Is it any surprise that, because Donald Trump criticized the new land reform policy of South Africa, he's being called a racist?
It's just another example of the fact that Trump can do no right in the eyes of the left – even when, in this case, he is speaking out against a policy that essentially calls for the eradication/killing of white farmers in that beleaguered country, as well as the state confiscating their land.
When Trump learned of the proposed plan endorsed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, he tweeted that he has directed Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, to "closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers."
That announcement and the outrage expressed by the left has resulted in the South African government withdrawing their plan – at least for now. It's all politics.
As often is said, the devil is in the details.
On the surface, the South African proposal is for blacks in that country to "take back" the land that once was "stolen from them" by whites as the country was settled.
The government calls it "land expropriation" – taking farms and land from white owners without compensation and giving it to blacks. The call it "land reform" and, surprisingly to many, it gained the backing of UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
She was on her first trip to Africa, and after meetings with government officials, said that she backed such land seizures without compensation as long as the process is done in a "legal' manner. She didn't specify just how she defines "legal stealing."
While Ramaphosa might have liked her support, it didn't take long for her to be slammed by many in her country. The leader of UKIP, Gerard Batten, said just because countries take certain actions that doesn't make them morally right, and it's reprehensible for her to stand with a leader who supports "these racist policies."
Racist? Consider the statements by Julius Malema, head of the leftist EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) party in South Africa, the third-largest party in the country. Malema said on Turkish Radio and TV that "We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can't guarantee the future."
When he was called on that statement, he said the people who complain are "crybabies." This is a man who considers all whites to be criminals.
At a rally, he told the crowd: "Go after a white man – we are cutting the throats of whiteness."
A background to all this is the fact that the economy of South Africa under President Ramaposa is on the decline. Increasingly, people are jobless – in some places 90 percent – and facing the fact that the cost of living is increasing. When they're lured by government to regard the possibility of being given farmland free – it's more than tempting.
Zimbabwe faced the same situation when President Mugabe started similar land confiscation. Thousands of farmers were dispossessed and killed, land given to inexperienced people – and farmland went fallow. The country went into economic chaos, with massive famine and sky-high inflation. That country is a disaster on all levels.
There's no doubt South Africa faces the same fate if the current land theft proposal takes place.
Regardless of that, attacks against white farmers continue at a regular pace. Latest figures from the Agri SA agricultural union in Pretoria show black criminal gangs have killed a white farmer every five days this year. For months, the government called these deaths "burglaries gone wrong," but there are too many to continue to do that.
The government estimates there are 31 murders per 100,000 people annually – 50 a day. Estimates are, it's more than double that.
Genocide Watch has concluded,"There is a coordinated campaign of genocide being conducted against white farmers."
A parallel to this is the fact that the government has passed laws to confiscate weapons from the farmers. Many did turn in their weapons, which leaves them at the mercy of gangs and the government, which in many cases are the same.
The High Court recently overturned prior gun regulations, which essentially means that any firearms without a license renewal must be turned in –bad news for some 300,000 gun owners.
First, they take guns; then they take land; then they take lives.
People, remember that in 2012, then-President Zuma sang at a political rally: "We are going to shoot them with the machine gun, they are going to run/You are a Boer, we are going to hit them, and you are going to run/shoot the Boer."
The Boers are the white descendants of the original Dutch settlers in South Africa.
The horror of the killing in South Africa is that they are not "just" killing someone. Deaths are the result of incredible torture of men, women and children, often with children killed in front of their parents. Virtually every white in the country is a target.
I was at an informal dinner in South Africa with about 14 area residents. They knew I was an American and didn't mind when I asked if any of them had experienced any attacks or murders in their families.
Every single one of them said "yes."
I admit, I was stunned. They spoke of it as though such atrocities were just a part of life – which in fact, for them, they were.
And apparently, they still are.
Author/blogger Ilana Mercer, whom I have interviewed on my radio program, recently wrote: "White men, women and children are being butchered like animals, their bodies often displayed like trophies by their proud black assassins. … An example among thousands are Kaalie Botha's parents: 'You can't kill an animal like they killed my mom and dad. You can't believe it.'
"The Achilles tendons of Kaalie's 71-year old father had been severed by his assailants so he couldn't flee. He was then hacked in the back until he died, his body dumped in the bush. The head of wife Joey had been bashed in by a brick, wielded with such force that the skull cracked like an egg.' Just one horrific instance of farm torture and murders."
Thousands of white South African farmers have applied for asylum in Australia and many have been granted. Some 15,000 have applied to Russia for assistance and that appears to be successful.
Why has the United States been silent about welcoming these desperate people? A blaring hint is that the liberals in this country consider them "racists" and so is anyone who supports them. They have no compunction about calling our president a racist just asking for an investigation into the South African land expropriation plans.
I only pray we do something to help before there is a widespread bloodbath. Remember, we ignored the genocide in Rwanda – that blood is on our hands.
We don't need more.