By Victor Schultz
Est-ce que vous parlez la langue de la capitulation? Je plaisante, je veux dire la langue de l’amour. Even if you don’t speak French, perhaps you still have some idea that a Macaroon beat a Pen in a big election in France, non? Well, it’s true, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French Presidential Election, earning victory with two-thirds of the vote.
Marine Le Pen was seen as a Trump-parallel in France, campaigning on strong borders, discouraging globalized initiatives, and nationalistic economic strategies. We talked about her a little in a previous BALLS, remember? She also advocated a French Exit from the EU. (Frexit sounds like a pill you take after gorging on 4lbs of cheese and get so stopped up you can’t even pass wind.)
Around the world, the pendulum has been swinging back towards the far-right. Despite this, Le Pen continued to struggle in polls leading up to the election. Contributing to this was the Dutch Elections, which saw nationalistic populist Greet Wilders defeated by Mark Rutte. Wilders worked closely with Le Pen in creating a block in the EU congress, and had a similar campaign strategy to Le Pen. (A writer unable to overcome bias might call it fearmongering.)
Le Pen did nothing to adjust her campaign after the Dutch elections. Macron, however, shifted his rallies and his rhetoric to an even more positive note. His gatherings were brightly lit and were likened to celebrations, with pop music and bright colors. In contrast, Le Pen held somber affairs that were overshadowed by heavy protest and police presence.
Despite this progressive gain in France, the global climate is becoming decidedly chilly towards a variety of issues commonly thought to be staples of human rights. Health care in America, alleged concentration camps and confirmed brutality against homosexuals in Chechnya, and of course religious intolerance just about everywhere. (With some variety in which religion is being intolerant of others.)
It is therefore important to remember on an individual level to speak up when and where you can. Those who advance a hate-filled agenda will always take silence as tacit approval, even when they create the silence themselves by generating fear and suspicion.
We’ve come a long way since the dark ages, but we’ve still got quite a bit to go.
ALSO: The President of the USA has just fired the director of the FBI. This is super concerning, given that there are currently investigations ongoing against Trump by the FBI. So that’s fun.