Prominent publication ranks U.S. as ‘flawed democracy’

The Economist magazine recently ranked countries based on their level of democratic processes, with the U.S. being described as a “flawed democracy.”

The study, “Democracy Index 2017” [source], ranks the U.S. on par with Portugal, India, Chile, South Africa, Bulgaria, and Botswana. And the study ranks the U. S. only slightly ahead of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Paraguay, Mexico, and Mongolia.

Also, the U.S. is ranked behind Uruguay.

Countries ranked as “full democracies” include all Scandinavian countries—Norway, Sweden, Finland, along with Iceland, the Netherlands, and Denmark, as well as Canada. [source]

Analysis: It’s hard to take studies like this seriously, given that some of the counties mentioned as “full democracies” — notably, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark — are actually constitutional monarchies with established state churches (and per the First Amendment to our Constitution, there shall be “no establishment of” a single state-mandated religion.

Also noteworthy: All of the ‘democracies mentioned are essentially socialist governments, so the unwritten statement behind the study is that European socialism is better than messy American-style constitutionalism any day.

Funny, but before the United States existed under its constitutional order no countries around the world had anything close to the same kinds of freedoms recognized and protected by the our Constitution — nor were those countries ‘self-governed’ by the people through their elected representatives. 

This looks like another anti-Trump statement more than anything else. But that said, other studies and reports have documented a steady loss of freedom — personal and economic, especially — in recent years.

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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