Recent protests in Egypt and Egyptian communities abroad have called for unprecedented change in their homeland in the hopes of achieving a democracy. The people of Egypt have decided that, due to allegations of corruption in the current government, they no longer want to be ruled by President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled as president for 30 years. The president, fearful of losing his power, has shut down the Internet, schools, universities, courts and trains. All the people want is to have a voice and the freedom to exercise their rights. College graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, wasn’t able to find work, so he decided to open up his own fruit cart. The police would not allow it and took away his business, alleging that he needed a permit. Furthermore, they also proceeded to beat him. In order to defend the justice he feels all Egyptians should have, he set himself on fire in protest and died for his beliefs, an action many feel sparked subsequent protests.
Here in the United States, we seem to overlook the great opportunities our forefathers gave us. They fought for the freedoms we have today, including the right to setup a democratic government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We should be thankful because people in other countries such as Egypt are still fighting to have their voices heard. We, as a nation, are fortunate enough to exercise our right to vote, to an education, and to worship as we please. Throughout our history, countless Americans have given their lives to protect our lawfully given rights. Let’s be proud of this great nation we live in and hope that the citizens of Egypt have their voices heard!