A lover of juxtaposition and irony, I couldn't have been more rewarded than with the convergence of Maui's July 4 celebration and the events in Egypt (The Maui News, July 5).
At best, at this writing, it appears the Egyptian military has said, "OK, our first try at democracy failed, let's try again and perhaps again until we get it right, assuming the ends justify highly undemocratic means."
George Washington, with his revolutionary militias in New York when the Declaration of Independence was signed, was chosen first president of the newly liberated United States. Many wanted him to have the powers of a king, many more than a democracy could tolerate, but he demurred.
As a participant in writing the Constitution, Washington was part of a group of men we assume by their biographies to be worshippers of God, yet nowhere in the Constitution is God mentioned, a clear rejection of theocracy.
Egypt's first try as a democracy elected someone who would have been leader of a theocracy, not representing all of the people, and they revolted, again.
We've been at this democracy business for 237 years now, Egypt only one. Yet Egypt, although awkwardly and dangerously, may be on track to getting it right, we seem to be moving in the opposite direction, rejecting the notion of majority rule and acting in the best interests of the country, i.e., following the Constitution.
It's one thing to wave flags and celebrate the creation of our democracy, another to keep it.