If democracy in the Middle East costs this much more at the gas pump, are we still pro-democracy?
I typed but failed to post this question a week ago today. Rachel, Eliza and I were on vacation in New Mexico. I was overall successful at leaving my e-world behind for the week, other than a few check-ins and photos posted to Facebook.
I’ve heard many times in the past decade that “freedom isn’t free.” Usually people have said this to defend US America sending troops into other countries. Currently the reference might better refer to the price of gas for us depending on the stability of Middle Eastern countries. What makes this sticky is that stability is juxtaposed to popular uprisings against “stable” dictators.
Now, I read in this morning’s paper that citizens don’t like the gas prices, that are, I think I recall, 73¢ per gallon higher than they were a month ago. Some are “blaming” the Middle East. Some are blaming Obama. (to be fair, the article’s secondary headline said they are blaming Obama; the article itself said they are blaming the president and congress)
Why the blame? Aren’t we a nation of market-driveness? Didn’t the collective voice of the 2010 elections say that if US America wants anything it is less government and therefore less government involvement in our lives?
Except (or until) something affects us directly in our pocketbooks or checking accounts. We want, and expect our freedom to be protected.
No matter what it costs-someone else?
Which brings me back to that oft-quoted “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It is almost always quoted like this – which is horribly out of context. Right before these words of Jesus he says “If you continue as my disciples, then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
It’s a pretty big “if.”