ARIZONA SENATORS: SAY YOU’RE SORRY
Posted by Andrew Roman on May 18, 2010
Is it possible to disagree with a liberal and not be branded a Nazi? Or a fascist? Or be compared to a murderous dictator? Or be called a racist? Or labeled a homophobe?
In a liberal’s world, how does a non-bigoted, non-hateful, non-totalitarian conservative dissenter sound or look? Is there even such a thing? How does one who believes in a strong national defense, limited government and the rule of law go about his or her job without being compared to an oppressive Communist regime by a high-ranking Obamacrat?
It is the last fortress for lefties who have no substance. It is the reflex of libs who cannot hold their own in the arena of ideas. It is the primal instinct of Obamacrats who can only respond to coherence and reason by launching personal attacks and making farcical comparisons to oppressive governments in the hope of tugging on people’s emotions.
It is how Dems play the game.
Assistant Secretary of State, Michael Posner is getting some much deserved heat from Arizona’s two Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl. They are asking – nay, demanding – that Posner apologize for comparing Arizona’s new illegal alien law to the human rights record of Communist China.
From Yahoo News:
A top US diplomat who reportedly compared a tough new immigration law in Arizona to China’s rights record must retract his “offensive” remark and apologize, the state’s two US senators demanded Tuesday.
Republican Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain accused Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner of implying that the Arizona measure “is morally equivalent to China’s persistent pattern of abuse and repression of its people.”
The letter from McCain and Kyl, obtained by AFP, cited a media report that Posner had called Arizona’s controversial immigration measure part of “a troubling trend in our society” during recent US-China human rights talks.
“As assistant secretary of state in charge of the bureau of democracy and human rights, your remarks are particularly offensive. We demand you retract your statement and issue an apology,” the lawmakers wrote.
Kyl and McCain pointed to the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which sharply criticized what it described as China’s rampant rights abuses and warned Beijing’s record was worsening.
“To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive,” they wrote.
“There is no place for moral equivalency and human rights policy. The United States is the world’s leader in defending the rights of all people. Someone in your position should be proud to proclaim that,” they said.
Perhaps Posner can call an emergency meeting with officials from Libya and Angola – two well-known human rights violating nations recently admitted to the new United Nations Human Rights Council – to discuss the shamefulness and contemptibility of the new Arizona immigration law, and ask for some much-needed advice.
In effect, Posner issued what amounted to an apology to Communist China because of Arizona’s decision to actually uphold the law of the land. And by his own admission, he brought up the new Arizona law “early and often” to demonstrate to the ChiComs (like a good, capitulating little invertibrate) that we, too, have our issues of discrimination to deal with, and that we must do better – because asking people to prove their legality in this country is exactly like harvesting organs, throwing dissenters in modern-day gulags and executing innocents at will. Yes, Posner sat face-to-face with the Red Chinese – one of the most forbidding and suppressive regimes on planet earth – and denounced the evil that is Arizona’s illegal alien law.
But that’s okay.
One man’s freedom is another man’s oppression, right?