Monday, February 7, 2011, AM | 7 Comments
In 2009, President Obama spoke to Egyptians in particular and the Middle East in general. Now is the time to give the rhetoric some practicality and follow it through. The US must not shy away from talk about democracy in the Middle East, despite historic anti-government rallies in the so-called friendly Egypt.
This is what the president said:
- Reflect the will of the people
- The ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed
- Confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice
- Government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people
- The freedom to live as you choose
- No matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power
Now is the perfect time United States as a government and as a nation support the will of the people all over the world. The people have begun to have their own will in governing themselves and they must be supported in their struggle to have full representation in their government, may that be in the Middle East, Africa, Europe or the United States.
One guy said…
“We will not be silenced, whether you’re a Christian, whether you’re a Muslim, whether you’re an atheist, you’ll demand your goddamn rights, and we will have our rights, one way or the other! We will never be silenced!”
Effects of Egyptian Unrest on Personal Finances
I decided to do a post and call it “Representation” because that’s what it is. Representation of the people to govern and take part in their own affairs. It influences personal finances and every aspect of people’s lives. Prices at the gas stations have gone up a little because of the unrest in Egypt as media have reported. There may be other areas of our finances that might get affected.
United States and other more powerful governments can force Mubarak of Egypt to quit from the presidency but in order to avoid chaos, the new system of government can phase in gradually. In an authoritarian rule, some institutions that are essential to run the government are either diminished or paralyzed down to its core. They must be rebuilt and “oiled” to have a positive effect on people’s lives.
Elections should be held under the supervision of International watchdogs so that a president does not get elected with 99.99% of the vote as is usually the case. Whatever kind of government comes to power by the sheer will of the people, no matter how adverse it is to the foreign policy of the United States, must be respected by all the world nations. The people have spoken, the world has listened must then be the order of the day.
In a Nutshell
Many folks in the world have problem with the word “democracy.” But nobody objects to “Representation” of the people by the people. Here in the United States, we must Protect Civil Liberties: Let The PATRIOT Act Expire!