By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
The Muslim Brotherhood has taken their anger to the streets.
Everyday there are large Muslim Brotherhood organized rallies in support of ousted president Morsi. At the same time, tens of thousands gather at counter demonstrations rallied in support of the ousting. The protestors sometimes meet and the result is violence and even death.
The plan is to hold an election in 18 months. The temporary government wants to set the stage for a real secure transition back to democracy. They want to put the economy back on track. To do that they first have to strip the constitution of the anti-democratic changes made under Morsi and the Muslim
Brotherhood. They need to, and intend to, make significant changes -- especially regarding the role of the president and the primacy of Sharia, Islamic law.
The temporary government must add on provisions that prohibit non-democratic parties from standing for election. They must see to it that parties prove their democratic character - which will be an impossibility for the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nouri parties.
Non-democratic parties should be disqualified until they prove their democratic nature. All their literature, presentations, speeches, leadership media interviews must be subject to inspection. Unless they pass the democracy test, a party should not be permitted to run.
A democracy must protect itself from anti-democratic forces. That is where Egypt failed in the last election.
The Egyptians elected a "non" or better an "anti" democratic party and the leader of that party, Mohammed Morsi, proceeded to dismantle democracy and use his power to abuse the people and destroy the opposition.
Along the way Morsi and the Mulsim Brotherhood destroyed the economy, too.
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