29 November 2012
This past week, Egypt's popularly elected Mohamed Morsi proclaimed that his state's executive and legislative branches, both controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, are not subject to what we call "review" by the independent judicial branch. This further demonstrates the futility of political revolution, but my uncommon commentary is not directed at Egyptians; it's directed at us Yanks. After all, the people of Egypt are at least resisting the assumption of unconstitutional power by their president and his allies (although many of them are doing so with violence, which ought not to be imitated); why aren't there demonstrations in our country, against the arrogations of our chief executives? Where were the protests by "we the people" when Franklin Roosevelt attempted to neutralize judicial review with his "court-packing" scheme, and where are they now that Emperor Nerobama has issued nearly a thousand "executive orders" (greater than the number of those by all our other presidents combined) that usurp the lawmaking function of Congress? The year of Hosni Mubarak's fall also witnessed the "Occupy" movement here in the USA, whence it spread around the world like a pandemic, but that ugliness was embraced by Obama and his fellow malfeasants. (The TEA Party movement had of course exerted influence before then, but its rallies concerned economics rather than the exercising of authority not granted to the president by the US Constitution.) Do we who pride ourselves in supposedly being the freest and most freedom-loving people on Earth, and whose Constitution putatively guards us against overweening government, simply not care whether our president behaves more like an autocrat than a democrat?