When Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng fled his captors and took refuge in a U.S. embassy, he was told ‘thanks but no thanks.’ In fact, he was made to feel as if his presence at the embassy was a burden on U.S. officials. Yet through his courage and determination, Chen eventually made it to the U.S., and what we’re learning about the remaining members of his family in China is that they too share in Chen’s courage and determination.
For example, after Guangcheng made his escape, his angry captors sought retribution by going to his home. But his nephew, Chen Kegu, was in the home and used a knife to defend the family. This courageous act resulted in charges being brought against Kegu, who now faces the prospect of the death penalty. All the while Obama, whose narcissistic drive pushes him to court China’s favor every hour of every day, is quiet as a mouse on the subject.
Yet something had to be done, thus another member of Guangcheng’s household, his brother Chen Guangfu, “fled his tightly-guarded village in northeast China,” and is now in western Beijing “to seek legal advice on how to protect [Kegu] from what he says are retaliatory criminal charges.”
He says he will stay in Beijing only as long as it takes to find the help needed to spare Kegu the death penalty, after which he will return to the family. He admits, however, that the odds of finding such help aren’t in his favor.
Left without a President Ronald Reagan or a President George W. Bush to whom they can appeal, these men are doing the work of freedom on their own, one sacrifice at a time, with no guarantee that their labor will garner anything other than greater punishment.
I am convinced that President Romney would intervene on their behalf.