Category Archives: Freedoms

Democracy Ratings for the US and Countries in the News from the V-Dem Institute

We show graphs over time of the US and countries in the news, for five categories.  The ratings go from 1900 through 2018, unless only fewer years are available.  The source of the ratings is the V-Dem Institute at V-dem.net. … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Democracy Ratings, Economies, Education, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Equality of Opportunity Project, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition, Freedoms, Immigration Policy, Iran, Middle East, North Korea, Politics, Religion, Secrecy, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Voting Rights, Women’s Rights | Leave a comment

The United States and the World in the Freedom in the World 2019 Ratings

We show graphs in the Freedom House report “Freedom in the World 2019” by Freedom House at freedomhouse.org, for both the United States, and for World countries. We show the decline in the US Freedom rating over 10 years from … Continue reading

Posted in Affairs of State, Criminal Justice System, Democracy Ratings, Donald Trump, Education, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition, Freedoms, Immigration Ban, Immigration Policy, Iran, Middle East, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Oil Imports, Syria, Turkey, Voting Rights, Yemen | Leave a comment

Trump’s Impeachment Shorts

Trump Shorts, Going Far Back in Time, for a Whole Week As usual, Trumpworld moves too fast, into realms beyond imagination. Was it Rick Perry’s corruption in Ukraine that Trump knew about and used to force him to say that … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, Congress, Congressional Investigation, Constitution, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Freedom of the Press, Freedoms, Impeachment, Mueller Report, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Weapons, Steve Bannon, Trump Administration, UC Irvine | Leave a comment

Trump’s Criticism of Ambassador Yovanovitch

Trump’s Criticism of Ambassador Yovanovitch Trump’s justified his twittering denigration of our former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, as exercising his “free speech”.  He said that things “turned bad” when she was ambassador to Somalia.  Trump’s critics have said that … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, Congressional Investigation, Constitution, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedoms, Impeachment, North Korea, North Korea Nuclear Threat, North Korean Nuclear Agreement, Nuclear Weapons, Paris Climate Accord, Politics, Purge, Russia, State Department, Trade With Mexico, Trump Administration, Trump's Logic, Twitter | Leave a comment

The Strange Case of William Barr: Is His Sycophancy Innate or Adopted?

The Strange Case of William Barr:  Is His Sycophancy Innate or Adopted? There are obvious gains to be made by serving a strong leader.  These gains are even enhanced by whatever you can do to enhance the status of your … Continue reading

Posted in 2020 Election, 2020 Primaries, Affairs of State, Criminal Justice System, Donald Trump, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedoms, Humor, Mueller Report, Politics, Secrecy, Trump Administration | Leave a comment

Freedom in Countries Which the US Deals With

Freedom in Countries Which the US Deals With in the Cato Institute Rankings of 2018 In the US dealing with various countries around the world, it is nice, but simple, to have a Freedom Ranking and evaluations to inform us … Continue reading

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Does the Government Shutdown Create Indentured Servitude and Also Violate Due Process?

Does the Government Shutdown Create Indentured Servitude and Also Violate Due Process? Donald Trump daily violates the 5th Amendment Due Process Clause in many ways.  Now he is violating the Property part of the clause with forcing 400,000 government workers … Continue reading

Posted in Congress, Constitution, Criminal Justice System, Donald Trump, Equal Treatment Under the Law, Fifth Amendment, Freedoms, Government Shutdown, Politics, Trump Wall | Leave a comment

Dictators Suppressing the Press and Opponents Often Backfires

Why Don’t Dictators See that Suppressing the Press or Opponents Only Leads to Vastly More Negative Publicity? Why is it that the killing of one of Putin’s political opponents outside the Kremlin wasn’t forseen as elevating an unknown opponent to … Continue reading

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Trump Admits 96% Negative Presidency, but Blames It On a Conspiracy

Trump Admits 96% Negative Presidency, but Blames It On a Conspiracy Trump accepts a conservative columnist’s judgement that his news coverage on Google is 96% negative. But rather than accepting this as a fair and widespread evaluation by a free … Continue reading

Posted in 2018 Midterm Election, Donald Trump, Facebook, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom to Petition, Freedoms, Politics | Leave a comment

The Need for a 28th Amendment on Abusing Social Media, Lying, and More

The Need for a 28th Amendment on Abusing Social Media, Lying, and More The last Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1992, long before the rise of social media, and before the occurrence of the Trump Presidency of Lies. … Continue reading

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