Morsi’s Ouster Not Necessarily What’s Best For Egypt


While the protests continue in Egypt and the military appears on the verge of calling the shots, this is not necessarily the best direction for Egypt or the Egyptian people.  If, as it appears, the Egyptian election that made him the first Islamist President, was free from corruption, President Morsi is the Democratically elected President of the country. He should remain in power.  Democracy, government of, by and for the people, only works when it has legitimacy.  If every unpopular leader, elected by a legitimate vote, could be driven from power, what point would there be in holding elections in the first place? If someone could prove improprieties in the election, then that would be altogether different.  But in a Democracy, the military must be loyal to the Democratically elected leader, whether he or she is a President or Prime Minister.  Hence, the U.S. President’s title of Commander and Chief.  So while I am no fan of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, if Egypt is to find true and legitimate Democracy, he must be allowed to finish out his term.  If he is still unpopular at that point, then the electorate has the authority to vote him out of power.  That’s the beauty of true Democracy.  Using the United States as the example, even after hard-fought and ugly Presidential campaigns, the turnover of power from one President to the next is orderly and civil, conducted with the understanding that the office is so much larger than the person.  Egyptians need to take a deep breath and recognize the fact that if they don’t follow the will of the majority who elected him, they will never achieve, what it is they appear to be demanding.

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