Most everyone knows, well strike that, most everyone living in a free country should know, what has been happening in north Africa and across the 'Arab world'. For those who don't, one word sums it up: Revolution!
So far, there has been a sort of coup, peaceful protests and everything in between. Most notably, so far, is Tunisia (where this current revolutionary desire started) and Egypt.
I am somewhat confused though, by some people's comments and reaction to these circumstances. I have a difficult time understanding why some seem to favor supporting a dictator as opposed to supporting the will of the people.
Okay so now I've set up the article, but before I go further, I want you to read something. It's something EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD be familiar with. Still, I insist you read it, and not just gloss over it, but really think about what you read.
“W hen, in the course of human events, it becomes
necessary for one people to dissolve the political
bonds which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate
and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's
God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
requires that they should declare the causes which impel them
to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 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. That to secure these rights,
governments are instituted among men, deriving their just
powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any
form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is
the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
new government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem
most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence,
indeed, will dictate that governments long established should
not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly
all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to
suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when
a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably
the same object evinces a design to reduce them under
absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw
off such government, and to provide new guards for their
future security. ”
I thought about highlighting or underlining some of the quotation there, but it's all extremely important. So it's all emphasized. What is it? The first two paragraphs to The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America. (I hope you already knew that!)
So did you understand it? Really, truly, honestly understand it? I hope so, but just in case … throughout the remainder of this article some will be not only quoted but paraphrased to make its meaning more understandable to you … in contemporary language.
When the Deceleration was penned, it was in response to an oppressive government. The then colonists had very few basic rights. Rights we believe are God given rights! (Regardless or race, creed or religion) In drafting the Deceleration, these men were committing high treason against the oppressors.
Yet they believed, as we should today, that those who have the ability to fix the oppressive system (in that case the British Monarchy) should fix the oppressive system. That even if it means installing a new government, or new system of government, it should be done!
This action should only be done when there is a long train of abuses. A history of having the rights we all deserve taken away from us. The rights to peaceably gather (and protest), the rights to be secure, to believe, think and say that which we want to. The right to travel freely, to live freely, to die freely.
Today, most all Americans profess a deep support of our forefathers. A support and respect for The Deceleration, The Bill of Rights and The Constitution. We say we value our freedoms and our democratic system of government.
Many go so far as to support our Nation in its attempt to spread these ideals around the globe. While we may not always agree on the methods, most say they DO support freedom for ALL!
Then why, WHY is it that some, who say they support these ideals and respect the documents I have mentioned, protest when we support people starting to exercise their rights to these freedoms?
Why do some seem to think it is better to support a dictator, who we can possibly influence but who denies these God Given rights to their citizens then it is to support the citizens who rise up to demand their freedom?
Why do some, from all walks (both major political parties, most major religions
Why are we looked at with such contempt if we stand with those seeking freedom? Why are we made to sound evil if we support the actions that bring freedom?
If we truly honestly valued our freedoms, if we truly and honestly valued our God Given rights, if we truly and honestly believe in our nations ideals … we would support those around the globe who only wish to experience these same freedoms for themselves!
The fact that there is a risk that another oppressive regime may gain some power, exists in every situation and can not be a reason to support a dictator. Because a dictator has been bent to our will or worked for our good in the past doesn't excuses the abuses made by that dictator.
I will finish with this … if we lived in the late 1700's, in the then colonies of Great Britain, how would you have reacted to the then rebels? Would you have vilified the newspapers who supported revolution? What about the bars where those wishing freedom meet to discuss freedom? Would you have despised those who went to Independence Hall? Those who risked their lives for OUR Freedoms?
If the answer is no you would not have objected then … then by all rights, you should support others who are doing the same thing, at the same risk, for their own nation! If you honestly are in support of freedoms, if you honestly believe that God wants all mankind to be free and has given us freewill, you should support anyone and everyone who honestly wishes for their freedom!