For Europe, the huge welcoming applause Palin got after being introduced just before her speech was loud thunder accompanied by tectonic tremors. The signs for catastrophic (political) climate change are clearer than ever.
UPDATED 8/29 12.15 p.m.This blog is supposed to focus on climate and energy, and not politics. But the future of both issues are tangled up in politics, and so it is unavoidable.
Make no mistake about it. The ruling elitists in Europe and Germany are about as far from America’s foundational principles as they have ever been. Looking at the German media headlines yesterday, Beck’s rally was labelled as a gathering of “ultra-conservatives”, “religious right”, “God-fearing, gun-toting Americans”-patriotic folks in T-shirts and caps who chant “USA! USA!” and “God bless America!”. It’s just so unsophisticated – so say the euro-elitists through their noses. Europe’s elite media are marginalising and villainizing American conservatism. Call it the Cold War of the 21st Century. That’s the reality.
The euro-media of course would never broadcast the speeches, fearing their listeners might draw the “wrong conclusions”. So the media select the pictures they think their viewers ought to see and deliver pre-packaged thoughts and commentary to tell them how to think. It’s the responsible way of informing citizens.
Europe’s spite for original American ideals is deep.
Should someone like Palin take the Presidency in 2012, then prepare for headlines from Europe that normally would be reserved for history’s worst dictators. It’ll be “freeze it, personalise it and polarize it” in über-doses. In secular environmental Europe, things like Christianity, God, freedom, small government, life, capitalism are extreme, and thus talk about such things must be reigned in and controlled by the heavy hand of the state and media.
America itself is deeply divided, and it’s going to stay that way. And there’s no question which side Europe’s elites in media and government align themselves with. It’s the believers of the USA’s Constitution, i.e. conservatism, against the rest of the world. It really is that precarious. Those who believe in the founding principles of America have very few allies left in the world.
The differences between the American right and European left (the American left is the European left) are now far beyond reconciliation. The two sides could not be more polarised. What’s the way out? What can be done when reconciliation has no chance? The American right, the believers of its Constitutional principles, are alone on the globe. Do you compromise? Do you try to change the mind of the rest of the world? Conflict and uprising seem to be pre-programmed.
Although American conservatism appears to be making a comeback now, the reality is that it is completely surrounded on all fronts, almost hopelessly outnumbered, with very few political weapons. The NGOs, the UN, the elite media, academia, Hollywood, Russia, China, Europe, the Third World, the “environmentalists”, the billionaires, the special interests, the powerful US Left and all dictators are arrayed against American conservatism. People are to be ruled by governments, and not vice versa.
As President, who could someone like Palin possibly find as an ally? Other than Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel and Georgia, you’d be hard pressed to name one that’s influential. I’m not saying Palin should not be elected for that reason, I’m just telling you what the world is like for the last bastion of American ideals.
The odds are very long.