This is by far the best summation I have read regarding the constitutional issues in Egypt. I would also add that the second issue raised is one i think is the most important: the “secularists” need to get better at electoral politics. I think many of the liberal and secular groups objections about the process and President Morsi’s handling of the situation are accurate and deserve addressing. But, at the end of everything democracies are about elections. The Islamists are in a dominant position now because they have demonstrated a greater aptitude for turning their supporters out. The liberal and secular groups need to focus as much energy on preparing for the upcoming votes as they do on fighting the heavy-handed actions of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Uncertainty, when accepted, sheds a bright light on the power of intention. That is what you can count on: not the outcome, but the motivation you bring, the vision you hold, the compass setting you choose to follow.”—
We often speak as though the source of so many of our problems is complex and even mysterious. I’m not sure it is. You can blame it all on greed: the refusal to do anything about climate change, the attempts by the .01% to destroy our democracy, the constant robbing of the poor, the resultant starving children, the war against most of what is beautiful on this Earth.
Calling lies “lies” and theft “theft” and violence “violence,” loudly, clearly, and consistently, until truth becomes more than a bump in the road, is a powerful aspect of political activism. […] What protects an outrage are disguises, circumlocutions, and euphemisms — “enhanced interrogation techniques” for torture, “collateral damage” for killing civilians, “the war on terror” for the war against you and me and our Bill of Rights.
I believe the quote is “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Rep. Ryan’s use of numbers with regards to the U.S. Navy is an excellent example of how accurate numbers can be used to inaccurate ends. This Foreign Policy article does a good job of critically looking at the numbers.
“Born as I was the citizen of a free state and a member of its sovereign body, the very right to vote imposes on me the duty to instruct myself in public affairs, however little influence my voice may have in them.”—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract