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The Founding Fathers Would Be With the Crowd in Egypt

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As difficult as it has been for our government to respond to what is going on in Egypt, we the people of the United States have to be in their corner because we have been there. How can we forget that we are born from revolution ourselves? We overthrew a pompous ruler who treated us unfairly, and now the Egyptians have done the same thing. Way to go Egypt, right? Then why does everyone here not seem to be so enthusiastic about it?

President Obama definitely came down on the side of the protesters well before Hosni Mubarak resigned, and that not doubt hastened the winds of change that the dictator must have seen as inevitable. Just as the writing was on the Berlin Wall, so too was it etched on the pyramids of Giza. The power of the people overcame the power and might of a strongman.

We have seen it before throughout history, but perhaps because this is the Middle East people are more worried about where this is ultimately going. People are thinking of the Iranian revolution which brought in something just as bad as it replaced, or perhaps the dismal prospects for democracy in war-ravaged Iraq and Afghanistan. Should we use these places as guides or should we not think that a different direction is in order?

Imagine how the Founding Fathers would see this revolution: would they not support their brethren freedom seekers? If Patrick Henry could say, “Give me liberty or give me death,” should not the Egyptian people seek the same thing? Thanks to the immediacy of the Internet and the spirit and resolve of the Egyptian people, it did not take them years to overthrow their King George: they only needed seventeen days.

None of us can be sure where this is going, and people everywhere from Jerusalem to Islamabad to New York are no doubt thinking the worst, but I have a feeling that they should be thinking the best. An amazing thing has happened in Cairo that we should be applauding vigorously. We can’t not believe in freedom for some and not for all: the Egyptians have just as much right to throw off the yoke of oppression as did the French, Germans, Russians, Iranians, and Americans.

The next steps will be tenuous, but the world should show its support in a myriad of ways to Egyptians. For now they have won the battle, but the goal for them has to be to win the war and avoid falling into chaos. If they can truly embrace democracy, can find a way to create a constitution and a government of and for the people, then they will be on their way and other Middle Eastern dictators and despots should shake in their boots because the dominoes will start to fall.

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.
  • Baronius

    The Founding Fathers weren’t together on the revolution in France. The great split between Adams and Jefferson revolved around the French Revolution, with Jefferson in full support and Adams untrusting. A person can support liberty and still be cautious of, or oppose, a particular regime change.

  • El Bicho

    Sounds real nice but you have no way of knowing what the Founding Fathers would have thought of Egypt.

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    Absolutely true! It’s just my opinion that some (probably not all as Baronius’s comment makes clear) of the Founding Fathers would endorse this drive for freedom.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    “Imagine how the Founding Fathers would see this revolution: would they not support their [own interests–read rich white male] brethren…[opportunists]?”

    The founding fathers brought the interests of the wealthy to America, so they (the wealthy) could be free (as long as they were male). The gov’t was designed to assure that the common man did not have a direct say in government, but so that bankers and others with wealth could rule and grow richer.

    The country was founded giving lip service to freedom for all. The truth is, the word “all” specifically applied to only those whose freedom counted.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Indeed, there have always been scoundrels among us, even among the Founding Fathers, as Baronius’s comment makes clear!

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I am disgusted by the founding fathers and what they actually stood for. But then again I never did get into that whole pledge of allegiance to a flag automaton training they dish out in every school. Guess it’s hard for people to see clearly after 12 years or more of gov’t brainwashing.

  • troll

    (any good news on the personal front, Cindy?)

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena Paleoconservative with Secret Surname

    Cindy, you might be interested in this article about Founding Father Benjamin Rush, which mentions his vehement opposition to slavery and his advocacy of education for women and free public schools.

    I’m not sure how he would have come down on the French Revolution, as he was close friends with both Adams and Jefferson, and made efforts to mend the split that Baronius mentioned.

    I hope the news troll seeks is good. …sending you virtual chocolate for fortication…

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena Paleoconservative with Secret Surname

    News Flash! RON PAUL WINS CPAC STRAW POLL AGAIN!!!

    Closer to one with a Benjamin-Rush-like spirit of a true Founding Father, you are not likely to get.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    The very fact you don’t consider Ruvy a crank or at least a seriously disturbed person should automatically disqualify any of the sources you would recommend, Paeloconservative.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena Paleoconservative with Secret Surname

    Put a sock in it, Roger.

  • Clavos

    Love the new handle, Paleo etc.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    FYI, my comment was addressed to an anonymous commmenter by willfully ignoring your true identity. I would have been much kinder were I to address you personally.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena/ Irene Athena

    Yes, isn’t it great, Clavos?
    The handle AND…heh heh heh…the news about Ron Paul?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena/ Irene Athena

    LOL, who else was going to be so jubilant about Ron Paul? The cat was out of the bag as soon as I became the first one on Blogcritics to make note of it!’

    OK Roger, start addressing me personally, and being kinder to Ruvy. :)

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Ruvy’s is digging his own grave, Irene. And since I’m not forcing his hand, I can only watch. In short, I don’t find the hatred in his heart amusing, for which reason I refuse to humor him.

    I’m glad, though, you have reasons to feel jubilant about developments on American political landscape. I’m more than certain that your optimism in this instance is grossly misplaced, but than again, I’ll never be the one to deprive a person of their hope.

    Just sayin’.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/irene-athena Paleoconservative with Secret Surname

    Maybe if Ron Paul–and others rejecting American imperialism abroad–gain the upper hand again, America will have its own PEACEFUL revolution.

    * walks away whistling “Oh How Gloriously Appropos the Timing”…

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Now you’re talking. You should have said it in the first place.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    “We can’t not believe in freedom for some and not for all,” Victor writes. Too many double negatives there, methinks. To argue that we cannot not believe in something means we must believe in it, which runs counter to what Victor is clumsily trying to say. Or perhaps that qualifies as a Freudian slip by a writer and editor who subconsciously subscribes to a double standard after all.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    A literary construction, Alan. But it doesn’t run counter to the intended meaning, regardless of what you or I may think about the felicity of it all, does it now?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Yes it does. And you are hardly an authority.

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    Thank you, Alan. Your comments always reaffirm my thoughts on a subject. You have a golden touch to be sure.

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    And what makes you one except for being a sour puss?

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Roger, I’ve never claimed to be anything other than a sour puss. If you don’t believe me, just ask Victor Lana.

  • Clavos

    …Or anyone else who’s ever been unlucky enough to have you cross their path..

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz/ Alan Kurtz

    Bad luck! Is that what you ascribe it to? Oh, but you underestimate the deliberateness of my rascality. Luck, to paraphrase Mae West, has nothing to do with it.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    (troll, a 2nd surgery, to clear out the blood clots, went very well. The surgeon, who strangely sounds like Roger–but he’s Turkish–said that Bill [that is my husband] is needing less support than some who undergo an LVAD in the best of circumstances. I am very, very happy. He should recover fully with all strokes being counted as TIAs. We will have a super dooper 70th B-day party in April. Will know for real tomorrow or Monday when they take the breathing tube out and he awakens. Will report again then.) :-)

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    And let me say HOLY FUCK!!!!! They had no statistics on his survival…just fucking outrageously awesome doctors…I am sooooooo amazed at their skills. No one could, by chance, have as many good calls, I am convinced.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Got heart problems?…better consider Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Ruvy and Glenn,

    TY for your kind wishes. I wish all of your loved ones he same. And I wish both of you more than that–I wish you see that all people deserve the same. What? I don’t realize you do already think that? Well, yes, I do. But that mostly translates into “our world” help. Let’s please scream and shout until EVERY SINGLE HUMAN ON THIS PLANET GETS HELP. Let’s do that every day. Do it! I will follow!

  • http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/a-nasty-mathematical-myth/#comments irene athena

    That’s awesome news, Cindy.

  • Clavos

    Cindy,

    I’m sooo happy to hear that news!!

    Please do keep us posted on his progress.

    The hospital and docs do, as you say, deserve a LOT of credit, but don’t leave yourself out of the equation; a kind, caring caregiver like you is extremely important; your care over the years is a major factor in a positive outcome.

    Props to you, Cindy, from one who’s been there.