This is the radical Left’s idea of “peaceful assembly”. Karl Rove was the victim of assault last night while visiting American University. He was there to address the college Republicans and while leaving a group of protesters began throwing various objects at him and his vehicle. Security had to come in for crowd control just so Rove could drive off. And, yet again, we have an example of the radical Left attempting to forcefully silence those who disagree with them.
Ann Coulter had a pie thrown at her. The Minutemen had their stage rushed and were shouted down by them. A Michigan Congressman’s office was vandalized. Even Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama have been targeted by these anti-democracy, anti-free speech loons. It seems there is nothing about free speech these people cherish and only the ACLU seems to support them. There is nothing about peaceful assembly they respect. All that matters to them is their agenda, and anyone who disagrees has become a target. In my mind, it’s only a matter of time before these people become even more violent and someone really gets hurt.
Pope blames Western colonialism for plundering Africa
To some degree, the Pope has a point. Colonialism has had some detrimental effects on Africa. I can see where one can make that argument. But let me argue the other side for a moment because I think this guy is way off on the big picture. If you look at the more “developed” parts of Africa you will see that they are the direct result of European colonization. The Mediterranean coast has strong French influence and, of course, the Dutch brought a good deal of progress into South Africa. Where Africa is hurting is in the central region, the Congo basin. Yes, European colonialism played a role here too, but I see that much of that area’s problem rests with sectarian violence and civil unrest. Basically, these people are killing, starving, enslaving and oppressing each other to a substantial degree. And the Pope wants to blame the West for that? Gimme a break.
Frankly, I’m a little tired of hearing about Africa’s problems. The Mediterranean nations and South Africa have taken it upon themselves to better their countries and, for the most part, they’ve done a pretty good job. That very well could be due to Western influence, or simply because they realized that killing and enslaving each other is generally not a good thing. The point is, if Africa wants to rise out of the depths of the third world then it’s going to take a little effort on their part, and that begins with stopping the killing, genocide and enslavement. Consider it a good first step.
What really bugs me is that the West is criticized by the Pope for too much influence in Africa, and then criticized by the Lefty goons for NOT taking enough action, as if Darfur is a threat to our national security. So which is it? Are we supposed to let Africa sort things out themselves, like the Left wants Iraq to do, or are we supposed to send in troops to “occupy” the area and restore order?