Posted by: coastcontact | July 5, 2013

The Meaning of the Fourth of July

FlagThe meaning of the Fourth of July is clearly enunciated when we watch the news from Egypt.  A democratically elected president was removed from office by a military force.

The Associated Press reports that Egyptian authorities shut down four Islamist TV stations, banned the Muslim Brotherhood’s newspaper and raided the office of Al-Jazeera’s Egypt affiliate in crackdown on media considered sympathetic to ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Of course this action brought an outcry from rights groups.

Even when Americans don’t agree with the government’s actions we use the ballot box to remove the unwanted official.  There is no military action.  There are no riots in the streets.

It is my understanding that Mohammed Morsi was an assistant professor at California State University Northridge.  He obviously understands how democracy functions.  Others in Egypt may not understand the democratic process.

Even when we disagree in the United States, we know there is a process.



  1. I don’t agree with you. One of the beauties of America is that we can call the president or anyone else any name we want. It won’t result in jail time.

    You are mixing politics with our basic government system that provides for elections, power to remove someone from office (as California removed Gray Davis from Governorship), and provide for a set of checks and balances (Roe vs Wade and Senate approval of treaties and presidential appointments). Issues like immigration “reform” are legislative decisions that are part of the compromise system that was created in the consitution.

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