Morsi Promises: Just a Pinkie-Swear?

Please read Life’s Certainties – Death, Taxes and the Middle East (posted July 20, 2012), “Human beings are a resilient species. When dire conditions outweigh personal fears almost anything can be accomplished, but they have to be careful what they wish for because sometimes the change is worse than their current situation.”

In 10th Grade my History Teacher, Mrs. Inserra, gave a test.

One of the True or False questions was, “A Dictator Can be Elected.”

I checked the “False” box.

Upon her review of the test, Mrs. Inserra said the “True” box should have been checked; however, since all of the students checked the “False” box, she saw where confusion might have occurred and discounted the question – with explanation.

After all of this time, I have never forgotten that question, or her answer.

You see, a dictator can be elected – it’s just that the person becomes a dictator after the election. And that brings me to the debacle in Egypt.

In front of thousands on the eve of assuming the presidency, Morsi promised he would treat all Egyptians equally and remain accountable to those who elected him.

Egyptians were disgruntled with the way ex-President Hosni Mubarak ran the country, and they were prouder than proud to vote for their first democratically-elected leader. Mohammed Morsi ran as the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) candidate, a party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood, and won the election on June 24, 2012.

Fast forward – massive demonstrations are taking place across Egypt as a result of Morsi’s unyielding, sweeping grab of power and authority. And although he gave a rousing speech assuring his fellow Egyptian’s that he would be accountable, it seems promises are fleeting and cheap.

Many believe Morsi’s dictatorial edicts render the judiciary powerless, “Suddenly Morsi is issuing laws and becoming the absolute ruler, holding all powers in his hands,” said protester Mona Sadek.

Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American writer and lecturer, said the thousands demonstrating in Tahrir Square and elsewhere are protesting to tell President Mohamed Morsi, “we might have elected you president but we did not elect a new dictator.”

Oh, really? It looks as though Mona Eltahawy wasn’t a student in Mrs. Inserra’s class.

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