Land of the free? Not yet!
The above graphic supposedly shows how superior the US is to the Egyptian dictatorship. Hey, lookit us! We have elections!
But I have a question: How superior can we be if each empty suit occupying the office of Temporary Dicatator supports the same policies?
Mubarak has the power to surveil and arrest Egyptians without charge, to detain them indefinitely, to deny the people freedom of free speech and assembly, and to deny them access to an attorney if they’re “suspected” of supporting terrorism.
How different is that from the USA Patriot Act – which the saintly Obama wants to keep in place? It’s refreshing that Tea Party candidates in the House have blocked key provisions – but we still have a long way to go before we can pat ourselves on the back.