Is America the First Developed Country to Begin Moving Backwards?

Thom plus logo Russian president Vladimir Putin recently suggested that "liberal democracy" is "obsolete." He may be onto something, at least from the point of view of conservatives and neoconservatives in the United States and Europe. Indeed, a liberal democracy has been under attack for sometime. But the question is, was America the first developed country to begin moving backwards?

Conservatives led the deconstruction of the US labor market, at a time when the Labor movement around the rest of the world was doing well or even growing. Reagan and Clinton kicked off an era of massive deregulation that led directly to the crash of 2008. Reagan, Bush, and Trump's massive tax cuts have all thrown America massively into debt and wildly exacerbated the divide between rich and poor in this country, shattering many people's expectation that liberal democracy in America would produce a better life for them.

At the same time, though, America has become more tolerant of racial and gender minorities, and moved toward a more economically equal society in many ways. On the other hand, Trump's demagoguery over his wall and putting children in cages has inflamed white racists, and threatens to undo liberal advances dating all the way back to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision.

So the question: was America the first country where liberal democracy began to backslide? How rapidly has this accelerated across the rest of the world? In what direction is this heading? And what, if anything, should we do about it?

-Thom

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sjdorst's picture
sjdorst 1 week 3 days ago
#1

Israel may be a candidate. From an initially secular origin, it seems (from my POV) they've been devolving since, perhaps, the occupation of the Golan Heights, to an apartheid, religious leaning non-liberal state.

Dianereynolds's picture
Dianereynolds 1 week 2 days ago
#2

Good Thursday to you HotCoffee,

I wonder if any of these developments will make it into the Hatrmann hate radio show highlights?

Pelosi's open and very verbal battle with Alexandria Occasional Cortex

Guess what word one bimbo threw at the other? It is the old leftie/socialist go to and it starts with "R".

or,

Kamala Harris is the descendent of slaveowners.

or,

This 45 second of obama on illegals.

or

How a 8 year old little girl has received death threats for doing parodies of Alexandria Occasional Cortex on Youtube. It appears those angry little socialists aren't so tolerant after all.

Just a few topics Thom can cover just in case he ever gets weary of promoting despair and hate.

It is so easy to blow holes in everything that comes out of socialists/progressives mouths.

See ya!

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 1 week 2 days ago
#3

And a good 7/11 to you Diane.

Nancy is suposed to speak out about the wayward Congressional Kindergarden class later today...hmm.

Poor AOC Nancy gave her too much work to do...it might keep her busy!

AOC: Pelosi Saddling Me with Work to Keep Me out of Spotlight [Updated]‘Sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy’

https://news.grabien.com/story-aoc-accuses-pelosi-placing-committees-keep-her-sidelined-wor

Sounds like Gilligan on Gilligans Island...Gilligan having been allergic to work.

Ocasio-Cortez Says She Wants DHS to Be Abolished

https://www.theepochtimes.com/ocasio-cortez-says-she-wants-dhs-to-be-abolished_2997380.html

Where was this dingbat on 9/11?? Was she rooting for the terrorists??

What do they, AOC & friends, do besides call out to abolish, destroy and chant rascist?

They show themselves to be crass, crude, ignorant, arrogant, ungratful, and without manners.

Where is AOC's comments to suport a child being threatened for immitating her. Or Thoms suport the the child? No suprise that they are voiceless...remember Nick Sandman?? Shame on the Dems !!!!!!

A message to Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts....

No.... we don't want to make America more like Somolia.

Let them keep screeching.... they are showing the country exactly why they should re-elect Trump and Nancy knows it.

As for Thom ....I guess he doesn't know he's a white man and that they will turn on his sorry ass just as fast as they turned on Nancy....They're just to busy with Nancy to do it right now...Sigh.

Always accuse others of who you are yourself is their motto.

lot's more but later!!

Dianereynolds's picture
Dianereynolds 1 week 2 days ago
#4

HotCoffee, Thom Hatrmann will never forgive his parents for being born white.

As for Pelosi, I never thought I would say this but she is actually the only one in the spotlight that has any chance of keeping the democrat party together. The socialist wing of these loonies will continue trying to out quack each other and America is sitting in their living room laughing. There is no chance any of those idiots on that stage could even come close to ousting Trump and Pelosi is one of few that understand that fact The dems badly need a rational candidate and unless Howard Schultz steps up, they are in for real trouble in the house come election time.

Personally, I love Cortex, Omar, Talieb, and the like. Literally, everyone sees through those freeking fools. They have become useful idiots for the Republican party.

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 1 week 2 days ago
#5

Diane,

Well here we are!

Pelosi Rejects U.S. Sovereignty – U.S. Immigration Subject to Laws of “A Global Society”…Posted on July 11, 2019 by

In a stunning press conference today U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explains why she she has taken no action to curb the illegal immigration influx into the U.S.

While explaining why she will not allow congress to debate, change or modify U.S. immigration laws, Pelosi outlines how the United States is part of a global society, without borders and without any sovereign right to impede the “human society” from entering our nation. Therefore, according to her outlook and worldview, U.S. politicians have no right to stop any migration movement.

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Keep this in mind as we approach the 2020 election. The Speaker of the House is essentially saying, openly, publicly and without any reservation or concern, the United States of America is no longer a sovereign nation.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/11/pelosi-rejects-u-s-sovereignty-u-s-immigration-subject-to-laws-of-a-global-society/#more-166126

Dianereynolds's picture
Dianereynolds 1 week 2 days ago
#6

That kinda blows holes in ANY member of the democrat party ever saying "no Democrats are for open borders" doesn't it?

They are slowly committing suicide using stupidity as the weapon.

God these people are clueless.

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 1 week 2 days ago
#7

Diane,

Just in case anyone thinks it's just Pelosi...here's Biden.

Blasting Trump, Biden pledges global summit on democracy

New York (AFP) - Denouncing President Donald Trump as an affront to American values, Democratic candidate Joe Biden vowed Thursday that if elected he would hold a summit aimed at halting a backslide in global democracy.

https://news.yahoo.com/blasting-trump-biden-pledges-global-summit-democracy-193839763.html

Now we know where Thom got his backsliding talking point for todays post from.

I feel sorry for the next generation, they have been duped!

Dianereynolds's picture
Dianereynolds 1 week 1 day ago
#8

Good Friday HotCoffee. One quick one until later. After the hurricane hot Puerto Rico, the mayor of San Juan immediately started screeching that President Trump was doing nothing for that country. Leftie media and all the ventriloquist dummy radio talking heads started quacking that same tripe. The mayor was a constant "guest" on the socialist media for months. Come to find out a year later that the supplies the mainland had sent were locked up in warehouses. No attempt was ever made to distribute them to the people in need. I must have missed Hatrmanns apology to President Trump and his condemnation of the corrupt loud-mouthed mayor.

Now we find out this beauty. This small island seems to suffer from an overabundance of corruption. Any guess what happened to all the $$$ sent there for hurricane relief?

US lawmaker who oversees Puerto Rico calls for governor to resign after 6 arrested on corruption charges

Back later.

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 1 week 1 day ago
#9

Diane,

It all reminds me of when I was a child and went to see.....West Side Story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSKk-cvblc

Laters good!

HotCoffee's picture
HotCoffee 1 week 1 day ago
#10

Diane,

The Pox of Multiculturalism; By Bruce Walker; American Thinker; 5/19/18:

What the left calls “multiculturalism” is actually the systematic destruction of cultures and the replacement of these cultures by a synthetic, artificial, and meaningless global culture. When the left talks about “diversity,” it really means the crushing of differences in thought, values, and art into a sort of baby food which neither nourishes the soul or elevates the mind.

Multiculturalism is an effort to destroy culture in the name of harmonizing cultures. It is, at best, gross globalist imperialism. It is, at worst, the Orwellian deconstruction of all societal values and beliefs.

How many are being fooled??

later.

Dianereynolds's picture
Dianereynolds 1 week 1 day ago
#11

HotCoffee, I don't think many are fooled. You have the perpetual I want everything for free crowd but now that some of them have jobs they are busy working at good paying jobs, their belief in Thom's communism crap has disappeared. The black constituents are visibly moving to Trump, and legal citizens from south of the border are really pissed at the democrats for proposing open borders.

The democrat party has to reign in the stupid programs of the leftie/socialists or they will disappear into the dustbin of history. President rump has to be laughing all the way to McDonald's.

Great fun watching the somewhat rational democrats slap these new idiots up to a peak.

Catch you tomorrow.

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elilaine1 1 week 22 hours ago
#12

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