Last month, the first democratically elected President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted by the Egyptian military after massive protests against his increasingly dictatorial rule. Once again, Democracy is facing a crisis as the Egyptian people struggle to achieve true freedom.
While a coup may be seen as the antithesis of representational government, the military intervened after pro Democracy protesters collected more than 15 million signatures demanding Morsi share power or resign. The protesters objected to the consolidation of power in the Presidency, the lack of civil rights for Egypt’s 10 million Coptic Christians, the collapsing economy, and the appointment of Muslim Brotherhood officials to almost every major government post. Morsi refused to share power and he was removed from office.
It remains to be seen if we are witnessing Democracy in action or a complete military takeover. Rather than predict the future, we decided to pay tribute to the brave people of Egypt by sharing a selection of meaningful quotes (http://www.lifedaily.com/15-meaningful-quotes-that-make-you-think/) about Democracy. As the fate of Egypt hangs in the balance, we must remember “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
1. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis, the American Civil War. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the national government and modernized the economy.
2. “Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.”
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, he was also a student of the great Plato as well as the teacher of Alexander the Great.
3. “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: ‘Thou shalt not ration justice.'”
Sophocles is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of Euripides.
4. “Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.”
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labor Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007.
5. It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.”
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. was an American politician who was the 38th Vice President of the United States, serving under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1969.
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