Talk like an Egyptian?

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President Obama said on Feb 1, 2011, in his intial statement on Egypt:  “…The United States will continue to stand up for democracy and the universal rights that all human beings DESERVE….”

By contrast, The Declaration of Independence: “…that they are ENDOWED by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…”

The sentences are similar, but contain a subtle change of words.  The resulting change in the underlying meaning is quite telling.

“Deserve” implies that you are given in exchange for something.  If you say “I deserve it”, you certainly feel that you have done something to get it.

“Endowed” implies that it is yours without qualification.  It is a birth right.  Your mere existence entitles you to these rights.

I don’t believe that this choice of words is by accident either.  It is a product of the underlying mentality of President Obama and his advisers.  They believe that Government gives you your Rights.  This is completely reverse of the relationship our Founders established.  The People give the Government it’s rights.  Our Rights come from our Humanity.

To many people, this is a “Chicken or Egg” discussion.  They don’t think about the cause-effect relationship.  It is of the utmost vital importance however.  The entity in the position to give is the power holder.  We have been convinced by the power-drunk elites that “they give us”.  The truth is that we have it, we have always had it, and it is simply on loan to them.

The events in Egypt over the next few days and months will tell a lot about the true nature of the uprising.  I personally do not believe this revolt will lead to freedom in Egypt, but rather it will simply be a change from one tyrant to another.  I hope that I’m wrong.  Time will tell.

In the meantime, take note of what is happening there and how it happens.  Democracy if implemented without protection for individual rights will likely lead to a tyrannical faction of the people taking power and then likely never letting go.  For the sake of the Egyptian people, I hope that history and me are wrong.



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