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Egyptian President Assumes Dictatorial Powers
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 11/24/2012 12:25:53 PM PST by John Semmens

The so-called “Arab Spring” took a decidedly ugly turn in Egypt this week when President Mohammed Mursi issued a decree barring any challenges to his decisions.

Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed El Baradei denounced Mursi’s action calling it “a major blow to the revolution. What good does it do us if we get rid of the dictator Mubarak only to replace him with a dictator Mursi? Isn’t sharing of power and open debate the whole point of democracy?”

Mursi denied he was trampling democracy. “Debate is fine, but there must be limits,” Mursi maintained. “The laws I decree must be enforced. There must be respect for my authority. Words or deeds that would serve to undermine either of these critical objectives cannot be tolerated.”

Whether Mursi’s expansion of his own authority will be tolerated is an open question. Many of the same protesters who rallied against Mubarak are back in the streets demonstrating against this latest development.

Clashes are expected as Mursi described these protests as “unwarranted interferences.” “Mubarak was a fraudulently elected tyrant,” Mursi pointed out. “In contrast, I, like recently reelected US President Obama, have a legitimate mandate from the voters. Mubarak was also sick and weak. I am not.” The Egyptian President warned opponents that “attempts to obstruct my rule will result in dire consequences for those who go too far.”

The US State Department said it was taking a “wait and see” attitude toward this seemingly antidemocratic shift. “They’re still working on their constitution, so it’s possible that what appears to be an unjustified usurpation may yet be endorsed by those drafting the document,” cautioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Then, too, Mursi was just recently elected. So we can’t rule out the argument that he, in fact, has a mandate of sorts. As we are wont to say, elections have consequences.”

As for Mursi’s declaration that actions taken by the courts or legislature in contravention to his wishes are void, Clinton expressed sympathy. “Sometimes a president may have to bypass other bodies in order to carry out his mandate,” she said. “Maybe we shouldn’t be so critical. For all we know, President Obama may find himself in a similar bind in the not too distant future.”

In related news, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s order blocking the Iranian Parliament from investigating President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mismanagement of the economy was called “intriguing” by the US Secretary of State. “Khamenei’s point that such an investigation could weaken the regime seems well taken,” Clinton observed. “Congressional investigations of Fast and Furious and Benghazi are damaging to our country. Making them disappear might eliminate a great deal of the negative impressions these inquiries are causing.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2012/11/23/president-omits-god-from-thanksgiving-address-for-fourth-straight-year/


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: egypt; islamism; satire; tyranny
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1 posted on 11/24/2012 12:26:09 PM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

“Debate is fine, but there must be limits,” Mursi maintained.”

Translation; “I won.”


2 posted on 11/24/2012 12:29:16 PM PST by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: John Semmens

Arab Spring chickens coming home to roost for Obama.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 12:31:25 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: John Semmens

Obama is the President of Egypt too?


4 posted on 11/24/2012 12:34:07 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (As the Chinese say, erections have consequences...)
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To: OrioleFan

I do not know what this means. We’re we supposed to continue to prop up Mubarek?


5 posted on 11/24/2012 12:34:38 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: OrioleFan
"Arab Spring chickens coming home to roost for Obama.

LOL, you're joking, right? This is EXACTLY what Obama the communist muslim wanabe dictator wanted. Leave it to the MSM to act surprised...FReepers should know better.

6 posted on 11/24/2012 12:35:56 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: John Semmens
The so-called “Arab Spring” took a decidedly ugly turn in Egypt this week when President Mohammed Mursi issued a decree barring any challenges to his decisions.

I realize this article is semi-satire but I did hear a radio hour news update saying something along these lines.

When I heard it, I was reminded of Barack Obama's end runarounds of the Legislative Branch and his verbal smackdown of the Judicial Branch and his reliance on unelected/unconfirmed Czars and Executive Orders and in session "recess" appointments.

7 posted on 11/24/2012 12:38:07 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: John Semmens

hope ubama doesn’t get any big ideas


8 posted on 11/24/2012 12:40:21 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mich Patriot

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. What he all but said in his 2011 September speech to the UN.


9 posted on 11/24/2012 12:41:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: John Semmens

bump


10 posted on 11/24/2012 12:41:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chopperjc

yes, we were. At least it wasn’t the mooslime bro hood and they had a treaty with Israel.


11 posted on 11/24/2012 12:41:46 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: chopperjc

Mubarak was pro-western. His replacement wants to chop off your grandbabies heads.


12 posted on 11/24/2012 12:42:04 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: John Semmens

Egypt now has their own Barry Benghazi wannabe.


13 posted on 11/24/2012 12:46:58 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: John Semmens

Enjoyed the satire John.


14 posted on 11/24/2012 12:48:18 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: John Semmens
ARAB SPRINGTIME FOR EGYPT
Tune: "Springtime for Hitler"

Terrorists were having trouble
What a sad, sad error
Needed an enabler
To restore their reign of terror

Where oh where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around
And then we found
Obama wants us free

It's Arab . . .
Springtime for Egypt and Libya
The Brotherhood is happy and gay
We did our big Benghazi job
We're glad, glad as a Nazi mob

Springtime for Egypt and Libya
Winter for Christians and Jews
Springtime for Egypt and Libya
Come on, Muslims, get over your blues . . .

Mobs are now a Cairo factor
Copts will need a chiropractor . . .

Don't be stupid, don't you be odd
Come and join the Muslim jihad . . .

It's Arab . . .
Springtime for Egypt and Libya
Burkas will work as a rule
Bombs blowing up a crowd again
Jihad is proud and loud again

Springtime for Egypt and Libya
Springing up riots galore
Springtime for Egypt and Libya
Means that soon we'll be blowin'
We've got to be blowin'
You know we'll be blowing up more!

15 posted on 11/24/2012 12:58:17 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (The wag tailoring the doggerel)
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To: bigheadfred

Mubarek wasn’t pro western. He was pro money for himself. Democracy is messy and this will take a long time to play out. I for one will back the will of the people. As soon as Morisi tried to grab power protests have broken out. Just because we might not like it the will of the people matter.


16 posted on 11/24/2012 1:04:43 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

An interesting question. It is unknown as to whether “propping up” Mubarak would have kept him in power.
To any extent, we weren’t propping him up. We gave Egypt aid, which he used, but we still give that now.
Obama threw Mubarak under the bus when he denounced his legitimacy as the leader of Egypt, and from then on, he lost the will to fight. The ones he thought he could always trust had abandoned him. It reminds me of what the British did to Augusto Pinochet after he helped them in the Falklands War with Argentina. Total betrayal.

Mubarak was a dictator. He inherited his presidency from Anwar Sadat, and Egypt had never had democracy at any point during its history. Despite this, he has been unfairly smeared by our Lame-Stream media as the equivalent of Saddam Hussein. Far from it, Mubarak saved his nation from itself. He saw the radical elements within Egypt and he knew that they were powerful. If they managed to seize control, they would destroy the country. They would govern as the Taliban had in Afghanistan, smashing women’s rights, and persecuting the minority Coptic Christians. They would also likely plunge Egypt into another war with Israel (who would have guessed?). He didn’t want that for his country, so he was forced to rule with an iron fist. He exiled, imprisoned and killed radical Muslims, but he didn’t try to ethnically cleanse a particular group like Saddam did, and he never created special prisons for torturing children. He may have enjoyed perks as president, as all dictators do, but he was not especially brutal or unfair in his rule. This being said, his economic policies were disastrous and could not survive the ravages of the global recession and the effect it had on the world markets.

He’s gone now, and we have the Muslim Brotherhood, whose leader has granted himself greater powers than Mubarak had, and is engaging in all of the things Mubarak feared.
Whether or not it would have changed the outcome of the revolution is secondary. As a matter of principle, for the good of the world, our own interests, and looking to the future, the interests of Egypt, Obama should not have asked Mubarak to step down.


17 posted on 11/24/2012 1:06:18 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: chopperjc

Would you have backed the will of the people in Nazi Germany?


18 posted on 11/24/2012 1:07:45 PM PST by Viennacon
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19 posted on 11/24/2012 1:14:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Viennacon

I agree with most of what you said. Well written. As far as asking him to step down, I believe that was inconsequential since the momentum was already going that way. You have to work with what you have.


20 posted on 11/24/2012 1:19:40 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: Viennacon

He who invokes Nazi’s has lost the argument. I believe this statement. So if you have anything to add to the conversation that has substance I will happily respond. If not take your Nazi argument and have a nice day.


21 posted on 11/24/2012 1:24:17 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

Yes, you do, but the actions and words of the new president speak volumes. He is staunchly against our interests, and therefor, if TOTUS had a brain cell, he would cut all aid to Egypt immediately. If the people of Egypt wish to elect an Islamic government, they can suffer the consequences of that decision. It’s not like we couldn’t use that money here, right?


22 posted on 11/24/2012 1:24:30 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: John Semmens

If only the title was satire. It’s reality.


23 posted on 11/24/2012 1:25:02 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: John Semmens

Always, always, check to see who is the author of the story.


24 posted on 11/24/2012 1:26:44 PM PST by lurk
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To: John Semmens

Time to get rid of springtime weeds. Anybody got any weedkiller handy?


25 posted on 11/24/2012 1:31:14 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (yup)
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To: chopperjc

It’s a perfectly valid argument in this context. The Germans chose a radical government during a time of economic stagnation. It’s a question of how far you are willing to support democracy. My position is that autocratic societies serve a good purpose at times. I am glad that pro-American dictators were set up in South America during the Cold War, because had they not been, the people (mired in poverty) would have voted communists to power, who not only would have acted against our interests on behalf of the Soviet Union, but also acted against their own people, just as the Soviets did.

There are times when democracy is not what a society needs, and this is especially true in the Islamic world, where sectarian and religious extremism, violence, and murder are
facts of daily life. As I have outlined, elected leaders can do terrible things. Is Hitler not a good example of this? It is perhaps even more relevant because he and the new president of Egypt seem to have similar ideals.


26 posted on 11/24/2012 1:32:03 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

This is a good argument. I certainly believe in the carrot and stick approach. We also need Egypt for a multitude of things in the region, including Israel, Gazza, and a stable democracy would be huge. Democracy is messy. Morisi already tried over reach and now protests have broken out. Also remember he did not get a majority.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 1:32:23 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: Viennacon

Nope, sorry. Nazi argument never valid and will not respond.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 1:35:17 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: John Semmens

.................The US State Department said it was taking a “wait and see” attitude toward this seemingly antidemocratic shift.....................

In real speak this means that Hitlery is waiting for Valerie Jarrett to load the proper talking points into TOTUS so that Zer0, the empty suit, can read them to the sheeple!


29 posted on 11/24/2012 1:36:54 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: OrioleFan

Neah. Obama is taking notes.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 1:43:10 PM PST by Little Ray (I have VOTED AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: chopperjc

Best thing for Egypt will be overthrow Morsi and start over. Morsi is a bloodthirsty megalomaniac Islamist.


31 posted on 11/24/2012 1:46:00 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

From the looks of it may happen. Certainly his power grab reduced his power not strengthened. The military will not back repression. The military is more pro US than Morisi.


32 posted on 11/24/2012 1:53:26 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: John Semmens

From one dictator to another dictator. No change is no change. Just one murdering thug replaces another murdering thug. All others to the back of the dungwagon.


33 posted on 11/24/2012 2:01:58 PM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: John Semmens

34 posted on 11/24/2012 2:08:41 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: John Semmens

Who could have imagined...?!


35 posted on 11/24/2012 2:47:07 PM PST by RB156
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To: John Semmens
Mursi denied he was trampling democracy. “Debate is fine, but there must be limits,” Mursi maintained. “The laws I decree must be enforced. There must be respect for my authority. Words or deeds that would serve to undermine either of these critical objectives cannot be tolerated.”



36 posted on 11/24/2012 3:09:45 PM PST by StevieRay20
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To: chopperjc
Nope, sorry. Nazi argument never valid and will not respond.

That is ridiculously juvenile and illogical. Rational comparisons are always valid. Kneejerk emotional rejections of logic lack validity.

37 posted on 11/24/2012 3:12:12 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: chopperjc

Yes because he was not beholden to Sharia Law. He was a nut, but he was our nut. Sharia Law is the evil enemy of free people. Obama would like to see the Caliphate take hold before dies.


38 posted on 11/24/2012 3:26:07 PM PST by deadrock
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To: TigersEye

Believe what you need to. It is not even close to relevant..


39 posted on 11/24/2012 4:41:26 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: DEADROCK

Sure, ok. Hard to respond to that.


40 posted on 11/24/2012 4:43:41 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: All

So all they get for overthrowing Mubarak is veils on women and war with Israel next year?

Some popular uprising that turned out to be.


41 posted on 11/24/2012 4:58:17 PM PST by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Peter ODonnell

lol


42 posted on 11/24/2012 4:59:38 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: chopperjc

That is an irrational and illogical response. Is that the best you can do?


43 posted on 11/24/2012 5:12:59 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: John Semmens

How’s that Islamic Sharia Democracy working out for you Food Stamp President and your bumbling SOS?


44 posted on 11/24/2012 5:38:00 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: TigersEye

I am not trying to “out do” you. I am telling you I am not going to engage someone who invokes Nazi’s into a conversation. It is never relevant. To try to argue it is not worth my time. So again I will part with have a nice day. Should you wish to have a conversation regarding past and future policy items I am happy to engage.


45 posted on 11/24/2012 5:41:53 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc
I am not trying to “out do” you.

I didn't in any way say that you were.

I am telling you I am not going to engage someone who invokes Nazi’s into a conversation. It is never relevant.

As I said before; that is absurd and illogical.

Should you wish to have a conversation regarding past and future policy items I am happy to engage.

It is not possible to have any conversation with someone who automatically rejects reason and logic.

46 posted on 11/24/2012 5:51:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye

The guy invoking nazi’s into a conversation thinks I am devoid of reason and logic.

I am LMAO.


47 posted on 11/24/2012 6:57:34 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: chopperjc

I think so too.


48 posted on 11/24/2012 9:35:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: chopperjc

I never thought we should be giving money to any place in that part of the world, other than Israel. At least we got something for that money. That Iron Dome defense system looks like a good thing.


49 posted on 11/25/2012 6:54:44 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: chopperjc
I do not know what this means.

What this means, is that Obama has succeeded in setting up another Iran in Egypt.

50 posted on 11/25/2012 6:56:38 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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