Democracy wherever and whenever WE want it.
As we argue with each other over who is America's best dancer or whether or not American Idol Season 6 will be able to recapture the magic of Season 1, the people of the Congo are trying to piece together a DEMOCRACY.
As we spend thousands putting diamonds into our mouths, ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED and FIFTY people die every day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. That's 52 people/hour. One out of every four kids will never make it to see five years old. Hunger is the ultimate terrorist. Diarrhea and pneumonia are annoying here. They're murderers over THERE.
As we chose to turn away, four million people have died since 1998. As we sip our Vitamin Water, they wait hours for a sip of clean water. The Congo is in Africa, right? If it's not on the news, it didn't happen, right?
In a country where water, food, jobs, and opportunity are scarce, the people turned out in droves to vote. People walked, fought, canoed, and died to get to the polls. Here, the cops may get ya first....or the voting lines are too long....or the machine is broken....or the chad is hanging....or whatever. Vote or die, bitches!
As we spread democracy across the Middle East, we have failed to assist our brothers and sisters create their own democracy in the Congo. “When democracy spreads in the Middle East, the people of that troubled region will have a better future, the terrorists will lose their safe havens and their recruits, and the United States of America will be more secure,” President Bush said. We spread democracy where we can reap benefits. The consequences of imperialism are a bitch. YOU deal with it.
I heard somewhere that all men are created equal. Whatever. If it's not on television, it never happened.
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