April 2, 2015

Biden to China: Don’t Worry About Human Rights

We can always count on Joe Biden to pull back the veil on the Obama administration’s true objectives. No, we’re serious. Whether it’s noting how difficult the last six years have been for the middle class, or admitting that Obama doesn’t care about human rights, Biden reveals, however unintentionally, the truth. He recently told the New Yorker about meeting Chinese president Xi Jinping just before the latter’s ascent to power in 2012. Xi wanted to know why the U.S. put “so much emphasis on human rights.” As The Wall Street Journal noted, “The right answer is simple: No government has the right to deny its citizens basic freedoms, and those that do tend also to threaten peace overseas, so U.S. support for human rights is a matter of values and interests.” But that’s not at all what the Obama administration believes, and Biden confessed the charade: Everything is politics. “No president of the United States could represent the United States were he not committed to human rights,” he says he informed Xi. “President Barack Obama would not be able to stay in power if he did not speak of it. So look at it as a political imperative. It doesn’t make us better or worse. It’s who we are. You make your decisions. We’ll make ours.” We’ll bet Republicans in Indiana and Arkansas wish the administration would extend that laisezz-faire approach here at home where it makes far more sense.

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