Last Sunday, three million people marched in the streets of Paris to stand up for the principle of free speech and a free press, after the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo the week before. Over 40 world leaders (including the Israeli Prime Minister and the President of the Palestinian Authority) showed up…
…but President Obama was conspicuous by his absence. Our leadership also did not see fit to send the Vice President, the Secretary of State, or even the Attorney General, who happened to be in Paris at the time.
Our leadership complained that they couldn’t have arranged security on such short notice. But that’s, in a word, bullshit.
Let’s face it: behind the bluster, the real reason that the leadership of the United States, the alleged beacon of freedom for the entire world, didn’t believe this event was worthy of their presence is because they don’t believe in liberty, or free speech, anymore.
Our President said it himself:
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.
(OK, I pointed out this in my last post on the subject. It’s almost as bad as when Bush 41 told us ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.’ But unlike Bush, who had to shamefully walk back his remarks–to the extent that it may have cost him re-election–Obama still stands by his words.)
Meanwhile, our leadership is also considering new legislation that would afford ‘freedom of the press’ protections only to professional journalists. But most of them work for the six big media companies, and are already muzzled by their bosses.
So it wasn’t a mistake that nobody in our leadership was walking in Paris last Sunday. It wasn’t a problem arranging security; it wasn’t a schedule conflict; it wasn’t an oversight.
Our leadership does not believe in our First Amendment freedoms anymore.
And they didn’t feel the need to fake it, either.