Reality must be setting in for the Egyptian people, as a new article in the New York Times is reporting that “the jokes have stalled, another sign that Egypt’s revolution has too.” Glenn gave his reaction on radio.
“When punch line is no longer a lifeline for Egyptians. It’s a story that talks about how the Egyptians have used humor to get through, you know, dark periods for a very, very long time and they were doing that with, you know, with the revolution,” Glenn said.
The Times article said:
For centuries, Egyptians have turned to humor, often dressed up in dark sarcasm, as a tonic for a battered soul. But even that seemingly genetic predisposition to mock what ails them started to wear thin after nearly three decades of stagnation under Hosni Mubarak.
And then came the Tahrir Square revolution, a virtual force of nature that unleashed the ambitions and anger of millions, ousted an entrenched autocrat and inspired a resurgence of that famously biting Egyptian wit. It was in the placards, the slogans, the banners and the antics; it was passed along through the Internet, text messaging and even local newspapers.
But the Egyptians are realizing this is no laughing matter:
But now that moment has passed, damped by the recognition that for many people life today is even harder than before, especially for the poor and for those who survive on tourism — like the army of taxi drivers who are forced to battle ever worsening traffic for ever fewer passengers.
“No one is joking,” said Mohamed Saleh Mohamed, as he navigated a taxi through downtown Cairo’s congested streets recently. “There is no happiness, no work. The country is a mess.”
The sudden turn from humor points to a sense of revolution fatigue that has swept over a nation where people had hoped for overnight change only to awaken to the myriad challenges facing them.
“This was the revolution that was going to get rid of the brutal dictator. This was the act of democracy. This was democracy in action. This is beautiful,” Pat said
“No, this is revolution. That’s what this is, revolution,” Glenn countered.
“Yeah, democracy is kind of like the word “Change.” You know how everybody said, I’m for change. Yeah, I’m for change. And we said, define change. What does change mean? Yes, we were all for change. But what does it ‑‑ how many of us were for this kind of change?” Glenn said.
“The same thing with democracy. They’ve just inserted the word “Democracy” because change has been exposed for what it is. A meaningless slogan,” Glenn said.
“And so like progressives always do, they just change one meaningless word for another meaningless word.”
“By the way, just a quick little update. It looks like the regime now is taking away laptop computers, cellphones, any kind of mobile, mobile devices at all,” Glenn said.
There are also reports that the new regime has enacted a “virginity squad” to check women to see if they are virgins.