October 05, 2009

Forget the Baby Steps Towards Fascism: Obama Administration Attacks Free Speech at United Nations

The old belief was that totalitarianism was effected in small bites, cutting off the fringes until only a tiny center remained, which was quickly overwhelmed. Such a thought was behind the famous construct of "First they came for..."

Our present Administration is foregoing that approach to totalitarianism. Instead, they've gone full-bore against our most cherished right, joining with an oppressive Egyptian regime to craft a resolution limits freedom of speech.

The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression. The newly-minted American policy was rolled out at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which ended in Geneva on Friday. American diplomats were there for the first time as full Council members and intent on making friends.

President Obama chose to join the Council despite the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power and human rights abusers are among its lead actors, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Islamic states quickly interpreted the president's penchant for "engagement" as meaning fundamental rights were now up for grabs. Few would have predicted, however, that the shift would begin with America's most treasured freedom.

For more than a decade, a UN resolution on the freedom of expression was shepherded through the Council, and the now defunct Commission on Human Rights which it replaced, by Canada. Over the years, Canada tried mightily to garner consensus on certain minimum standards, but the "reformed" Council changed the distribution of seats on the UN's lead human rights body. In 2008, against the backdrop of the publication of images of Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, Cuba and various Islamic countries destroyed the consensus and rammed through an amendment which introduced a limit on any speech they claimed was an "abuse . . . [that] constitutes an act of racial or religious discrimination."

The Obama administration decided that a revamped freedom of expression resolution, extracted from Canadian hands, would be an ideal emblem for its new engagement policy. So it cosponsored a resolution on the subject with none other than Egypt--a country characterized by an absence of freedom of expression.

What a disgrace.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 5, 2009 03:43 PM

The 2nd Amendment becomes more and more important.

Scary stuff...

Posted by: diogenes online at October 5, 2009 08:28 PM

He is everything you say he isn't and more. I really believe though, that we are better off with him than with John McLame. My reasoning is that he seems to be solidifing the conservatives(at least I hope so) and McLame would probably already have been able to do far worse than Obammy will ever be capable of doing as he would have had all the left and most of the right, read rinos, helping him out. Palin in 2012!!!

Posted by: tjbbpgobIII at October 5, 2009 10:31 PM

McCain would have been much better than obama, the things he wanted done were the right things to do, he's fairly conservative but the left listens to him and respects him because he doesnt always toe the party line

And Palin sealed the deal for Obama, the only VP pick that could possibly be worse than Joe Biden, and McCain nailed it

Posted by: MAModerate at October 6, 2009 06:49 PM

People told me I'd get an ineffectual moron for a president if I voted for Palin and they were right!

Posted by: daleyrocks at October 6, 2009 07:04 PM