Americans Oblivious to Revolution
As @sayrer bluntly put it in a tweet, “Egypt just shut off the Internet. CNN is interviewing some Kardashians, and Maddow is reporting some boring partisan politics.” While Americans are one of the most ‘plugged-in’ nations in the world, we are unreasonably unaware and ignorant to anything going on outside of our borders.
As I type this, the Egyptian people are grappling with their government for control of their country. The Egyptian government has taken a significantly underhanded step in blocking all social media websites from within their country. The rumor is that by tomorrow morning that will expand to include the entire internet.
President Obama and the U.S. government have taken the cowardly position of standing behind the Egyptian government and their heavy handed measures in quieting their people’s unrest, all hidden conveniently behind a facade of ‘neutrality’. It seems ‘the land of the free’ has become distressingly comfortable with not-so-free regimes and governments. Many people might claim that this is nothing new, but regardless of what you believe, I don’t think our government has ever been so open about their support of a country who is blatantly suppressing the will of the people.
There was a day when the United States would fearlessly stare down even the most intimidating states and demand democracy and freedom for every person on the face of the earth. Our policy seems to have changed. I guess I didn’t get the memo.