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Obama Is Sorry He Can’t Control Free Speech

Why does he keep standing on the other side?

Many in the media are arguing that Barack Obama, in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, offered a rousing defense of free speech. Well, here’s what he said:

“[I]n 2012, at a time when anyone with a cellphone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. The question, then, is how do we respond?”

This statement was made by a President of the United States, the leader of the free world, in the face of worldwide radical Islamist assaults on America’s notion free speech. His only defense of free speech is that, well, it’s too difficult to control at present, so what are we going to do?

He never says this: America believes in free speech. We’re going to defend that right. How do you want to respond? Your choice, because we’re not backing down.

Mr. President, can you say those comments with a straight face to the parents and children of those who have died to protect ours–and your–right to speak freely? Can you stroll through the graves of Arlington Cemetery, and complain to those departed souls who shed their blood for our freedoms about how difficult it is to control the flow of free speech?

Why do you keep standing on the other side?

And where will you stand in a second term, when, as you told then-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, that “after my election I will have more flexibility?” (video; 30 seconds).

Read about–or watch–Mr. Obama’s remarks at the New York Times (1 page / 30 minute video).

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