Sunday, February 27, 2011

What are revolts suggesting?

In the past month, the near three week Egyptian revolt alerted the world of political instability. In recent time, Libya's citizens are revolting against their government. The people are growing weary of their government's inability to serve the people. What are these revolts suggesting?

The revolts are bringing back The Revolutions, a time in which many European countries (mid 19th century) were engulfed in a wildfire of political opposition - the people fought back. Whereas, not every European nation overthrew their government, the flurry of revolts showed the people wanted more out of their government.

Can Americans look at the resurgence of revolts as possible events forthcoming? As a public administration graduate student, I believe the revolts are pointing to change. People are tired of pain and suffering, especially when the government has the power to seek change.

Egyptian and Libyan people are taking matters into their own hands. Even Thai citizens have voiced their concerns against the Thai government, fighting outside of the Bangkok airport and across the nation's capital. What does the revolts symbolize?

Some will identify the revolts as a sign of the 2012 apocalypse. Others will convey that people want more out of their government. The government depends on the people to remain successful. Any political analyst can measure the government's productivity through polls, which demonstrate the level of confidence the people have in their government. Polls are the absolute standard, demonstrating that statistics are accurate in predicting an eventual election winner and in delivering the voice of the people. 

The revolts show there are more events to follow. Many nations around the world are watching the revolts unfold in Libya. They are fully aware that Egypt's president stepped down, handing over his power to the vice president. After 20 years of running Egypt, the people fought back to oust the president. Now Egypt must depend on the cabinet to run the nation until the Fall election.

The two Northern African nations are fighting back against their government. Even the American government took part in the chaos, requesting the Egyptian president to relinquish his power to end the revolts. The transfer of power to the vice president and his cabinet demonstrate the power of the people.

What becomes another problem is that Egypt doesn't have a current president. The next presidential election in the Fall will be a heated event filled with conflict. Hopefully Egypt improves their political outlook because the citizens want change.

Egypt deserves a chance to move past the pain and suffering. In modeling Egypt, the Libyan revolt is attempting to take down their political leaders. In the news, the people already challenged their government, occupying the nation's capital.

I questioned the resurgence in revolts as something strange. One can sense there are more revolts to come. If the two revolts are the only ones that unfold in 2011, then these events prove that people have the power to seek change. Let's hope the change is for the better.


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