Chaotic Washington is Not a Shining Example of Democracy

For what America has become, it’s now China’s turn to remind the nation of its lost values, or what it’s been preaching for the longest time. Its irresponsible actions and overall behavior have earned it, not respect and adulation, but scorn and condemnation, among nations . Is there a real hope for change in America?

Here’s Curtis Stone writing for People’s Daily, China.

Chaotic Washington is Not a Shining Example of Democracy

By Curtis Stone

Is the US still a model of democracy?

That question, previously a far-fetched idea for many, is being asked more and more. It is the realization that Western democracy—even American democracy—can fall into chaos and undermine the international community’s goal of peace and development.

Even though China has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, the US has long been critical of China for its unique political system. China’s official argument is that the US elevates itself as a model of democracy in order to spread its interpretation of democracy to other countries in an attempt to make the world in its own image. Scholars who support the American narrative of exceptionalism have also called on China to be more like the West in terms of politics, arguing that China’s system is doomed to fail. “The endgame of Chinese communist rule has now begun,” US scholar David Shambaugh argued in a March 2015 article.

But what works in one country will not necessarily work in another. “Whether the shoes fit or not, only the wearer knows,” President Xi Jinping said on his first trip abroad as China’s top leader in March 2013. What Xi meant is that only the citizens of a country know if their country is on the right development path and the West has no right to force-feed its interpretation of democracy on other countries as a way to solve the world’s problems.

In reality, the so-called strength of Western democracy is a grand illusion. Research shows that Western democracy is always just one step away from tragedy. According to Yale University’s Timothy Snyder, the modern history of Western democracy is one of decline and fall and most democracies failed. There is also growing dissatisfaction with Western democracy itself, not just in America but around the world, according to published research by political scientists Roberto Foa and Yascha Mounk. All this shows that Western democracy is not as secure as people may think and political chaos is the most likely outcome.

The chaos that ensued in the US presidential election of 2016 highlights the perils of Western democracy. In a People’s Daily commentary, Yuan Peng, vice president of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, wrote that the election would be deemed the darkest and most chaotic in recent history. “It certainly will not be viewed as a victory of democracy,” Peng wrote. He then added: “The campaign has undeniably revealed the dark side of so-called democracy in the US.”

That chaos and uncertainty later became the norm in Washington. But whereas the presidential election revealed the dark side of Western democracy, growing political divisions under US President Donald Trump is perhaps evidence of something much more frightening: chaos in Washington is undermining US power and prestige in the eyes of people around the world.

Rising political chaos in the US has made people openly question the strength of Western democracy and the future role of the US. From the GOP’s controversial plan to repeal and replace Obamacare which, if passed, would take away the right to health for 23 million Americans, mostly the poor and disabled; to mounting domestic scandals that could sap Washington’s ability to respond to challenges and opportunities alike; to the battle over Trump’s controversial Muslim travel ban; to the kidnapping of the global climate agenda, the selfish and irresponsible actions coming out of Washington make a solid case for why nations of the world should step up efforts to advance the democratization of international relations.

As Xi said in his speech, the fate of the world depends on all peoples and every single country has a responsible role to play. The importance of advancing democracy in international affairs is perhaps nowhere more evident than with global climate change, an issue that the former US president described as the kind of challenge that is big enough to remind us that we are all in this together, but which Trump threw under the bus. If there is a lesson to be learned from the chaos in Washington, it is that while Western democracy has its strengths, it also has its flaws, and a more balanced and equitable international order is much needed.

7 thoughts on “Chaotic Washington is Not a Shining Example of Democracy”

  1. The plain truth is that Jews control what we call America and until you get their greedy claws off our government and stop this fake science BS climate change, get our military out of other countries and throw out the United Nations ( the front for the new world order) things will only get worse. Until we of North America destroy Washington DC, cut ties to the fake state of Israel and the Vatican as well as hang all the lawyers and go back to the original constitution, then just as the Rothchilde jews have designed the world to be theirs will happen as their is only three countries left on their hit list.

    1. Could, not have said it “BETTER” So USA What are you going to DO ABOUT IT?
      Whinge, whine, have a hotdog, watch the footy??
      Get the F^CK off your ass, get organised, join a Militia, 5000 Good Men, Get your Country back! Peacefully if Not. Then so be it, your Military, & Your police force will be with you! Guaranteed!
      ORGANISE NOW

  2. Democracy is dead in the States. Look what happened to Ron Paul when his presence was continuously ignored in the 2008 and 2012 presidential race. It was a sad day when this man who represents a voice of reason quit politics.

  3. GOVERNMENT (Govern-MIND Control)…IS the problem, along with it’s “Parent” control grid…RELIGION (Same meaning)…using a “Controlled” exchange system called MONEY.
    PEOPLE (Hu-Man = God-Man) ARE THE REAL POWER AND VALUE.

  4. BUT THE USA DOESN’T HAVE A DEMOCRACY. IT HAS A PLUTOCRACY. WHICH IT HAS HAD SINCE THE PLUTOCRATS SEPARATED FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY. THE MAGNA CARTA –WHICH THE FOUNDING FATHERS LOVED TO REFER TO– WAS A PLUTOCRATIC RE-ARRANGEMENT BTWN THE SOVEREIGN AND THE MONARCHY. I WOULDN’T CALL THAT DEMOCRATIC. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER AGREEMENTS MADE BETWEEN COMMONERS AND THE MONARCHY THAT THEY COULD OF USED.

    THIS WASN’T SO IMPORTANT UNTIL THE INDUSTRIAL AGE GAVE BIRTH IN AMERICA. AS TECHNOLOGY HAS ADVANCED OUR FREEDOMS HAVE DECLINED. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE AN ECONOMY BASED ON CAPITALISM BUT ON OLIGOPOLIES. I THINK GERMAN IN THE 20TH CENTURY PROVED THAT THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME OF CAPITALISM IS TOTALITARIANISM. AND WE ARE NOW IN THE FINAL STAGES OF OLIGOPOLISIM MOVING INTO TOTALITARIANISM.

    WHY NAZIS GERMANY FAILED IS BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS VYING FOR THEIR SELF INTEREST. AND THAT IS WHY WASHINGTON IS “CHAOTIC”. AND THAT WILL BE THE REASON FOR ITS ULTIMATE DEMISE.

    ——————————————————————————————————
    THE BUSINESS NEWS IS ALL ABOUT THE “WORLD’S” ECONOMY IN SUCH DECLINE THAT WORLDWIDE COLLAPSE IN EMINENT. HMMMMM?

    FROM WHAT I’VE BEEN READING IS THAT RUSSIA, AFRICA AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ASIA ARE IS A PERIOD OF TRANSITION AWAY FROM THE WESTERN AMERICAN DOMINATED SYSTEM TO AN ASIAN DOMINATED SYSTEM. (RIGHT NOW LATIN AMERICA IS IN A STATE OF CHAOS CAUSED BY AMERICA.)

    THE STUPID AND FAILING ATTEMPT OF THE AMERICAN HEGEMONY TO SEIZE CONTROL OF THE ASIAN NATURAL RESOURCES AND MANPOWER WILL RESULT IN THROWING THE WEST INTO A “DARK AGE”. THE PROBLEM WITH WASHINGTON IS THAT WHILE THE ARE BUSY ATTACKING FOREIGNERS ARE EQUALLY BUSY ATTACKING THEIR OWN PEOPLE. I PREDICT THAT IN THE END THAT THE AMERICANS WILL BE BOUGHT OUT BY CHINA AND WILL WORK FOR THE CHINESE. SORT OF LIKE A PERVERTED VERSION OF THE MARSHALL PLAN. AND THE CHINESE WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME FINDING QUALIFIED WORKERS AMONG THE SUBSTANCE ABUSERS AND THE INTERNET/CELL PHONE ADDICTS WHO CAN’T THINK BEYOND THE “ME”. AMERICANS MIGHT HATE THE GOVT BUT THEY HATE EACH OTHER EVEN MORE.

    THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 ELECTIONS DEMONSTRATE TO ME THAT THE SOLUTION TO WASHINGTON WON’T COME FROM WITHIN BUT FROM WITHOUT.

  5. “Is there a real hope for change in America” = I keep telling you: NO NO AND NO. The only hope for the PLANET is that america gets DESTROYED. Mostly its military. The US Military is pure evil. The only good guys in the US military are patriotic milita types that joined the forces simply out of circumstance (ie theyd be humble farmers and factory workers if those professions still existed, but they dont, so they became just another soldier serving the JWO).

    So pick whichever method you want (nuke, financial collapse, pandemic, earthquakes, etc), but america MUST collapse: it is mystery babylon. You dont “save” a wild dog with rabies, you PUT IT DOWN for the sake of everyone else.

    Even if you destroy the corporation “U.S.” and restore the original republic, you still have to accept that the huge udnerground cities will still exist, the huge pollution will still exist, the pentagon would still exist, the population of retarded americans would still exist, the munitions factories would still exist, the political ties to israel would still exist, the secret projects would still exist, the natural resources to harvest would still exist, etc etc.

    …And here’s another secret: USA **WILL** collapse. America was originally setup as “the new Atlantis”. So (not suprisingly) WILL SUFFER THE SAFE FATE AS THE ORIGINAL ATLANTIS.
    So here’s my suggesetion to all the misguided elites out there: HOW ABOUT YOU STOP RECREATING FAILED PROJECTS FROM THE PAST? YOURE LIKE A BROKEN RECORD THAT WONT TURN OFF YET REFUSES TO HAND OVER REIGNS TO A NEW/FRESHER/UNTESTED SYSTEM. A RICH MAN WITH ALZHEIMERS THAT RAMBLES ON ABOUT THE ‘OLD TIMES’THAT NOBODY HAS THE HEART TO PUT DOWN OR AT LEAST PUT INTO A RETIREMENT HOME.
    ..I have no suggestions for the general population: youre dumb and willfully ignorant. You willingly bought into a blatantly flawed system and didnt care. You bury youre head inthe sand and hope it’ll sort itself out. You will perish along with everything else. Your “stocking up of food and gold” wont help you out one bit. And no, jesus will not come down to save you.

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