On February 11, the Facebook Revolution reached an apex as news media sources reported that Mubarak had stepped down. As this happens, the critical decision is how the Egyptians remain united to create their new government. I am overwhelmed seeing the Egyptians celebrate their persistence in the streets. As Mubarak’s concession is made, a new Egypt is under way.
As it stands now, victory is not complete. Egyptians must still stand united. This was not a revolt against Mubarak, this was a revolt against a lack of freedoms, the absence of unalienable rights, and a corrupt government. It just so happens that Mubarak embodied all of these. As Mubarak hands power to the High Council of the Military, the question that remains is how the Military will begin to restructure government and allow for a representative government to take hold.
One point of concern is whether this is resignation or merely delegation. It is well thought that this is truly Mubarak’s last day in power. It is good to see that as Mubarak goes, Soliman retreats with him. If Soliman would have been allowed to remain in power, concerns would have been raised that the move by Mubarak would simply be delegation, opening the door for a return. This brings to mind the “transition of power” that never really happened in Russia, when Putin stepped down and Medvedev stepped in. As everyone knows, it is Putin who really runs that nation. However, with the High Council in control, these fears can be subsided for a short time, allowing the Egyptians to form a new government.
As Egyptians are cheering in the streets, a democracy in Egypt is closer than ever before. As mentioned in my previous post, Egyptians must keep their minds on a plan that promotes their goals, more freedoms, more human rights, and a democratic government.
Egyptians, the world watched and you delivered hope of a new form of government, hope of a new future, and the realization of a new Egypt. Thank you for what you have done so far, and God Bless You as you now move to the difficult work of constructing a new government that embodies the values you have espoused.
Does President Obama really believe this? I sure hope not…
“In connection with the OSCE, the presidents had a very lengthy discussion of issues of democracy and human rights,” NSC senior director Mike McFaul said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. “Both presidents agreed that you don’t ever reach democracy; you always have to work at it. And in particular, President Obama reminded his Kazakh counterpart that we, too, are working to improve our democracy.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s Jonathan Weisman asked McFaul to clarify.
“You seemed to be suggesting there was some equivalence between their issues of democracy and the United States’ issues, when you said that President Obama assured him that we, too, are working on our democracy,” Weisman said. “Is there equivalence between the problems that President Nazarbayev is confronting and the state of democracy in the United States?”
“Absolutely not … There was no equivalence meant whatsoever,” McFaul said. “[Obama’s] taken, I think, rather historic steps to improve our own democracy since coming to office here in the United States.”
I don’t think I have to comment, but I will. First, of course we are still working on our democratic republic- the day we don’t is the day it dies- but to put us in the same sentence as Kazakhstan is absurd and offensive. Secondly, what has Obama done to improve democracy? He has broken the Constitution with his individual insurance mandate; pushed to give fewer rights to workers and the unborn; and has ignored the will of the people in signing his health care reform law. None of these improve democracy, and they certainly do not improve it in America.
The apology tour continues…
The Wall Street Journal reports that Iraqi elections to “choose the country’s next leader” opened today “to deadly violence and fraud claims” where “at least 12 people were killed in three separate attacks.” While violence is to be expected given Iraq’s political infancy as a republic, many may claim that such is evidence that western government is unsuited to eastern culture. Such a position begs the question as to whether or not constitutional representative government is objectively superior to other systems of government. Of course, the question is far less sophisticated. All systems of governments, regardless of title, may be divided into two categories: those that restrict political power to an autonomous body–such as a king or self-perpetuating council–and those that relegate it to the people. The answer is simple. Democracy, like gravity, is a universal truth appropriate for all cultures. While progress in Iraq has been and will continue to be slow, it will come. The Iraqi people are ready for freedom.