I know you must be getting tired of these. But.
Obama: "It is time for us to recognize that the future security and prosperity of the United States is fundamentally tied to the future of the Americas.... So my policy towards the Americas will be guided by the simple principle that what's good for the people of the Americas is good for the United States. That means measuring success not just through agreements among governments, but also through the hopes of the child in the favelas of Rio, the security for the policeman in Mexico City, and the answered cries of political prisoners heard from jails in Havana. The first and most fundamental freedom that we must work for is political freedom. The United States must be a relentless advocate for democracy."
Makes his opposition to the Colombia trade deal look pretty hypocritical. Or, more to the point, politically-motivated. Can Obama afford to become known as just another politician with enormous ambition?
Also, the talk about exporting democracy... isn't that why we've spent the last five years in Iraq, trying to export democracy and ensure political freedom in this Middle-Eastern country? (It's expensive. I'd rather focus on letting those who are interested in political freedom immigrate to America and be free, instead of trying to force them all to conform to the American mold. I'm willing to be proven wrong, but the attempt can get expensive.)
"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)
Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.