Hello again ATS!
As I sit to write this it is about five in the morning and there are still some cobwebs in my head that the caffeine in my morning tea have yet to
clear. Given the absolute ironic nature of what you are about to read - these cobwebs may well be a blessing in disguise as, even in my still-sleepy
state, the words below have caused the acid in my stomach to churn and my mind to race. My jaw is agape as I read the words currently open in my web
From the White House site
White House Source
Proclamation -- Captive Nations Week, 2013
CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK, 2013
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As citizens of the oldest democracy on earth, we believe that all people are created equal with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. Together, we have kept that most basic promise shining bright for more than two centuries -- upholding civil rights and
expanding their reach, advancing freedom's march and widening the circle of opportunity for all.
Our commitment to universal rights is also a foundation for American leadership abroad. In the course of our Nation's history, countries worldwide
have pledged themselves to a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Corrupt dictatorships have given way to new democracies, forcing out the stale air
of authoritarian rule with a fresh breath of freedom.
We know that work is not yet complete. Even as the light of liberty and justice has spread across the globe, too many people still labor in the
darkness of tyranny and oppression. In too many parts of the world, fundamental freedoms remain unrealized, and the protections of law extend only to
a privileged few.
Captive Nations Week is an opportunity to reaffirm America's role in advancing human rights worldwide. It is a task that can begin here, with the
example we set and the understanding that we are stronger when all our people are granted opportunity -- no matter what they look like, where they
worship, or who they love. And it can continue by extending a hand to those who reach for freedom abroad. Different peoples will determine their own
paths. But we must reject the notion that those who live in distant places do not yearn for freedom, self-determination, dignity, and the rule of law,
just as we do.
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower first marked this day, he noted that it should recur "until such time as freedom and independence shall have been
achieved for all the captive nations of the world." We have come a long way since then -- but despite our progress, that time has not yet come. So let
us keep striving to bring it about -- supporting those who seek the same freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and extending the blessings of peace and
prosperity here at home and around the world.
The Congress, by joint resolution approved July 17, 1959 (73 Stat. 212), has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation
designating the third week of July of each year as "Captive Nations Week."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 21 through July 27, 2013, as Captive Nations Week.
I call upon the people of the United States to reaffirm our deep ties to all governments and people committed to freedom, dignity, and opportunity for
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
nineteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and
While I like to fancy myself somewhat of an intellectually gifted person ( rightly or not ) - reading the above, the only thing that comes to my mind
is Really??? REALLY???
Over the past decade we in the United States have watched our nation devolve into a police state where human rights are
abused more and more with each passing day... where our most cherished freedoms are under attack and are eroding at an alarming rate. The speed of
this erosion and loss is so obvious and profound that nobody in their right mind remains unaware of it... And the very people who are attacking these
freedoms have the unmitigated gall to issue a Presidential Proclamation like this
I, for one, am absolutely outraged.
Mr President, We, the People, are not fools. The fact that you, Sir, managed to fool many of us only implies that we were desperate for hope... NOT
that we are stupid. Your Orwellian double-speak is plain for us to see. What is happening in Washington has nothing
at all to do with
"advancing freedom's march and widening the circle of opportunity for all." - Everything done in that black hole of sanity you currently call home
serves only to consolidate power for the few at the expense of the many.
The raping of America is one thing Sir. But to refer to that act, before the world, in a love letter such as this? That is simply morally
reprehensible and in the poorest of taste.
Tell the world the truth Mr President. America is no longer exporting freedom for oppressed peoples. We no longer overthrow dictators because it is
just. We overthrow them so that your corporate overlords can come along and exploit the peoples of these nations.
We are not exporting Freedom Mr President. We are exporting McDonalds and Wal Mart. You, Sir, are not trying to ensure worldwide human rights. You are
seeking to secure global slave labor for these corporations and profits for those who own them. The only human right you are interested in fostering
or ensuring is the right to work for wages so low that nobody can survive upon them.
You Sir, said "In too many parts of the world, fundamental freedoms remain unrealized, and the protections of law extend only to a privileged few." Do
you include your own Nation and the people that you took an oath to protect on that list? People who you currently illegally spy upon, detain without
due process, and lie to openly? Do you include yourself, your friends and your cohorts as being listed among the "privileged few" where laws are
concerned? How can you make such statements when the entire world is aware of the crimes that you, your administration and your Wall Street friends
have committed against the people of America and the world?
Such thick hypocrisy. Such vanity and ego Sir. Shame on you.
Mr President there is much to fix here, at home, before we, as a nation, can begin lecturing other peoples on things such as "freedom", "human
rights", or "opportunity". How absurd that you'd be telling the rest of the world to check the batteries in their smoke detectors even as your own
house burns to the ground.
If you were a man of character and honor Sir - then the thing you should have done is refused to make this Proclamation until such a time as our own
house was in order. What applied in 1959 speaks more to our own situation, today, than it does to most other nations. Nations who sit back and watch
the US change into something it was never meant to be... A totalitarian oligarchy.
Thanks ATS. Please feel free to comment however you wish. All points of view and opinions are valid. We are still
the people! Make your voices
edit on 7/23/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)