It never ceases to amaze me how politicians world-wide blatantly make promises, are voted in, abuse their power, break those promises, and are re-elected in spite of corruption and repetitive political deception.
It seems logical and reasonable that representation by the "elected" on that basis should be considered worthless, and something to be avoided. Civilization does not seem to learn from it's mistakes. Is there no other choice offered? When regimes are clearly shown to be offensive and corrupt, should they be supported?
In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak is making superficial offerings of change, while the people of Egypt clearly want him out and gone, not re-elected, not "self-elected" and not just "stepping aside".
He has slashed taxes by 50% and has offered many bribe-like cosmetic changes that mean absolutely nothing, since the majority of politicians, much less autocratic dictators -- do not keep their promises anyway. It is that simple.
The people of Egypt are not asking to wave the Egyptian flag happily for a newly-veneered dictatorship called a "new" Mubarak administration; they want a NEW Democracy and a new era without the influence of Mubarak and his cronies in the driver's seat.
It seems that the US, that was, upon observing the will of the Egyptian people, initially, clearly and strongly insisting that Mubarak step down, ---but has now 'changed it's mind' about supporting Mubarak with his coy offerings of cheap veneer and whitewash, his deceptive bid to appease the population. The question must be asked: Why?
Is the US afraid of genuine democracy in Egypt which might even contain some unwelcome, difficult-to-deal-with elements in the future, or is it simply because the allure of an continued administration easily manipulated is hard to resist? Has the United States of America forgotten the famous phrase "WE the PEOPLE" ?
Mid-East deception again comes to mind. Let us open our eyes to the fact that Hosni Mubarak is not about to willingly do the right thing and go away, thereby allowing Egyptians to pursue their destiny without his dictatorship and "guidance". Why would democratic regimes encourage the strengthening of a dictatorship when it is clear the choice of the people has been made?
Shall the people of North America expect the same deception and ill treatment by our governments should WE decide to insist upon change?
I believe all people of the free world should be encouraging FREEDOM, not deceptive autocracy or dictatorship -- in spite of "perceived" problems that choice may eventually cause. Let us bravely deal with those problems in a timely and logical fashion should they occur. "IF they occur" comes to mind.
In the meantime, Hosni Mubarak must go because the people of the "Nile Revolution" want him gone.