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Freedom House report finds freedom on the wane worldwide

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  1. dubteedub
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    Focusing just on the U.S. here Putting the 2020 US election in this perspective helps me feel a bit better about the prospect of a Biden Presidency personally. Biden is running on a campaign of a...

    Focusing just on the U.S. here

    Much of the blame for the slide in the U.S. standing gets placed on President Trump.

    "The Trump administration has failed to exhibit consistent commitment to a foreign policy based on the principles of democracy and human rights," the report states. "[Trump] has also given a pass to tyrannical leaders whom he hopes to woo diplomatically, including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Kim Jong-un of North Korea."

    "Fierce rhetorical attacks on the press, the rule of law, and other pillars of democracy coming from American leaders, including the president himself," are also noted by Freedom House, which relies on federal funding for most of its $38 million annual budget.

    "An ongoing decline in fair and equal treatment of refugees and asylum seekers," the report adds, "is also particularly worrisome for a country that takes pride in its traditional role as a beacon for the oppressed."

    Putting the 2020 US election in this perspective helps me feel a bit better about the prospect of a Biden Presidency personally. Biden is running on a campaign of a return to normalcy and bringing us back from the edge of authoritarianism and fascism. While he may not be a progressive champion, I still feel comfortable in saying he would surround himself with advisers and agency heads that would be top of their class and capable.

    Biden would also appoint much needed liberal justices to the Supreme Court and lower courts, would stop the assaults on the lives of migrants and refugees, stop the attacks on the press and rule of law, stop the attacks on LGBT rights, stop appealing to foreign dictators, and stop abandoning our allies abroad.

    I hope that is enough to move him across the goal line here as a Trump re-election just puts too much at risk.

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