The real barbarians at the gates

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Joe Biden is more understanding of the Chinese Communist policies than he is of the Tea Party agenda:

"This was not a gaffe. This was a disgrace. In a speech at Sichuan University, Vice President Joe Biden said "Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I'm not second-guessing -- of one child per family . . ." But, he continued, this policy is creating demographic difficulties, such that "one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable."


Following criticism, Biden's spokesperson, Kendra Barkoff, insisted that Biden, along with the entire Obama administration, finds the Chinese government's population control regime "repugnant." But she seemed confused as to what the fuss was about. "He also pointed out, in China, that the policy is, as a practical matter, unsustainable. He was arguing against the one-child policy to a Chinese audience."

Well, yes, but in the most abstract and anodyne way. Saying, "I fully understand -- I'm not second-guessing" is practically an endorsement -- and certainly much milder language than the administration has aimed at Republican budget proposals. Biden didn't condemn the immorality or brutality of a system of forced sterilization and forced abortion -- he merely noted that the demographic consequences of thus drastically limiting the population would lead to problems for China's version of Social Security. It's as if, speaking in Damascus, he had told a Syrian audience that the government's handling of protesters would lead to a decline in tourism.

Can the vice president really be ignorant of what goes on in China? Has he forgotten that even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when she was first lady, condemned the policy proclaimed at a 1995 Beijing conference? Did he miss all of the State Department country reports detailing the harsh interrogation of Chinese women, the tracking of their menstrual cycles by government officials and the steep fines for having "unauthorized" children? Is he really unaware that when women go into hiding to conceal their pregnancies, other family members are often beaten and tortured until they turn themselves in and submit to abortion and sterilization?

Mr. Biden was on the Foreign Relations Committee for many years. Did he miss all of the hearings on this subject? The reports by Amnesty International? Did he miss the Washington Post story about the imprisonment of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who served more than four years in ghastly conditions for protesting the brutality of the one-child policy? The Post story mentioned 10,000 forced sterilizations performed in Puning City. Chen revealed that in Linyi County, Shandong Province, alone, there were 130,000 forced abortions in 2005. Is the vice president truly unaware that children born in defiance of the one-child policy are not permitted to enroll in school or see a doctor?

But many, many Chinese babies don't even get that far. They are ripped from their struggling mothers' wombs by government goons. The London Sunday Times reported, for example, the trauma of Zhang Linla, the mother of a 4-year-old daughter who became pregnant again without permission. "Six days before the due date, 10 strong strangers came to my house, forced me into a truck then took me to a family planning clinic, where the doctor gave me an injection (of a drug to induce labor). The child began struggling in my womb and one of these scum even kicked me in the abdomen. Then the baby came out and they threw it into a rubbish bin. I could even see it was still moving."

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.Y., recounted the testimony of Wujian, another Chinese woman tortured by the one-child policy. She too was kidnapped and taken from her home while pregnant. "As soon as I was drug out of the van, I saw hundreds of pregnant moms there -- all of them just like pigs in the slaughterhouse. Immediately, I was drug into a special room, and without any preliminary medical examination, one nurse did an Oxytocin injection intravenously. Then I was put into a room with several others . . . Some were crying, some were mourning, some were screaming and one was rolling on the floor in unbearable pain . . . I kept asking (the abortionist) how could you become a killer...? She told me there was nothing serious about this whole thing for her. She did these all year." Wujian did not go into labor. Her child was therefore aborted using dilation and extraction, in which scissors were used to dismember the baby first.

The Chinese communist government, which has killed more people than any regime in the history of the world (65 million according to the Black Book of Communism), regards human beings as widgets to be manipulated or destroyed in the service of the state. Yes, they've developed an expanding economy by adopting free market practices. But the regime remains one of the most vicious on the planet. It is deeply shameful that the vice president needed to be reminded of that."

A friend Facebooked this to me. thought it was fitting here:


If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 yrs. hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. Two AMERICANS just got EIGHT years for crossing the IRANIAN border. If you cross the U.S. border illegally? You get a job, get to be a registered Democrat, a drivers license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing & child benefits, education & a tax free business for 7 yrs. No wonder we are a country in debt.

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WH Take on GOP: Enemies! Barbarians! Sons of Bitches!

by Keith Koffler on September 6, 2011, 11:54 am

You all knew already that all the stuff out of the White House about working with Republicans and respecting others’ views was garbage, didn’t you?

I didn’t have to tell you that. I read your comments here. You can spot fraudulence a mile away.

As of this writing, neither Vice President Biden’s referral Monday to Republicans as “barbarians” nor Teamster’s President Jimmy Hoffa’s airing of his view that Republicans are “sons of bitches” have been renounced by the White House.

In fact, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman already declined to rebuke Hoffa – who was the warmup act for President Obama’s Labor Day speech in Detroit - blathering that, “I know you’d like to focus on language — that’s not what the American people are focused on.”

You see, every once in a while, politicians let slip what they really think. Like Obama himself did during the 2010 campaign when he advised Hispanics to go to the polls and “punish” their “enemies.” Those enemies would be Republicans.

The reason neither Biden nor Hoffa has been slapped down is that the White House can’t work up enough outrage to overcome the political obstacles to doing so. Because at some level, Obama and his aides agree with these things.

Any conservative who has ever gotten in an argument with a liberal knows that liberals think conservatives are either evil or that they are idiots. Or, most likely, that they are evil idiots.

Obama and Biden are very typical liberals.

Other Democratic presidents and vice presidents have at least had the decency and sense of respect for the office they held to avoid giving voice to such ugliness. Not this crew.

Here are the quotes. From Hoffa:

President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march…Everybody here’s got a vote…Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.

And from Biden, who spoke at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati:

You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates . . . the other side has declared war on labour’s house . . . You are the only non-governmental power that has the power and the capacity to stop this onslaught.

Sure, Biden was using a figure of speech. But for a vice president even metaphorically equate his opponents to “barbarians” is both disgusting and suggestive of the hatred he really feels.

Hoffa, of course, wasn’t being the least bit subtle in his characterization of the GOP, and even added a menacing call to “take (Republicans) out.” Given that he was part of the Obama Labor Day program, effectively introducing the president, the White House should make clear is does not associate itself with remarks using violent rhetoric to describe Republicans as SOBs.

As noted by ABC’s Political Punch, John McCain in 2008 threw political caution to the wind by dressing down a popular conservative radio talk show host for comments deemed insulting to Obama.

During the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., immediately rebuked talk radio host Bill Cunningham when he disparaged then-Senator Obama in his opening remarks at a McCain campaign event. Cunningham had fueled rumors that Obama was Muslim by repeatedly referring to him by his full name “Barack Hussein Obama.”

McCain immediately took responsibility and profusely apologized for Cunningham’s remarks.

But Obama lacks such political courage. The White House should already have risked its relations with the unions by getting someone on TV to respond or prodding Hoffa to dribble out an apology that they could then agree with.

And Biden should at least resume taking whatever medicine he was on that for a time prevented him from saying stupid things.

Because otherwise, the rest of America will  know what you and I already understand: That this White House is serious only about ramming its agenda through Congress and getting Obama reelected, not restoring comity to Washington and the nation via hope and change.

"This is a big F-----g deal!"

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