This is how bad it's gotten:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Powerful U.S. lawmakers honored the Dalai Lama with a human rights award Tuesday even as President Barack Obama faced harsh criticism for delaying a meeting with the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader.
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin_Gyatzo, religious leader of Tibetan Buddhists and political refugee from Communist China.
The Dalai Lama and Obama will not meet until after Obama visits Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing in November. China reviles the Dalai Lama and pressures foreign governments not to meet with him. The Obama administration, which needs Chinese support for crucial foreign policy, economic and environmental goals, wants to establish friendly ties between Hu and Obama during next month's visit.
This, combined on top of last weeks event:
New York's Empire State Building was bathed in red and yellow lights Friday 2 Oct 2009 in honor of communist China's 60th anniversary. Human Rights Watch, which has offices in the building, voiced objections: "This date commemorates the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, a political entity that is responsible historically for many grave violations of human rights"
We cannot upset the ChiComs - we need them to finance our several-trillion dollar national debt. And so we witness Barack Hussein Obama, the man who won the Presidency of the United States by railing against the human rights abuses of the Bush Administration, who promised to close the detainment facility at Guantanamo, kowtowing to the single greatest violator of human rights on the planet: Communist China.
Let me see if I got this straight: we have a prison facility full of religious fanatics who have been rolled up and detained on the battlefield while they were in the process or already guilty of killing of innocent men, women and children - self-admitted terrorists whose stated goals are to kill and maim as many Christians and Jews possible in the most horrific manner imaginable.
That's no good - we have to let these poor wretches out of there, because their human rights have been violated.
In the mean time, you've got a country that brutally oppresses it's own citizens for crimes ranging from freedom of speech to of following their own religion - the penalty for possessing a Christian Bible in Red China is 12 years imprisonment - and we turn a blind eye to this, we show respect to their national holiday and reject meeting with oppressed individuals from China because . . . we need their money ? ? ?
I've got only one question: "How do I explain this to my kids?"