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Hillary Clinton Finally Gets Around to Name Dropping Uganda. Okay, Now What?

Clinton Human Rights

Apropos of everyone asking why there’s been no real public condemnation of Uganda’s Kill The Gays bill, Sec. of State Hillary Clinton finally went off on the country’s planned state-sponsored identity cleansing.

Speaking to a crowd at Georgetown University, Clinton, halfway through a lengthy speech, addressed the elephant in the room:

Sometimes, we will have the most impact by publicly denouncing a government action, like the coup in Honduras or the violence in Guinea. Other times, we will be more likely to help the oppressed by engaging in tough negotiations behind closed doors, like pressing China and Russia as part of our broader agenda. In every instance, our aim will be to make a difference, not to prove a point.

Calling for accountability doesn’t start or stop at naming offenders. Our goal is to encourage—even demand—that governments must also take responsibility by putting human rights into law and embedding them in government institutions; by building strong, independent courts and competent and disciplined police and law enforcement. And once rights are established, governments should be expected to resist the temptation to restrict freedom of expression when criticism arises, and be vigilant in preventing law from becoming an instrument of oppression, as bills like the one under consideration in Uganda to criminalize homosexuality would do.

We know that all governments—and all leaders—sometimes fall short. So there have to be internal mechanisms of accountability when rights are violated. Often the toughest test for governments, this is essential to the protection of human rights. And here, too, we should lead by example. In the last six decades we have done this—imperfectly at times but with significant outcomes—from making amends for the internment of our own citizens in World War II, to establishing legal recourse for victims of discrimination in the Jim Crow South, to passing hate crimes legislation to include attacks against gays and lesbians. When injustice anywhere is ignored, justice everywhere is denied. Acknowledging and remedying mistakes does not make us weaker, it reaffirms the strength of our principles and institutions.

She is right! President Yoweri Museveni is falling short. Way short. He’s about to violate the human rights of thousands and thousands. So, uh, what is the U.S. prepared to do about it now?

By:           editor editor
On:           Dec 15, 2009
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  • 20 Comments
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      Hows ’bout starting by immediatley withdrawing every single
      dollar of the HALF BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR of OUT tax
      dollars sent to the subhuman homophobic savages in their cesspool of a country.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 10:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlanInUtah
      AlanInUtah

      God I wish Hillary would have been president.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • staciegirlie
      staciegirlie

      Me too. Hillary’s my hero.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GETJ
      GETJ

      She should have been. I love her. Best thing about the Obama administration is the State dept., so I can only guess she would have made a better President.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 11:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile
      InExile

      Hillary won the popular vote in the primary, never forget that.

      She always stands up for us unlike her boss.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      Oh please. Hilary’s positions on LGBT issues are identical to Barack Obama’s. What, she pays 30 seconds of lip service to Uganda and suddenly she’s a hero? The White House issues a 24-word statement on the bill and Obama’s a spineless coward who doesn’t dare speak up. Hilary speaks a 47-word sentence as part of a much longer speech and she’s the Champion of Compassion and Justice?

      Dec 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt Deco
      Matt Deco

      Yikes, isn’t savages a little harsh?

      I mean, isn’t that showing them the same discrimination they are showing us?

      However, I believe that their should be economic sanctions. While the world still may not like us gays, it should be able to unite against the wanton murder of us. …Right?

      Dec 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason Moreland
      Jason Moreland

      Second statement in less than two weeks. The State Dept as usual is on the ball. Wish she was President.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GETJ
      GETJ

      “Oh please. Hilary’s positions on LGBT issues are identical to Barack Obama’s.”

      Their positions may have supposedly been the same, but I feel like their actions would have been way way different. Obama has talked a lot of talk. That’s about it. He should have stuck with a career in paid speeches.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      Hillary would certainly get my vote.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      You think Hilary Clinton, who spent the first year of her husband’s administration crafting health care reform, wouldn’t have put that at the top of her list too?

      Dec 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile
      InExile

      I think Hillary can walk an chew gum besides she has something Obama will never have BALLS. Face it, we have the wrong President.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426
      edgyguy1426

      Hindsight, as they say…….

      Dec 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason Moreland
      Jason Moreland

      Fake Name- healthcare would have been done properly. It’s apparent The One does not give a rat’s ass about healthcare or anything else besides what the One’s interested in.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FakeName
      FakeName

      Whether she would or wouldn’t have done health care “right” isn’t the point. The point is that her priority list would probably have been little different from Obama’s has been.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason Moreland
      Jason Moreland

      Fake Name- you mean she might actually have had a domestic agenda instead of wanting to be Mr.International. Someone was not listening in 2008.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 4:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • InExile
      InExile

      Health care died in Denver at the democrat’s convention.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 6:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • schlukitz
      schlukitz

      No. 17 · InExile

      Health care died in Denver at the democrat’s convention.

      Of course it did!

      We have far more important things to deal with like a war in Iraq, a war in Iran, the possibility of another police action (read war) with Iran over nuclear proliferation, bailing out all of the white collar criminals who stole half of the countries savings and the most important thing of all…keeping faggots in their place!

      Welcome to Twenty-First Century America.

      Land of the oppressed and the cowards.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Keith
      Keith

      There is no doubt in my mind she’d get stuff done. I like Obama but Hillary definitely is not just a show horse. There is no doubt in my mind she would have been a better president…not as warm as fuzzy but is that what we really need right now? The woman has balls and I have nothing but respect for her.

      Dec 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      No. 19 · Keith: When refering to a woman, please refrain from
      the term “balls” please use “breasticles” :p

      No. 7 · Matt Deco: Sorry but that is the only term I find
      appropriate for a group of who wants nothing but death for
      the Gay community. They are nothing but savage thugs and their
      country is basicaly a cesspool proped up by the likes of
      the half billion dollars per year the US sends to it, our
      tax dollars are funding this legislation……….

      Dec 16, 2009 at 10:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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