For decades, western nations meddled in Middle East politics. Despite our commitment to democracy, the US and UK used their power to replace democratically-elected leaders with dictators who had promised fealty to our national interests (aka big oil).
We supported Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran, and Hosni Mubarak, to name just a few despotic dictators. During the George W. Bush administration, we even made nice with Muammar Gaddafi, a man responsible for the deaths of many US citizens.
Understandably, our willingness to place oil over the rights of human beings has not exactly endeared our nation to the locals. Arab citizens suffered through years of misinformation and lies, exploitation and repression, divisiveness, high unemployment, and inequality with regard to economic opportunities and education.
It was the frustration caused by these issues that led to the so-called Arab Spring.
Thankfully, President Obama has shown that the US is finally on the side of the people; that we are willing to encourage and support true democracies in these countries. Of course, this approach has not exactly been popular with neo-cons. They want to portray the president as weak. And Romney continues to refer to President Obamas meetings with Middle Eastern leaders as an apology tour, despite the fact that factcheckers such as Politifact.com have rated Romneys attacks as a Pants on Fire lie.
More troubling is that the issues which have led to so much unrest in the Middle East are now taking hold in the US.
Teapublican fiscal policies have led to great disparity in wealth and the offshoring of high-paying jobs. Like dictators, Teapublicans and their media megaphones spread misinformation and lies. Teapublicans are crushing unions and trying to end benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. They are even defunding public education.
The result is to create classes of the haves and the have nots. And, as happened in the Middle East, if these policies are allowed to continue long enough, they will almost certainly lead to violent unrest in the US.