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kentuck

(111,508 posts)
Wed May 20, 2020, 08:10 AM May 2020

When other countries look at U.S., do they see a democracy or a dictatorship?

Many countries of the world have a lot of respect for the World Health Organization (WHO). They see them as promoting better health for people around the world. They are knowledgeable.

When Donald Trump says he is going to withdraw us from the World Health Organization, it is an affront to all the people of America. Is this what America really wants?

Yet, the Republican Party is silent...

Mitch McConnell and his Republican cohorts are waiting for the next election to be over. They hope to escape with the minimal of damage.

And people question whether America is still a democracy?

With no response from our Senators and Congressmen, many may conclude that we are now a dictatorship.

Which side are we on?

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When other countries look at U.S., do they see a democracy or a dictatorship? (Original Post) kentuck May 2020 OP
We are an oligarchy. House of Roberts May 2020 #1
Yep... kentuck May 2020 #2
What they see is an empire, one that has no qualms about trampling anybody or anything Nay May 2020 #3
IMO, the best answer. Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #13
THIS malaise May 2020 #18
They see a failing state and they are afraid Johnny2X2X May 2020 #4
A lot of stupid people voting against their own well-being. C_U_L8R May 2020 #5
For most of the world Democracies are flawed at best, and the U.S. is just another one. Tom Rinaldo May 2020 #6
Well said! kentuck May 2020 #9
"Democracy" also took a hit over the last 10-15 years for another reason. Igel May 2020 #15
We are a functioning oligarchy that is trying to be changed to an rw fascist dictatorship. lark May 2020 #7
They see a very un-funny wanna-be banana flavored laffy-taffy republic. Hugin May 2020 #8
They have a reason to be terrified. kentuck May 2020 #12
Neither tazkcmo May 2020 #10
Hell, even "I" have never looked at America as a "beacon of fairness and freedom". I doubt Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #14
They did when I lived there. tazkcmo May 2020 #16
They were wrong. Ferrets are Cool May 2020 #17
I would agree tazkcmo May 2020 #19
They probably view us as more dangerous than ever. Buckeye_Democrat May 2020 #11

Nay

(12,051 posts)
3. What they see is an empire, one that has no qualms about trampling anybody or anything
Wed May 20, 2020, 08:36 AM
May 2020

in its compulsion to acquire more power and money.

Johnny2X2X

(19,907 posts)
4. They see a failing state and they are afraid
Wed May 20, 2020, 08:37 AM
May 2020

I have several Canadian friends, they're scared, they can't believe what the US is becoming and message often for reassurance, I give none. I tell them that the US is a threat to them and if Trump wins 4 more years that Canada is not safe from US aggression economically, he will try to punish them.

Tom Rinaldo

(22,950 posts)
6. For most of the world Democracies are flawed at best, and the U.S. is just another one.
Wed May 20, 2020, 08:46 AM
May 2020

Exceptionally well functioning democracies are rare outside of Europe, North America and a few bright spots in Asia. The Philippines is "a democracy". Russia is "a democracy. Turkey is "a democracy" and so on. It's not so much that the U.S. is no longer viewed as "a democracy", it's that we done so much under Trump to cheapen the idea of being "a democracy". Being viewed as "a democracy" is less often equated with embracing "good government". It increasingly is seen as just another way of organizing the distribution of the spoils among those who have access to power.

Igel

(35,697 posts)
15. "Democracy" also took a hit over the last 10-15 years for another reason.
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:35 AM
May 2020

If you watched a lot of protests and quasi-revolutions, the signs and spokesfolk often seemed to point to the equivalence of democracy = (fast) prosperity.

In other words, dictatorship = poverty.

What happened is that in some cases "democracy" was put in place, whether formal and superficial or fairly thorough-going, and prosperity didn't immediately ensue.

Abductive logic got them to a false conclusion (as it often does, it's not real logic but puts on a good act). GIGO.

lark

(23,507 posts)
7. We are a functioning oligarchy that is trying to be changed to an rw fascist dictatorship.
Wed May 20, 2020, 08:52 AM
May 2020

Of course, it is being run by oligarchs, the continuing destructive force in this country and the world.

Hugin

(33,630 posts)
8. They see a very un-funny wanna-be banana flavored laffy-taffy republic.
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:03 AM
May 2020

But, mostly they see an ill managed fascism, stinking of organized crime with a broken down self-absorbed syphilitic cretin as a front man, a complicit and completely auto-neutered one party genuflecting government, and a few corporate interests really running things from the safety of their ensconced enclaves.

That about sums it up.

P.S. They're terrified.

kentuck

(111,508 posts)
12. They have a reason to be terrified.
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:24 AM
May 2020

Somehow, the facts have to defeat the propaganda.

Facebook and technology is simple to use and simple people use it. Many times with no authoritative sources. Nothing more than a slogan on a colored background.

When there are no responses from the so-called 'Legislature' to the incredible comments and actions coming from this White House, we can only conclude that we are in a dictatorship.

tazkcmo

(7,374 posts)
10. Neither
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:08 AM
May 2020

They see a once productive and desirable beacon of fairness and freedom reduced to a dysfunctional and impoverished rubble of trash.

MAGA!!!!

Ferrets are Cool

(21,224 posts)
14. Hell, even "I" have never looked at America as a "beacon of fairness and freedom". I doubt
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:34 AM
May 2020

very much that the world has either.

Buckeye_Democrat

(14,905 posts)
11. They probably view us as more dangerous than ever.
Wed May 20, 2020, 09:11 AM
May 2020

Even before Trump, polling of people across the world showed that the plurality viewed the USA as the MOST DANGEROUS country in the world.

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