Today, Michigan regulators vote on conservative education "reform" plan to purge the word "democracy" from curriculum

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/04/09/literal-neofeudalism.html

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Maybe we should just insert language describing the US as “a failed or failing democracy”. We can all agree on that, right?

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#3

broadchurch-sad|nullxnull

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#4

What that high school student doesn’t realize is that the conservatives don’t want anyone thinking for themselves.

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#5

Righteous words Alex Hosey. :fist:t4:

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I believe the impetus for this is to strengthen the legitimacy of Trump’s election and any future presidential elections where the winner wins the electoral college but not the popular vote (most likely to be Republicans). Calling us a “Democracy” would legitimize the popular vote, but “Constitutional government” emphasizes the electoral college system outlined in the Constitution.

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#7

At least it will be vetoed if it passes somehow. Thankful to have a Democrat for governor again.

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Or, you know, when he declares martial law and suspends elections…

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#10

I was going to say, they aren’t wrong that we have less and less of a democracy. This is one more step toward that end.

How strong are your governor’s convictions? I remember when Trump winning in the first place was unthinkable. Now, the unthinkable is becoming commonplace, and a return to sanity is the new “unthinkable.”

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#11

They could be fair and at least call democracy an illusion.

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When trump was expected to have a majority of electoral votes, I sent emails to some of the electoral college that were considered crucial. one in Texas responded with a form letter saying the constitution was never meant to define a democracy. it’s actually s federalist something. That was a troll letter either designed to incite or hacked in by a 10 yr old. it also magically disappeared from my inbox so there’s no record. I know this sounds like hearsay, but I’m positive others were sent. someone may have taken a screenshot. cut & paste won’t work on those emails.

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#13

Also dinosaurs shall henceforth be referred to as “Jesus Horses.”

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#14

They have dropped the mask

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#15

When Ghandi said “be the change that you wish to see in the world” he didn’t mean make the world a worse place for everyone except those exactly like oneself.

There was a time when American conservatives would at least pay lip service to their pride in living under a democratic system as contrasted with the Commies and Nazis and absolute monarchies; for at least half of them that time has passed.

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I thought it was going to be a story where someone goes “hurr dee hurr the US is a Republic not a Democracy.” Instead it seems to be dumber than that. This one is so far reaching that it seems like it is unlikely to advance very far unless they introduce it in Kansas or Texas.

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#17

So I assume that you can’t teach that America is a republic, either, since that’s not “politically neutral”? Right?

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#18

I’m guessing any mentions of Soviet Socialist Republics will just get lumped into Evil Empires? Being politically neutral and all that.

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#19

While this is sad for those of us who remember a different America in a few generation it will be forgotten completely as the trump forever machine keeps on working.

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#20

Remember when they didn’t run up huge deficits, were against changing things, and actually acted like conservatives instead of the right wing liberals they have become?

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#21

Relax, everyone, the State board is now majority Democrat, and they are voting in June on guidelines to undo Republican damage.

Gimme a minute to grab a link that actually works…

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