At the risk of sounding patronizing (and I hope I am not), I’m as proud of the Egyptian people as any people I’ve ever been proud of in my lifetime. They are brave, fearless, steadfast, resolute, activist, and brilliant. They are dirt poor with little hope for their own generation’s future yet they somehow find the strength to rise up in the face of tyranny and stand fast in the harm’s way of teargas, police batons beating them senseless, rubber bullets…and real ones, fired directly at them and not into the air. They are as bold and inspiring as we, Americans, are cowardly and uninspiring. They have nothing and fight. We have everything and want more but only so long as it means we don’t have to get up from our couches to get it. Egyptians, and Tunisians before them, take to the streets when they have had enough of tyrannical leadership that is destroying their respective beloved countries around them. When George W. Bush did the same to America we remained on the couch, and on our hands, dipping into endless food troughs and stuffing our collective faces to morbid obesity, praying to the good Lawd to leave our God, guns and Wal-Mart alone.
The only people who have “taken to the streets” in America since the 60′s are racist teabaggers who have taken to the streets to ask for their “cuntry (sic) back” from the illegal alien black man who is holding it hostage from the Oval Office and allow themselves to be intoxicated by fear heaped upon fear by the institutionalized stupidity of the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann who are the most stark examples of many of the merchants of regression and anti-intellectualism so popular in America today who are, in fact, contemptuous of anything to do with progress and thought.
Fuck America and our shamelessness. We should watch Egypt, Tunisia, and the other countries with dictatorial leaders America is in bed with who are next in line for anarchy as their brave and wonderful citizens rise up and say we’ve had enough. We should watch closely and learn what’s truly, authentically, and genuinely worthy of dissension. Of course, to watch and learn from such inspiring uprisings it would help to know where Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries tittering on the edge of their own uprisings, are. We’ll have to get off our couch and pick up a book to learn the earth isn’t flat before that will happen.