Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tunisia, Egypt, United States: Will The People Win?

I have been paying a lot of attention to the popular uprisings in the Middle East. The courage and bravery of the people have won my undying admiration for them as citizens of the world. As usual, I have relied on outlets like Al-Jazeera and Reuters and The Independent for my information, because our news outlets in the United States are very biased against anyone who are not 100 percent believers in Americans always being right! Americans are supposed to be exceptional in all things, and that is not to be questioned by a mere citizen of the world! Several blogs, like Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars, and even Facebook have given more accurate information than the national news outlets. Every report I have watched on CNN or NBC, CBS, ABC or other news media have been showered with words meant to fool the viewer into accepting their version of the events taking place in foreign countries. I prefer the raw news, I don't require a news reporter to do my thinking for me!

However, it seems that a lot of Americans do! They quote Wolf Blitzer or other media representatives as if it was the gospel straight from above. We have become a nation of people who let other people form our opinions, because we're too damn lazy to think for ourselves. But, by god, we Americans are exceptional! And, we speak English.

While watching interviews interviews of Egyptian citizens in Tahrir Square, I was impressed by their knowledge of their country and its political system, as well as their determination to stand up to the powers that be. Many of them spoke better English than many of our American politicians do...you pick your favorite, there are many of them who sound like they never had a grammar lesson in their lives! Each Egyptian citizen interviewed had such passion for their beliefs and such courage to speak about them. I saw a t-shirt on one of them, a young woman, which said, "I love my country, it's my government that I'm afraid off!" Another young man said that it was better to die for what you believe in, than to live for nothing. Powerful sentiments!

This month, our Wyoming state government began its legislative session. So far, they have offered legislation to overturn the healthcare law, voted to deny same sex marriage recognition for couples from other states, denied protection for people who have gender issues in employment, and here's a really important one, offered legislation to permit all Wyoming citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Is it just me, or are we reverting to the dark ages? Suddenly, it looks like America is losing its principles and other countries are choosing to make both their lives and their countries a better place to be human. Wyoming is known as the Equality State, but only for Republican, white men. It's ironic that here we want to take away citizen's rights if they are different, but across the world people are taking huge chances to take their destiny back from their governments.

We could learn quite a few lessons from the citizens of Tunisia and Egypt, if only we would listen and educate ourselves, instead of letting others make our minds up for us. Do we still have any courage left, or are we just too fearful to find out the truth? Only time will tell!

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