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The scientists are not revealing their 90-country scores yet, pending the actual publication of the study, but they are tipping their hands a little. Watch your steps, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and, yes, China. Your negative democratic gaps are growing dangerously wide — partly as a result of the Internet, which provides your people with a window on the way things are done in other, freer parts of the world. Algeria and Malaysia, alas, your system of government will probably hold. The positive gap created by the relative cupful of democracy you allow your people is already more than what they had come to expect.
Originally posted by indianajoe77
1. Constitutional rights have not been suspended. People's actual rights and what they think they are "entitled to" or "have a right to" are not the same.
2. U.S. citizens are not being held indefinitely by the Patriot Act. People who were in the US, but not citizens, may be being held indefinitely in an undisclosed location.
3. An Autocratic regime is not what we have in the US, though it feels like it with 2 parties being the dictators. Egyptians are protesting that autocratic regime.
4. Is it "Canadians bash America" day on ATS? I only ask because this is the 2nd thread on this topic I saw posted today. Or are people in Quebec trying to use the Egyptian situation and perceived US tyranny as a reason to begin pushing an independent Quebec again? - Just curious on this one.
Originally posted by queenofsheba
To be truthful, I feel a little offended by your post. I'm an American, yep. I don't feel as if I live in a dictatorship and I feel pretty good about the freedoms I have. I still prefer to live here than anywhere else. I consider myself fortunate and have a good life. I'm happy. There, I said it. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed to be American. Have a great day!