March 15, 2017
The liberal agenda is no respecter of countries! Billionaire activist George Soros has certainly proven that, as he takes his mission to the far ends of the globe -- with help -- it seems, from U.S. taxpayers. Members of the U.S. Senate are now echoing concerns that FRC raised in January about the Left intruding in other countries' business -- often in opposition to American policy. In particular, the group writes in a letter to new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seems to be fronting left-wing political groups in other countries. Leading the parade, they point out, is "multi-grant recipient, the George Soros-backed Open Society Foundations."
In Macedonia, the problem is particularly acute. "The USAID website shows that between 2012 and 2016, USAID gave almost $5 million in taxpayer cash to… 'The Civil Society Project,' which 'aims to empower Macedonian citizens to hold government accountable.' USAID's website links to www.soros.org.mk, and says the project trained hundreds of young Macedonians 'in youth activism and the use of new media instruments.'" Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is helping to lead the call for an investigation, also pointed out, "Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of U.S. diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country," the letter said, citing a FOSM-backed push for Albanian judicial reform, which opponents say are aimed to give the socialist government full control over the country's judiciary."
Unfortunately, the Left's meddling in other countries' affairs is nothing new. Under the Obama administration, Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry made it their job to bully other nations into accepting the Left's twisted agenda on marriage and sexuality. Just recently, a group of hundreds of Caribbean pastors pleaded with the Trump administration to stop the cycle of financial blackmail from the Obama administration. "We were coerced into accepting [the administration's LGBT] agenda, threatening fund withdrawal and a number of other things. And our governments are under severe pressure to relent. We now see a ray of hope under President Trump and Vice President Pence, where some of this can be reversed…" View the letter here.
In this case, the six senators write, the intrusion takes several forms. "This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the US Government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles... This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable." Signed by Senators Lee, Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the group asks Tillerson to dig deeper into "all funds associated with promoting democracy and governance and review the programs, accounts, and multiplicity of U.S. entities involved in such activities."
America spent eight years alienating other countries with Obama's heavy-handed ideas of "diplomacy." It's time to turn the page on that embarrassing chapter of foreign relations and start respecting our neighbors' differences.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.