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Majority of International Neighbors Think USA Has Lost Status as Exemplar of Democracy

In an article on the fake audits that fascists are staging around the nation to perpetuate their false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, Governing‘s Carl Smith offers a chart of foreign attitudes toward America showing that our hard swerve toward authoritarian nihilism has severely damaged our image as an exceptional exemplar of democracy:

Pew Research Center, Spring 2021 Global Attitudes Survey, in Carl Smith, "Search for Election Fraud Persists Despite No Evidence," Governing, 2021.07.15.
Pew Research Center, Spring 2021 Global Attitudes Survey, in Carl Smith, “Search for Election Fraud Persists Despite No Evidence,” Governing, 2021.07.15.

57% of fellow Earthlings in 16 other countries say we used to be a good example of democracy but have dropped our shining beacon in recent years. Only 23% say we are still a good example of how to do democracy.

We owe it to ourselves, our principles, and future generations everywhere to do better. We need to read (and write!) serious news, switch off distractions and lies, and fight those who would put personality and power above the common good.


  1. Jake 2021-07-15 11:24

    Makes Kovid Kristi’s blathering that “our country is THE BEST country that’s ever been on the face of the earth” in danger of being another falsehood. We can and must do a lot better; the people we elect to represent us are a reflection of ourselves to the world.

    Our current GOP Republican crop of politicians on a statewide and national scale are interested in power for power’s sake, not for the betterment of society. Conservative Republicans are So afraid of having more people voting they are greatly reducing by new laws (Jim Crow type) that lengthen voting lines and wait times and prevent brown and black people (anything other than white) from voting!

  2. cibvet 2021-07-15 15:56

    Deservedly so! thanks pubs.

  3. LCJ 2021-07-15 18:58

    However, we still see millions trying to get in this beautiful country.
    If liberals did not have the race card, I am not sure what if they can stand on.
    Another warning today about not parking your chevy volt in the garage due to fires.
    Can you make a garage out of used windmill blades?
    Beats burying that poison in the ground.
    God bless the USA

  4. leslie 2021-07-16 01:07

    Well… Trump’s infamous legacy of 20,000+ documented lies certainly shows in the nearly irreparable damage the Republican party has slathered onto any favorable reputation we had.

    This bullsheit: anyone in the world of average intelligence believe this pathological liar?

    Trump said he’s “not into coups” and “never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government.”

    Right. The Republican party is dead.

    Except in planning 1/06 insurrection to stop Senate certification of the nationsl election of Joe Biden by some 8 million votes.

    The Republican party has raided 40 of 50 states attempting to neutralize these 8 million votes in 2022 and 2024 with obstruction at the federal level and voter suppression at the state level. The 6/3 conservative majority in the SCOTUS is the insurance policy to keep the Republicans in “power”. Power to obstruct and suppress democracy of the United States.

  5. John Dale 2021-07-16 09:03

    Real audits have been needed for 30 years. Arizona hearing yesterday demonstrated Arizona. Plenty of evidence in GA.

  6. Jake 2021-07-16 11:16

    J D, you’d believe and aspire to about anything if it was on Fox News!

  7. cibvet 2021-07-16 11:23

    I see someone took a dump today and then gave us a forecast from the floating turds in the water.

  8. mike from iowa 2021-07-16 14:37

    Johnny Rabbit Hole Refugee is just like magats like drumpf. Always clams there is plenty of evidence, but never says evidence of what. So far, virtually every voter fraud case has been against magats.

    Dems in the US House are filing papers to get info from outfit alleging voter fraud in Arizona, the pool noodle ninjas or whatever. They have a mail drop box in Florida as their official office.

  9. cibvet 2021-07-16 15:49

    AP reports 200 potential voter fraud out of 3 million cast ballots in AZ

  10. leslie 2021-07-16 18:24

    Nbc tonight reported there have been a million migrants apprehended. More details, since October, @ CNN

  11. Bob Newland 2021-07-16 19:33

    John Dale, you can expect to be called willfully ignorant until you decide to become unwillfully ignorant.

  12. Porter Lansing 2021-07-16 21:46

    LCJ, you half educated haybilly.

    Race isn’t a card and you’re not a victim.

    That “loser’s lament” is dripping down your chin.

  13. LCJ 2021-07-17 11:24

    Sen Bob Menendez [d] , yesterday claimed the DACA ruling will stop millions of undocumented i.e. illegal immigrants from citizenship . Millions is what I said and so do your top democrats. Millions.
    You play the race card when can’t think of anything else you over educated liberal.

  14. LCJ 2021-07-17 18:08

    Porter’I have thought about your comments of me being uneducated. What grade of education do you
    think I should achieve before discussing my work or my life or my beliefs with you? Should the people who follow this blog be required to have a certain degree?

  15. Porter Lansing 2021-07-17 19:06

    LCJ – And, about the rest of my assessment?

    LCIY – last word is yours

  16. leslie 2021-07-17 19:26


    1.) Load up….2.) Bells & whistles…. 3.) radical immigration…. 4.) millions …. 5.) illegal aliens.

    “Democrats are trying to load up their $3.5 trillion budget proposal with as many bells and whistles as they can fit into it.

    That includes some radical immigration changes that would lead to a “path to citizenship” for millions of illegal aliens.***

    Lying “liberals” you said.

    ….repeated the slanted story of course.

    See how the radical journalists slanted the article?

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-07-18 07:20

    LCJ, I stand on democracy, on the belief in the fundamental dignity of every human being that warrants the full enfranchisement of every human being as a voter in free, fair, and open elections, and on the need for America to exemplify that belief in all of its actions to encourage all other nations to defend dignity and democracy. I read this survey and see we are doing a bad job of exemplifying democracy, are thus giving aid and comfort to dictators and other ill-doers, and thus need to do a better job of showing the world that democracy can work for everyone.

    I also stay on topic and don’t go belching pre-fab Fox News complaints when I can’t think of good responses to disconcerting news.

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