Tuesday, January 25, 2011
PRINCIPLES ABOVE POLITICS
As reported by the press:
The Miami Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee said she turned down the invite to tonight's dinner at the White House "without a moment's hesitation.
"I don't know if it's appropriate as a refugee of Communism to be sitting, with a lot of pomp and chit chat, with a leader who has instituted economic reforms but has not opened the political arena," she said.
The Chairman then took the opportunity of a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao to deliver a letter calling for reforms.
The Congresswoman stated how:
"At the onset of the meeting, I hand-delivered to the Chinese leader a copy of a letter I sent to President Obama outlining strong concerns about Chinese actions on the security, economic, and human rights fronts,”
"I then had an opportunity at the end of today’s meeting to challenge Mr. Hu to free Liu Xiaobo, Gao Zhisheng, and other dissidents held in prison; to respect the rights of the Tibetan and Uyghur people; to end the persecution of the underground Christians and Falun Gong practitioners, and to end China’s policy of forced abortion."
Whether you agree with the Congresswoman or not, at least she stood on principle, and is intellectually honest and consistent in her opposition to Communism.
Contrast with our Mayor Tomas Regalado.
For a man who made a living on Spanish language radio calling everyone a Communist (including Gloria Estefan), the Mayor did not flinch at allowing himself to be used as a propaganda puppet by the Chinese regime.
The Chinese ambassador said how "the people of Miami are lucky to have a mayor who shows great concern on the development of Sino-U.S. relations, the friendship between China and Miami and the welfare of the local people."
"Mr. Regalado expressed his gratitude to Consul General Gao and said his team highly values the relationship between Miami and China."
The same Tomas Regalado who rushes to the airport to great recently released Cuban political prisoners openly embraces the Chinese ambassador.
Such a double standard only calls into question his sincerity, and shows how Communists are "bad" only when it is politically convenient.