In the Arabic language, Mubarak means "happy” or "congratulations” but Mubarak has turned into an "un-Mubarak” personality in the eyes of Egyptians.
Maybe Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak believes in the illusion that if he stops ruling Egypt, tomorrow morning the sun will not rise or the country will be fatherless.
Officially, Mubarak is called president and not king, even though he has turned Egypt -– a land of ancient civilizations -- into his own personal fiefdom.
The word republicanism has found another meaning during his 30 years of uncontested rule.
He has been the only candidate in most of the country’s sham presidential elections and "miraculously” received the highest number of votes every time.
Mubarak’s style of rule is an insult to the wisdom of the Egyptian people.
When a leader only shows favor to an inner circle with military backgrounds, that is tribalism and not republicanism.
The handling of the economy also accommodates his political leadership. The economic imbalance and cronyism has led to the creation of a heterogeneous society in which a small group, specifically the political and economic elite and their friends and families, enjoys a life of luxury while about 40 million of the 80 million Egyptian citizens live on less than two dollars a day.
This dysfunctional regime has received the support of the United States for decades, to the dismay of most Egyptians, especially the educated class.
If the 82-year-old Mubarak has even a shred of political acumen, he will step down and allow a smooth transition to the rule of law.