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house Bill H. Res. 134

Should the House of Representatives Condemn the Military Coup in Burma?

Argument in favor

The Burmese military’s coup on February 1, 2021 destroyed Burma’s fragile progress toward democracy. As the world’s leading democracy, the U.S. must condemn the Tatmadaw’s actions and work with the international community to resolve this crisis. This resolution sets forth specific actions for relevant governing bodies and U.S. officials to take in service of this aim.

jimK's Opinion
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03/19/2021
It is important for our country to denounce anti-Democratic processes when emerging democracies are at risk. It is what our country used to represent. It does ring a bit hollow given our internal political problems where party politics dominate our democracy and the politicians desire to wield political influence seems to out weigh their desire to preserve our democracy. … … … The trumpublican experiment has greatly reduced our credibility as a country that values democracy and the institutions that empower the democratic processes that makes our country whole. Hopefully our new administration will prevail in restoring our democracy by protecting all of our people, preserving the right of all of our people to vote in free and fair elections and treat other people and the world of nations with dignity and respect driven by the philosophy of our founders and what has been traditional unique American values of honesty, fair-play and equitable solutions.
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Frank-001's Opinion
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03/19/2021
Absolutely! Condemn the military coup in Burma! Do it in no uncertain terms! Often it is clearer to remind others of their wrongdoings than it is to see one’s own. That’s reason enough to be an active member of an international community dedicated to rationality, integrity, and democracy,
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larubia's Opinion
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03/20/2021
In a classic tRump move, Myanmar's military seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. The army alleges the recent landslide win by Ms Suu Kyi's party was marred by fraud. Biden has already threatened sanctions. The UK & UN have already denounced these actions. We should, too...that is if we still support democracy???
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Argument opposed

This toothless resolution is an unnecessary symbolic gesture. The Biden administration is already imposing sanctions and working with international partners to urge other nations to impose consequences on the coup’s leaders and calling on the Tatmadaw to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other majority party leaders.

TheDarkSide's Opinion
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03/19/2021
Would be hypocritical to do so considering the United States government initiated and participated in at least 81 overt and covert known interventions in foreign countries during the period 1946–2000.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/21/2021
Why? It doesn’t do anything? I’m not interested in symbolic gestures. Act or stay outside
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NoHedges's Opinion
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03/19/2021
I would rather they work on reforming the ongoing abuse and lack of adequate funding in our foster care system, investigate house members ties to Russian assets, build a leadership track to support generational equity, look into ways to disburse child care funds through Social Security to the actual parents/caregivers, address the ongoing mental and systemic poverty towards differently abled, start reversing some of Trumps environmental deregulation, safe guards Alaska’s midterm elections, or redirect some of the military’s bloated spending so that military personnel in this country who are asked to die for this country are paid a $15 minimum wage... Than work on a resolution which has no teeth for people living in Burma. It sincerely reminds me of being told to eat my ...... because the kids in Ethiopia were starving.
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    It is important for our country to denounce anti-Democratic processes when emerging democracies are at risk. It is what our country used to represent. It does ring a bit hollow given our internal political problems where party politics dominate our democracy and the politicians desire to wield political influence seems to out weigh their desire to preserve our democracy. … … … The trumpublican experiment has greatly reduced our credibility as a country that values democracy and the institutions that empower the democratic processes that makes our country whole. Hopefully our new administration will prevail in restoring our democracy by protecting all of our people, preserving the right of all of our people to vote in free and fair elections and treat other people and the world of nations with dignity and respect driven by the philosophy of our founders and what has been traditional unique American values of honesty, fair-play and equitable solutions.
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    Would be hypocritical to do so considering the United States government initiated and participated in at least 81 overt and covert known interventions in foreign countries during the period 1946–2000.
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    Absolutely! Condemn the military coup in Burma! Do it in no uncertain terms! Often it is clearer to remind others of their wrongdoings than it is to see one’s own. That’s reason enough to be an active member of an international community dedicated to rationality, integrity, and democracy,
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    In a classic tRump move, Myanmar's military seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. The army alleges the recent landslide win by Ms Suu Kyi's party was marred by fraud. Biden has already threatened sanctions. The UK & UN have already denounced these actions. We should, too...that is if we still support democracy???
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    Long overdue! This isn’t the 1st military coup but 1 of many going back to the 60s. Even more atrocious is the genocide of Rohingya recently! And the Burmese military massacred revolting students twice (1962, 1988) a la Tienanmenn Square style which was never televised so unknown outside the country. Majority of trade is with China, as is foreign aid so US sanctions are meaningless as China will ignore. Any US action is purely symbolic! Jezu tin ba deh! (Thank you in Burmese)! @Chad: Considering the claims of voter fraud were made by the military, the same military that assumed power in 1962 by shooting Aung San Suu Kyi’s father in the head as well as his cabinet I’m not convinced of the authenticity of the claim! While the military had no problems shooting the father & cabinet they’ve been hesitant to kill the daughter so they’ve put her under house arrest previous, created new laws saying she can’t rule due to her foreign husband (British Oxford Professor, and mixed blood sons), and now election fraud, another convenient excuse for a military coup! https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41566561 https://theconversation.com/myanmar-coup-how-the-military-has-held-onto-power-for-60-years-154526 https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/08/06/burma-justice-1988-massacres https://www.sciencespo.fr/mass-violence-war-massacre-resistance/en/document/repression-august-8-12-1988-8-8-88-uprising-burmamyanmar.html https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics-explainer-idUSKBN2A113H
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    Why? It doesn’t do anything? I’m not interested in symbolic gestures. Act or stay outside
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    We must support democracy around the world, no matter the location or outcome. While the regime in Burma had troubles, they were democratically elected. The military coup is unacceptable, and we must work with the rest of the democracies to pressure the military out of power and let the people choose their leadership.
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    We must support democracies around the world. Autocracies are entrenching themselves. We almost lost our own democracy at Putin’s behest.
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    Yes, we should. However, the U.S. is hardly in a position to tell other Nations that coups are undemocratic when the Trump and the GOP attempted one here.
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    Yes, we should protest the overthrow of elected governments. I don’t see that condemnations cost us anything but time and paper, and not much of either. However, we should also protest and condemn the persecution of groups such as the Rohingya. We were also relatively silent over the annexation of the Ukraine and recent Chinese actions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. We (and other countries) rightly select which causes to tackle, but there should be some consistency in what we stand for and by, in my opinion. We’ve said virtually nothing publicly about Erdogan moving Turkey toward an autocracy, following Putin’s playbook, as I see it. I view Putin as an enormous global threat, yet we haven’t moved much beyond the euphoric view that the world is now safer because the Soviet Union fell apart and Putin has used that to slowly creep Russia back to the Cold War days where he sits in the place of Stalin. When I was young, these things were happening in far away places, so they didn’t really seem to matter much to us as individuals - except for the nuclear threat. We now live on the doorsteps of all of the other countries and they on ours, it seems to me. What seems to have nothing really to do with us turns out to be important as second and third order effects unfold. Burma is small and may not seem to matter much on the surface, but who’s pulling the strings of the coup beyond the surface? We should decide what we stand for individually and as a country and the act like it.
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    I would rather they work on reforming the ongoing abuse and lack of adequate funding in our foster care system, investigate house members ties to Russian assets, build a leadership track to support generational equity, look into ways to disburse child care funds through Social Security to the actual parents/caregivers, address the ongoing mental and systemic poverty towards differently abled, start reversing some of Trumps environmental deregulation, safe guards Alaska’s midterm elections, or redirect some of the military’s bloated spending so that military personnel in this country who are asked to die for this country are paid a $15 minimum wage... Than work on a resolution which has no teeth for people living in Burma. It sincerely reminds me of being told to eat my ...... because the kids in Ethiopia were starving.
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    14 House Republicans vote against a measure condemning military coup in Myanmar Where were they on jan 6?
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    The military should NEVER control the citizenry. Anywhere!
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    Sure you can ban anything you want. What good does it do when we have nut cases with guns who kill because something bothers them about race, gender, or ethic issues.
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    How about the House of Representatives actually represent the American citizens they are supposed to work for instead of wasting time doing stupid things and representing their own interests and that if their corporate sponsors.
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    Definitely! We barely escaped a coup by Tyrant Trump simply because he could competently enact his nefarious plot! We need to support in spirit and deed every single democracy on our planet!
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    Off course we should. Regardless of past support for dictatorships. As an American, we can acknowledge past mistakes and still seek the ideals we strive for. I wonder how Mr Zeldin will vote on this , in Lieu of his support for the Jan. Coup in our own country?
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    Don't confuse Biden more than he is. He has yet to understand that his responsibility and focus should be to and on the US people. All his actions todate, have been in opposition and very questionable. And now he is going to preach to others?
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    What happens in the rest of the world has a very real impact here too. This military coup will likely put leadership in place that may very well represent a threat to our own national security. And if our nation cannot stand up and defend others who are brave enough to stand up for ideals we claim as our own and we claim to be a shining example of, how can we continue to be a player on the world stage when we are a nation of cowardly hypocrites?
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    What do we stand for?!
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