One of the marvels of the United States has always been Her “Melting Pot” status, wherein people from all walks of life, from all around the world have come together to produce the most successful society in human history.
That’s why it bugs me when I hear people who should know better discussing the political situation in Iraq, for example. We hear about the various and disparate groups in that country having trouble coming to an acceptable “power sharing” agreement. What does that mean– power sharing? That’s something that might be arranged between one king or one dictator and another, or between rival gangsters, but in a free society?
No, Grasshopper! In a free society all individuals have the same rights, so the term “power sharing” has no meaning. That one race, religion or other demographic might outnumber another in a certain region is, rightly, of no consequence for the simple fact that they haven’t the political power to trample on the rights of the minority. If that ideal is not the foundation of their Constitution, then the Constitution needs a serious rewrite.
I am reminded of a quote from Ayn Rand (thanks to “The Smallest Minority” web site): “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
Its time more of the freedom-hungry people in Iraq understand and embrace this simple concept if they are to have any hope of realizing their dream. It would be nice if more Americans understood it too.