Most people know that Obama’s father was Kenyan. As Kenya’s favorite son Obama still has family there including a half-brother living in extreme poverty, whom he hasn’t bothered to help out in the least, and a grandmother who insists Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. One of the more illustrious Obama clan members is “cousin” Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement and current Kenyan Prime Minister.
Odinga is a human rights abuser of the first class. After losing the presidential election in 2006, Odinga orchestrated mass protests that caused the death of 1,300 Kenyans and the displacement of 350,000. In order to quell the violence rightfully elected President Mwai Kibaki was forced to admit the murderous Odinga into a power sharing coalition.
Obama was instrumental in Odinga’s rise to power. He traveled to Kenya in 2006 to campaign on Odinga’s behalf in clear violation of the Logan Act which prohibits U.S. citizens, especially Senators, from conducting foreign relations without proper authorization. Unfortunately for the Kenyan people Obama’s meddling in their affairs only got worse once he was elected President. Because of the widespread political violence in 2006-2007, due in no small part to Odinga and his bloodthirsty political party, Kenya decided in 2009 that the time was ripe for a new constitution. Obama spied his opportunity to help create a Kenyan constitution focused on “social justice”, though of course when socialists talk about “social justice” what they really mean is stamping out the rights of the individual in order to serve the needs of the collective.
The instrument for White House influence was the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which received an $18 million grant from the State Department. USAID money was then funneled to a collection of left wing groups including $400,000 for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) that took it upon itself to make sure abortion rights were enshrined in the new constitution, a violation of the Siljander Amendment which prohibits public funds be used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries.
The pro-abortion amendment that IDLO helped write is as follows:
Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.
In every previous Kenyan constitution abortion was strictly prohibited. With the adoption of “in the opinion of a trained health professional” language the floodgates were opened for Planned Parenthood and other international abortion providers to open up shop in one of the poorest nations on Earth. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation confirmed that the IDLO broke U.S. law when they played a key role in ensuring pro-abortion language was included in the Kenyan constitution.
Most Obama administration officials were smart enough to maintain their distance from the pro-abortion lobbying community. Quarterly reports from the ILDO to USAID, which spelled out their intimate involvement in developing abortion language for the Kenyan constitution, went unread. Every U.S. official questioned by the GAO claimed ignorance, though Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero whose responsibilities include “population issues”, refused to be interviewed by the GAO. Congressman Chris Smith wasn’t buying the innocence act. According to Smith, “The Obama administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya”.
Rather than looking to the U.S. Constitution for ideas on how to construct a fair and lasting government, it would appear that Kenya sought inspiration from the former Soviet Union. The U.S. constitution can rightly be described as a set of “negative rights” focused on what the government cannot do. For example, it cannot take away our freedom of speech, assembly or religion. As former subjects of the British crown, America’s founders understood the biggest threat to the people wasn’t a small government, but one so large that it could “give you everything you want”.
Writing for American Thinker, Daniel Fernald explains the importance of negative rights:
They protect us from others (including the government) without obliging us to do anything for others, except of course to recognize that others possess the same rights as we. Negative rights are both limited and reciprocal. They are also eternal and unchanging, being part of the very fabric of nature itself. Like matter, they can be neither created nor destroyed.
On the other hand the Kenyan constitution reads like a Marxist manifesto. It guarantees citizens access to everything from “adequate housing” to “healthcare services, including reproductive care”, quite a pledge from a nation with an average annual per person GDP of $1,200. Minorities are “provided special opportunities for access to employment” and private land ownership is subservient to the state’s “right over any land, in the interest of defense, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, or land use planning.”
UN tree huggers obviously had a huge part in developing the Environment and Natural Resources section. Any activities that “that are likely to endanger the environment” are strictly prohibited and citizens are given the right to sue their neighbors if they are a threat to “a clean and healthy environment”, which in Kenya can mean just about anything.
The Kenyan press is required to comply with “standards” that will be determined by an “independent” board and freedom of speech is guaranteed as long as it isn’t “hate speech” or “constitutes ethnic incitement”. Considering that liberals have been trying to shut up conservatives in America for years, one can only imagine how wide a definition “hate speech” will be in a nation with millions of practicing Islamists.
Sharia Law, which ironically doesn’t recognize any state given rights, is given the power to regulate the “personal status, marriage, divorce or inheritance” of all Kenyan Muslims. For Muslim women this is a scary prospect as the punishment for adultery or rape under Sharia Law is death. The constitution also leaves the window open to adding to the Islamist influence any “powers conferred on it by legislation”, which guarantees a two-tiered judicial system.
The Kenyan constitution is a clone of the failed Soviet Union’s with only the addition of an “independent” judiciary to distinguish between the two, and we all know how well that worked out for Russia. Spending $18 million of taxpayer money on helping write communist inspired nonsense that is a golden invitation for political misconduct and guarantees mass starvation within a generation is unforgivable.