Sir-- Welcome my Egyptian friends to the realities of democracy. Sometimes you have to settle for the "lesser evil" and at the same time, continue to speak out against all that is wrong and hold the vision for your country to evolve to that you carry in your heart. However, as we have learned in our relatively young country, democracy is never served by prejudice or power only for the wealthy.
Web of choices
Sir-- If you elect the candidate that the military wants you to choose, then your supposed revolution is a flop and will go nowhere. Selecting the other candidate gives him a chance to mess up, thus improving your chances in future elections. Put another way, one candidate is certain to work with the military to suppress your rights. The other candidate will be kept in check by the military to protect some of your rights. This second candidate is demonstrating a willingness to expand his base of support. In all, this web of political intrigue is very difficult to navigate.
Sir-- In less than a year, the Muslim Brotherhood went from winning a majority in parliament to 25 per cent in the presidential vote. Let them try to govern with both the presidency and the parliament. They will fail miserably because their ideology is bankrupt. When they do, the Egyptian secularists and leftists simply must produce candidates that can run in the next election, because they will win in a landslide.
Sir-- If the Muslim Brotherhood takes control and enforces Sharia law, there will never again be a free election held in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood will rule with an iron fist and oppress the population under Sharia. Like communists, the Brotherhood will use "democracy" to gain control of the country, and never let go.
Cheating in America
Sir-- Wouldn't it be great if we, as Americans, cared as much about fair elections in the US as we do in other countries? Americans allow unlimited amounts of money to "buy" an election (SuperPacs) and that's supposed to be just fine. This decision was based on what the Supreme Court -- a collection of extremists -- decided for everyone, same as they decided who would be the president when George W won. Americans elect a president based on 538 votes (electoral college), not the majority vote. America is not run "by the people"... how about "by 538 people"? Call it what it is, and America, stop pretending to be so pure and caring about fair elections in other countries when you yourself mock the very process.
Sir-- The West has helped to install an Islamist government ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis. Once Sharia law takes effect, the West will become the enemy.
Can do it again
Sir-- The new leader in the country should remember that the young generation who led the people when they threw out the old leader might take to the streets again and throw him out.
Sir-- No presidential candidate can be expected to provide guarantees on anything, post election. It's all about promises that are usually unfulfilled.
No way ou
Sir-- There are no winners here. It is a lose-lose situation.