President Obama has demonstrated on any number of occaisions his talent for speaking out of both sides of his mouth. In a post at Gates of Vienna (Hat Tip to BadBlue Uncensored News) on the shopping mall massacre in Nairobi, Kenya, I found this excerpt very interesting.
In 2010, Obama congratulated Kenya for its new constitution, one which supported a carve-out for sharia law. Of course there was talk at the time that he illegally influenced the document and its passage. Here are some reservations by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, who is the ranking Republican on the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health:
I, together with many others, was counting on a new constitution to provide hope for Kenya’s future by preventing a recurrence of the deadly violence that has followed past elections and by addressing the corruption that plagues this eastern African country. However, the apparent hijacking of this reform process by special interests and the blatantly undemocratic and potentially illegal contribution by the Obama administration give cause for grave concern as to what this document portends for Kenya’s future.
Kenyans are culturally conservative and largely Christian. The pushy socialist agenda of the U.S. is out of place there, and the use of American taxpayer monies to create sharia carve-outs in a foreign nation’s constitution, a nation with a small Muslim minority, is questionable “foreign relations” at best. That was three years ago. This month, Obama was criticized again regarding Kenyathis time for his two-faced policy: pushing voter I.D. in Kenya while fighting it in the US:
A conservative analyst finds it odd that during his recent African tour, President Barack Obama announced support for a citizen ID program in Kenya – yet considers a similar effort in the United States to be racially motivated. While President Obama and his family toured the African continent earlier in the week, the White House released a Fact Sheet that promotes a $53 million U.S. taxpayer-funded program in Kenya that assists young people to “obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration.” Robert Knight, senior fellow of the American Civil Rights Union, says many who seek to defend against voter fraud in the U.S. are perplexed with Obama’s inconsistencies in regards to the voter ID issue. “The irony is that the president is using taxpayer dollars to promote something in Africa that he is actively suppressing in the United States, and calling people names who are promoting that very thing,” Knight remarks…
Hmmm! The word hypocrisy comes to mind. Let’s see what Dictionary.com has to say:
[hi-pok-ruh-see] Show IPAnoun, plural hy·poc·ri·sies.1.a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one doesnot really possess.2.a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.3.an act or instance of hypocrisy.