More Misinformation from the Media:
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. . . . But it was her unexpected decision to accept some one million refugees that established her moral credentials, especially since no other political leader has taken such a political risk. . . . For while this week’s election in the Netherlands may not be a permanent setback for Europe’s neo-nationalists, it should give comfort to those who worried that Trump’s victory in America would be contagious and that continental Europe was sure to catch the disease. – The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump, Angela Merkel . . . the West’s last best hope, James Rubin, Politico 3/16/17.
Fact Check: Rubin is a former assistant secretary of state in the Bill Clinton administration. His praise of German Chancellor Merkel is a total inversion of reality, and it says as much about him—and his fellow American elites—as it does about Merkel.
To begin with, there is little that is moral about Merkel or her leadership. Far from being a victim of Soviet communism, she was one of its active participants. In Soviet-ruled East Germany she was a willing member of that regime’s communist youth organization.
That experience may have inclined Merkel to the totalitarian mindset she now displays with her open-door refugee policy. This irresponsible action, opposed by two-thirds of Germans, has allowed more than one million so-called refugees from the Middle East and North Africa to settle in Germany. This irresponsible action extends an invitation for millions and millions more to come, an outcome that portends the destruction of historic Germany and its replacement with an Islamic culture. Regarding this outcome as “the West’s last best hope” is a flight into lunacy.
In humanitarian terms, Merkel’s open door makes no sense. As even officials of the European Union acknowledge, most of the new arrivals are not genuine refugees, i.e., people fleeing persecution and violence—but economic migrants, people who simply wish to enjoy a better standard of living. If they swamp Germany and other European countries, the conditions they eventually create there will be no better than the ones they fled.
The best strategy for alleviating world poverty is for wealthier countries to provide economic assistance to poor countries so that people there will be more inclined to remain where they are. With respect to refugees, a good idea to resettle them as close as possibly to their home countries. This would make more effective use of the money available for resettlement than the much more expensive option of admitting them to Western countries. It also makes it easier for those refugees, who so desire, to return home after conditions there have improved.
As for Merkel “leading the free world,” Germany leaves something to be desired with respect to freedom. Specifically, it is a country that restrains free speech, and Merkel has taken steps to silence public outrage against her “refugee” policy. Criticism of migrants can be labeled “hate speech,” and prosecuted. As German law enforcement eyes citizens who express dissent, it often ignores crimes by migrants against German citizens, including sexual assaults.
People are not truly free if they can’t freely express opposition to government policy. Merkel dismisses the concerns of migration opponents by calling them as “haters.” Yet truly it is she who hates her own country. One indicator of her attitude was the distain and contempt she displayed toward the German flag at a public meeting. Speaking bluntly, Merkel is a traitor to the country she leads, and treachery is hardly a qualification for moral leadership.
So just what is her agenda? On occasions Merkel has attended meetings of the Bilderberger group. At these secretive meetings the political and financial elites of Western countries regularly come together. Many observers believe that they work to undermine national sovereignty and popular rule in pursuit of global governance. If that is the case, it certainly would explain Merkel’s behavior.
To any patriotic person, this sort of globalism is a disease, and the cure for it is a healthy dose of nationalism.