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The Dalai Lama Arrives In Washington

I know you’re probably wondering how I came up with a title like that.  I was sitting around wondering why the Obama administration would damage political relations with China by inviting the Dalai Lama to the Whitehouse.  I figured there had to be a good reason, so I started thinking about comparisons to other world leaders and the impact they have on their respective followings. I ended up tying the Dalai Lama to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.  Stop shaking your head and keep reading!

 In 1959 the Dalai Lama led a revolt against the Chinese government in an effort to obtain autonomy in the region known as Tibet. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan peoples, miscalculated the response by the Chinese government and picked a fight he couldn’t win.  He fled the country into exile and has been in exile ever since.  The population at the time of the uprising was estimated to be little over a million people.  Today, there are about 2.5 million people in the Tibetan region.  Yes, I said region, because it’s not “Tibet”, it’s China.

 So here we are some 50 years later, and we are inviting an exiled leader of a failed coup d’état to meet our President in the Whitehouse. The country that was the target of this failed attempt is a bit upset with us for embracing this guy. They see the Dalai Lama as an enemy of the state, someone who threatens peace in the Chinese homeland. It’s easy to understand why.

 Let’s assume for a minute that Mr. LaPierre wanted to lead his membership in an uprising to declare autonomy in one of our states…let’s say Alabama.  So, all 4.3 million members of the NRA move to Alabama and declare it a sovereign territory. I’m pretty sure that the government would not tolerate this and would move to stop it. So, let’s assume that Mr. LaPierre fled the country to avoid prosecution. Let’s think about this….he leads a violent uprising, it’s forcefully stopped by the military, and he flees the United States to avoid prosecution.

 Now, imagine that Russia or China not only refuse to send Mr. LaPierre back to the United States to be prosecuted for his crimes, but they go as far as to offer an invitation to be received in a formal setting with the leaders of those countries and be treated as a dignitary. How would you, as an American, feel about those countries coddling one of our sought-after criminals? You, I, everyone, would be angry. So goes China’s anger.

 So I bet your thinking, why did I choose Mr. LaPierre for this comparison? Because President Obama hasn’t invited Mr. LaPierre, the leader of 4.3 million advocates of the Bill of Rights, to the Whitehouse for an official reception….but he has invited an exiled revolutionary from a communist country.

 Why do you think that is?

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