With all the focus on the French elections this year, I continue to be amazed by what I see.
First of all, the citizens of France are expected to vote four times in an election year- we Americans have trouble with two.
Second, the illogical behavior of the patriotic, far right- wherein Le Pen's National Front actively tried to gain a more multicultural look, and even de Villier's Movement for France has little protested Sarkozy's leftward turn- in a nation where both the PS and the UMP courted the center. The communist left acted more intelligently, appealing to leftists unsatisfied by the Socialist party, and has already won more seats than the compromising right.
Finally, and most bizarre, is the prospect of the French nation electing members of one party to over two thirds of the legislature in peacetime. Ohh, what I would give for the Grand Old Party to control 70 seats in the senate [we could get Janice Rogers Brown on the Supreme Court- or Robert Bork, just to annoy the Dems!!]
However, as the Union for a Popular Movement is rigidly centrist- National assembly deputy Christian Vanneste was kicked out for of the party for merely taking a stand against homosexuality- I expect less will be accomplished than if Olympia snowe was made dictator of the United States [but ya gotta admit it would be cool. Her dad did immigrate from Sparta,
Greece]. Still Sarkozy is a churchgoing Roman Catholic, so perhaps the prayers and petitions of the French people can bring more righteousness to his agenda.
The sweet and bitter contemplations of French political turmoil have led me to look for more encouraging situations in Europe. France's next door neighbor, Belgium, is the home of the Vlaams Belang, a far right Flemish party, much like the pre-Marine Le Pen National Front. Despite the usual allegations of racsim for opposing Islam and multiculturalism, the non-brainwashed observor will see that the Vlaams Belang is the party most willing to stand up for traditional Christian values and identity. And best of all, even though it is widely seen as a party from the backward, dreaded FAR RIGHT, it has continually gained more votes in recent elections, and is on track to become the largest Flemish party in a few short years. The only reason it is not more influential is because the "mainstream" parties have long refused to enter into coalitions with the VB.
Also enjoyable is the Maltese situation. In little, ultra-Catholic Malta, there are only five political parties (including a green party, and a REAL racist party), and the most popular, via majority rather than coalition, is the pro-Church Nationalist party, which hopes to let Malta prosper economically, and maintain their island's status as a moral paradise, which almost no abortions or homosexual lobby to speak of. Even better, as Malta is a republic wherein Catholicism is the official religion (possibly the best type of government), the party acknowledges the existence of God
and the importance of maintaining the place's Christian heritage. From their principles page: The Christian idea of the dignity of man is the basis of all the policies of the Partit Nazzjonalista. Human dignity is rooted in mans relationship with God and with his fellow men, within the family and other voluntary associations, which the State is obliged to assist and promote.
Ohh, if but the Republican party were that brave. We American Catholics would be all set! (No more Rudy Giuliani)
The fifth, much worse Maltese party (not as bad as the racist one) is the Alpha Liberal Party, which seems to be run by multiculturalist loons who believe the EU is better than their own nation. They wish to legalize abortion, homosexual marriage, in vitro fertilization, divorce, disestablish the Church, the works. In other words, they want precious Malta to become a mini-USA in the middle of the Mediterranean. Luckily, they are microscopic and uninfluential- for now. Although I doubt it will deter them, I emailed them, at email@example.com
, and politely gave them a piece of my mind, and asked them to let Malta be. If you would be so kind, and care for the future of Christendom, I ask you to do the same. Request that the Alpha Liberal Party will not try to lead Malta down the dark path!