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Hypocrisy?

President Obama address the United Nations yesterday (Tuesday, September 25, 2012). In his speech (full text available here), the President made some statements that, when considered against recent actions, are blatantly hypocritical.

"True democracy demands that citizens cannot be thrown in jail because of what they believe, and that businesses can be open without paying a bribe. It depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear, and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people."
-- President Obama, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2012

Here, the President is referring to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which protects our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly among others. However, if we look at a recent action, we find that intimidation is a tool of this Presidency. In this article, we are told that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, contacted a Pastor in Florida, Pastor Terry Jones, and asked him to withdraw his support for the film blamed for the violence that has occurred around the world over the last couple of weeks.

So much for citizens being able to "speak their minds ... without fear."

"In other words, true democracy, real freedom is hard work. Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissidents."
-- President Obama, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 25, 2012

Here, the President is referring to the actions often employed by dictatorial leaders whereby they use their positions to silence opposing views. Again, if we look to recent actions, we find that using the tools of law against those this President disagrees is a possibility. In this article, we see how a federal agency is pursuing a possible probation violation for Mr. Nakoula, the suspected maker of the film referred to by General Dempsey. As Mark Werksman, a defense attorney, stated, "It’s all about politics with this guy."

So much for resisting the "temptation to crack down" on those with opposing views.

The statements of President Obama and the actions of his underlings are the definition of hypocrisy!