It’s more frequent in Somalia to see a woman get a beating than it is to see someone shake her hand. I’m writing on this today because in the wake of the Congresswoman Giffords tragedy it seems that a whole lot of people have lost their perspective:
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalis say Islamist insurgents have banned unrelated men and women from shaking hands, speaking or walking together.
Residents of the southern Somali town of Jowhar said Saturday that the al-Shabab insurgents threatened to whip, imprison or execute anyone found breaking the recent edicts.
Resident Hussein Ali says he will no longer greet women he knows for fear of punishment.
Student Hamdi Osman says gunmen are searching buses for improperly dressed women or women traveling alone. She says she was once beaten for wearing Somali traditional dress instead of the long, shapeless black robes favored by the fighters.
The insurgents have already banned women from working in public, leaving many families completely destitute.
The differences between Americans who disagree over public policy are nothing compared to the differences we have with backwards civilizations that bring women to soccer fields to put a bullet through their head for…wearing makeup, shaking hands, being seen in public, having a job, or begging for money because it’s illegal to have a job.
And yet, the hate and anger and vitriol aimed (pardon the “rhetoric”) at Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement is rather astonishing. A nut ball kid who is apparently obsessed with “mind control” and the Communist Manifesto goes on a rampage and we’re supposed to believe putting the clues together from his insane ramblings will lead us back to the Tea Party movement?
I’m scared for Western Civilization because there are very real, very serious forces at play that want to tear it down and replace it with a culture that in almost every respect treats women, gays, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t agree as sub-humans living on borrowed time. Instead of concentrating on tyrannical regimes around the globe we’re busy ripping each other apart!
The pundits and politicos and many of the movement leaders across the country have let you down. Personally, I almost never watch Cable News or Sunday roundtables; I see no benefit in watching a bunch of people scream and talk over each other. Awhile ago I decided I was going to read the work of respected magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Only occasionally would I delve into cable news if it was called upon for my job or if I knew I’d only be getting a small dose. Since then, I’ve been a much happier person. I suggest you do the same.
My point is, the great thing about technology is that it affords us the opportunity to stay informed without ever having to turn to our least favorite talking heads. The same people who are lecturing the Tea Party about volatile rhetoric are the most egregious practitioners of it, and so I’ll ignore them. Instead of listening to elitist boors yell at each other just read a few op-eds. And instead of engaging idiots online in the comments section of your favorite websites or blogs, use that time to start your own blog!
If you spend time arguing with professional nincompoops you’re going to lose because they generally have more experience in nincompoopery. There’s a battle for Western Civilization to be won. Tune out the Keith Olbermanns of the world, roll up your sleeves, and win it.