Could a Cairo-style uprising happen in the US?
While watching the live news feeds from the streets of Cairo where an estimated 20 million Egyptians turned out to encourage their Army’s coup removing President Morsi from office, I began wondering what would happen if 20 million Americans took to the streets in protest.
In Cairo, we witnessed a segment of the population who recognized that after nine months of Morsi rule, their country was headed down the path of radical Islamicization. By the time the next election cycle is held, many believed their country would be past the point of no return. I’ve been fortunate to have worked in Cairo, and the population holds a deep respect and pride for their pharaonic history, second only to their cultural choice of a secular society which has been able to live side by side with their more religious stalwarts. While some may be appalled at the undemocratic ouster of its President, American-style democracy is not necessarily the answer for every society, and we have yet to see how this course of events will play out.
But could Cairo-style demonstrations happen here. With the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency in January 2009, we’ve experienced one of the most anemic all-around economic recoveries in modern times, especially in the private sector, America’s growth engine. We have the albatross of double-digit (U-6) unemployment at rates not seen since Bush left office, with no end in sight. Remember, in the President’s own words, jobs were and are his priority.
We next have two monstrosities of legislation, one already passed Congress and known as Obamacare and the second, the immigration bill, recently passed by the Senate, whose outcome is unknown yet in the House. These two pieces of legislation together will do more to change the American landscape and way of life, than at any time since the Civil War, and not in a good way.
The makings of an Imperial Presidency, where the rule of law and separation of powers as established by the Constitution, are being usurped with rule by Executive fiat. The employer mandate being delayed, not by vote of Congress but by two blog posts from Federal officials announcing the decision, is the latest in the Obama administration’s pronouncements as to
which laws they’ll enforce or not enforce.
Taking the situation we’re in as a nation to an even more micro level, consider the recent events at the Florida v. Zimmerman trial, with the “star” prosecution witness, Rachel Jeantel. While most of the media commentary was focused on her hostility and defensiveness, what caught my attention was the fact that a 17-year old girl could not read her own testimony on paper. A product of American public education, where hundreds of billions have been spent, or rather wasted, since there are sadly more Rachel Jeantels out there, numbering in the
Americans supposedly do their protesting at the ballot box every two, four or six years depending upon governmental body. We are not given to mass populous rallies seen in other areas of the world. The largest rally I can recall in memory was before the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his immortal, “I have a dream” speech. That rally and similar demonstrations throughout the Sixties, changed America through legislation and attitudes.
Could similar demonstrations and protests by our citizenry today against the path we are going down have a similar effect? We certainly have enough to protest, given Obamacare, IRS abuses, Benghazi, NSA’s Orwellian spying and a recent example of an overactive police force run amok, probably being played out in similar situations across America.
Since I posed the question, let me give you my answer. And my answer is, no. It couldn’t happen here. Not yet anyway. For many of us, we may be uncomfortable, dispirited, frustrated or angry, but only in private or in organizations, gatherings or websites, where we feel we’re among people of similar persuasion, and we can give voice to our opinions.
In fact, being the cynic that I’ve become, if we formed groups a la Tea Party that tried to coordinate even one million into the streets for a peaceful protest, we’d find out how far our
country has drifted Left. Our message to Washington, “you work for us, so start listening to us,” would be drowned out by the mainstream media’s resurrected hyperbole of “extremist” rhetoric. Put your imagination to work and you can almost hear the question of whether martial law would be necessary.
While many Americans might protest, the majority is presently asleep in a Kardashian society, becoming more accustomed each day to membership in food stamp nation. We’ve entered an era of the new normal – higher taxes for most of the middle class still working; part-time employees replacing full-time, as employers jockey to avoid regulations that could put them out of business, zero interest rates robbing countless Americans of savings returns forcing them into riskier investments as a means of retirement income or much-needed extra cash;
trillions of dollars of national debt growing exponentially with no end in sight because our national leaders lack the spine and will to correct the oncoming implosion; a military that has so overused its personnel in combat conditions that we’re facing a national crisis in benefits to get them help.
No, our country’s path is not the protests of Cairo. Our country’s path follows the Roman Empire.