President Václav Klaus visited Los Angeles
14.06.2012 / 02:53
On June 9, 2012, the President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus, visited Los Angeles to participate in a two-day conference on the ideology of global governance. President Klaus was invited by the American Freedom Alliance (AFA), a nonprofit advocacy group, as the keynote speaker. Other prominent speakers included John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, and John Howard, former prime minister of Australia, via videolink.
Avi Davis, director of the AFA, introduced the conference and the special guests, all who gathered to discuss the contemporary topic of “Global Governance vs. National Sovereignty.” Politicians and citizens all over the world are increasingly debating the rising influence of international communities and organizations and their infringement of liberties and freedom of ordinary citizens.
President Klaus expressed in his main address, “Global Governance and its European Variant,” his worry and the implications for “soft totalitarianism” by the European Union. His fresh memories of communistic influence described a reinforcement of his skepticism, while he explained: “my dominant feeling is the feeling of powerlessness.” Conference participants were rallied by his remarks, and it was clear his perspective was popular among attendees. To read the entire address in English, please visit his official website at http://www.klaus.cz/clanky/3116.
The discussions and debate raged on with a question from President Klaus: “Do liberal democracies have the strength and will to defend their national sovereignty?” Other significant contributors to the conference included cited author Dr. John Fonte of the Hudson Institute, Professor John Yoo of the University of California at Berkeley and former legal advisor to President Bush Jr., former member of the UN General Assembly Robert C. O’Brien, and Executive Director Larry Greenfield of the Reagan Legacy Foundation.
Prior to the event, all prominent guests of the program, including President Klaus, attended a pre-conference dinner and discussion. Topics included the rise of radical Islam in Arab countries, the status of the financial crisis in Spain, and other major current affairs. Throughout the conference, the Czech President was accompanied by Director of the Secretariat of the President Martin Slaný, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States Petr Gandalovič, and the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles Michal Sedláček.
Please visit the AFA website for additional information regarding the conference: