It’s NOT The Economy, Stupid*

According to Dr. Turley, widespread unrest in Europe is about cultural security, as pushback against globalism continues:

Vlaams Belang, the long-persecuted Flemish party, deserves credit for its years-long, uphill battle against those in Belgium who have called them the usual names, erected a cordon sanitaire around their members in Parliament, and have generally excoriated their existence.

Gates of Vienna has been a fan of the Flemish for many years, but we never thought they’d win. And now they have scored a major victory with the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel.

As Dr Turley points out about the American electorate, Hillary attracted those who thought the economy was primary, while Donald Trump won the culture crowd. [And as you can see from the shenanigans in Washington, the Old Guard is digging in on this.]

That Migration Pact is not going to last, but it won’t go quietly. Just look at what is being said by Europe’s leaders. This is from late November, where nationalism is equated with treason:

Merkel: “Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty”

No this wasn’t something Adolf Hitler said many years ago, this is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel told attendants at an event by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.

“In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel went on to say. She even went so far as to condemn those in her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party who think Germany should withdraw from the controversial UN migration pact:

“There were [politicians]who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People”.

“[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,” she stressed.

She has previously accused critics of the UN Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration of not being patriotic because, “That is not patriotism, because patriotism is when you include others in German interests and accept win-win situations”.

Her words echo recent comments by the beleaguered French President Emmanuel Macron who stated in a Remembrance Day speech that “patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism [because]nationalism is treason,” which successfully reduced his approval rating, yet again.

Macron, who has much of his country in highly visible protests at the moment, told the Bundestag that “the Franco-German couple [has]the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos and to guide it on the road to peace”.

“Europe must be stronger… and win more sovereignty,” he went on to demand, just as Merkel has, that EU member states surrender national sovereignty to Brussels over “foreign affairs, migration, and development” as well as giving “an increasing part of our budgets and even fiscal resources”.

*[That title comes from the 1990s, during Clinton’s first campaign. Here’s the wiki on this phrase.]

16 thoughts on “It’s NOT The Economy, Stupid*

  1. The objective of the European Union over the past 45 yrs and from its originators before was for a union built on National Socialism-as was developed by Adolf Hitler after he was made Chancellor in 1933-by 1939 Germany was a National Socialism state. Those of the Elite that control the EU and much of the world.

    This control began in Europe and has a continuity that can be traced back to the time when the bankers discovered it was more profitable to give loans to governments than to needy individuals. Their power is enormous and it is through their efforts as to why for example Brexit is having such a rocky ride.

    The majority decision by the British people to leave the EU took the elite unusually by surprise. Further as a result of the UK leaving the EU they could see their control of the European Union diminishing as in all probability other countries inside the EU might vote to leave. Some of their stooges such a Soros, have been encouraged to bring about instability in a number of countries within the EU and much publicity has been thrown at this matter. The Elite will do anything they can to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal, it is not in their interests to see us Britain away to freedom from the EU’s control.

  2. I don’t believe that anyone who thought “the economy was primary” voted for Hillary (unless they wanted a complete collapse of it). That would be like voting to put bullets in all the chambers of a revolver before going first in a game of Russian roulette. The people who voted for Hillary were SJW liberal progressives or people who bought in to the idea that the government should do most things for them and give them free stuff paid for by others. The fact that she came so close to winning demonstrates how close society is to collapse.

    • I don’t believe that anyone who thought “the economy was primary” voted for Hillary

      Ah, but have you read economist Paul Krugman? He is for all the economic balderdash that Trump has been fighting against. Far too many of our so-called “economists” believe in Hillary’s redistribution ideas: higher taxes, more entitlements and regulations, “equal” pay, etc. They tend to want to centralize economic decisions. We’ve been sliding downwards ever since 1913. The various welfare states in Europe is what the left wants here, including govt health care.

      Economists like Walter Williams, on the other hand, preach the gospel of self-reliance and de-centralization. I would say it’s like the difference between white and black but I’d be accused of racism since Krugman is white and Williams is black. So I won’t say that.

        • And a belated Merry Christmas to you, Outlaw Mike!

          Who would ever have thought in the old days that a Belgian PM could be toppled by VB?? It’s the answer to many prayers. Seems hard to believe that the Walloons aren’t up in arms over this…otoh, the big French revolt was a surprise, too.

        • Your photos of the demonstrations are exceptional. Obviously, the (mostly male, but not all) demonstrators were real Belgians. What a welcome change. And the perpetrators of violence were the police and their tear gas.

          I had no idea that the EU has eighty buildings in Brussels. What a poisoned octopus of a bureaucracy was foisted off onto Belgium!

          Thanks for the photos.

          • Hi Dymphna, a Merry Christmas to you and the Baron too! You heard me less the past couple of months, but I’m checking in every day.

            What is important to understand – for those interested in Belgian politics of course – is that N-VA, the ‘fashionable’, ‘Salonfaehige’ Flemish nationalists, is a two-lobed party in the sense that its leadership stands apart and aloof from their constituents. The N-VA bigshots were TOTALLY for signing the UN Pact. Those voting for N-VA emphatically not. Only after Vlaams Belang highlighted the issue did the leadership make a U-turn. Yes, it was they who pulled the plug from the government but without VB it wouldn’t have happened.

            By contrast, VB is a party where the constituents are in total alignment with the top and stand behind it like a rock.

            What happened in effect is that VB used the N-VA leadership as an agent of change, as a conduit of civilian unrest. VB was able to motivate and mobilize the N-VA’s electoral base (and of course, ‘nonpartisan’ citizens) to force the government to step down. If it had happened two weeks earlier, no signing of the pact would have taken place. So this ‘victory’ still leaves a bitter aftertaste.

            I am pleased that you notice the ‘ordinary’ character of the demonstrators. Belgium’s ‘quality’ newspapers, in particular ‘De Standaard’ are using Goebbelesque techniques, e.g. only showing photos and a short video clip of the very few agitators trying to break a glass door of the Berlaymont. But I, I swear that the photos I took were random. Every shot shows ‘ordinary’ citizens venting their frustration. In a very civilized way, I might add.

          • My pleasure Babs.

            I recall seeing perhaps 4 (four) people one could label as neonazis (beefy skinhead types with black leather jackets and combat boots). I saw NO, repeat NO, nazi symbols. Not a single one. This was NOT what the Brussels mayor Close and the President of Brussels Capital Region Vervoort (both Parti Socialiste) said it would be, a ‘Brown March’.

        • The outer cladding of that main building looks much like a sort of mesh.

          To protect against riots I suppose.

    • Exactly Gene on-that is how many of us in the United Kingdom have watched our society be trampled upon by the Governance of the EU oveer the past 45 years-that plus other factors is why I as a British citizen with ancestry centuries ols, voted to Leave the EU in our recent referendum.

  3. War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.
    Patriotism is treason.
    Globalism is sovereignty.

  4. Add to Merkel and Macron the gesticulating Guy Verhofstadt, future President of EU, clamouring for more sovereignty for Brussels:

    “And that is the real problem, colleagues, why there is such a problem in this crisis because member states are reluctant to transfer new sovereignty and powers to the European Union, and we all know that the only way out of this crisis is a new transfer of powers to the European Union and to the European institutions.” (at 1.15)

    We all know, you see.

  5. Small mistake, for which apologies.
    It is the arrogant dictator, Frans “Europe WILL be diverse! …diversity is humanity’s DESTINY!” Timmermans, who will be President of EU.
    Small difference, nevertheless.

  6. “Gates of Vienna has been a fan of the Flemish for many years, but we never thought they’d win. And now they have scored a major victory with the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel. ”

    Please tell me, why is it a victory for the Flemish that Charles Michel resigned? And also, why is it a victory for the Flemish and not the Walloons?

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