Notre Président n’est pas Charlie

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.

7 thoughts on “Notre Président n’est pas Charlie”

  1. One of the more amusing pictures from that march was of Angela Merkel. It looks as if she more or less had to be dragged through it, with people on either side of her.

  2. I hate to say it but with his actions Obama has proved he believes in Islam more than free speech. I was a big supporter of his but am now ashamed I voted for him. He’s a disgrace and just when I thought no one could be as bad as Bush 2 he proved me wrong.

  3. Our President insists that he’s Christian. But he was brought up with Islam and doubtless absorbed many of its rules and principles. You are what you live with growing up, more than where you go to worship.

    1. I don’t think he is Christian because he seems to hate Christians. Look at how he went after the Catholic Church and birth control. I am Catholic and believe the church is too strict about this but it is how they feel. Obama knew this and proved he didn’t care. The sad thing is I used to defend him against the birthers who claimed he was born overseas and is Muslim. I still believe he was born in Hawaii but don’t think he is Christian by his actions.

  4. I just read that complete quote, and the sentences leading up to it and I do not see how that is connected to limiting free speech and Obama being a ‘secret Muslim. Please explain it to me. Thank you.

  5. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet…” was a polite way for Obama to say that he believes the future belongs to Islam. You’re right that it seems nicer in context, but sometimes context is just window dressing.

    I don’t know whether Obama is a closet Muslim; I’m not sure what he stands for anymore. But it’s common knowledge that he grew up with Islam, and it isn’t much of a stretch to surmise that he’s OK with the notion that those who make fun of the Prophet should be put down by force. He hasn’t said anything meaningful to the contrary.

    But what bothers me about this episode is broader than just our President. Our leadership seems to believe that the essential liberties in our Constitution and Bill of Rights are quaint anachronisms. The Republicans rail against Obama, but when push comes to shove, nothing changes.

  6. Not that I’m a Republican fan (I hate them too)but to their credit they never claim to be for the little guy. They make it known their people are the rich, the ultraconservative religious and the like. The Democrats traditionally stood up for the poor but this isn’t true much anymore.

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