Human Rights and the “Virtue-ization” of Hypocrisy by Barack Obama


President Barack Obama and Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong

President Barack Obama and Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong

Last week, Barack Obama was in Vietnam preaching the gospel of human rights. He told his tired old story  about human rights to the Vietnamese:

When there’s freedom of the press — when journalists and bloggers are able to shine a light on injustice or abuse — that holds officials accountable and builds public confidence that the system works.  When candidates can run for office and campaign freely, and voters can choose their own leaders in free and fair elections, it makes the countries more stable, because citizens know that their voices count and that peaceful change is possible.

Last month, Obama was in Cuba preaching the same chapter and verse to the Cubans:

I believe citizens should be free to speak their mind without fear — to organize, and to criticize their government, and to protest peacefully, and that the rule of law should not include arbitrary detentions of people who exercise those rights.

Last July, Obama was in Ethiopia to certify as “democratically elected”, the  Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF).

The T-TPLF claimed to have won the May 2015 election” by one hundred percent.

The T-TPLF claimed to have won the May 2010 election by 99.6 percent.

The T-TPLF is a certified terrorist organization listed in the Global Terrorism Database.

But Obama did not skip a beat when he stood in Addis Ababa and said :

I don’t bite my tongue too much when it comes to these issues. We are opposed to any group that is promoting the violent overthrow of a government, including the government of Ethiopia, that has been democratically elected. [Ethiopia’s] elections put forward a democratically elected government.

Obama said nothing about the bogus T-TPLF election.

Obama said nothing about the young bloggers jailed by the T-TPLF for writing on Facebook.

Obama said nothing about Ethiopian journalist languishing in subhuman T-TPLF prisons.

Obama did not meet with groups and leaders opposed to the T-TPLF.

Obama did not say he will continue to speak out about human rights abuses by the T-TPLF.  In Vietnam and Cuba Obama said, “We will continue to speak out on behalf of human rights that we believe are universal, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.”

What Obama did in Ethiopia was hold hands and rub shoulders and sing kumbaya with the T-TPLF criminals against humanity.  What a disgusting touch of dEvil!

Obama said, “I don’t bite my tongue when it comes to these issues.”

True, it is difficult to bite one’s tongue when it is forked like a serpent.

And now I am back to put in my two cents worth.

I am sick and tired of hearing Barack Obama talking loud about human rights and sayin’ nothin’.

He has made a virtue of hypocrisy in his human rights litany.

I am now coining a new word, “Virtue-ization”, to describe the process by which a particular vice such as hypocrisy or greed is transformed into a virtue.

Remember Gordon Gekko preaching  the virtues of greed in the motion picture Wall Street:

The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.

As greed is a virtue for Gekko, hypocrisy is no vice to Obama.

Hypocrisy is right, hypocrisy works.  Hypocrisy, in all of its forms; hypocrisy for life, for power;  hypocrisy in politics, in diplomacy, in international relations, in fighting terrorism. Hypocrisy in talkin’ about human rights and sayin’ nothin’. Hypocrisy in coddling criminals against humanity and genociders and diplocrisy ( a word I coined to describe Obama’s hypocritical human rights policy) to excuse and conceal their crimes. And hypocrisy, you mark my words, will NOT save African thugtators and dictators or the other malfunctioning “military-industrial complex” called the USA, to borrow a phrase from Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Barack Obama has made hypocrisy a virtue.  He goes around the world preaching and teaching the gospel of human rights. Of course, he does not mean or believe any of it.

Obama is the snake oil salesman of human rights.  Obama believes in human rights as much as the snake oil salesman believes in the curative effects of snake oil.

There is a line in Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Iceman Cometh”, where the con man character (Ed Mosher) reminisces about the late “old doc” who is “standing on a street corner in hell right now, making suckers of the damned, telling them there’s nothing like snake oil for a bad burn.”

I feel Obama made “suckers of the damned and wretched of Africa” telling them there is nothing like the rule of law and democracy to cure a bad burn of tyranny and thugtatorship:

Make no mistake: History is on the side of these brave Africans, not with those who use coups or change constitutions to stay in power.  Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions…

No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.  That is not democracy,  that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there. And now is the time for that style of governance to end…

The purpose of foreign assistance must be creating the conditions where it’s no longer needed…

I have directed my administration to give greater attention to corruption in our human rights reports…

Obama made a sucker out of me and burned me with his human rights snake oil. (No, I will never get over that. Never!)

In 2016, Obama is standing tall with the strongmen of Africa who are changing constitutions and claiming 100 percent election victory to stay in power while pressing their heavy boots on the necks of the little people of Africa.

Africa today is on the dole permanently attached to the life-support system of American tax payers’ pocketbooks.

Corruption is king in all of Africa.

I believe every person, however high or low on the social totem pole, will have at least one defining moment in their lives, a moment when they will face a choice of defining the moment or being defined by it.

That is the moment a person faces the Socratic axiom: The unexamined life is not worth living.

For me,  Barack Obama defined the man (not the president) he is when he stood alongside a gang of bloodthirsty and murderous TPLF thugs in late July 2015 in Ethiopia and proclaimed them “democratically elected”.

What an irony for a man who stood up for the little people, the downtrodden, the oppressed and persecuted.

Before Obama was President of the United States, he was a lawyer.  Correction, a constitutional lawyer who defended the rights and liberties of the little people of the United States. Before Obama was President of the United States, he was a community advocate. In his memoir, “Dreams From My Father”,  he wrote, “In my legal practice, I work mostly with churches and community groups, men and women who quietly build grocery stores and health clinics in the inner city, and housing for the poor.”

Before Obama was President of the United States, he was a civil rights lawyer for those who were disenfranchised and could not vote. He directed Illinois Project Vote and became a rising star for his work.

When President Barack Obama spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 2015, he said:

There are still too many ways in which people are discouraged from voting.  Some of the protections … have been weakened as a consequence of court decisions and interpretations of the law.  State legislatures have instituted procedures and practices… that have the effect of discouraging people from voting, may have a disproportional effect on certain kinds of folks voting. And that means that the decisions that are made in the corridors of power all across this country begin to reflect the interests of the few, instead of the interests of the many.

On July 27, 2015,  Obama spoke  in Addis Ababa and proclaimed the T-TPLF is “democratically elected” by 100 percent of the votes.

Were there a serpent seen with a more practiced forked tongue than Obama’s?

Barack Obama making virtue of hypocrisy

Shakespeare wrote:

O, what may man within him hide,
Though angel on the outward side!”

Barack Obama pretends and proclaims to be the global guardian angel of human rights the world over.

It took me six years to figure out that Obama was just talking loud about human rights but saying nothing.

But his actions spoke louder than words. Obama became the best friend of Africa’s devil’s incarnates – those notorious criminals against humanity.

They say, “judge a man by the company he keeps.”

What if a man’s friends are not angels but the devil’s incarnate?

Obama set conditions on Cuba and Vietnam for improved relations and closer ties: 1) improvement in their human rights climate, 2) improvements in the treatment of government critics, 3) respect for press freedom and observance of universal human rights principles, and 4) basic guarantees for free expression and assembly and removal of censorship on access the internet and social media.

The T-TPLF is the fourth worst jailer of journalists in the world (and second in Africa).

Under the T-TPLF, Ethiopia has the third worst internet service in the world, after Somalia and Niger.

When Obama visited Ethiopia, he set NO conditions on the T-TPLF. He turned a blind eye, deaf ears and muted lips to the crimes of the T-TPLF. What a low down shame!

Faith healers, health-and-wealth preachers, voodoo shaman and human rights snake oil salesmen.

It is the sign of the times!

Obama, out!


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