Letter: Parker has no concept of human ‘dignity’

September 6, 2018

This is in response to Star Parker’s column “Republicans can, must keep control in midterms.”

Parker wrote “internationally, from Europe and the Middle East to the U.N. and China, America once again stands its ground and does not concede on the core principles that make our nation exceptional and great-human freedom and dignity and the right to private property.”

I seriously disagree with this statement. Let me give you examples of “human freedom and dignity” as defined by the Trump administration and the Republicans.

1. President Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines has killed over 12,000 people in his extrajudicial killings, yet Trump doesn’t condemn him but celebrates him.

2. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia was also celebrated by Trump even though the prince has jailed women rights defenders in his country and the U.N. has called for their release.

3. Trump also celebrates Kim Jong-un as a strong leader. This is the same leader that presides over a country with the worst human rights record in history.

4. The United States under Trump is also complicit in the killing of thousands of children in Yemen with the most recent unjustified bombing of a school bus.

5. Trump’s administration is not protecting the most vulnerable in Syria and is talking about pulling out altogether. Russia is helping Bashar al-Assad formulate a plan to exterminate civilians in Idlib province.

6. Russian President Putin invaded Ukraine, killed former Russian citizens in the U.K. by using poison that has been banned from use.

7. The 500 or so migrant children still separated from their parents would also disagree about a “stellar” view of the administration’s record on “human freedom and dignity.”

It appears that Ms. Parker’s sole highlight for human freedom and dignity is the standard that a baker doesn’t have to bake a cake for a gay couple. I am appalled that she believes this administration, this president and Republicans care about real human rights abuses. She calls Democrats the ones with “moral relativism.” From where I sit, she and her Republican colleagues are the ones who cannot decide what constitutes human rights abuses.

Michele Springsteen


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