I think the European political class has gone completely bonkers:
‘Off her rocker’ Merkel mocked for urging Germans to beat terror with love and compassion
ANGELA Merkel was branded “mad” and “off her rocker” today after giving a bizarre New Year’s Eve speech telling Germans to fight the bombs and guns of Islamic State with love and compassion.
The embattled Chancellor, who is surrounded by armed guards around the clock and travels everywhere in a bullet-proof car, said terrified citizens should meet the ISIS terror threat with “openness”.
Her remarks come less than two weeks after a failed asylum seeker drove an articulated truck into families at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and seriously injuring dozens more.
The shocking tragedy, which followed a spate of jihadi terror attacks earlier this year, has heaped yet more pressure on Mrs Merkel’s hated open door migration policy.
But in her annual New Year’s Eve address the under-fire leader was unrepentant, insisting that ordinary Germans should continue to attend public events despite the risk to their own lives.
For it’s not just Merkel.
In his New Year’s Eve address, President Hollande, who earlier in December said that he will not be seeking reelection in 2017, alluded to Front National candidate Le Pen when he warned against what he called “rising extremism,” citing Brexit in the U.K. and the election of Donald J. Trump in the U.S.
“There are periods in history when everything may change dramatically. We’re in one of those times,” said the Socialist Party member.
“In five months you will make a choice … France is open to the world, it is European, it is fraternal. How can we imagine our country huddled behind walls, reduced to its only domestic market, returning to its national currency and in addition, discriminating against its children according to their origins?”
“It would no longer be France!” added the country’s least popular president since World War II.
Even Prince Charles is warning against populism. And he’s not very popular.
I think that the entire European political class is going to be swept away soon. They’re idealists pursuing dreams of an ideal world. For them the EU is a sort of ideal state, with one currency and open borders, run by a politburo in Brussels, and with them in charge. What could be better?
Smoking bans are another example of political idealism. What could be more ideal than smoke-free pubs and restaurants? Alcohol-free and food-free ones?
But in the process of constructing their ideal world, the European political class have comprehensively betrayed their own peoples. Angela Merkel has betrayed the German people. Francoise Hollande has betrayed the French people. Almost all of Europe is administered by politicians who have betrayed their own people. And of course all the smokers everywhere in Europe have been utterly betrayed by this ruling political class.
And now the people are starting to get angry. And when they’ve got angry enough, they will overthrow this mad, idealistic political class. Because the people are realists who have to live in the dysfunctional real world created by these idealists.
What is populism other than what ordinary people want? If all these politicians are warning against populism, they’re warning against giving people what they want, as opposed to what a political class – that has become completely detached from the people – think is good for them.
The people want their own countries back. The people want to govern themselves, not be governed by remote bureaucrats. And they want their smoky pubs and restaurants back as well.
European politics is now idealistic governments versus realistic people. And the people will win. All over Europe, one by one, self-governing sovereign states are going to re-appear. The failed experiment of the EU will come to an end.
Many people will see this as the prelude to another European war. They’ll say that once the sovereign states of Europe have been reconstituted, they will all start fighting with each other, just like in 1914. But the current European political crisis is not one between European countries, but between governments and peoples that have grown detached from each other. All the peoples of Europe are, in effect, united in wanting governments that actually represent them, rather than governments that remotely administer them. The European states in the EU want the same thing that Americans wanted in 1776: they want to govern themselves, rather than be remotely administered.
And Europe is no longer the same Europe as it was in 1914. That past Europe was made up of empires: the British and French and Dutch empires, and the fading Spanish and Portuguese empires. Everybody had to have an empire. And naturally so did the Germans and Italians, who hadn’t got one. And all these empires were in collision with each other, all over the world. WW1 and WW2 were the collision of global empires. And they were collisions that brought the end of all of the empires.
There now exists no reason why there should be war in post-imperial Europe. The current European struggle is for the re-assertion everywhere of a national self-determination that was lost during the construction of the current EU empire by its imperial elites.
The struggle now is between idealists and realists. The idealists are usually on the left, and the realists are usually on the right. The same struggle is taking place in the USA, where the election of Donald Trump hopefully signals the dawn of a new era of realism.
It’s the idealists who usually cause the problems, with their utopian schemes for “improving” the world. Their grand plans never succeed. They are invariably dreadful failures. And it’s usually left to the realists to clear up the mess that the idealists create.