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