringe compilations" videos, just because you are anti PC doesnt make you conservative. How many of you are against marihuana legalisation, gay marriage etc.?
The presidency is a total shit-shower to everyone who lives in a country with a genuine democracy. It's shameful. I get that people might agree with his policies (well, I don't get it actually) but the conduct, lack of respect, lies, refilling the swamp, racism, benefiting from the office, hiding his tax returns etc, etc. Though America was better than that. If it were the Philippines, id say fair enough, it's the Philippines.
Well, if you are a genuine patriot your loyalty is to the Country... not the party.. and definately not to Mr Treacherous Bonespurs...
Im glad patriots are leaving the Republican personality cult... Republicans
Lol... Democrats are desperate now. Bitching and whining for the cause feminists, homos and trannies not enough... Now they need to cast a wider net and use token ex military people. At the end of the day it's all about power. Disgusting, unscrupulous people.
drmnys well it’s hard to put everything on the Democrats right now since they are out of power (mostly still, even though they took the house)
Republicans deserve extra scrutiny now since they have most of the power, and recently they’ve done things that warrant them getting the same treatment that Democrats received in 2016.
No party should keep control of the government if they commit corrupt acts while in power. If they continue, then they are replaced. If those people are corrupt, replace them. So on and so on.
+537monster hey I'm not saying Republicans are innocent. They have their own issues. I don't support them on many issues. There are some things I agree with on both sides. But by and large I am just disgusted by leftists and their dishonesty and corrupt ideology.
Actually it was about the ability of my aunt to pay for healthcare, since she has cancer (hi, democrat here). See Trump and his buddies are out trying to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions. Meaning that health insurance companies can increase the cost of insurance or refuse insurance to people with preexisting conditions (like cancer, diabetes, or even a genetic history of either. My father has diabetes, and my grandmother had cancer, so I have a genetic history of both, lucky for me I am covered under Tricare, but I can’t say the same for my sister)
So no, it had nothing to do with transgender rights or the rights of homosexuals (which are important, but not my main issue) but the survival of people who need help, mainly Americans.
Also I’m pro-union, I believe in climate change, and I want the government to invest more in public schooling, especially in low income areas.
Is any of that really that bad? Why do you hate me for wanting these things?
YOU BITCH.AMERICA PAY MEDICARE AND S.S IS NOT BONUS TO PAY ASSHOLLE WITH THAT.I AM AGAINST ARMY TOO.TRILLIONS SPEND TO CREATE CRIME ALLOVER THE WORLD FOR WHAT BECAUSE THE ELITE WANT IT.PROTECT AMERICA ONLY SND CUT HALF THIS WASTING OF MONEY.GET NATIONAL H CARE AND FREE EDUCATION.EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD HAVE H ❤ WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS NOT COVER ONLY LIKE BROKEN NAILS.IS RIDICULOUSLY THIS CONGRESS WHO ALL HAVE THE BEST H.CARE. AND ALL BENEFIT.THE REST THEY CAN DIES THIS IS THE DEPOPULATIONS TO KILL MOST OF US IN ALL FORM.AMERICA IS IN 8 PLACE AS QUALITY OF EDUCATIONS.THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND RUINED H.CARE.
midterms? just another round of auction and musical chairs by untruthful, cowardly "elites." the cowardice is not about martial prowess or material achievements, it's failure to face the truth, dishonesty and untruthfulness in thought word and deed - that is cowardice. there might be reason to vote in state and local if there is actually something in it for humanity, but really it won't make any difference. as always, the so-called "elite" class is utterly clueless and ignorant, violent imbeciles and self serving cheats. there is no meaningful action on climate change, no commitment to human rights or anything else, just more crime. they will hide in their estates and bunkers like the cheatful cowards they are when the environmental catastrophe they are working so hard for finally comes about. i wouldn't be surprised if one or other of the rascals with nuclear weapons tries to blow up the whole thing. Obama and the Dems needlessly provoked Putin and the Russians while Trump needlessly provokes China and North Korea, they are obsessed with torturing Iran for their corrupted and ignorant "religion," and the thugs are taking turns raping and murdering the people of Syria just like a pack of thugs surrounding an innocent victim and pummeling them to death. first the Putin thug bombs, then the Assad thug, then the Arab dictators take their turn, then the Trump thug, now it's the Bibi thug's turn, and so on to extermination. of all people i would have thought the Jews would have learned their lesson after WWII and the Holocaust (yes it DID happen, my grandpa was in Patton's Army), but no - "God promised Israel", and the crazy fundamentalist Christians - it's all a free-for-all, it's all on Jesus, "we're forgiven."
+PoliticalMonkey Do they call you Generation "Zyklon" because you're a tool of the Nazis? If you don't get the reference, try googling Zyklon Auschwitz
The largest generational cohort in US history is now entering the age range when traditionally citizens took to voting more frequently - and they went massively blue this year. Any honest demographic analysis would tell you that you are not turning anything red unless you manage to flip your elders... and I don't think you have it in you. The fact that California members of your echo chamber think like you, is not impressive.
I’m 15... I’m not the only one in my generation that feels this way either. There is a reason they call us Generation “Zyklon”. The red wave is coming. In 2020 my generation will re elect trump. Even my friends in CALIFORNIA are red. They are trying to brainwash us but it’s obviously not working. you can have your fun for now, but the mid terms In 2021-2 will be RED
Both parties are corrupted and Donnys the most corrupted America became a shithole to the world all about wars and selling weapons to the World stealing oil from Arabs by starting proxy wars to stay in power plus hear in the States kids are in Nazi camps and Trumps Clan are Racist White People full of hate
Democracy "freedom" the Right to Vote for elective justice system is why we go to WAR..but can't get our own U.S government to practice what they preach but go to WAR and give up our Military lives for What
Ain't nobody got time to see dumb ass adults playing with power, United states Is all state from every country to make one united county the USA quit talking about power and oh hey vote me because I'll do that, WHAT about ur people, what are you gonna do to give their freedom
If the Left gains any kind of power, we are in a world of crap. The Left has admitted time and time again, they want to give away the country, while ignoring our own citizens needs, and to top that off, start fighting Trump on ever issue and try to impeach him. Really, is that what people want, a stagnant government to busy in fighting and not working for the American people.
When a democrat candidate has to pretend to be a moderate with Neo-conservative views and not a crazy democrat socialist, to get the votes...that's when your party has lost direction and is in big trouble.
Trump lost the popular vote. Yet he became president!? Therefore it would stand to reason that quite a few positions will change during this midterm election.? If this is truly an election that is a referendum on Trump's policies and nothing changes, then one can only assume that our election process is truly hampered through gerrymandering vote tampering election fraud and hacking with a lot of help from Russia.! As a concerned American citizen I say there is no Mueller investigation on Trump. I say it's all bulshit! Obviously I don't like Trump, big f****** deal . millions of people don't like them! I'm a lifelong Republican who did not vote for Trump because he repulses me and my standards of politics. No two pump vote Trump Punk here. So go fuckyourself! And quit f* f f****** focking** everybody else like Trump is doing. Assehole! Stick around long enough you'll see. Get ready to lube up your ass holes and get fuxked! Dumbass.! Up yours.
„The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts.“.
The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) ...
*Shit report /video. You have the illusion of choice with Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are controlled by the oligarchy ; one which consists of Wall Street / Corporations, special interest groups (such as AIPAC, Soros, Koch Brothers, Hollywood millionaires, etc.), and the Military Industrial Complex. If you strictly identify as a Republican or as a Democrat, you are essentially a zombie. You are complicit in the subversion of a representative democracy and you are perpetuating the corruption of the election process. Democrats + Republicans = Rat excrement.*
... Russia gate is an attempt to use a fraudulent narrative cooked up by the highest levels of British intelligence to overturn the vote in 2016 so you're absolutely right people have to go out and not just vote mobilize everyone you can don't allow people to fall back and
.. an example of the complete hypocrisy ... Hillary Clinton talking about civility her campaign hired a top-level British spy Christopher Steele to run stories to write memos claiming the Trump was in a hotel room in Moscow cavorting with prostitutes who were urinating on a bed maybe on him with Putin filming it and that's what Russia gates started as now is that civil this Hillary have a leg to stand on when she talks about Trump not being civil so the hypocrisy is glaring but we can't just get angry at the hypocrisy we have to get focused on why they're trying to
... Senator Lindsey Graham and Brett Kavanaugh during the hearings they spoke about military tribunals essentially and I just interviewed Dave janda and janda says that the possibility of military tribunals for those who have been seditious or treasonous against the United States and our Constitution is very very real ...
.. the enemies of this country are not just bad people committed to an evil that is mostly unknown and unseen and the fact that they're working through these secret services to support the terrorists in Afghanistan in Iraq in Syria that was the Obama policy that was the Hillary Clinton policy and when Michael Flynn blew the whistle on that look what happened to him he got targeted by this fraud Muller look at the fact that the Obama administration brought into power in Ukraine a neo Nazi military wing that controls the Ukrainian government and when the Trump campaign came out against providing lethal weapons to Ukraine ...
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All the dems have to say to win by a landslide is “strong borders” but they just won’t do it. You can’t have strong social services and a back door that’s open to the third world. Until this changes I can’t see the democrats wining.
You might try reading something from outside your echo chamber
According to that article, MS 13's membership peaked at about 10,000 members, or 10x smaller than what you state - which, to put it in context, is about 25% larger than the current active British Army. Your number is most unlikely to be accurate.
As far as MS 13 members caught by the cops being overwhelmingly "illegals": your sources are obviously dubious, so there's not much need to comment. Still, consider this: MS 13 is a domestic gang, started in Los Angeles. A preponderance of gang members caught being unauthorized immigrants... might simply reflect that, as newcomers, they would be assigned the nastiest tasks (a common feature in gangs and other organizations), which would include those where the likelihood of getting caught is highest. These high-risk tasks might also be assigned to the newbies because - unlike American citizen members - they might avoid prison time and instead just be deported. Those two scenarios could easily skew the demographics of the apprehended members.
if you read from 4000 MS13 ARRESTED 92%WE'RE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. MS13 IS ABOUT 100000 PEOPLE SOME OF THE BIGGEST SCUMBAG. IF 90% OF THEM ARE ILLEGALS THEN WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? STUDIES MADE BY UNIVERSITY I DON'T BELIEVE. ONLY DATA FROM. GOVERNMENT
+Philip B all illegal imigrations is CRIMINAL behaviour. 100% they broke the law it say right in the name. illegal. I give you link from ICE ABOUT MS13.https://cis.org/Fact-Sheet/Fact-Sheet-MS13-Arrests-ICE-20052014
+CRISTIAN ION You are not morally consistent, are you? Quite an interesting reversal that now, perversely, you should insist on stats after you had proclaimed (without stats), quote: "MOST OF THE ILIGAL IMIGRANTS WHO ARE IN USA ARE ON WELFARE. "
That calumny of yours is obviously false - but not in the eyes of a bigot. A bigot would find it hard, and distasteful, to walk in the shoes of an unauthorized immigrant. Try wrapping your head around this: As a group characteristic, they generally seek to avoid interacting with the authorities of the host country for fear that such exposure could expose them to a major risk of being deported. At the same time, any "illegal" who works for a paycheck under an assumed name, pays into social security and will neve ever, see a penny come back. Between the personal contribution and mandatory matching contribution: every "illegal"working for a reported paycheck is giving the pay of one hour to Social Security for every 8 hours he/she works - and will never, ever, see money come back.
There had been multiple studies which had Recently one by the Children's Health Watch at Boston Medical Center had detected an alarming decrease in participation in food security programs on behalf of their US-born, US citizen children, for fear of being detected and deported.
Clash of Kings The West Is that why he pretty much brought peace to the Korean Peninsula? Something that even the president of South Korea gave Trump credit for doing.
Also, what makes you think Democrats don't want war either? Under, the US bombed 7 countries and even invaded Libya.
Democrats = empty PC slogans setting race against race.
Nasty and divisive, special deals for one race but not another.
Favouritism and nepotism.
Fraudulent and corrupt, the vote buyers. VOTE TRUMP! Drain the nasty, PC swamp!
+Greg It's interesting that you tag Democrats with nepotism, given Trump's immense reliance on Jared. Trump's efforts to drain "the swamp" are merely to funnel the federal nutrients his way. He's the most corrupt major American politician in living memory.
+The Liberal There is no such thing as anti-discrimination except that imposed on the government. It's a classic case of false labeling. You can only "anti-discriminate" by discriminating, using the threat of force to take away someone's right to choose.
I’m not a democrat
But the Republican Party is becoming Trump’s personal safe space.
There are conservatives in the Democratic Party.
I wonder how many liberals are there in the gop?
Hell they barely even tolerate libertarians.
+Public Health Safety Co. that way your JOBS go to CHINA ORE EATERN EUROPE. BUT DON T WARY IN ROMANIA WE HAVE VERY LOW TAX. WE WELCOME VERY MUCH HERE. PLUS WITH 700$ SALARY YOU CAN BUY A LOT 60000$ IS A GOOD HAOUSE WITH 4 BEDROOMS. WE START TO DEREGULATE AND GUESS WHAT WE HAVE A CONTINUE GDP GROWTH FOR 8 YEARS ABOUT 4%. THANK YOU OBAMA FOR ALL FACTORY THAT ARE COMING HERE. LIKE I SAID WITH 500 $ IS A GOOD SALARY.
Santiago Bron Conservatives in the Democratic Party? Are you kidding me? I can't see any Democrat politician who's even the least bit conservative. Also, there are Republicans who don't like the president. They may not be liberal, but they're not ultra-conservative.
Till us more how Democrats are the sane ones? How many riots did we see today in the streets since Republicans lost the house? Exactly zero we have jobs and a life to care about no fucking time to indoctrinate people with Marx's ideological bullshit. So sit down and shut the fuck up you are too stupid to fucking talk
Kids aren't brainwashed into being trans. Trans folk are born that way. Trump doesn't care about climate change and provoked a trade war with China. He constantly lies and doesn't use a secured phone jeopardising national security . So how is Trump so good exactly .
+Maxwell's demon *Bozo O'Rourke is 100% guilty of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. He stole the "Beto" nickname ; a nickname that is exclusively used among LATINO males whose names are namely "Alberto" and at times "Roberto." R. Francis O'Rourke (Bozo) is a cracker who simply panders to Latinos.* Democrat or not, that cracker O'Rourke bathes in WHITE PRIVILEGE. So, STFU honky.
Open ordure vs "open borders". How have we sunk so low that a sitting President would mock posse comitatus in advance during an electoral season... to contravene a hallucinatory threat on our southern border?
Regardless of any matters centering on money - Trump is morally corrupt.
[email protected] Economist,I am an Indian and somewhat supporter of Liberals Of America.But you are a news channel.Please dont show news as propoganda.Yours job is to help people choose which side they want to swing Left or Right Or Centre,but you are imposing your ideology on People.In this video your motive was clear,Republicans are bad guys and these heroes are going to fight them.Being on the left side myself,I can feel it.No one from right is going to listen to u if u are going to show propoganda in place of News
If YOU find that you " can't even speak in America without being labeled a Nazi": ...maybe what you are saying recommends that label? There are some 330 million people living in the US, and many of them manage well on a daily basis to go to work, buy groceries, chat with neighbors, do lots of things without having swastikas assigned to their speech.
this was a 'slice of life' -type piece. At no point had it encouraged anyone to vote this way or other. This is standard journalistic fare. It is "background" if you choose to be kind, "filler" if you don't; but it is NOT news, nor discernably meant to be
The Economist is British; much of its readership and audience is international but not American - let alone Americans who vote in Richmond. Please gain some perspective.
Ravi Roshan thank you for saying this. I'm moving away for the left because of this. They play a minoritarian and identity politics, and chooses propaganda over everything else. When Trump won I was of the same view as yours, and I actually liked it because that meant the left needed to work on itself, but did it? No, it's just playing along the same lines. I wish the republicans won it completely so that the left got their lesson and took a step back and introspect. I still believe that the left has the ability to bring some change in the world, but that's cannot take place by creating class conflict, or isolating one group and focusing on other. They are really getting terrible at this point. Also, one of the liberal values was free speech and due process all of which they are trying to shut down 'for minority voices'. It's turning out to be more of a fascist than anything else.
Democrats are only liberal with other people's money. Calling Democrats liberal is an insult to liberty. The Republicans suck but they still know enough shame to be vocally supportive of reduced government, free market, free choice, or economic freedom. Democrats outright support socialist agenda, the antithesis of liberty, and more intrusive government intervention. Even perfectly reasonable articulate people who admittedly lean left are driven away and insulted by the weird, barbaric, and obnoxious rhetoric and culture promoted by the Democrats.
Pseudo Republicans. Where do the stand with taxes on middle class and small businesses. Do they support the first and second amendments. Beyond feelings and optics where do they actually stand on issues that actually affect blue collar folks.
Rose running on a drain the swamp campaign. Good approach. If he says the President is not doing it,how's he gonna do it from his position. Under Cuomo poor people on fixed incomes are in jeopardy of losing their living spaces.The lack of maintenance and support leads many activists to speculate that those properties are slated for private enterprise that stands to make a lot of people rich,including politicians.Not that it matters much but Republicans are not in power.Rat food for thought.
how is america in anyway a democracy , two major parties hows that a democracy in most western countries except america , voters have 3 sometimes 4 major parties to choose from and in america they just have 2 , what a farce
+bretert In the late of the year of 2017, CCP got a big contract of special steel from the US' military just after Congress passed Trump's $700B military budget, which was earlier than his fake tariff trade war.
Trump said that he loves China because he bought(might borrow or CCP invested) CCP's tremendous steel while CCP's some crazy rich vest interest bought a luxury house from him for $1,500,000. What a nice deal/great business model! Laundering money for both of them, while CCP's vest interests got luxury houses in the US for their American dream while Trump got more corruption money from the rest of the world for his American dream. Then he played his anti-CCP card to pave the way for him stepped in the WH, after that, quitted TPP to save CCP by slowing down the real anti-CCP economic weapon, and then wagging his fake tariff trade war against the entire world without any necessary preparation to make CCP greater, Nice typical cross-dressing play! the most successful real estate businessman in the US? More like the best Chinese real estate party's agent in the US. CCP got the US' military order just after Trump $700B budget passed by Congress in 2017 and Trump didn't impose tariffs on CCP's steel when he started his fake tariff trade war, which wasn't a typical situation happened in the past.
CCP is the biggest steel export economic entity in the world, the same situation could be seen on the biggest crude oil export economy entity in the world, even the same type of words said by Trump.
Without trump interruption, Hillary might initiate TPP and ran it already for 1 year or more, and what CCP could do about TPP which was a replacement of WTO? As I said, Trump was/is CCP's saver who dressed like an anti-CCP fighter. What he did to CCP's ZTE, the target they hand picked?
When alleged "propaganda" is plainly visible (at least to you),: it probably isn't.
During WWII. the Allies used the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony as a call sign, dah-dah-dah-DAAAH. Three short, one long: morse code for the letter V. - V for Victory... meanwhile poking a finger into the German eye, reminding them that their civilization... was civilized before the Nazi takeover. Added bonus: unlike what the apparatus surrounding your daily life tells you, we Allies are not trying to eradicate German culture. Not bad thought cargo conveyed over just a few seconds..
Another very effective propaganda chop was when the Nazis tampered with Fritz Lang's movie, M. This was the depicted story of a deranged murder of children who had evaded the police; the People of the street eventually caught hi, He was tried before a tribunal of the People (black eye to the government) and eventually was found 'not guilty' by reason of insanity.
That's where the original movie ended; the Nazis added just a few words at the end: "and now we must all worry for our children".
There is a craft to effective propaganda. In its (now) less insidious forms, it might be the subtext of advertising you don't detect - read up on Vance Packard's book, The Hidden Persuaders / ISBN: 978-0-9788431-0-6
+vks_ enlightenment didn't happened in vacuum it was preceded by movements like renaissance, reformation,age of discovery. It was all christian endeavour. Christianity since, the very medieval period tried to reconcile faith and reason and tried to take the Christian faith in positive direction . Something, other religion's didn't. The Chinese and Indian civilization had plenty they didn't tried to recreate or ever tried to innovate they always felt superior and saw others nothing more than as barbarians . It's a step by step process you can't get to 5 without 4.
As for human rights USA has better human rights than Japan. In Japan , they don't allow any sort of migrants, not even budhist Vietnamese, and just compare their human rights of Christian countries of Asia like south Korea to that of Japan . In Europe compare human rights record of Czech Republic to that of Italy .
+SIR Lord Henry mortimer The values of the enlightenment started as a reaction to the dominance of the Christian faith in Europe and the support it gave to despotism. It didn't happen in China or India because both were largely insular blocs who saw alternative theories as a threat to their established dominance and thus followed a route of both scientific and geographical isolationism (think Opium Wars). In Europe, multiple nations had empires which spanned half the world collectively and all of its riches & discoveries flowed into them. On the contrary, the Churches/the ultra-religious saw the Enlightenment Thinkers and its ideology as a threat to their power and indeed they were A la French Revolution. The power of the Church/religion on the state and society was actively questioned and rightfully so. The Church also burned those they considered heretics in the Renaissance. Think Giordano Bruno (who had discovered the fact the Earth isnt the centre of the universe and hypothesised exoplanets) was burned as part of the Christian Inquisition.
Looking at the human rights record of Western Countries. The Secular Western States who have higher irreligious populations have better human rights records (Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands) while the USA (with a higher religious/evangelical population has a worse human rights record.) Japan, an Eastern nation (with a high irreligious population) also has a better human rights record than the USA
+vks_ well, the values of enlightenment and rationalism didn't started the east in China and India despite being far advanced than medical Europe. Theirs reason why it's a unique western phenomenon and church played valuable part in it. Ever wondered what stopped the Indians, Chinese from discovering new things and toying with new ideas? and as for renaissance the early church played key role in it .
Look at the human rights record of the western Christian countries or christian countries in general and compare that to Islamic and other eastern countries
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.