Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hypocrisy Watch

You expect it from high school students. They know little of how the world works and can do little more than protest.

You tolerate it from college students. They too know little of how the world works and prefer protest to finding out.

But, how are we to explain the reactions by European leaders to the Trump election. One understands that they have some doubts about the presidential temperament of Donald Trump, but they seem to believe that he gives them license to manifest their own distemper.

Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge (via Maggie’s Farm) offers up some of the remarks offered by serious and temperate European leaders. He says that they are throwing tantrums, and the label seems to fit.

Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international broadcaster, described the reaction to Trump's victory across Germany's political spectrum as "shock and uncertainty." Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen described Trump's win as a "heavy shock." German Justice Minister Heiko Maas tweeted"The world won't end, but things will get more crazy".

Green party leader Cem Ă–zdemir called Trump's election a "break with the tradition that the West stands for liberal values."

Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said:

"Trump is the trailblazer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement. ... They want a rollback to the bad old times in which women belonged by the stove or in bed, gays in jail and unions at best at the side table. And he who doesn't keep his mouth shut gets publicly bashed."

In a fine touch of irony, EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, who recently referred to the Chinese as "slanty eyed," told Deutschlandfunk radio that the U.S. election was a "warning" for Germany: "Things are getting simplified, black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. You can ask simple questions, but one should not give simple answers."

And then there is the hypocrisy, especially from the woman who is most responsible for the nativist backlash, in England and America. That would be Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. Her open arms policy allowed over a million Muslim refugees into Germany, to the detriment of everyone else. And to the detriment of the rule of law.

Durden comments:

In fact, there is something deeply ironic about Angela Merkel mentioning freedom, the rule of law and so on. In fact, freedom, respect for the rule of law, and people's race, religion and gender have never been less respected and protected in Germany during the post-WWII era than under Merkel. German authorities have completely failed to protect women, Christians and others from the chaos unleashed by the mass, unvetted, immigration of mainly Muslim migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The rule of law is anything but "respected" in Germany, where large pockets of Muslims live in parallel societies, or no-go zones, where police are too afraid to enter, where the residents impose their own rules, such as polygamy, and where committing social benefits fraud is rampant while German authorities turn a knowing blind eye.

It isn’t limited to Germany:

In Britain, the police and social workers have turned a blind eye for years to Muslim gangs grooming,prostituting, and raping young white British teenagers in cities such as OxfordBirminghamRochdale and Rotherham. How is that for "respect for the rule of law" and human rights?

There is no freedom, or respect for gender in Swedish women being told not to go out after dark, or German women being told to follow a "code of conduct" because local police authorities can no longer protect them from sexual assault.

There is no respect for religion on a continent where authorities have been unable to stem a tidal wave of anti-Semitism or to protect Christians who flee from the Middle East to Europe, only to experience similar prosecution from local or migrant Muslims.

There is no respect for freedom and democracy on a continent where citizens, such as the politician Geert Wilders, are arrested and prosecuted by national authorities in a court of law for speaking their minds freely about topics that the authorities do not find it expedient to debate in public.

I suppose it’s much easier to denounce America than to look at what is going on in your own country. Or better, to face the failures that you have visited on your country with your multicultural mania.


Trigger Warning said...

The EU-niks are wetting their knickers because Donald Trump is very likely to divert thousands of African and Middle Eastern "refugees" back to EU-nik shores, and because he demanded that EU-nik NATO partners finally shoulder the defense spending burdens they are legally obligated by the Treaty to maintain.

And, perhaps even more politically important, they are stomping their feet about the energy-crippling Paris climate agreement, a non-treaty the Trump Administration is likely to ignore, if not withdraw from entirely.

Enjoy. As far as I am concerned, it's high political comedy. I have no doubt Trump is enjoying it.

By the way, he dumped the press when he went out to dinner with his family, and NBC is "troubled" by a "lack of transparency".

Sam L. said...

Ah, the self-hating Europeans. With much to hate about themselves.
And TRUMP!!!!1111!!!! Out to dinner and no doggie-bags for the press. The NERVE of that man!!1111!!!

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I'm convinced the whole big media set is playing a ginormous game of Simon Says. They're just parroting each other. They think they're very educated and sophisticated, yet they don't realize that (a) parrots are dumb birds; and (b) Simon Says is for pre-schoolers. Or perhaps this correlates to journalists' sympathy for the snowflake college students. Simon says...