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Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010
 

It's bad enough that the Obama administration joined the United Nations' Human Rights Council of world reprobates. For this privilege , must the U.S. also affix a sign to its back that says, "Kick us"?

As a member, the U.S. is required to file a "periodic review," which gives China, Cuba and other "peers" ammunition to slam America's record on rights. And while these cretins freely fabricate their own rights assessments, the U.S. report invites criticism.

Of course, the review gushes about the Obama administration (it's mentioned 20 times in 25 pages, according to The Heritage Foundation). And it includes liberaled-up apologies for America's shortcomings . To wit, on Page 8:

"We are not satisfied with a situation where the unemployment rate for African Americans is 15.8 percent, for Hispanics, 12.4 percent, and for whites 8.8 percent ... ."

Oh, forgive us, world arbiters of fairness!

Compare this with China's assessment that its citizens "enjoy freedom of speech" and "democratic" elections. Or Cuba's guarantees of "freedom of opinion, expression and the press." All of which pass U.N. scrutiny.

The United States is not going to reform this "rights" panel or the world body that shelters it. Leaving the United Nations and founding a League of Democracies can't come soon enough.

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