I’ve thought quite a bit about what’s happening in Egypt. Like many others, I don’t understand either the politics involved or the true desire of those protesting. If it’s for a form of democracy, than that may be a good thing. It can also be nothing more than “free” elections, which do not always work out the way folks might wish. If they are desirous of better working and living conditions than that has merit. If it’s something else, than perhaps time will expose that intent.
One thing that has given me great pause is this – when in confrontation, the Egyptian people through rocks and flaming bottles at each other. Were the same type of demonstration/revolution initiated here and the two disagreeing factions collide, I’m not certain rocks would be the weapon of choice. People own guns here! Real guns, with real bullets. Real guns with real bullets that can make people real dead. We had that type of revolution once. My hope would be we would not have that type of revolution again.
It’s true, we gained our “freedom” with that initial revolution. We gained respect and found ourselves as a nation. But it was not pretty. Thousands died on each side of the cause. The conditions of war were unimaginable. The weather was abysmal, the equipment for the revolutionaries was meager at best. Out numbered on every count, those marching under the flag of freedom and democracy persevered until the oppressors found their way back across the pond.
I don’t know much. But what I do know is this – the bigger government gets, the more it thinks it can control the people governed. Maybe two hundred years of government growth has blurred the eyes of those who are elected to govern.
Was that a rock I just heard busting the window of big government?