In two countries, Egypt and the USA, it's Independence Day.
- In the USA, we declared our Independence from our then-colonial masters, the empire of Great Britain, in 1776, and until recently, we diligently worked at improving the strength of our Independence.
- In Egypt, they declared their Independence from a former benevolent dictator two years ago, but with their first election of a new government, they mistakenly elected an Islamist government which quickly turned Egypt towards Islamic theocracy, and away from democracy. This change was done at the ballot box because ofthe tendency in that part of the world for a nation to host many different political parties, and in such an environment, the party which is moderately stronger will gain a less-then-majority plurality and get to form the government. The Muslim Brotherhood won, and began to suppress secular parties right and left in favor of the theocracy. In doing so, they ignored Egypt's chief problem, a failed economy. The entire nation suffered economic privation AND the loss of secular liberties they'd previously enjoyed. Hence the military coup which removed the government.
- In the USA, our politics have devolved into a race to the bottom, with each of the two parties favoring abandonment of certain Constitutional principles. The Right wants to break the prohibition against establishment of religion, and establish Christianity as the religion of record, with it's anti-abortion fight leading the way. The Left wants to end any idea that citizens may have religion guiding their lives at all, and brings such tip-of-the-spear arguments as the correctness of homosexual marriage to effect their fight with. The Left wants to substitute earth-worship in place of deity-worship. The truth lies far away from either position in this race to the spoils of idiocy.
- Our Founders did have a place for religion in their lives, and the Constitution they wrote reflected that. They used History as their guide, and noted that the Church of England had suffered many incompetent Archbishops of Canterbury, and even some of evil intent, and so the Founders prohibited the establishment of such a religion in the USA. There's nothing particularly evil about the Church of England, it is a fine protestant Church. It's just that it's leaders conducted vicious warfare against the Catholic church and IT'S evil leaders, to the everlasting shame and sacrifice of Western Civilization, so our Founders rejected Establishment.
What both Egypt and the USA need to do at this point in both of their existences, is step back, take calming breaths, note what is worth saving, and start over one more time. Egypt has gotten that message, and has done it cleanly and with minimum bloodshed so far. Are their any bets that a re-set of democratic principles and removal of excessively-authoritarian Government here, in the USA, would go as smoothly?