February 3, 2011— Here is a quick note about retiring White House press secretary Robert Gibbs before getting to real news.
He saw his shadow yesterday, meaning six more weeks of idiocy until the next stooge takes over. He reminded me of Baghdad Bob, but with less charisma.
Now on to the news. I will deal with healthcare when Egypt calms down. Foreign policy will always supersede domestic policy. The world is burning, reducing my enthusiasm to talk about copays and deductibles.
Egyptian riot police surround praying protestors in Suez, Egypt, Thursday, Jan.27, 2011.
Egyptian riot police surround praying protestors in Suez, Egypt, Thursday, Jan.27, 2011. (Photo: Associated Press)
Egypt is burning. Our government is paralyzed, wondering what to say and do.
First let me take a clear stand. I totally and loudly support the rights of the people of Egypt to be free. The devil we know is not better than the devil we do not know. The risk of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over is outweighed by quickly and clearly supporting democracy.
Last week Tunisia fell. This week Egypt is tottering. Now the leader of Yemen announced that he will not run again. Jordan is preparing for rumblings.
For those worried, this is an overwhelmingly positive development. It will be bloody, as struggles for freedom truly are. Yet it will be worth it. Western style democracies and republics are absolutely the best way to live. The events this week could very well help get Arabs in the Middle East to that point. With all due respect to Prince, tonight I am ready to party like it’s 1989.
While the Middle East is all over the news, I remain somewhat unfazed by the riots in the streets of Egypt. After all, I live in Los Angeles. Between Downtown Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia, Egyptians can relate.
Americans should not be surprised by the level of rage and violence taking place in Egypt. It happens in America all the time. The organization is called Moveon.org.
Most of the people in Egypt rioting are young people. Of course they are. Some things are universal. I live down the block from UCLA. Young people riot every week. Usually they are protesting for the right to cut class, stand in the street holding signs, and protest.
For those who find looting in Egypt proof of uncivilized baboonery, go back to the Los Angeles riots of 1992. There was plenty of looting.
Yet beneath the similarities, there are major differences between the rioting in Egypt and similar behavior among the young leftists of America.
The people in Egypt actually stand for something. They are fighting for an actual cause.
In Egypt, the rioting is to escape legitimate persecution. In the Los Angeles riots, the goal was to obtain VCRs and television sets.
In Egypt, citizens are fighting to have the rule of law. They want to stop having people beaten, jailed, and murdered without a fair trial.
In Los Angeles, people rioted because they did not like a legal verdict in a fair trial. They were breaking the law because they did not like that a jury followed the law.
In Egypt people can be murdered for practicing certain religions. The people merely want to be free to practice whatever religion they adhere to.
At UCLA they go on hunger strikes to get subsidized degrees in Lesbian Vegan Chicano Studies.
Egypt is fighting to create a new social fabric where all people can participate. They are fighting for individual rights.
On college campuses the rioting is to destroy the social fabric and replace it with shared collective misery.
Egyptians are fighting for the right to be treated like human beings and creatures of God.
College student yell in the street that God is dead while fighting to the death to protect trees and bunny rabbits.
Every leftist misery group from Moveon.org to liberal arts college dregs of society need to look at Egypt to see what really matters.
Cairo is currently ground zero in the next wave of human freedom. They are fighting for the most noble cause on Earth, the right to be unshackled and pursue liberty.
They are not busy worrying about transfats in school lunches, global warming, chanting about how meat is murder, or other utter nonsense.
The next time college students complain about the oppressive paternalistic American society suppressing their freedoms, American choppers should airlift them and drop them off in Egypt for a few days. Being forced to put on shoes, shave, and put on a clean shirt before entering a restaurant is not tyranny.
The next time Moveon.org wails about George W. Bush and “stolen” elections, they could try seeing what happens when they try protesting in front of Hosni Mubabarak.
The solution is simple. Leftist agitators need to try standing for something for once in their useless lives. Just stand for something. Have beliefs that matter. Do something worthwhile.
Stop complaining about shrubbery, snail darters, and fast food joints serving hamburgers and potatoes.
Stop yelling “No justice, no peace” in a nation that has the best global justice system and is internally at peace.
Care about something real. Care about the people of Egypt. Demand that the Arab world move toward democracy now. Help spread liberty and freedom.
Once the Middle East is democratic, we can get down to the even more complicated tasks. It is not easy to bringing stability to places wracked by rage and lunacy, but I still have hope that the remaining hot spots can be cooled off.
One day, we will take back the campuses and return actual learning and education in place of activism about nothing. First we must defeat the despots, whether they shatter lives under Hosni Mubarak or shatter windows in the name of peace under ACORN and Moveon.org.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. After years of dating liberals, he has finally seen the light and now only dates Republican Jewish women. His family is pleased over this. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.