This post is for those of you complaining about the fact that President Trump uses Twitter. It seems that President Trump’s use of Twitter may have actually saved some lives.
Yesterday The Gateway Pundit posted an article about the South African government’s policy of taking land away from white farmers without any compensation. On Sunday I posted an article quoting Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters essentially telling President Trump to be quiet about the murders and land grabs that are currently happening in South Africa.
President Trump tweeted:
Yesterday The Gateway Pundit reported:
On Tuesday the South African ANC led government announced they were withdrawing their land grab legislation for further reconsideration.
President Theodore Roosevelt once quoted an old adage which said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” I don’t think anyone will ever accuse President Trump of speaking softly, but I am glad to see that America is no longer afraid to remind people that we are a powerful nation that will use its power to prevent bloodshed where we can.
A think more than half of the political and violence problems in today’s world could be solved by simple forgiveness and an effort by both sides to get along. I am not naive enough to think that could happen, but I think it is a great idea. As people, some of us seem to spend a lot of time hating people and holding grudges. The current situation in South Africa is an example of what can happen when vengeance is more important than dialog and compromise.
The Gateway Pundit posted an article yesterday about a recent statement by Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
The article quotes Mr. Malema:
We want to send a strong message to USA authorities just like we did with the Australian authorities. Stay out of South Africa’s domestic updates. South Africa is a post colonial country – with deep inequalities that were long designed by apartheid and colonialism. Our land appropriations program seeks to realize the idea of equality and human dignity. Through land expropriation we’re pushing the white people to share their land which was gained through a crime against humanity… Be that at it may, we must put it on record that Donald pathological liar Trump we’re not scared of you and your USA or Western imperialist forces… Donald Trump is not saying anything we haven’t heard from white people. In all the years I’ve been on record and said I’ve still to meet a white person who supports expropriation of land without compensation. So why are you shocked?… As for Donald Trump, I don’t have time for this nonsense. I expected this.
So let’s take a look at this statement. He is stating that white people don’t like their land taken from them without compensation. Guess what–no one likes their land taken from them without compensation. The stealing (that’s what it is) of land without compensation will not solve the problem–it will only cause more hatred and division. Why is this man calling the West imperialistic when he is the one stealing land without compensation? It also should be noted that the policy of taking land without compensation eliminates private property rights. Mr. Malema does not understand the private property rights are the key to prosperity for a country (see article here). If he truly wants to see South Africa prosper, he needs to respect private property rights. Negotiating a settlement between white farmers and black South Africans might be a much better path in the long run than the one he is taking now.
It is obvious that this will not end well. Mr. Malema is only continuing a cycle of wrongdoing which will be followed by more wrongdoing. There is a peaceful solution to this problem if only those intent on stealing land would be willing to consider it.
The Daily Wire is reporting today that the South African Parliament has voted to seize all land owned by white farmers.
The article reports:
On Tuesday in South Africa, a shocking vote in the National Assembly ruled that white South African farmers will be removed from their land. The vote, prompted by a motion brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema, was not even close; 241 legislators voted for it with only 83 voting against it. Malema told his supporters in 2016 he was “not calling for the slaughter of white people — at least for now.”
…As The Daily Mail noted, “A 2017 South African government audit found white people owned 72 percent of farmland.”
The vote will be considered by the Constitutional Review Committee which must report back to Parliament by August 30.
South Africa has had a history of racial problems. It also has a Marxist history and possible tendencies toward repressive government. Taking the land from white farmers without compensating them is only going to increase the racial divide. It is a revenge move rather than an effort to solve the problem. I really don’t know much about the geography of South Africa, but might there be a way to equitably divide the land between black and white farmers while compensating people if you take part of their land?