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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rule of law


All over the world, governments -- even ours -- have their best people studying what's happening in Egypt right now to figure out how to do the same or similar things to their own people, but with better control of the uprising. Or, no uprising.


No way?


Posted by Marie at January 29, 2011 10:43 PM



I can't imagine any of our Presidents disbanding their cabinets in the face of such protests, but I can imagine them fighting much harder than the Egytptian regime is to maintain power.

And to think there's legislation on the table again to give the President an Internet Kill Switch is chilling, to say the least, in light of Egypt's response last week.

Posted by: Eric Johnson Author Profile Page at January 30, 2011 11:05 AM

Eric, you're exactly right about the internet kill switch. Very chilling.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at January 30, 2011 12:10 PM

I can't imagine gigantic protests in the US over people we, ourselves, elected. I second the thoughts expressed here about the kill switch.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at January 30, 2011 2:27 PM

Vietnam and the Johnson and Nixon administrations only seem like ancient history. We did in fact have hundreds of thousands of people at a time come into the streets to protest the leaders we had elected. One of the above-named presidents was turned out of office because of the turmoil, the other was elected during the troubles, and then forced from office because of his utterly amoral, illegal, and unconstitutional response to his political opponents.

I agree absolutely about S. 3480, the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010." Why doesn't someone propose banning news publications and broadcasts on the president's say so?

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at February 1, 2011 11:11 AM

Also, there is a seemingly large faction who believe that President Obama is not entitled to be elected. I don't know if all of them are of the ilk to start an uprising, but I'm sure some are.

Dan, I wondered the same question about news publications and broadcasts, until I realized that the organizations that run them are so much easier to control than individuals going on the internet.

Posted by: Marie Author Profile Page at February 1, 2011 11:26 AM

The protests here continued as long as the war continued and they spanned two polar opposite presidencies. I suppose it's still fair to say those were protests against elected leaders, too. I don't regard Viet Nam as ancient history, though. I grew up with it in the news every morning, too ... and I don't consider myself ancient. Some may disagree. :)

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at February 1, 2011 4:14 PM

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