We Are The Exception

As citizens of the United States of America, our perspective is a bit unique on revolutions. Our own led to a long and bloody war and then, freedom. Each of our nation’s symbols were specifically designed to remind us of where we came from.

But we would do well to remember that our story is the exception, not the rule.

Remember that the Iranian people do not have more liberty than they did in the 70s. These people are hungry and looking for someone that will promise them that they will eat. Hungry people will give up many things for a meal. There are those looking to take advantage of the desperation.

As much as I want to cheer on the idea of throwing off the shackles of an oppressive regime, I have to remember that we are the exception. Revolutions have a nasty habit of not ending well.

2 thoughts on “We Are The Exception”

  1. My opinion is that people the world over suffer the delusion that “if we just get the right people in charge, we can leave everything in their hands and go back to our normal lives.”

    For a very brief period a couple hundred years ago, some smart people realized that there are no “right people” to put in charge.

    Unfortunately that feeling passed and even in this country we are continually looking for the right people to put in charge of our entire lives.

  2. Good post. Revolution is not something to be entered into lightly. We Americans are very lucky on that front.

    Trackerk’s comment is spot on also. It is not enough to win the revolution, individuals have to participate actively in the Government. The only right people to put in charge is ourselves.

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