OPINION: Biden says Romney would put blacks “back in chains” but ignores Obama’s human rights record

Biden resorts to race baiting but ignores the human rights abuses of President Obama. Photo: Biden, shown earlier in North Carolina. (AP/The Herald-Sun File Photo, Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez)

HONOLULU, August 14, 2012 — While campaigning in Danville, Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden suggested the policies of Mitt Romney would re-enslave blacks:

“Look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the – he said in the first 100 days – he’s gonna let the big banks write their own rules, unchain Wall Street. They’re gonna put ya’ll back in chains.”

But who is literally putting people into chains these days? For one, the Nobel Peace Prize award winning Obama Administration has not been fully transparent about its use of rendition – that is, the kidnapping and transfer of terror “suspects” over to foreign countries that torture for “interrogation” – as a counterterrorism tool. Obama, who has sharply criticized Syria’s Assad over human rights violations, himself has not answered for individuals that the United States handed over to Syria to be tortured.

Secondly, Obama’s “humanitarian intervention” in Libya awkwardly resulted in the harassment and mass arrest of numerous black Libyans and other African migrant workers purely on the basis of their skin color. For an administration so concerned about “social justice” and the plight of ordinary people, Obama’s hands are curiously dirtied.  

Obama, who began his political career so many years ago as a humble community organizer, now as President has become a super-hawk-in-chief who uses the same policies that he as a candidate denounced George W. Bush for using. Racked with lawsuits over accidental drone bombings and human rights violations abroad, the Obama Administration is on a shaky moral ground accusing its opponents of being sure to put people “in chains.”

President Obama and Vice President Biden, your administration can’t have it both ways. If you are going to uphold “social justice” with your left hand, you cannot continue to wield the draconian power tools of oppression with your right hand.


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Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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