Wednesday, April 21, 2021

An Imperfect Union-- and "Its Original Sin"

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told an activist group last week that the US is seeking to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), but our attempt to rejoin, after President Trump withdrew, will "have to be done with humility" given America's history.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board took issue saying her comments about "humility" assume a false moral equivalence between the US and UNHRC, whose members are among the most morally corrupt in the world.

And about the "original sin"--- forgiveness and restoration.

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The secular progressive view of America.

Speaking to the National Action Network (NAN), an activist organization founded by Reverend Al Sharpton, UN Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield says we have to approach the world community with great "humility" if we are to be accepted back into the fold after Trump withdrew from the group in 2018.

She said, "I have seen for myself how the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles." Continuing, "We are an imperfect union---and have been since the beginning."

The Wall Street Journal editorial board argues that Thomas-Greenfield's comments about humility assume a false moral equivalence between the US and UNHRC member states currently committing genocide or other abuses.

The WSJ is absolutely right. Having traveled in Christian missionary evangelism in many of these countries, I've seen it.

And these countries have documented histories of human rights violations. China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela---Saudi Arabia was recently elected UNHRC chair despite criticism from watchdog groups.


Russia has denounced the "calamitous state of human rights" in the US, while China has called out the US for "chronic and deep-rooted racial discrimination."

Not only is Biden's ambassador to the UN undermining our country---so is Biden. 

President Biden, in a February 4th speech, claimed that the US will be "a much more credible partner" in international diplomacy if steps are taken to "acknowledge and address systemic racism and the scourge of white supremacy."

When Thomas-Greenfield was pressed about her favorable comments toward China regarding human rights, and her not-so-favorable comments about the US during her confirmation hearing, she expressed regret over her speech at Al Sharpton's organization's meeting, saying, "I do regret that speech... But if you look at what I've done prior to that, there is no question that I understand, I am not naive about what the Chinese are doing."

She continued, "They're undermining our security. They're undermining our people. And we need to work against that."

So she understands what they're up to. Why does she continue to support their behavior? And undermine our own country? Probably for the same reason her former boss President Obama did---disdain for America.

In a 2019  speech at the Communist Chinese Party-funded Confucius Institute in Savannah, Georgia she praised China's Belt Road Initiative (BRI) in Africa.

BRI is a Communist Chinese project where they go in and build roads, bridges---infrastructure, in exchange for influence, power, and access to the country's resources.

While praising China, Thomas-Greenfield criticized President Trump.

Not a failed experiment, but an always improving one.

Some of the following stats are from a New York Post article.

Winston Churchill noted in 1947 that "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those others that have been tried."

So what about the world's oldest democracy---the United States of America? It's apparently the worst country on earth---except for all the others.

Barack Obama introduced us all to a new, lower form of self-hate regarding this country---traveling the world as our elected leader, he apologized to everyone from Japan to China to Africa to the Middle East, for America's imperfections.

More than a generation of hard-core leftist campus indoctrination has now permeated the media and the leadership of our cultural institutions to create a huge intellectual constituency of contempt for America.

All over the land, we're told that we've either failed to live up to our ideals or that our ideals themselves are wicked.

We're now told that the central purpose of our founding was not the vision of William Bradford's "City on a Hill," but Jamestown's receiving of a slave ship. Our children are taught that America was born, not in 1776, but in 1619.

That's nonsense. 

The first ban on slavery anywhere in the world went into effect in Vermont in 1777. Our Constitution was, as MLK noted, a "promissory note" that would eventually pay off for blacks.

The difference between high school graduation rates between blacks and whites fell from 27% in 1962 to 5% in 2004 according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Last fall, the rate of black and Hispanic unemployment hit an all-time low.

Since 1980, the percentage of black adults with college degrees has tripled.

The percentage of black Americans earning more than $75,000 per year more than doubled (adjusted for inflation) between 1970 and 2014.

Yet the so-called progressive class that runs our media ignores all the progress because they are not progressive, but their business model sells adds off catastrophe---and by that, they must tell you every day that America is falling apart. Is bad. Is racist. Is broken and is irredeemable. 

It's odd that we remain the preferred destination for legal immigrants. The US is home to 44 million foreign-born people---by far the most of any country.

We snip at each other on social media, but we shot bullets at each other during the Civil War because we believe in the sanctity and value of life---all lives, red and yellow black, and white.

We do not believe in slavery. One man cannot own another man. We fought and killed each other over that principle.

Anti-American activists are running the streets of our cities breaking, looting, and burning because they say, "We're demanding justice"---and we want the police de-funded. But they don't represent most Americans. And their violence usually has little to nothing to do with policy. It's misguided anger bred in the bowels of ignorance.

Last Friday, Rasmussen Reports published a national survey that found 66% of Americans say "Most cops aren't racist." And 74% of likely US voters rate the performance of their local police as "good" or "excellent."

About our imperfections, original sin, and redemption.

America was founded on godly, biblical principles. The record of evidence cannot be denied. Every American Founder acknowledged that truth.

George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

God and the Bible say "All have sinned and come short..."

That was echoed by all his colleagues as they carefully and prayerfully crafted the documents that would define this new nation with checks and balances. 

Other leaders would follow.

Ulysses S. Grant would later say, "Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book, we are indebted for the progress made, and to this, we must look as our guide in the future."

Yesterday, we saw our justice system work in the George Floyd case. Whether the outcome was your desired outcome or not, there was an outcome by a jury of peers.

The more we look to the "book" for guidance, the more real progress we will experience.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.