Shame On You, Mr. President|
June 21, 2009
of an Iranian woman being shot dead while watching the Iran protests with
her father is sweeping the net. While Iran state media is doing its best to put
a muzzle on foreign media reporting on the violent revolution
unfolding in Iran, American media is
under no such constraint. Americans are treated to the news that Obama is eating
an ice cream cone.
As news of 20 deaths
so far between protestors and police in
the streets of Tehran is reported by Iran's state media, American media reports
that Hillary Clinton is recovering from surgery
on her elbow. Though the surgery
has been described as minor, it has apparently left Hillary without a voice, as
no statement has been forthcoming from our Secretary of State about the millions
of Iranians who are risking death to protest their oppression by a tyrannical government.
President Obama, after being elected President in part due to his carefully crafted
image as a champion of the oppressed and supporter of equality for all, has decided
that America will remain neutral, as he made clear while addressing (and validating)
As the chaos in Iran accelerates, Obama assures the world that he is 'bearing witness.'
I'm sure brave Iranian people are
breathing a collective sigh of relief.
As events continue to unfold, Obama has been forced to devote a small part of his
never ending television face-time to opine that Iran should stop "all violent and unjust actions."
Noticeably lacking in
Obama's address was the passion he showed a mere two days ago, when he put critics
of his financial overhaul on notice, saying, "While I'm not spoiling for a fight,
I'm ready for one
One would almost believe that our president considers American businessmen more
of a threat than a murderous regime, systematically involved in oppressing and killing
its own citizens for the crime of seeking freedom.
Shame on you, Mr. President. Shame on you for being the first American president
in history to decline to stand up for freedom and democracy.
As our president takes to the airwaves
to exhort American fathers to be better
fathers than his own, millions of Americans
are doing what he is not. Standing up for the Iranian people - their actions eloquent testimony that our president's lack
of action doesn't represent the feelings of the American people.
Demonstrations supporting the protestors in Iran are
springing up in Los Angeles
, Washington, D.C. and across the country
. Ditto in France, as
thousands of people
north of Paris on Saturday to show their support for Iranian opposition protesters.
This American, while shamed by our current administration, is proud of America,
knowing that the example our country has set and the freedoms we enjoy, serve as
an example of what is possible. This American is proud that the Iranian people also
have the example of Iraq to serve as a barometer of what might be feasible in their
As our President concentrates on empty rhetoric and his own political viability,
the people of America are taking to the streets. Showing by their actions that the
American ideal of democracy and freedom is alive and well. And showing the Iranians
that the American people, if not its president, are actively supporting them as
they risk their lives to gain the basic freedoms that we take for granted.
Who knows, maybe one day the Iranian people will return the favor.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
She lives in South Carolina
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