Is there a difference to demands for democracy in the Arab world and those in the District of Columbia?
Recently across the Arab world in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya, people are taking to the streets to demand a higher quality of life and greater democracy. Their protests and thirst for more freedom and justice are being broadcast around the world by the national media and supported by American political leaders.
Many American journalists and members of Congress are acknowledging solidarity with the people of the Arab world to exercise a natural citizen right to assemble and to protest in the streets, to march onto their Nation’s sacred places, and at the homes of their political leaders for justice and equal rights. To some the protests in the Arab world resemble the birth of the American Revolution and the nation’s civil right movement.
Under America’s current conscientiousness about national homeland security, what would America do if Arab world type protests happened in America today? What and how would CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, and other journalists report them? What would American political leaders like House Speaker John Boehner say to demands by disenfranchised Americans for the right to full voting representation and statehood for Americans living in the District of Columbia?
Americans can get a reasonable glimpse of how the story would be reported by how American journalists are reporting on public worker protests in Wisconsin and the reaction to them from leaders in the Republican Party and the “Tea Party” movement. By looking at the news coverage one could get the impression the peoples’ protest in the Arab is morally based; while American public workers’ is anti-America and hurts children.
The national media reports as they appear to help bolster the people’s protest in the Arab world stand in stark contrasts to the coverage of public workers protesting in America’s Wisconsin. How is it not intellectually dishonest and politically bankrupt for Speaker Boehner and the House Republican leadership to support the peoples’ cries for full voting rights and equal representation in the national legislatures in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya; but openly deny them to Americans living in the Nation’s capital?
Isn’t there a challenge to the principle of District home rule nobleness of Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) advocating a failed federal legislation to support continuing private school vouchers on the District of Columbia when it is strongly opposed by the D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray? Should Americans living the in the world’s capital of freedom, justice, and democracy enjoy them less than the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya?
The 601,000 Americans living in the District of Columbia deserve to have full voting representation in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. Americans living in the District of Columbia deserve statehood.
If Americans in the District of Columbia took to the streets to protest the continued political disenfranchisement similar to the people in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, and Libya, What Would America Do?
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