We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Some friends in the know told me last night that I might think I am going to North Africa this summer - but that I'm not. Lucianne's headline: U.S. Embassy tells Americans they should consider leaving Egypt as soon as possible because of unrest, violence and ongoing demonstrations. An estimated 55,000 Americans are currently in Egypt. Flights scheduled for Monday
Don't let the leftie media's knee-jerk love for revolutionary imagery (unarmed peasant confronts tanks/policemen) fool you into thinking that this is about democracy.
The likely victor in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is virulently anti-West. Cairo has devolved to militias defending neighborhood enclaves - based on old clan loyalties.
Only a tiny group of intellectuals is talking about democracy.
If you bring the vote to people who are not ready for it - you get one free election, followed by dictatorship. This is what happened in Gaza - free, fair elections swept in Hamas - who promptly did away with free, fair elections.
Please tell us your travel plans for the next five years so we can be sure to keep clear from rioting. It would appear that your travel desires coincide with rebellious citizens. (Pls., pls. visit DC).
In 2009 Obama gave a speech in Cairo. Riots result. Words have consequences:
"America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: 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. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere."
It's time for Obama to end his failing foreign policy straddle on Mubarak and to live up to his words in Cairo.
The Brotherhood will restore order. You will no longer have to bribe someone to sell sunglasses on the streets. This will be welcomed by the populace and they will consolidate their grip on power. Then the religious-based restrictions on behavior, access to information, etc. will start. Some will welcome that, others will not, but they'll pick the wrong end of Benjamin Franklin's equation until it's too late. Just ask the Iranians.
BTW, that would be - and I'm likely not getting the quote exactly right - "Those who would give up essential liberties for temporary security will soon find they have neither."
Ben David ...I hope now that the Muslim Brotherhood has de-cloaked enough that the Western nations will begin to realize that the MB is the real danger. Its chief affiliate in America is CAIR, but there are others. And they have influence in the strangest quarters. I fear the Muslims in the US more than I fear any other political group, and I fear them because my fellow citizens are so naive that they think all these women going around in Muslim dress are not dangerous.
I believe they are. We have lots of them here in Houston, and they are not pleasant people to us.