Revolution and the American Fever Dream


| 2/17/2011 12:22:31 PM


Tags: President Obama, Egypt, Tahrir Square, democracy, corporations, politics, Guernica, Meakin Armstrong,

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This post originally appeared on Guernica.

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A report from the Pew Research Center says that over 50% of the American public doesn’t know about what has happened in Egypt. Or if they do know about the revolution that occurred over there, they don’t really care all that much about it.

We’re looking at this thing from a tired old script.

Some Americans, feel the Egyptian protesters were looking for a U.S.-style democracy. Basically, they wanted American nylons and Hershey bars, and whatever else liberated people want in those old movies. It seems these people were also inspired by George W. Bush and his belief in the one-size-fits-all exportability of democracy.

jeanette jeneault
2/25/2011 7:56:52 AM

We need to make genuine democracy in this country a reality. What is happening in Wisconsin's and Ohio's anti-union proposed legislation actually is a direct attack on the middle class. Have we, the vast majority, not been squeezed enough? We need to rise up from our apathy, turn up on those street corners holding signs and passing out leaflets, chanting, singing, raising hope. We have numbers--remember a country should fear its people not the opposite.It should work to make our lives better, not more painful and burdensome. It should help us rise up from poverty, not push us back down, by removing our means to rise such as through quality education. I urge all American patriots to exercise their right to protest, to move into the streets, and start making ourselves into the great country we can be. We don't need material wealth; we don't need to be debt burdened by corporate and banking greed. We need to speak up and loudly. We need to take the youth and those with vision in Egypt, Libya, and other places as examples of how all will not be lost if we are willing to speak up. Do it now and quickly before they can react. Be a true patriot with us and lock arms against corporate greed and bullying, and federal institutions that were set up to protect us, and make them help us. Let the cry be "We are America!"