I read part of an article on Yahoo! where someone in the State Department was lecturing the soon-to-be-ousted Egyptian president on democracy and how it involves "listening to the people." I enjoyed a good derisive snort at the irony of America lecturing Egypt on listening to the people.
Because really this was just a few days removed from when an angry mob in Texas has to pretty much storm the legislature and shout down their own "representatives" who were trying to railroad an anti-abortion bill through. This is the same country where despite polls showing most of the public was in favor of some kind of gun control after Sandy Hook, nothing could get done thanks to the NRA and its minions. It's the same country that recently doubled interest rates on student loans to make college all but an impossibility for many. And it's the same country where the poor were forced to pay to bail out rich bankers who fucked up the economy by gambling on derivatives and such. It's also the country where it's legal to blow someone up with a drone pretty much whenever you feel like it.
And it's the country where thanks to the idiotic Supreme Court decision tearing apart the Voting Rights Act, states like North Carolina are bringing back voter restriction laws, essentially reviving Jim Crow.
All that's just the tip of the iceberg. I mean this is a country where 1% control 95% of the wealth, or whatever horrible percentage the numbers are. It's a country where women still earn 30% less than men for the same job. It's the same country where in most states gay couples are still viewed as being lesser than straight couples.
So really, who the fuck are we to lecture Egypt or anyone else about the virtues of democracy? Until we clean up our own house, we should just STFU. But then maybe they meant "listening to the people" as listening to their phone conversations and reading their emails? Cuz we're great at that, right Ed Snowden?
Anyway, Happy Fourth of July! America's a great country!*
*unless you're poor, a minority, a woman, gay, or some combination thereof. Then you're screwed.