Throughout President Barack Obama’s campaigns and subsequent presidency, his platform included, women’s rights, protecting the poor and helpless and opposition to a war he believed was started based on a fight for oil.
However, the facts of his implemented policies are contrary to his platform. He has left the poor of the world helpless, while funding rich oil producing, terrorist supporting nations.
For the past couple weeks, America has been enthralled by the latest celebrity scandal, a well-known racist basketball team owner making racist remarks. The president was quick to issue a statement denouncing the remarks. He has weighed in on everything from the Trayvon Martin case to such trivial things as the NCAA basketball tournaments.
As busy as the president is, why is it that he has had time to weigh in on such trivial matters and yet ignore much larger stories, like the one that happened at the same time as the racial uproar?
In mid-April, 200 school girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria by a group of Islamic radicals. It was reported that these girls will likely be turned into sex slaves, cooks etc. and an updated report is that they were forced to marry their captors. Think about that for a moment. 200 school aged girls. That is an entire country elementary school in America.
To date, President Obama has not made a statement on the situation nor offered assistance in tracking down the terrorists even though he often makes speeches on the importance of protecting our global village.
In fact, in his Jan. 28 State of the Union Address, he said, “Let’s remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defense against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding around the globe – to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want. And no one is better positioned to take advantage of those opportunities than America.”
He also said in a speech on June 4, 2009, “But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed, confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice, government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people, the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas. They are human rights. And that is why we will support them everywhere.”
American pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an eight year prison sentence in Iran for sharing the gospel. He was imprisoned a year and a half ago and recently it has been reported he has been moved to an even more dangerous prison where he is faced with life threatening circumstances. Requests to the president to call for the release of an American citizen have been ignored by the Administration and there has been no pressure from the media.
Yet, in November of last year, the Obama administration unfroze over four billion dollars of Iran’s assets. Assets that America froze in 1979 as a result of the Iranian Revolution. A revolution in which our embassy was attacked and innocent people were made hostages and others died. Yes, the Administration just gave Iran, a country that is conducting military exercises against mock US ships, a country that is developing nuclear weapons and missile capabilities that could reach the United States, over four billion dollars.
President Obama had the perfect opportunity to include the release of an American citizen that would have surely secured Abedini’s freedom, but he once again showed he did not truly care for his own citizens. Even though in a speech he made August 28, 2006, before he was president, Obama stated, “If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.”
The United States government gives billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries such as Nigeria, where the girls were captured, Iraq, even though we have withdrawn our troops and the Al Queda flag is flying over parts of the country, and Egypt, where the Islamic Brotherhood was killing, kidnapping, raping and destroying houses of worship of Coptic Christians. This is just to name a few. We give billions of dollars to countries, many of them rich oil producing countries. Countries that we know are taking our money in aid and either misusing it or stealing it, never giving it to the people it was intended to help. Yet, nothing is done about it.
Once again, President Obama has shown that he talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. He feeds the rich and leaves the poor and defenseless, to fend for themselves.