Something extraordinary is happening in Egypt. A unique political/historical science project is unfolding in our time. It is an amazing popular readjustment of a popular (people led) revolution. It is interesting to watch a collective desire to correct and complete a revolution. Despite the dangerous uncertainty of the situation (progressive change is never without danger), I think that the Morsi government’s extreme pivot to a secular Islamic government has been rejected; and this bodes well for the future of the people of Africa and the Middle East. I think the people in these politically evolving nations want to both practice their religion and yet enjoy the freedom of a non-secular government and society. This “peoples” movement (it’s interesting to watch a frustrated international news media struggle, and fail to find “the leader” of this movement); could in a strange way, eventually introduce a greater possibility for peace in the region, as it presents a model for the people’s (not necessary the Arab governments) primary desire for freedom, peace and reasonable prosperity.
Meanwhile back here at home; a concerted right-wing political/judicial effort is ongoing, to restrict the voting rights of U.S. citizens of color. An insulting immigration bill that is so burdened down with wasteful and obscenely expensive “border security measures”, that it would be cheaper (and more honest) to just declare war on Mexico and move on. The racing of state legislatures (males) in parts of our nation to define and control the individual medical choices of women (and by extension the ultimate aim of the political control of the anatomy and physiology of women); these same bad legislative actors are at the same time working hard to deprive a healthy and productive life to the same children they insist must be born. The “stopping and frisking” of entire communities of their rights to a quality education and the dignity of employment. I am thinking about all of those people gathered in the streets of Cairo. I imagine that it must take a huge amount of popular frustration, courage and will to want to complete and fix an incomplete, and broken revolution. These courageous people of Egypt are willing to risk a great deal in their call for a true and complete revolution. I wonder, where is our courage, where is our will, to move America to realize its true potential, power and promise? One could do an imaginary form of American history reading; and speculate what our nation would look like if the Continental army and American revolutionist of 1776 insisted on a true and complete revolution that included the abolishing of slavery, economic class distinctions and sexism. And so their “Declaration of Independence” would have read:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (of all colors, nationalities, religions and economic status) and all women, are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..”
Well, just imagining……