Do We Take Our US Constitution for Granted?
My heart sank this morning when I opened the newspaper to see that Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on the protesters who still support the recently ousted President Morsi. Morsi was the first democratically elected President in Egypt, but also began making changes to the powers he had, which was very tyrannical. So as the White House spokesman Jay Carney stated, “it’s an incredibly complex and difficult situation with significant consequences.” That’s how I feel about International Relations in general, which is probably why I went into Mortgages and not follow my degrees in International Relations, Economics, and Geography.
I am an Army veteran of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In October 2001, just after the 9/11 attacks, I was in Egypt for 3 weeks at a joint training exercise hosted by the former Egyptian dictator, General Mubarak. While there, I not only saw one of the great wonders of our ancient world, the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx, but I also saw a beautiful country with beautiful people and a beautiful culture. In all my many travels throughout the world there’s one idea that I always hold true:
THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ARE ALL THE SAME!
We want the same things in life, happiness, companionship, success, we hold family near and dear, many follow a religion or belief system with core values all being the same regardless of the periphery differences. Yet there is something that only a small percentage of the world can truly enjoy, and its a stable government and constitution to keep the people safe and secure. We are so lucky, and many take it for granted here in the US, that extremist groups try to attack us and bring us down and cripple our economy.
But this is something I feel we take for granted. I was in South Africa in May of this year, and learned first hand about the Apartheid government that was removed from power only 20 short years ago. That was total segregation of blacks from whites that went on for almost a century, and the blacks were kept in Townships (ghettos or projects to us). Yet all the black people in south Africa were not full of hatred and disgust, rather they were a very happy and welcoming and loving people with a beautiful deep rooted culture. Maybe its a product of what Nelson Mandela tried to instill in all the people of SA when he was president, as shown with great detail in the movie Invictus. (I will make a note that it is NOT politically INcorrect to refer to black people as black in Africa, but for some it is in the US, just a little side note).
We in the US just celebrated our Independence over the long weekend, but do we truly understand the gravity of what that means?!?!?!?! Just read about what’s going on in Egypt, and all around most of the world outside of the US and the EU and truly appreciate and thank whatever God you believe in for the freedoms you enjoy everyday!