Unexamined Premises

And the New 'Leader of the Free World' Is...

Leaders of the free world? (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The mainstream media’s ongoing nervous breakdown is something to behold. Since the night their bubble burst and Hillary Clinton managed to lose a fight everybody thought was fixed in her favor, they have been twisting themselves into pretzels trying to deny the reality of Donald Trump’s electoral victory, his inauguration, his administration, and his continuance in office.

So any stick to hand with which to beat the president: the latest salvo comes from Politico, which is using the state visit of French president Emmanuel Macron to Washington as an opportunity to remind Trump who’s the real leader on the international stage:

Europe’s most dynamic political leader, Emmanuel Macron, pays a state visit to Washington this week. The French president has struck up a surprisingly cordial relationship with President Donald Trump, especially when you consider that Macron has emerged as the West’s most formidable opponent of the kind of populist nationalism Trump channels here.

Speaking last week to the European Parliament, Macron warned of a “European civil war” and urged the European Union to defend liberal democracy against a surging tide of illiberal nationalism. “Faced with the authoritarianism that surrounds us everywhere, the answer is not authoritarian democracy, but the authority of democracy,” he declared.

The JFK-style antithesis was a reminder that U.S. presidents used to give stirring speeches like this in Europe. But that’s not happening today because Trump identifies more with the other side—with right-wing nativists and neo-nationalists who want to keep immigrants out; raise barriers to global commerce; weaken or leave the EU to protect “national sovereignty;” and, especially in Eastern European countries like Hungary and Poland, undermine internal checks on strongman rule.

In effect, Macron has stepped audaciously into the vacuum created by Trump’s abdication of America’s historic role as keeper of the liberal democratic flame.

Let’s unpack that a bit, shall we? For one thing, Macron is right — a European civil war may well be looming, but not for the reasons Macron and Politico seem to think. It is not nationalism that threatens to breach the peace, but the very kind of multicultural Leftism that Macron represents that is inciting the civil strife we are witnessing from Sweden to Britain to France, to Italy and Greece. The migrant hordes from the Third World, many of them Muslims openly hostile to the West by indoctrination and inclination, are still flooding northward — not to become “Europeans,” but to take advantage of the European welfare states and guilty consciences. Trouble, and lots of it, can be the only result, and the longer Europe denies it, the worse it will be. After all, how prescient does Enoch Powell’s 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech look now?

For these dangerous and divisive elements the legislation proposed in the Race Relations Bill is the very pabulum they need to flourish. Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organise to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided. As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

That tragic and intractable phenomenon which we watch with horror on the other side of the Atlantic but which there is interwoven with the history and existence of the States itself, is coming upon us here by our own volition and our own neglect. Indeed, it has all but come. In numerical terms, it will be of American proportions long before the end of the century.

Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal.

Indeed, “Europe,” in the EU sense, does not really exist, except as a fantasy of the post-Soviet socialists (the “Soviet Union” never existed either; it was Russia and a few other states, welded and held together by the Red Army). Rather, real Europe is a collection of nation-states, of vastly different histories, languages, and national characteristics, loosely allied since the end of World War II in the cause of liberal democracy, however differently defined and practiced. In fact, one can easily argue that nationalism is liberal democracy in Europe,

America, of course, is different — but as part of the cultural-Marxist deception to encourage the nation-states of Europe to surrender their sovereignty, as a prelude to surrendering their freedoms and their ways of life, the EU socialist aristocracy is deliberately endorsing the unique American model, and making the European countries feel guilty about not adopting it. That the European idea of nationhood is the norm, and ours the exception, is something they’d rather not talk about. And in case you’re not convinced yet, just check out the scare quotes around “national sovereignty” in the excerpt.

Meanwhile, Macron is not the first transient European head of state to be crowned by the leftist media as “leader of the free world” — even by Politico, which in the continuation of the last paragraph above, disingenuously notes: “Although some have anointed Germany’s Angela Merkel the new ‘leader of the free world,’ she’s been preoccupied with shoring up a weak coalition government and stanching defections from her conservative base to the far-right Alternative for Germany party.”

Some have anointed? How about Politico itself, just a year ago?

This time the media hype surrounding a White House meeting is no wild exaggeration. When President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel finally get together on Friday, the leaders of the West’s two most powerful countries are sure to come off more like an odd couple than two close allies chewing over plans for some joint enterprise. And for good reason. Merkel and Trump are not only polar opposites as people, but they share little in terms of international outlook…

Behind the scenes, however, the evolution of the Trump-Merkel dialogue will shape the direction and strength of the Western alliance. While Merkel has resisted the label of defender of Western values, the fact is she was the only leader prepared to play a form of hardball with the new president. By saying that Germany would work with America based on shared values (the rule of law, tolerance and equal rights), she became the de facto leader of those determined to defend those values. And this was done at the same time British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushing off to Washington to be the first European leader to meet with Trump.

The German chancellor is the only leader in Europe who even has a plausible claim to moral leadership. As a victim of Soviet communism, Merkel was always going to be listened to carefully on the question of morality. And given her longevity she was always going to be respected. But it was her unexpected decision to accept some 1 million refugees that established her moral credentials, especially since no other political leader has taken such a political risk.

What a crock. First Politico defines what constitutes “Western values” — I’ve just written a whole new book on the subject and believe me, my list is quite different — then it calls Merkel “a victim of Soviet communism,” when in fact she is a product of Soviet communism, having been raised and educated in East Germany when it was called the “German Democratic Republic.” So perhaps that’s what Politico and the Left mean by “democratic.”

I hope you take my point: as long as we allow the Left to frame the terms of the debate via their deliberate corruption and misuse of the language, we cannot win this critical cultural-political argument. Please read my essay in American Greatness at this link, and consider joining my comrades and I in our crusade.

Patriots of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but the chains — of speech, of thought, and of action — the Left is already fashioning for you.