Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Solidarity March in Paris: US Leadership Conspiculously Absent

The word 'liberty' is a word derived from the Latin: liber-libertas and the Old French: liberté and on into late Middle English: liberty. It is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely; the power to do or choose what you want to; a political right.
It was the ancient Greece that devised democracy, which turned its city-state form of government into a unification that made it into the most powerful nation of its time, that and the Greek's love of culture, education, and innovation that culminated into a philosophy that one must strive to exercise the mind as important as exercising the body. Merriam-Webster – It is a:
form of government in which people choose leaders by voting; a country ruled by democracy; an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.
The Founders of the United States (of America) knew of the pitfalls of a pure democracy, as shown in classical history. They also were aware of the form of government called the republic and its attributes. They found, as history has proven over time, that a pure democracy ends up destroying itself, but elements of democracy is a good thing. This ideology also describes the republic pure form of government. The Founders were also aware of French philosophers and political wisdom of both France and England. Thus, they created a system that can best be described as a constitutional republic in which democracy is applied as far as the people using and wielding their power of self-government by electing those they wish to carry out representation. It is based upon the foundation of the 'rule of law', and not the 'rule of the mob'. The part taken from democracy is the concept of voting and declaring, through solid laws written into and part of a constitution, equal treatment with equal rights for all citizens. Those residing within a nation must be legal citizens, either born into that nation or naturalized by the process of becoming a legal citizen – all prescribed by laws on the specific subject. Among those laws declared in a democracy or a republic is freedom of speech (and thought).
It was France that aided the American colonists in their revolution against the British Crown over the declaration of independence and the right of the people to form a new and separate government who had colonized the New World in a region of North America. Oddly, the aid was from a nation who was ruled by a monarchy. Unfortunately, the French revolution to obtain liberty and a government of the people and for the people of France was not as successful for a myriad of reasons that is too lengthy to discuss here. The United States  returned the favor in World Wars I and II.
Satire is a word that became French in the 16th century taken from the Latin word satura/satira. The word is a noun to describe:
A way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc.; humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc.; a book, movie, etc., that uses satire.
Note that “etc” is a shortened version of the Latin two word phrase: et cetera, meaning and so on.
Many are aware of the horrific attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which has become a symbol of an attack upon free speech and freedom of the press – worldwide. The attack occurred on January 7th 2015 leaving 17 dead and others injured. Since then, the French police guard the offices of the French daily newspaper Liberation where the remaining members of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff convene.
French and foreign leaders attended a solidarity march [Marche Republicaine] that included national leadership from Israel, Britain [UK], Turkey, Mali, Germany, European Council President, Palestine [ironic], Italy, and Switzerland. Linking arms they marched with more than a million French citizens through Paris to pay tribute to the victims of Islamic fascist Jihadists. Reuters declared that:
Commentators said the last time crowds of this size filled the streets of the capital was at the Liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany in 1944.
Neither President BH Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden attended the events that had 40 world leaders attending in one event or another. The White House sent Attorney General Eric Holder to Paris with an official of the Department of Homeland Security for meetings with French officials, but no one to represent the United States in the solidarity march. This prompted a parody making fun of a laughable White House administration whose priority is Democrat Party fund raising, golfing, and expensive vacations …
As Keith Koffler wrote, Biden Has Other, Very Important Work To Do
Vice President Biden will host the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DC on January 26, 2015. The Vice President looks forward to welcoming Caribbean leaders and representatives of the international community to promote a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination.Besides, Biden vacations in Virgin Islands. A dirty Caribbean could ruin the snorkeling.
Obama spent the day at home at the White House. Earnest said he had no idea what Obama was doing. Biden was at home in Delaware. No one knows what he was doing either or whether he asked to go to Paris. … White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Monday insisted that President Obama could not have attended Sunday’s march in Paris because security arrangements would have had an adverse impact on the event … Earnest acknowledged that some high ranking U.S. official other than the president or the vice president should have attended. … Is Biden’s security really much greater than that used by someone like Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or German Chancellor Merkel, both of whom were at the march?
Shame on those who voted to keep Obama in office the second time around – even after the truth of the Benghazi scandal [and myriad of other scandals] were brought to light – and woeful record of his administration's foreign policy and actions. Admittedly, the alternative of the 2012 election was not in conjunction of seeing true reform of our federal government, but far better than the putting up with the most incompetent administration in the history of the United States. The saddest part is that Barack Hussein Obama, clearly a Muslim name, represents the first African-American President of the United States; which should cause ALL Americans to be ashamed and feel like the morons that too many politicians and administrators in Washington DC perceive We the People to be.
In an added thought … it is also a shame to see France, an icon of culture and democratic ideology, to have embraced socialist-democracy as their form of government after World War II under the leadership of Charles DeGaulle, a pompous socialist who showed no appreciation to the allied nations who aided in liberating France from the Nazi; DeGaulle seeking revenge upon Britain [UK] and the United States due to the actions of Churchill and Roosevelt revealing the man DeGaulle truly was. 
But then again, some foreign affairs conducted by leadership of the United States has not endeared the hearts of nations elsewhere.

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