I read this story this morning:
AFP: Mali Islamists destroying 'more Timbuktu shrines'
It is about Mali Islamists destroying the tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu, and I'm thinking "what the fuck?" Muslim radicals destroying the tombs of Muslim saints, something doesn't seem right here. It would be like Catholic radicals destroying St. Peter's Basilica, Lutheran radicals destroying the All Saints Church in Wurtenberg, or Jew radicals destroying the Western Wall.
I mean what the fuck is wrong with these people? This is completely illogical behavior. And then suddenly, it reminds me of something. We have a similar radicalism here in the US. These radicals aren't tearing down old tombs or buildings. But what these radicals have torn down is the ability to compromise. Compromise has been a part of our nation's history since the earliest days of our country. Ever hear of the Great Compromise? You know, the compromise that allowed the creation of the United States Constitution? These American radicals want their way, and are unwilling to compromise. These radicals aren't capable of understanding people have different viewpoints. Some people might benefit from a government program or law, but these American radicals don't, so they believe that this program or law must be eliminated; there is just no other possible solution. These radicals don't care about the ramifications of their actions, they just want to get their way, and they will stop at nothing to achieve it. Who are these American radicals? The radical right.
These whackos go around calling themselves patriots, claiming to be defenders of the Constitution, and promoters of American ideals. But they don't think much of the greatest American ideal, the one that allowed our country to become the nation that it is today, and that is compromise. These radicals can waive their flag, call themselves patriot, and do whatever they do, but that can not hide the fact that they are as dangerous to America today as the Islamist radicals are to the peaceful religion and people of Islam. These two different groups might have different beliefs, but the sum of their work is the same: destruction.