Friday, January 28, 2011
It's All Relative
"People have been undereducated for a long time. For decades, they have been fed lies by their government. The gap between the rich and poor has grown. They are seeing soaring food prices. People have gotten poorer and poorer. The young people can't find jobs. Even middle-aged people who have jobs are afraid for the futures of their children."
Those are the words spoken by a reporter in Cairo, describing the conditions that have led up to the current protests.
It seems to me that he could have been talking about this country. You say this couldn't ever happen here? That the poor in this country are probably more comfortable here than they are there, by comparison?
Ask a couple of our homeless people if they think they are better off here than the poor people of Cairo.
There are college students in my town living in their cars and desperately hoping that if they can just hang on until they get their degrees, their lives will surely improve. Ask them if they believe they will miraculously find jobs that will give them a living wage.
Seems to me that it is with supreme arrogance that President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton can urge the leaders in Egypt,or any other country,to listen to their people and put some reforms in place quickly.
Maybe they need to make those statements while looking in their mirrors, or speak to the House and Senate members, and urge them to pay close attention to events in Cairo.
Where will the tipping point be in our country? All it takes is a spark.