I spent Monday night browsing Egypt’s Twittersphere. And my initial reaction to the protests, I am embarrassed to say, was, "This is not democracy." Democracy is when you elect an official. And no matter how corrupt, misguided, or impotent that politician is, you pay their salary and wait for their term to expire.
But why must complacency and "democracy" be so intertwined? In America, we perpetuate the illusion that our votes count. All the while, Big Money tightens its stronghold on the political process. Our congressional representatives have closed their ears to the cries of the public. Our president gave up on the hope he once demanded.
What I admire most about the Egyptian protests is the raw emotion of the non-complacent — those who take the streets attempting to depose a despot and clamor against corruption. They are doing everything Americans no longer have the guts to do. How have we diluted our democracy so?
Well, today Egyptians are showing the world that the electorate is not powerless. Here are 15 funny, clever, and inspiring photos from Twitter that I found last night.
Let's all give Egypt a round of applause.
In this banner, Morsi appears to have peed himself in desperation. And he asks, "Where do I go?!"
The Arabic word shown in the picture is one of most popular Egyptian hashtags trending on Twitter and means "Leave!" or "Get Out!" There are a few other hot ones, like "Rebel!" and "Egypt_30_June."
Actors Gameel Rateb and Mohsena Tawfik join the protests in Tahrir!
English, French, then Arabic. All tell Morsi the same thing: It's time for him to go.
This is probably a wonderful example of Egyptian humor. This family protests while also staying comfortable.
The irony of the photo is that Morsi has become increasingly against alcohol consumption in Egypt. Beer taxes, as of late, steepened.
This tweet is referencing the Egyptian Army's ultimatum. They told Morsi that he had 48 hours to leave his post before they intervened and deposed his government.