Talking Points: Violence at the G-8 Summit in Italy

Tonight, the Talking Points memo about the violence confronting President Bush in Italy.

He is there to attend the G-8 summit, a gathering of the eight most  powerful economic countries in the world -- the U.S., Japan, Germany,  Britain, France, Italy, Canada, and Russia.

The topic, of course, is money and how to keep the world economy  moving ahead.  Communists, socialists, and anarchists don't like that at  all.  They want "give me economics."  "You give me what you have because  somehow you stole it in the first place, and I deserve it more than you  do."

That kind of thinking is ridiculous, but there's an awful lot of it  around, even here in the USA.  Millions of Americans feel entitled to  government handouts, charity, inheritance, and special treatment they didn't work for.  That's just the way it is.

The danger is that violence against free-market countries will be  allowed to grow and become socially acceptable, kind of like the Vietnam War protests.

You're looking at pictures in Genoa, Italy, and these people just came  to that town to cause trouble.

Now it hasn't been socially acceptable yet, but the BBC says more than 100,000 protesters will show up this weekend in Italy.  That's a big  number.  And there are plenty of morons around looking to hitch their butts  to a destructive movement because they have nothing else to do.

The protesters do have one point and one point only.  Some very  powerful and wealthy corporations all over the world have exploited the  poor and manipulated world markets unfairly.  These entities have to be  condemned and prosecuted if possible, and the U.S. government has been very  slow to do that.

On a personal basis, we all know greedy people who consume far too  much, but this is a free country, and they have a right to spend the money  they earn on anything they want.  We can mock them, but we can't in good  conscience do anything else.

That's what separates us from these thugs in Italy.  These people simply want to tear down structures that allow people to have better lives.   Communism and socialism can't ever compete with capitalism, which is why America is the most powerful country in the world.

So Talking Points supports a tough crackdown on violent demonstrators everywhere.  That's simply the only way to deal with these  people because, if they don't do, they'll take what you have and hurt you doing it.

And that's the memo.

Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for the "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."   Hillary Clinton is banging the Democratic mantra about Gary Condit.  The  most important thing is to find Chandra, blah, blah, blah, while never  commenting on Condit's behavior.  I just can't stand that parroting stuff.

Bt the National Press Club, Mrs. Clinton did say something about  running for higher office that got a response. 


SEN. HILLARY CLINTON (D), NEW YORK:  Now I have said that I am not  running.  And I'm having a great time being president -- being a first- term...


CLINTON:  ... being a first-term senator.



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