Obama recently had the immortal rind to submit a report to the UN Commissioner on Human Rights in which, once again, he apologizes for our shortcomings (“our” signifying the America of the pre-Obama era, of course; the president has displayed no reluctance in apologizing on his nation’s behalf - rather in the manner of an attorney who, while noting his client’s many moral and intellectual deficiencies, is secure in the knowledge that he, himself, is not personally tainted). Particularly obnoxious was his inclusion in the report of S.B. 1070, Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, which – once again, for those who have not been paying attention – perfectly mirrors federal law and was passed in the first place only because the federal government was failing to uphold its own statutes and regulations. As Nile Gardiner points out in an article in the Telegraph, the reference to S.B. 1070 is intended to enlist foreign support for the administration’s opposition to this bill:
The highly controversial reference to the Arizona law serves only one purpose – to gain UN and international support for the Obama administration’s position in the face of mounting opposition from Arizona legislators and a majority of the American people. A recent Rasmussen poll showed 61 percent of Americans backing Arizona-style laws for their own states, and just 28 percent supporting a Justice Department challenge.What makes this even more galling is that the report will wind up going to the UN Human Rights Council – whose membership includes representatives from such paragons of enlightened government as Cuba and Libya. The action is contemptible and the venue is preposterous.
By doing so, Obama officials undoubtedly hope to stir up international condemnation of the Arizona policy in advance of the UN General Assembly meetings in September, which they believe will increase pressure on Arizona to back down. It is a highly cynical move that speaks volumes about the Obama team’s willingness to undercut American sovereignty and popular will on the world stage.
If it weren’t for the short memories of voters (exacerbated by the sometime utter fecklessness of the Republican Party), I’d say that Obama had single-handedly set back the American Left for a generation. As things are, I’ll be satisfied if we can just get this guy out after one term and prevent the debut of any similar specimens for a couple of administrations. That is as far as my optimism reaches.