Category: National Politics

United Nations bureaucrat to visit Alabama next month, ‘investigate’ to determine if we’re living up to our ‘obligations’ under international law

    A bureaucrat from the controversial United Nation’s Human Rights Council (HRC) will visit Alabama next month to “investigate government efforts to eradicate poverty” and how it relates to our “obligations under international human rights law,” according to a statement from the organization. “The United States is among the richest countries in the world, yet deep forms of poverty and inequality continue to exist in the country,” said Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Why we should care: Conservatives have rightly criticized the HRC as a rogues’ gallery of human rights abusers (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, etc.) that often uses its position to take unjustified political shots at Israel and the United States. Alabama’s leaders should be cautious when dealing with any representative from this organization. What our leaders have to say about the HRC: --- President Donald Trump during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September: “It is a massive source of embarrassment for the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.” --- Vice President Mike Pence speaking the same day to the UN Security Council: “The United Nations is bound by its charter to foster 'international cooperation in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all.' That was the purpose under which the (HRC) was formed. But the truth is, the Human Rights Council doesn’t deserve its name.” The details: --- Alston’s “fact finding…

J. Pepper Bryars: Why Alabamians won’t believe the Washington Post’s story about Roy Moore (even if it’s true)

    My first thought after reading the Washington Post’s story alleging that Roy Moore preyed upon teenaged girls was ... this sounds believable. Why would a woman, multiple women, in fact, fabricate such a story? The thought of electing such a man to the U.S. Senate from Alabama made me sick to my stomach. My second thought was ... this sounds believable, but is it? The thought of reflexively questioning an apparently solid piece of journalism made me even sicker. Here’s why: -- I don’t believe in wild conspiracy theories and those who peddle them should be drummed out of the conservative movement. And sticking one’s fingers in one’s ears and shouting “Fake News!” is a simple and sure way to become an ignorant person. -- Conservatives should only be concerned with the truth, even if it hurts our candidates, our campaigns, or even our cause. We cannot ignore truth just because it’s uncomfortable, it challenges our conclusions, or if it comes from an unsavory or untrustworthy source. It’s difficult, but we must sort through these things. Truth is hardly ever served up on a silver platter, just the way we ordered. But ... Why are we only just now learning about such a damning allegation against a man who has been the target of both parties for decades? The establishment and moderate wings of the Republican Party have tried to yank Moore off the political stage for years, and the Democrats hate the man with the fire of…