I imagine most Americans have no more interest in the European Union Parliamentary elections than they do the latest cricket scores. But this weekend’s results are sending shockwaves that could realign the entire continent, and it appears to be part of a worldwide movement, at least partly fired and inspired by Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.
Across Europe, in Italy, France, Greece, Poland and other nations, conservative populist and nationalist parties made big gains while leftwing/socialist parties fell like dominoes. This will give you an idea of how widespread the leftist carnage was.
In the UK, the big winner in the EU Parliamentary elections was the Brexit Party, formed just seven weeks ago, which ran on a platform of getting out of the EU. Leader Nigel Farange said, “We'll take our seats, I hope we're not there for too long.”
You know liberalism is taking an undeniable beating worldwide when even the New York Times has to grudgingly admit it.
It wasn’t all good news (the radical left Green Party also made gains.) But the overall message was that the people are fed up with being told by entrenched pompous elitists that they must sit down, shut up and take it as their traditions and national identities are obliterated, their free speech is crushed, their jobs and lifestyles are sacrificed on the altar of “climate change” as their leaders continue riding in jets and limos to their mansions and eco-conferences, and their countries are overrun with migrants who refuse to assimilate.
This follows a stunning week of worldwide popular rejections of smug leftist central planners, from Australia to India to Europe. Just as here in America, the left was certain that, having taken over the media, entertainment and academia, they had brainwashed and browbeaten people into falling in line and that their eternal reign was an inevitability, with everyone too afraid to stand up to them for fear of being branded a racist/Nazi/white supremacist. Sadly for them, their nations still have free elections, and now a lot of leftist politicians will soon be looking for real jobs. With their resumes, good luck with that.
The unrepentant champion of open borders, Angela Merkel, remains in power in Germany, but her governing coalition has been significantly weakened, and she’s halfway through her final term. She’s warning about “dark forces” in the rise of nationalist candidates and saying that German children need to be taught about their history to avoid a repeat. I couldn’t agree more, but let’s teach them what Nazism was really all about, and that “Nazi” isn’t just a name you call a political opponent who wants secure borders. She warns in this article…
…about the rising tide of anti-Semitism and how synagogues in Germany must be guarded by police, yet she seems to see no connection between that and her decision to allow in a million migrants, mostly Middle Eastern Muslims who refuse to assimilate to German culture.
This blind spot is widespread among European leaders, but it’s glaringly obvious to their citizens who don’t live behind walls and armed guards, hence this weekend’s smackdown at the polls.
As blogger Niall Kilmartin points out, the German government deals with Islamophobia by censoring any criticism of Muslims by force of law. It deals with anti-Semitism by warning Jews to avoid appearing too Jewish in public and bringing attacks on themselves. And then, it accuses anyone who objects to such policies of being the second coming of the Nazis.
At this point, the best that can be said of Angela Merkel’s long tenure is that nobody will ever say she was the worst leader Germany ever had.