Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
Once again, according to Nelson Mandela in 2003, "if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings."
This was after the 9-11 attacks and decades of our efforts to get him released from prison. Our President, who couldn't be bothered to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral, and the Congressmen had no business being at this farce, other that to avoid purely political and largely uninformed stage-managed "outrage."
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Twin Commie Hunters?
Obviously I'm no fan of Teabagger Ted. His walking out had nothing to do with his Cuban heritage, Castro's civil rights abuses, etc, etc ad infinitum et nauseum. Ala McCarthy, it was a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt. In this case, it was to court anti-Castros, Cuban and otherwise, in preparation for his 2016 Presidential run (at which he will fail miserably). But it doesn't matter whether he's radical right or radical left or somewhere in the middle, and it doesn't matter what he, or anyone else, thinks of Mandela or Castro. He was there (on the taxpayer's dime, incidentally) to represent the US at the memorial of a man the world considered worthy of being memorialized. If he couldn't do that, he shouldn't have been there. It was not not the forum for doing what he did and it was totally inappropriate. He not only disrespected Castro, he disrespected Mandela, Mandela's family, friends and supporters and South Africa as a whole. And he embarrassed the US.
“Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told ABC News. Before calling the kettle black, Sen. Cruz needs to learn the lessons of Nelson Mandela - forgiveness and reconciliation.
What a contrast. Obama, the idiot, doing the wrong thing, and the brilliant Ted Cruz, doing the right thing. Yeah, shakes hands with a murderous dictator, that's what our moron president does. No wonder the world has no respect for him. Cruz is right, no need to sit there and listen to the murderer like you have some sort of respect for him. I'm surprised Obama didn't kneel and kiss his hand.
"We have met the enemy and they are ours..." -- Oliver Hazard Perry
"I don't want a piece of you... I want the whole thing!" -- Bob Barker
As Castro is referred to as a murderer, has the USA ever murdered here in the Western hemisphere ?
I wonder how the other seven billion residents of the Earth view the Presidents of the USA back to FDR .
Especially with Obama, how are drones viewed ??
Got mistakes maybe from one administration to another ?
Chemists Have Solutions .
Now I wouldn't want Obama to do this, it would be distracting and embarrassing, but I think it's not inappropriate for a US Senator to register his disapproval of a dictatorship by avoiding a speech.
PS: When I saw the thread title I was worried that he'd left to protest Mandela and I was like 'Oh God this sounds like the kind of retardation he would do'. I'm happy to be wrong.