Someone has to fight for people with no voice. I guess that person is me.
That line could have come straight from me. But it actually is a quote from Chen Guangcheng–the blind Chinese activist (or dissident, if you're keeping score for the Chinese government) who escaped house arrest and is hoping to find refuge, and the First Amendment, in America.
China may allow Chen to study in America. That's all good and well, but when Chen is here, will he find the free speech he is expecting? I have my doubts.
What's incredible about the Chen story is how our government had to tip-toe around his human right to freedom of speech largely because we owe China trillions in debt. If our "elected leaders" weren't busy squandering our money, maybe we would not be indebted to a restricted-speech nation like China. Maybe the strong values of this country would take precedence over the weak value of its checkbook.
Chen says he will fight for the people with no voice. He may be fighting for Americans.