In 2012 France elected a new president, unlike what we did that year, unfortunately. He was the uber-rich François Hollande and he ran on the French Socialist Party ticket. (Interestingly, although President Obama is “not” a socialist, his policies are very similar to Mr. Hollande’s. Who knows how that could be?)
After two years of driving the wealth and the wealthy out of France, having lax immigration policies, and allowing Islam to run rampant, Hollande has an approval rating of 19 percent. The country had its first nationwide voting day yesterday, all local elections.
From Agence France-Presse:
The first nationwide vote since Francois Hollande’s 2012 election as president takes place with the ruling Socialists battling record unpopularity and the main opposition UMP party grappling with scandals embroiling former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Against that backdrop, polls have suggested around one in four voters are considering casting their votes for Marine Le Pen’s National Front (FN), setting the scene for what could be a breakthrough election for the anti-immigration, anti-EU party led by the daughter of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
The FN did indeed make good ground in the elections, the results of which are still coming in. There will be another round of elections next week, however.
This is what happens when civilians actually experience leftist policies rather than just hear the promises of all the good that they will bring, and it’s why I’m an advocate of not resisting the Left for a while so that they eventually turn off American voters.
The French voted for a man who attacked the wealth-creators and welcomed immigration. The people loved it. “Yeah, down with the rich! More diversity!” But now that they’ve actually felt the effects of his policies (which are a little more extreme than Obama’s), now that they’ve had to live with them for two years, it’s a different story.
TheNation.com has a pretty interesting write-up about Marine Le Pen. If Wikipedia is anything to go by, I disagree with some of her policies. But where she stands on immigration, both illegal and legal, is exactly where America’s Right should be: an end to the former, an indefinite moratorium on the latter. Immigration is the issue that affects all the other issues that matter to a country’s citizens. The direction a republic takes is dependent on the people who live there. Le Pen would have my vote for her stance on this issue alone, should she ever run for president again (and were I a French citizen).
She also opposes giving Islam any time of day in France, once accurately describing Muslims’ blocking of public streets for prayer as an occupation of France by foreigners. Another thumbs-up from me.
She is against everything that is bad for France, which is the sole country with which a French politician ought to be concerned. Although she came in third place in her 2012 presidential election bid—astonishing for such a radical candidate—it’s been predicted that she has a real shot to win it in 2017.
From that Nation article:
“She has glorious balls,” volunteered Gilbert Collard, formerly a left-wing immigrant rights advocate who succumbed to Marine’s charm and is now a congressman affiliated with the National Front.
Le Pen is expecting National Front members to win 10 to 15 mayoral elections. It remains to be seen if this is an accurate estimation. But if America’s politicians—and America’s voters—had such glory in their loins, this country might actually see some advancement too.