When character counts,
Washington Beltway elites would rather talk about the weather
Chinese political prisoners rot in jail,
Hollywoodies eat lobster
Washington liberal elites preach love and compassion for their fellow man but only when it suits them. Wednesday night, the Beltway blue-noses cared not one whit for human rights as they gussied up to dine on roast lobster and rib eye and suck up to the brutal regime of China, embodied by the blackhearted Hu Jintao. [Here is the list of celebrity sell-outs who attended the state dinner for Hu.] One of China’s most shameful abuses is that is executes its political prisoners and sells their organs to the highest-bidders. Reportedly, there was no LIVER ON THE MENU at the White House.
Typically, the Obamas wayyyyyy over-dressed: Mr. O was black tie, Michelle went floor length. The honored guest travelled without his wife and was stone-faced in a simple business suit. What does that tell you?
New House speaker John Boehner: Did the right thing and stayed the hell away
Kudos to those “conscientious objectors” who declined to dine with Hu: Senate Democratic Majority leader Harry Reid, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
For the record, the Bushes refused to give Hu a state dinner due to China’s human rights record; Hu got only a very small, simple lunch.
Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was most definitely NOT at the lavish all-star dinner for President Hu. He was holding a news conference of the victims of China’s brutal regime.
Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
Smith said that last month President Hu gave proof to the world of his government’s moral puniness and fear – when he left the Norwegian Nobel Committee no choice but to place the Nobel Peace Prize on an empty chair–empty because Hu wouldn’t let Liu Xiaobo, a proponent of gradual democratic reform, out of his prison cell to receive the prize. Hu even had Liu’s wife and friends placed under house arrest for fear they would come to Oslo to receive the prize for him.
“President Obama, as the 2009 Nobel Peace laureate, has an obligation to call for Liu’s release publicly and vigorously,” said Smith, a longtime human rights advocate in Congress, chair of the House Human Rights Subcommittee and Executive Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC).
“Having led a group of members in nominating Liu for the prize, I was present in the Oslo City Hall for the empty chair ceremony, along with former Speaker Pelosi and Rep. David Wu. Over the years I have had the further privilege to meet a number of Nobel Peace laureates. There is a strong bond between peace laureates – they share an understanding that the world’s most prestigious award confers an obligation on them. I think that, for the peace laureates, the idea that they could meet personally with and throw a White House state dinner for a political leader responsible for jailing another laureate and not demand publicly for their fellow laureate’s release would be something absolutely unthinkable. I truly hope that in the next few days President Obama lives up to the award he received in 2009.”
Click here to watch the press conference on CSPAN. ( this is heartbreaking to hear these survivors. Hosts, editors: Please consider using clips from here on your shows.)
Speakers at the press conference included:
- Geng He, the wife of Gao Zhisheng, a well known political prisoner and China’s leading human rights lawyer;
- Ngawang Sangdrol, ex-political prisoner in Tibet, present in Tibet during Hu’s 1988-1990 tenure as party boss in Tibet, during which he presided over the most violent crackdown on Tibetans since 1959;
- Chai Ling, former student leader at Tiananmen Square, currently President, All Girls Allowed;
- Bob Fu, former political prisoner, currently President, China Aid Association;
- Harry Wu, former political prisoner, currently President, Laogai Research Foundation;
- Rebiya Kadeer, former political prisoner, currently President, World Uyghur Congress (WUC);
- Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and;
- Yang Jianli, former Chinese political prisoner, currently representative of Liu Xiaobo to Norwegian Nobel Committee, and President, Initiatives for China.
The president certainly can’t claim he doesn’t know about China’s repression of simple human rights, such as having a baby. Here is what Rep. Smith said before Obama went to China LAST year:
It is outrageous that the Obama Administration lavishly funds—to the tune of $50 million—organizations, including the U.N. Population Fund, that partner with China’s National Population Planning Commission.” Click hear to read the Congressman’s full statement.
The Chinese government requires would-be parents to obtain permits before becoming pregnant. Crippling, ruinous fines are levied on families who break the one-child policy, along with harassment and coerced abortions. Additionally, China suffers from the highest female suicide rate in the world, five times the international average, at a rate of 500 suicides per day.
Nicholas Eberstadt, a policy expert from the American Enterprise Institute, testified that the centuries-old traditional Chinese family has been abruptly dissolved, with millions of children now having no aunts or uncles, and no brothers and sisters
“We have seen the emergence of the one child family and the end of 2,500 years of the traditional Chinese family,” Eberstadt said.
Rebiya Kadeer, a Muslim-Chinese native and former Chinese prisoner who heads the Uyghur-American Association, said that after the July 2009 anti-government protests and uprising among the Uyghur people, the United States offered little protest at the arrest of 200 people, followed by rushed trials, hurried appeals and ultimately executions carried out this week.
“Because there was no reaction by the U.S., they began sentencing people,” said Kadeer. “Because of the silence of the U.S. administration we saw nine people executed yesterday.”
Finally, as the Obamas gorge themselves (again) at another state dinner for [another] scoundrel, in a roomful of the humanity-deaf/dumb/blind, let us reflect again on the bitter-sick Nobel Peace prize ceremony in Oslo last year.
Prize-winner Lia Xiabao is decaying in a Chinese prison for 11 years. His lovely wife was put immediately into house arrest last year to make sure she didn’t somehow get to Oslo to accept the prize for him.
There was an empty chair instead of the author at the Peace prize ceremony.
Jailed Chinese freedom writer Liu Xiabao and wife
[Obama, the empty suit who won the Nobel in 2009, did not attend.]
With his wife Liu Xia and other relatives unable to travel abroad, the Nobel peace laureate was not formally represented at the ceremony for the first time in 75 years.
On the stage inside Oslo’s mural-clad City Hall, alongside the seated Norwegian Nobel Committee members, Liu’s chair stood empty until panel chief Thorbjoern Jagland solemnly placed the Nobel diploma on it, to a standing ovation from 1,000 guests.
“Tears came to my eyes at that moment,” said Lu Jing Hua, 50, a friend of Liu Xiaobo and one of about 50 Chinese dissidents living outside China invited to the gala. “I feel very happy because everyone knows now who Liu Xiaobo is and this prize is a great honor for him.
“But I am so sad because he is not here to receive it.”
Actress Liv Ullmann read out the final statement Liu made at his trial in December 2009 on charges of subversion against the state.
“I have no enemies and no hatred,” Ullmann read, as Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja listened. “None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies.”
Ullman then read out words of love Liu expressed for his wife, who is believed to have been under house arrest in China since October.
“Your love is the sunlight that leaps over high walls and penetrates the iron bars of my prison window … Even if I were crushed into powder, I would still use my ashes to embrace you.”
Once the ceremony was over, a number of Chinese dissidents took pictures on the podium and underneath the picture of a smiling Liu Xiaobo. Nobody sat in his chair.
Finally, let’s remember Hu’s the boss
While the President was preening with his celebrity guests and priding himself on his dinner toast to the Chinese president, Hu got the last “ha ha”:
“A Chinese firm has signed a letter of intent to invest $2 billion in a North Korean industrial zone, representing one of the largest potential investments in Kim Jong Il’s authoritarian state and a challenge to U.S. policy in the region.”
So let’s review:
Nothing accomplished by the Hu visit. No announcements. No progress on trade or monetary policy. Hu pretended that his translator ear piece was not working when asked about human rights at a news conference. Before dessert was served, Hu thumbed his nose at America by announcing a huge deal with a mortal enemy of the U.S.
Hu Jintao: Mission Accomplished!
President Hu Jintao of China