Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Does the Bush Regime Rank as One of the Most Repressive?

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world, has released its annual global survey of political rights and civil liberties (selected data Freedom in the World 2007). The eight countries judged to have the most repressive regimes are Cuba, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Press release:

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.

The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.

“Repressive regimes can be incredibly resilient, as this year’s list demonstrates,” said Arch Puddington, Director of Research at Freedom House. “Some of the countries on this list are global bullies; others are responsible for unspeakable humanitarian crises. In practically every case, these regimes are resistant to change and are indifferent to their citizens’ political rights, civil liberties and basic human needs.”

The report includes detailed summaries of political and human rights conditions in Belarus, Burma, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Laos, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. Also included are three territories: Chechnya, Tibet and Western Sahara. Except for Cote d’Ivoire, which is new to the list this year, and Belarus, Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe, all have been rated the “worst of the worst” since 2002 or earlier.

You know, with all the hyperbolic demagoguery and hyperventilating fearmongering about "unprecedented expansion of presidential authority", "erosion of civil liberties" due to the advent of such things as the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance programs, data-mining; and also torture/waterboarding (total of 3 cases- the worst of the worst), Guantanamo, rendition, etc., you'd think that the Bush Regime would rank as one of the "worst of the worst".

But no. Reality sings a different tune from the shrill chorus of the conspiratorial nuts and BDS sufferers.

Oh, and another news flash to The World Can’t Wait crowd: The Bush Administration will be out of office in several months from now, and you’ll be irrelevant and proven nothing more than an ineffective sideshow. But you were allowed to exist during the Bush years; and had the freedom to spew your moronic hatespeak, despite (or thanks to?) the “repressive” totalitarian police-state known as the “evil” Bush Regime. It took amazing guts and courage for you to have stood up against Bushitler. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

Terrific post, Word. A reliable source of amusement for me has been the unrelenting chant from the surrender monkeys that civil rights have been lost and teh Constitution shredded under this administration. If it is a one on one conversation, I always ask for an example or two to back up this claim. No one ever gives any though.

It's like the Obama supporters who want to vote for him. When asked what he's done, they can't name anything. They just like him. No other reason is necessary for a vote. Incredible.

Thursday, May 08, 2008 6:39:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Excellent my friend. The repressive stigma comes from those on the left that hate everything about Bush and this nation.

History will prove the success of the Bush Presidency just as it did that of Ronald Reagan!

Thursday, May 08, 2008 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Give it time, give it time. Some Leftist individual or organization will surmise this report is racist, sexist, nationalist, fill-in-the-blank-ist, and consequently its findings will be denigrated.

BZ

Thursday, May 08, 2008 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Just what will The World Can't Wait Crowd do when Bush isn't in office anymore? Poor dears. They might have to look for something constructive to occupy their time.

Thursday, May 08, 2008 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger Nightcrawler said...

Isn't it funny how these people never say a word about the expansion of Presidential power when certain presidents are using the IRS to investigate their enemies, selling nuclear secrets to the Chinese, renting out the Lincoln bedroom, creating MASSIVE entitlement programs and so on?

Where's their steadfast defense of the Constitution during THOSE times?

Thursday, May 08, 2008 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Tapline said...

Word, Excellent post. Most of the people who throw these stone of abuse of power, etc,,,etc,, probably have never been where freedoms are really lacking....stay well....

Thursday, May 08, 2008 9:54:00 PM  

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