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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 9, 2014 Res Publica by David Trumbull Obama's Friends, Among Other Nations, Tells Much about the Man President Obama is humiliated at home by a failed health care law that is forcing tens of millions of Americans to lose their insurance. His domestic agenda is stalled by a Republican majority in the House and by fellow Democrats in the Senate who fear defeat in the November elections unless they distance themselves from his unpopu- lar policies. Faced with little prospect of a second term legacy in domestic matters, President Obama has turned to interna- tional trade, with a strong push for the Trans-Paciflc Partnership ("TPP'), the big- gest free trade agreement the U.S. has ever undertaken. TPP includes the U.S. and eleven other nations, most of which we already have free trade agreements ("FTAs") with. The value, if you can call it that, of TPP is free trade with those few TPP partners we do not already have FTAs with. Among them are: Japan (which has rather strongly indicated that they have no intention of opening their markets to the U.S.), Malaysia (with a total economy the size of the State of Pennsylva- nia), and New Zealand (economy the size of the State of Iowa). Finally there are two that particularly stand out Brunei and Vietnam. Freedom House, the independent interna- tiona ! watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world classifies Brunei and Vietnam as unfree. Brunei, which has been under martial law since 1962, is an Islamic state where most criminal activity is defined and punished according to draconian Islamic sharia law. The Human Rights Campaign, an advo- cacy group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights has denounced the plan, announced by the Sultan of Brunei, the absolute ruler of that nation, to start, in 2015, imposing death by stoning for same- sex activity. Father Robert Leong, a Catholic priest, speaking on behalf of the Christian (mostly Philippine Catholics) minority in Brunei noted that under new rules recently announced by the government of Brunei, baptism is soon to be illegal with a penalty for law-breakers of $20,000 or five years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of State, in a report covering the year 2009 The [Brunei] Ministry of Education requires courses on Islam ... and prohibits the teaching of other religions. Private Christian schools were not allowed to give Christian instruction to Christian or Muslim students but could offer voluntary, Islamic instruction to Muslim stu- dents. During the year the government warned Christian schools that they or their personnel could be fined or imprisoned for teaching non- Muslim religious subjects That same State Department report says of Vietnam -- The Socialist Republic of Vietnam ... is an attthoritarian state ruled by the Communist Party of Vietnam ... During the year the government increased its suppression of dissent, arresting several political activists ... Several editors and reporters from prominent newspapers were fired for reporting on official corruption ... Police commonly mistreated suspects during arrest or detention ... Individuals were arbitrarily detained for political activities and denied the right to fair and expeditious trials. The govern- ment continued to limit citizens' privacy rights and tightened controls over the press and free- dom of speech, assembly, movement, and association ... Violence and discrimination against women as well as trafficking in per- sorts continued to be significant problems ... There are nearly 200 nations in the world. The U.S. currently has free trade agree- ments in effect with 20 of them. 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The Liberal Blind Spot Right now, the liberal would rather believe fiction news media is doing every- over the truth, if the truth thing it can to protect their injured the reputation of guy inside the White House. this president. It is a grow- Thank God- for conservative ing blind side in their think- talk radio and places like ing. If they pretend Benghazi Fox News Network. is nothing but conservative However, as much as the spin, they can pretend noth- liberals want to forget ing bad happened. Benghazi "and those four dead However, right now most Americans back on Septem- liberals are partisan Demo- ber 11, 2012, this story will crats and see everything not fade to black. The latest through that prism. Demo- news about an apparent crats don't do bad things and cover-up of the cover-up their liberal blind spot released in a brand new ensures that political real- memo, not yet seen until ity stays blind. last week, clearly shows Personally, I don't think that there were a seemingly liberals are consciously ly- amazing number of liars ing. They just are unable to spinning the story to make speak truth to power when the Obama White House look one of their own allies is good. Listening to Jay Carney caught in a tangled web like last week looked like some- Benghazi. Liberals often have thing from the Comedy assumptions that it is their Channel. Even he can't be- way or the highway. Some- lieve the babble coming out times they get too high and of his mouth, mighty trying to convince If Benghazi happened themselves too. under a Republican presi- We need to find a way dent, the media would be all to bridge the gap between over the story. Looking back liberals and conservatives, at Watergate, it was about like in the days when folks covering up a third rate bur- like Barry Goldwater, Hubert glary. Benghazi is about four Humphrey and Ed Brooke dead Americans. President could listen to each other Nixon looks like a choir boy and do what was the right in comparison to Presldent thing regardless of party la- Obama. bels. Today, too many politi- What does it take for our cians go to their respective news media to do its job as corners and blurt out bad the fourth est.ate? Right now, names to each other. the relationship between Liberals need to go back to Washington, DC and major being real liberals again news outlets looks a lot like which means not being as what transpired in the old closed minded as they call Soviet Union. their Republican foes. They Even the NY Times had no need to stop blaming Bush choice but to report on this for everything and start tak- damning Benghazi memo ing ownership of America's recently uncovered, This is problems in need of solu- an important story and pre- tions. tending it never happened It is time to eliminate our insults the lives of four mur- blind spots and find the vi- dered Americans. sion to fix what needs fixing Liberals appear unable to without simply playing the logically look at facts and same old tired blame game. ST. MICHAEL 50.Ont::bur S:ree t The RespecqfLd ,;ly UOtUIIiVkz' V 1 1 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community www.stmichaelcemetery.com for Over 100 Years! Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO " HOMEOWNERS " TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building