By Caleb Franz:
It seems as if the Middle East has been on fire since the beginning, but within the past two years it has grown out of control. In early 2011, when the Middle East erupted into protest and revolution during the Arab Spring, many from both parties in America came out in full support and made an extra effort to express the importance of the Arabic revolutions sweeping the region and how crucial it was for democracy and freedom across the world. Though it is true that, other than Israel, the entire region was littered with dictators from Egypt to Libya and Syria, hardly anyone took the time to sit back and ask that whenever these dictators would be ousted, who would rise and take their place?
Many of us today think that it is our duty as Americans to support any people who decide to wage a revolution against their government sense we were the first in modern times to revolt, but this thought process is untrue. The American colonies did not revolt as we see revolutions today, but rather separated ourselves from the British monarchy. The Declaration of Independence did not declare that we were going to overthrow the British monarch, but rather that we would separate ourselves from Great Britain and form a new independent nation based on the ideas of liberty, justice and self-reliance. Our “revolution” was a war for independence as opposed to an overthrow of government as all other revolutions following it became. The American struggle for freedom is the only one that ended up working to this day because we peacefully petitioned and protested the crown until, in the end; we decided to stand our ground and start anew. Every revolution since then has been on the offense and took the fight to the government which led to those leading the rebellion to become power hungry and blood thirsty eventually rising to power and becoming a worse tyrant than what they had before. A perfect example of this would be during the French Revolution. The French became inspired after just seeing America declare them an independent nation and decided to wage their version of a revolution. But as opposed to the Americans, who saw God as the source of their power during their war, the French did what they wanted without any moral absolutes and became blood thirsty. What started as peaceful protests grew into decapitations, marches with heads on pikes and even children facing the guillotine. After the dust settled in France, they ended up with Napoleon, one of the most famous dictators in history.
In France, they struggled to achieve a democracy, and to their credit they achieved this. The majority ruled in France during their revolution and the majority had hundreds lined up at the guillotine ready to be decapitated. The problem with a direct democracy is that it is mob ruled and if the mob decides to strip away the inalienable, God-given rights that we are all endowed with, there is nothing stopping them. This is exactly how it worked out in France as it did in Russia as the Soviet Union was formed in the early 1900’s which led to Joseph Stalin, as well as in Egypt today. The Egyptians became feed up with the tyrant they had and decided to wage a revolution against him. After President Mubarak was overthrown, the Muslim Brotherhood (the mob in this case) took power in Egypt and began suppressing and even killing Coptic Christians inside the nation’s borders within a year. Even before the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power, we knew of their extremist ideas and tendencies and yet many politicians from President Obama to Senators McCain and Graham was extremely outspoken in aiding them in order to overthrow Mubarak during the Arab Spring. To this day we are still aiding them despite the military coup that kicked out President Morsi a few months ago.
Today, in large part thanks to much of our foreign aid that helped the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power, the military and Brotherhood members have clashed in a post-Morsi Egypt. On August 14, 2013 this resulted in the massacre of over 450 people and churches being set a blaze nationwide. Current situations in Egypt and the rest of the Middle East would have never reached the levels that it has if it had not been for the aid we sent them to help the Brotherhood and others grow to the powerful levels that they reached during the Arab Spring in the name of democracy.
The idea of a democracy has always been associated with freedom, but that is hardly the case and is not what our founders believed. After the Constitutional Convention, a woman stopped Benjamin Franklin asking him what form of government we now have, Franklin replied to her “A Republic… if you can keep it”. The representative form of government was given to us so that we may chart our own course without having our rights threatened by the tyranny of the mob. On the contrary, our rights are protected from the mob by our Constitution. As we have seen in France, Russia, Egypt and many others, a revolution is waged against a tyrant, but the one who rises to power afterward always becomes worse than the person in power at the time. A democratic-Republic remains the best form of government to protect the rights of man as opposed to a direct democracy where a majority can oppress the rest of the public. A Republic empowered by a constitution that secures our inalienable right is the only form of government that promotes liberty and protects the individual.
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