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  • Morning Bell: Rally for Liu Xiaobo

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee is set to award the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday to author and 1989 Tiananmen protest participant Liu Xiaobo. But Liu will not attend. He is currently serving an 11-year sentence for co-authoring the Charter 08 manifesto calling for protection of human rights, comprehensive political reforms, and a democratic government in China.

    In the past, the Nobel Committee has presented the prize to family members of the award winner. But that is not possible this year. Liu’s wife and dozens of friends and colleagues have all been placed under house arrest by Chinese security forces to prevent them from attending the ceremony. That means this will be the first time that the prize ceremony will lack a presentation since 1935, when Nazi Germany barred pacifist Carl von Ossietzky from attending.

    China’s communist dictatorship has not limited its campaign against Liu to the nation’s borders. They have orchestrated a global campaign against the ceremony, threatening economic and political retaliation against nations that attend the ceremony. Those that either share China’s authoritarian beliefs or have succumbed to economic pressure include Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, the Philippines Egypt, Sudan, and Cuba. And like the Soviets and Nazis, they have hastily established their own rival award –the “Confucius Peace Prize.”

    The Obama Administration should not reward these tactics. Next month General Secretary of the Communist Party Hu Jintao is coming to the United States, and a full “state visit” treatment is expected, including a joint reviewing of U.S. troops and the usual ceremonial pomp and diplomatic protocol.

    Nothing wrong with a working visit to DC, but the Obama Administration needs to rethink granting Hu the accompanying accord normally given to our nation’s most respected partners.

    China does not merit a state visit not only due to its continued poor record on human rights (as demonstrated by its global campaign against Liu) but because of its continued extraterritorial claims and the lack of responsible action as a stakeholder on such security issues as North Korea and Iran. State visits are not a regular occurrence.

    On the merits, it is an honor much more appropriate for steadfast treaty allies of the United States, like Korea and Japan. Our relationship with China today is at a low point. We do not seem to share any interests at all on political security issues, and on many issues, like North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, they ware actively working against us. A state visit is nonsensical, and counterproductive, in the current context.

    Some in the American press believe that recent comments by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will lead to changes in its political model. They are wrong. Heritage Foundation Research Fellow Dean Cheng reports: “In reality, the current Chinese political structure is not interested in democratization; it is increasingly concerned with domestic stability. This, in turn, is threatened by rising income inequality, growing regional disparities, and official corruption.”

    The most murderous regime of the 20th century was not Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia. It was Mao Zedong’s communist China. An estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s socialism. To honor these victims, the victims of Mao’s heirs, and Liu’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will be holding a rally tomorrow at the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C. The foundation urges: “We must come together to urge the Administration to send a clear message to the Chinese government that its actions are counterproductive and inconsistent with fostering harmony and stability in China and within the world community.”

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    • Of the eight House Republicans who voted for the DREAM Act yesterday, only two will be in Congress next year.
    • According to Transparency International, one in four people worldwide paid a bribe during the past year.
    • The Obama Administration is using the National Labor Relations Board to by pass secret-ballot union organizing elections.
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    30 Responses to Morning Bell: Rally for Liu Xiaobo

    1. Knowsit, Reno says:

      Since Obama (and his administration) is interested in a China-like political model for USA, these admonitions are hardly likely to affect Obama.s preparation for this state visit

    2. KC - New Mexico says:

      Business in America surely does not care about human rights. Look at the number of businesses today that love having the Chinese make their products. It is cheaper and the businesses do not get taxed on these products. What a joke. Remember the days of "made in Japan"? I do not see much difference in "made in China". When I find a product that I want to buy, if it says made in China, I do not buy it. We need to get our priorities straight.

    3. Sheilph2, NJ says:

      Just think. All Obama had to do was be President for 11 minutes to get this award; Xiaobo has 11 years in a Chinese prison. Something is very wrong with this picture. I still want to know who paid them off– Soros?

      I pray that this highlights China's complete disregard for human life and freedom.

    4. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Just the tip of the ice berg. Mary Sue Coleman, president of The University of Michigan, is providing access of military technology to Chinese military engineers. While some view China as our 'friends" in reality they will be our enemies once they become a super power. Being "nice" doesn't count during a missle strike. The direction we are being led is not in our best interest. Time is take a stand.

    5. raccman, NJ says:

      Oh goody ! We'll get to see the ex-neighborhood organizer humble himself AND

      the United States by bowing ! We've never in the history of our country had a

      president who loves to bow as much as this one ! YECH !

    6. George Colgrove, VA says:

      5% for North America means out of 2.7 million federal employees, 135,000 are subjected to accepting bribes. Wonder why we have the very expensive naked scanners in most airports?

    7. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      "Things to Come". If we continue riding down the Road of Progressivism with the likes of Obama in the driver's seat, some other country, (f there will be any 'free' countries remaining), will be saying the same thing about Amaerica!

      Let's be relentless in rooting out Progressive Socialism from wherever it has taken root!

      Why should we not?

    8. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      June 4th. What's significant about that date? On June 4, 1942, the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy met at Midway and only one came out the victor. Flash forward 47 years, and on June 4, 1989, the Chinese People's Liberation Army sent troops into Tienanmen Square, massacred the pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, and covered it up. Remember the picture of the Chinese student blocking the path of tank? Why did the Chinese People's Liberation Army, on the orders of the Central Military Commission, do it? Because it could. If that sounds flippant, it is. According to recent report on NPR, it's easier to be an enviromental activist in the PRC than it is to be a pro-democracy activist. Why? Theenviroment's a safe topic. Democracy's hard. If you try to Google "democracy" in China, you run into "the Great Firewall of China." Google "enviroment," on the other hand, and everything's sweetness and light. That's politically acceptable. As for Liu Xiaobo, Mr. Liu, (in China the family name's before the first name), ran afoul of the Chinese Regime. The Regime murdered its own people and covered it up. Liu Xiaobo, like Aung Saung Suu Kyy, in Burma, is a political prisoner. It's time the Chinese Regime had free and fair elections. Why won't they? Because they're afraid they'll lose. The Burmese military faced the same problem twenty years ago. Ne Winn, the military dictator of Burma, (now Myanmar), was pressured into holding free and fair elections in 1990. The National

      League for Democracy Party, Aung Saung Suu Kyy's political party, won. What happened? She was denied her victory and not allowed to sit in the Burmese Parliament. It only goes to show the following: Anything they don't understand, anything fear, they destroy.

    9. ThomNJ says:

      KC – "Business in America surely does not care about human rights." I agree with what you said overall, but not this particular statement. Some don't care for sure, but remember that businesses are made up of people. With the education system and moral decay that has continually crept into our society courtesy of the communists/progressives/statists, far too many people lack the empathy, morals and ethics required to make the right decision. I quit using google, for example, ages ago. When they acquiesced to the Chinese government and gave up the e-mail addresses and identities of all those Chinese dissidents just to keep operating in China,well that tore it for me. But you are right, we certainly do need to get our priorities straight.

    10. Idarae Stockton, CA says:

      And this my friends, is whom the "One Worlder's" is planning on modeling the whole world after, includding the good ole US, go to :www.endgamethemovie.com

      you can see the story all completed and what we will face starting in the next couple of years.The globalists have thier hand so tight on us right now, and most people don't know it, as we live in our own"little world"They have bought and paid for every President we have had in a long time.WAKE UP PEOPLE!.

    11. Maurice Kane, Califo says:

      Chinese democratic activist and dissident Liu Xiaobo is the most deserving recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was acknowledged over 40 years ago. For all its economic liberalization and modernization, China, a colossus of new capital, remains a pygmy in politics, without the virtues that Confucius saw as instrumental to civilization.

    12. Barry N. Schmidt says:

      Obama should give the middle finger to China, but he hasn't got the balls. When China enters a dispute that will endanger the United States, it can be assured that Obama will want to "negotiate" with the Chinese.

      KC in NM: It's your choice not to buy from the Chinese, but your putting some sort of blame on U.S. businesses baffles me. Chinese products are a lot cheaper than those produced in the U.S. and I don't want you or the government to restrict my right to buy products from whomever or where I please. As for "business not caring about human rights," I have no idea why you have made that unsupported generalization, other than that you have parroted it after having read some left-wing gibberish.

    13. CJD, Kansas City says:

      This is a WONDERFUL opportunity for conservatives andliberals to get together and support something very worthwhile. I am VERY proud of nobel commity for standing up for this cause. China is also declared full out 'WAR' on house Christian churches in china…

    14. Comman Man says:

      I believe that Mr. Obama should be a "shoe-in" for the first "Confucius Peace Prize.” He has with the help of Pelosi and Reid set the course for the US to surrender to the rest of the world and they have taken great strides in transforming the United States from a capitalist, free nation to a communist, enslaved nation.

      Don't forget to applaud when he receives this "award" – Anyone not cheering will be dealt with severly.

    15. laurie, Hawaii says:

      Obama, do the right thing!!!!! DO NOT honor the inhumane Chinese cruelty to their people with a State reception when they come to Wash.D.C. How can you possibly be a leader of honor and integrity when you show respect to such horrific acts of murder by the Chinese government. WAKE UP!!!! Mr. President. It is late.

    16. Concerned Citizen, C says:

      The Chinese also continue to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, a peaceful meditation practice, as well as Christians. These innocents are routinely tossed into prisons with hardened criminals, their property is stolen by the police and many of them have been tortured to death. I have met a number of these people who have escaped and now live in the U.S. People need to be aware of the illegal and immoral persecution that is still occurring in China and understand the difference between good (Falun Gong) and evil (the Chinese Communist Party).

    17. Kendall Svengalis, N says:

      If the Obama administration had any moral backbone or courage, it would organize a counter-movement to encourage other nations to attend and support the Nobel Prize ceremony. It should also promote the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation rally by sending an official representative. Ronald Reagan would never had countenanced such a blatant disregard of human rights in the name of Realpolitik.

      It is heartening the Nobel Prize committee has finally decided to award the prize to someone truly deserving of it, unlike Al Gore, Yassar Arafat, or, the most absurd of all, Barck Obama.

    18. aspergus says:

      I'm sure K C you don't buy any of those idems made in China

      KC do you know why these idems are made in China?

    19. and2therepublic, ill says:

      The Marxist-in-chief probably wants to butter up Hu Jintao, so as to be in a better position for nomination of the Confucius Peace Prize in the future. It will look good to his subjects sitting on the mantle in the oval office next to the Nobel.

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    21. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Folks, I'm a lot more worried about our American human rights abuses, not like Code Pink, but what our first American Communist Government is doing and plans to do going after Americans. Gee, I'm sorry China suppresses political dissent, and the FCC is going after Fox News! We have a Captive Press (NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, and hundreds more)! These guys are willing to throw Elections with their 80% plus, Media Bias. They gave Obama billions in free publicity! Nobody saw the Election Law violation, even after GE got paid off!

      Genuine Communists are doing horrible things to Americans right now! Americans are in jail! Americans are politically persecuted! Here! Now! Our grandchildren are being enslaved before our very eyes! Obama is going to run a Dictatorship! China? China? Who cares!

      I am happy China has found State Socialism (one step up from Totalitarian Communism) because the People of China are slightly better off. Some day the Chinese may well enjoy Constitutional Representative Democracy (like we in the USA used to have.) Good for them. My Government is run by a third generation Communist, Obama has 26 Czars in his Shadow Government! He is planning to break America's heart!

      You want me to feel sorry for Liu? I am feeling too sorry for my own Country right now! China is a distraction. Leave them alone to create their own Middle Class! Let China come up its own way.

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    23. Bobbie says:

      What was Confucius philosophy regarding the good will of Liu? Release him!

      The only respect I have for China's government is that they know global warming is nature and not made by man.

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    25. mconners12 says:

      Doing the right thing is very difficult if you are in debt up to your eyebrows to the enemy.

    26. Chas, Pennsylvania says:

      Give china a hard time?!….pllleeeaaase. In case no one told you…..the communists already have infiltrated our government to the highest levels i.e. Van Jones, Valerie Jarret just for examples. Communists/Marxists/Democratic Socialists are now acceptable political parties….no?

      We need to bring back the House Un-American Activities Committee. 50 years has been to long to wait.

      The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.

      The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

      — Winston Churchill

    27. jimmy, charlotte nc says:

      Nobel Peace Prize is nothing but a joke. Democracy = Peace? Only moron would think so. I would think democracy only works among equal powers, but not imbalanced parties. Look at the millions killed after the Iraq war "created" by Bush, and the tens of millions American Indians killed and frozen to death by the democratic US and it people. The big irony is the Chinese government brought 1/5 world population out of poverty, extended their life span from 30s to the 70s, and literacy rate from 10% minus to 95% plus in 50 years, and didn't invade other country like the democratic ones do, and they are not getting a "peace" prize. Nobel must be ashamed of where his money is being spent:)

    28. dennis, joliet, illi says:

      too bad we owe them all that money now isnt it? wouldnt want to offend the landlord now would we?

      thanks for the wonderful spending spree which puts us in this unbelievably awkward position of the woeful debtor.

      if POTUS would give the Chinese a little of the attitude that he just dispensed to his own party regarding the Bush tax cut retention issue perhaps he would get a bit more respect from both US citizens and our global adversaries.

    29. Chas, Pennsylvania says:


      You never listened in history class did you? Or maybe you did and were taught a revisionist history. We are a Republic based on Laws, not a democracy. Our leaders specifically excluded a democracy from consideration. Read there own words. Look it up.

      Most scholars estimated the total indigenous population of the Pre Colombian Americas(both north & south America) @10Million with most of them in Central and South America. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_history_o

      Civilian casualties in Iraq are somewhere around 99-150,000. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Ir

      Yes, Communist China has done a lot with literacy and life expectancy over the last 50 years. However, Communist China is estimated to have killed @65 million people in peace time to force communism on their people. The worst of any other Marxist/communist country(USSR @30million, Germany @25 million etc.)…is that OK? Oh…and what happened to that country Tibet ? Oh I remember, they got invaded by China, so did Vietnam. Laos, Cambodia.

      My point is, don't just regurgitate the propaganda(from either side). Do your own research and find the truth(and don't necessarily rely on wiki either, but it's a good starting point).

      I suggest you start byblearnig about America first by reading The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. It's a start. It's about the leaders and the founding principles of our country in their own words.

      Good luck on your search for truth.

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