Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Did you all see this charming item?

South Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

The motion was brought by Julius Malema, leader of the radical Marxist opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters, and passed overwhelmingly by 241 votes to 83 against.

God-damned Communists.  Every. Single. Time.

When Ol’ Robbo was an undergrad at the People’s Glorious Soviet of Middletown CT back in the mid-80’s, “Divest” was all the rage among the Kulturni.  There were rallies and protests and boycotts and Board meeting disruptions and a mock “shanty” town out on the lawn, and all the rest of it.

I drew politickal cartoons for the school’s small conservative newspaper, and in one of them I tried to illustrate the idea that South Africa was a lot more problematic than these people seemed to realize (or really care, for that matter).  I certainly held no brief for Apartheid, but I argued that capital flight would likely bring down the government and create a power vacuum which would quickly be filled by Communists within the ANC with Soviet backing.  (Can you imagine how happy Ivan would have been to get a naval base at the Cape, to say nothing of all those minerals?)  My main point was that under such a new regime, the lot of the typical black South African would probably have been much worse than it already was.

As I found out, this is not an easy concept to illustrate with pictographic metaphors.  Nonetheless, I must have at least partially succeeded because the cartoon I came up with probably garnered more blow-back (including several threats) than any other one I did.

Even though the Soviets collapsed and Mandela proved to be a better force for good than I feared, my point still stands:

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament.

Oh, and if you think this is strictly a Black/White thing, I’d ask you to think again:  As history has proved amply, Marxist “justice” ain’t exactly discriminating, if you know what I mean.