Monday, February 21, 2011

First Egypt, then... Wisconsin?

The last great social upheaval passed through the United States during the 1960s. Something has disturbed the passion for change, awakening it from hibernation (no, the Obama "change" movement was not the catalyst) and it is now moving through the Arab world and another of its seeds is germinating in America's Wisconsin.

People have reached their breaking points - no longer willing to tolerate things as things stand now. Nothing lasts forever. Not me. Not you. Not any system of governance.

Grassroots folk in Wisconsin and in Egypt are seeking demanding change. Yes, we're talking about opposing cultures on opposite sides of the planet - but channelling choice via the same conduit - essentially forcing things to "be different."

While the Union system revolutionized the American workforce and vastly improved quality of life for millions - unions ultimately bore the responsibility for the economic, social and municipal fall of Detroit, Michigan. Accustomed to the easy life, change is a bitter pill in Wisconsin.

While the iron fist of Hosni Mubarak pushed Egypt forward for three decades - it is to be seen whether the nation will experience the infighting that broke out in Iraq when Saddam was removed from control. Let's hope the Egyptians can cast a better example for all Arab Nations... indeed, for all nations!
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