Have you ever seen someone toss chum on the water in an effort to stir the smaller fish into a feeding frenzy in order to lure the big fish? It usually ends up a big, bloody mess.
That’s what happened recently when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a group of 47 nations, met in Geneva to hold its Annual Periodic Review wherein the members got to grill the United States about its human rights record.
The U.S. was subject to this free-for-all attack thanks to Obama’s boneheaded move last year to join the UNHRC which had rightfully been shunned in disdain by George W. Bush. According to Fox News, members of the group including such human rights giants as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Libya were allowed to descend on the U.S. like a school of hungry piranha where they then proceeded to masticate the U.S. to pieces on all manner of supposed human rights violations with their sharp piranha teeth.
Cuba said we should close Guantanamo. Indonesia, where religious strife is rampant, thought we should work harder to promote religious tolerance. Mexico complained that racial profiling is a common practice in some U.S. states. Still others complained that our police are barbaric and that we discriminate against Muslims.
The U.S. State Department and the Obama administration insist this is a great opportunity for Washington to lead by example. The truth is, the only ones who gained any satisfaction were those countries who got to preen and posture without being held to account for their own conduct.
For years the U.N. has been trying to cut America down to size by gobbling up pieces of our sovereignty. Think of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child which usurps parental authority by allowing children to retain a lawyer so they can sue their parents. Or how about Agenda 21, a program of sustainable development that would love to tell us what we can and can’t do with our own property.
Jim Kelly, director of international affairs for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies agrees that the U.S. was not the beneficiary of this process.
“The fact is, they are demanding that the U.S. comply with rights that are already addressed by our own democratic system and laws. They are simply trying to get us to adopt U.N. standards instead of our own.”
Those countries with anti-American sentiments in the U.N. have grown bolder in encroaching on our long-established American freedoms now that Obama has allowed us to be cut up like so much fish bait. While he dangled us like a bright shiny lure, the waters churned, and Venezuela, Iran, and their buddies made sure they lined up to take a healthy chunk out of the biggest fish in the sea.