The Tipping Point Has Passed: Sweeping Change Is at Hand

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Recently by Michael Edwards: The Tipping Point Has Passed: Sweeping Change Is at Hand

It has been revealed that tear gas canisters and ammunition being used to suppress a popular uprising in Egypt against the dictator, Mubarak, were clearly labeled as "Made in the USA." Nevertheless, Obama felt that it was necessary to lay out the ground rules recently for the government of Egypt to obey when dealing with protesters, and for the protesters to obey while dealing with their dictatorship. Given the track record of U.S. government response to protest on American soil, this stands as one of hypocrisy’s finest achievements.

The video below speaks volumes, but to enumerate Obama’s suggestions:

  1. Refrain from violence against peaceful protesters
  2. Support "universal human rights" to peaceful assembly, association, and free speech
  3. The responsibility for peaceful dissent is exclusively on protesters
  4. Suppressing ideas is not the answer
  5. All governments have a responsibility to listen to, and respond to, their citizens
  6. All governments must maintain power through consent, not coercion

Comments will follow the video to address violations by the U.S. government of each of these six points:

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