Sic Semper Tyrannis

As an American, I believe that all people are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and my desire to feel warm and safe does not trump another person’s rights.

Take for example the freedom of speech.  If the options were listening to nothing but angry, obscene, idiotic, diatribe (aka: Avatar), or having the government ban such speech, I would much rather just have to learn to deal with the idiots.  Freedom means accepting that other people will use their rights in ways you don’t like.  I’d rather live in a world with Avatar than a world in which the government bans uninspired plotless films with an overbearing hippy message.

I don’t see the democratic revolution in Egypt any differently.  Setting aside for the moment that the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t look poised to win the presidency of Egypt, and its leader has publicly stated that they will not even seek the office, even if none of that was true, I would still support democracy in Egypt.

That’s right, I would rather live in a world in which Egyptians voted in free and fair elections for a government that publicly advocated for terrorism and open war against the United States than one in which we support a dictator who oppresses his people.

Never mind that democracies do not go to war with each other or that supporting dictators has generally gone very poorly for the United States in the past.  Democracy means the right to vote for people that other people hate.

Could you imagine if the tables were turned?  Imagine a presidential candidate who advocated war with North Korea or Pakistan, and the international community rallying to disenfranchise the country and keep in place a dove president.  No chance we would tolerate that, and there’s no reason why we should support doing the same thing to other nations.

Remember, it’s life and liberty, not life then liberty.

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2 Responses to “Sic Semper Tyrannis”

  1. Will Says:

    Good points. People often forget that our country and the freedom we enjoy was rooted in a violent revolution.

    Democracy is a responsibility though and has to be earned. We will see if Egypt is able to be successful.

  2. Ellen Says:

    I do NOT like revolutioneries.

    I want to visit the Pyramid’s after I go to Cairo to examine a company’s due diligence files, but NOT with alot of peeple rioting all over the place.

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