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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Germany deeply resentful of Trump Presidency

If you thought the snowflake whining in the US and UK reached a pitch of irritation yesterday at Donald Trump's inauguration, this is as nothing compared to the wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in Germany's government districts. Der Spiegel devotes an entire issue to Trump-hate and Trump-fear with no equivocation whatsoever - they make the post-truth Guardian look balanced. "Trump is the end of the world as we know it -- that much is clear", states the paper boldly. Trump's presidency is a particular problem for Germany for the following reasons;
  • Trump has previously identified Germany and Japan as the most prominent enemies of US manufacturing - "Our 'allies' are making billions screwing us" - blaming high state subsidies for aiding product development while free-riding on US defence expenditure. 
  • Trump knows that the EU is basically a vehicle for German hegemony and allows the sort of economic imperialism that enriches Germany at the expense of the southern states; he doesn't see this as a good thing
  • Germany leads Europe's demonisation of Russia. Quite why Germany fosters such hostility is a puzzle; she is safer from Russian military threat than at any time since 1949, yet still bullies the rest of the EU in maintaining sanctions when many EU members - notably the eastern nations and Austria - want to wind them down. Without strong US backing, Germany fears the EU will fracture on the sanctions issue, and Trump is no fan of the sanctions
  • On NATO and defence, Trump has made it clear he will not support the EU's free riding, and Germany will have to spend far more on her own defence. Add to this the lunatic narcissistic folie de grandeur in a Brussels that wants its own independent army and Trump's scepticism as to Germany's motives and it's clear a crisis is coming
  • The EU is planning to throw a huge 60th birthday party for itself in Rome in March - at a time when the UK is submitting Article 50 notification. Germany fears this could be the zenith of the EU's growth; Trump sees the reason for the EU is as an economic rival to the US, and he will try to split EU nations to weaken the risk. Already eastern nations in tune with Trump ideology are gaining confidence at defying German hegemony, and Berlin fears this will grow
  • Trump's direct criticism of Merkel's migrants policy and his identification of Islam as the greatest threat to western civilisation undermine Germany's policy of destroying European national identity to create a homogeneous consumer mass with no allegiances for the benefit of the global corporates. Germany fears that the resurgence of both American and British patriotism will encourage the EU's satrap states to rediscover their national identities.
Underlying all of this is a deep existential angst that America is now challenging the illiberal consensus of central State control, bullying and coercion. The very last thing that administrators such as Merkel want is a reversal of the policy so eloquently catalogued by Brendan O'Neill:-
It happened because you banned super-size sodas. And smoking in parks. And offensive ideas on campus. Because you branded people who oppose gay marriage ‘homophobic’, and people unsure about immigration ‘racist’.

Because you treated owning a gun and never having eaten quinoa as signifiers of fascism. Because you thought correcting people’s attitudes was more important than finding them jobs. Because you turned ‘white man’ from a description into an insult. Because you used slurs like ‘denier’ and ‘dangerous’ against anyone who doesn’t share your eco-pieties.

Because you treated dissent as hate speech and criticism of Obama as extremism. Because you talked more about gender-neutral toilets than about home repossessions. Because you beatified Caitlyn Jenner. Because you policed people’s language, rubbished their parenting skills, took the piss out of their beliefs.

Because you cried when someone mocked the Koran but laughed when they mocked the Bible. Because you said criticising Islam is Islamophobia. Because you kept telling people, ‘You can’t think that, you can’t say that, you can’t do that.’

Because you turned politics from something done by and for people to something done to them, for their own good. Because you treated people like trash. And people don’t like being treated like trash. Trump happened because of you.


DeeDee99 said...

It HAS been quite a sudden change for Merkel and the German Establishment to absorb. First the British people demonstrated that they were still just as stubborn as they were in 1939 and didn't intend to have their country run for them by Germany through a bureaucratic front based in Brussels..... despite the wishes of their own political class.

Then, instead of getting Hillary Clinton as replacement for Obama and a continuation of political "business as usual" the American people demonstrated a similar lack of willingness to be cowed, bullied and impoverished by so-called "liberals" and their job-destroying policies.

And just when it was all going SO well ..........

rapscallion said...

Radders, your last 5 paragraphs are perfect. They encapsulate pretty much all the reasons why the liberal "elite" and their pustulent ideas are being swept away. You're right, people don't take kindly to be patronised, debased, smeared and treated like shit. As sure as night follows day, they will get their own back. How I laughed when "Call me Dave" resigned on June 24th (my birthday as well). That'll teach the bastard for calling me a "fruitcake, loony and closet racist" What goes around, comes around.

PS I thought President Trump's speech was the dog's bollocks.

Anonymous said...

The best summary I have seen. Bravo!

Raedwald said...

Uhm, to avoid any doubt, last 5 paras are Brendan O'Neill's, not mine - source is linked

but yes, he's nailed it

John Brown said...

"Germany leads Europe's demonisation of Russia. Quite why Germany fosters such hostility is a puzzle".

Germany wants a reason to form an EU army controlled by Germany.

Hence the EU actions to destabilise/cause trouble in the Ukraine and to allow the illegal immigration crisis to worsen.

Thanks for the link to Der Spiegal, who certainly don't mince their words when commenting upon Mrs. May's speech this week.

However, since I am quite sure that Mrs. Merkel will be very glad to rid the EU of the one country who has held back the integration of Europe into one single country for the last two centuries, that she will assist us in leaving.

Anonymous said...

erm I think the krauts are a little bit more ambivalent towards the Russians, the sanctions are piffling and Germany has always been so two faced in dealings with the bear, after all they sell a lot of stuff to Russia not least high end luxury moters and this has not changed, I rather wish the British would keep the Russians on our side even sweet but not so deviously double dealing as are the krauts.

Merkel, is a Communist and a fixated loon, German one at that, the machine is great but does not do 'elastic' and the old order is being at long last disestablished, for the corporate machine which helps run Krautland with the old money, landed elite and the Nazis never went away crew, the very idea of giving power back to the people is anathema! Thus, Merkel is a fish out of water and gulping for breath, she cannot change her Cultural Marxist ideals and where she goes to now is a fucking mystery to me, though I do hope it is a fucking big black hole.

What could, may happen in Fatherland's forthcoming election is a tad ever so unclear, the new parties for and of the people look like doing rather well, though the old political claque of green/pink, red and crimson extreme left wing head bangers....... will have something to say about that.

Whatever happens, I think Merkel is toast.

Domo said...

"Germany leads Europe's demonisation of Russia. Quite why Germany fosters such hostility is a puzzle"

Germany see itself as the dominant power of Europe.
With France bought, the Latin and Greek States forced in to tribute, that leaves only the UK and Russia to challenge them

The UK isnt really a continental power, so they can pretend we dont exist, leaving only Russia.

"erm I think the krauts are a little bit more ambivalent towards the Russians, the sanctions are piffling and Germany has always been so two faced in dealings with the bear, after all they sell a lot of stuff to Russia not least high end luxury moters and this has not changed"
Germany and the Soviet Union were business as usual right up to the day they werent.

Plantman said...

The older I get the more I find that the maxims of my childhood , contributed by a plethora of Aunts , Uncles, Grandparents and their contemporaries, just say it all.

What Brendan O'Neill has so pithily and eloquently said can be summed up in a single phrase "Give a Dog a Bad Name" so don't be surprised if he turns and bites you.

And I suspect and hope there's some more biting to come.

James Higham said...

Deeply satisfying the way we're p***ing them off just now.

Thud said...

Strangely I miss the old Germans, more sturm und drang needed,deballed wonders abound now.

Anonymous said...

Quality piece Raedwald.


Anonymous said...

DP111 writes..


Terrific post.

We are living in epic times.

What we are witnessing are the death throes of socialism/communism/marxism.

One hundred years ago, February/March 2017, the Bolshevik revolution kicked off, sending a wave of death and carnage across the world. Hundreds of millions dead, and countless, mentally scarred. President Ronald Reagan and PM Margaret Thatcher, along with Pope John Paul II, saw the end of the USSR, and its satraps in Eastern Europe.

Unfortunately the infection transferred itself to Europe, and America. Using Climate Change, Health care, and Political Correctness, it hoped to enslave the West. It almost succeeded, but for the appearance of a real estate developer.

Almost to the month, a hundred years after the Bolshevik revolution, President Donald Trump, along with, hopefully, PM Teresa May, will send the demonic ideology of Marxism, to its justly deserved grave.

No wonder Leftists around the world, in the MSM, and elsewhere, are kicking off a wave of social unrest.

They will lose. No doubt of it.

Cascadian said...

Anonymous 22:18 has analyzed it best.

The co-ordinated protests, using the same slogans across the world is the work of a deeply anxious socialist international who are losing their grip in many countries at an alarming rate.

That Germany echoes these worries should be no surprise, Merkel's indoctrination in communist East Germany is documented. Most of the EU hierarchy are socialists. They all see that their failed policies only bring debt and misery, the ultimate failure of the halfrican obama-$10,000,000,000,000 of debt added in just 8 years for notably worse outcomes-is shocking even to them, therefore Trump must not be allowed to succeed and expose socialisms rotten theft of wealth from "the workers" transferred to the gimmegrants and free-riders.

The euro experiment will fail this year, Italy first, quickly followed by Greece, Spain, France and mayhem in monetary markets.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

Cuffleyburgers said...

Germany and russia have always been enemies, from the dawn of time. 1914 happened because of Germany's fear of Russia and their ambitions for world domination in 1942 were ground to a halt in a sea of Russian blood.

So I am concerned to see the Germans so comprehensively losing the plot

It is not Putin we have to fear but Germany's reaction to Putin's actions.

The sooner we are out the better.

opsimath said...

A marvellous example of joined-up thinking; thank you, Raedwald. Perhaps the change has finally begun -- it would have been nothing but a dream only a couple of years ago.

Interesting times ahead -- and for once, that is thrilling prospect.

Anonymous said...

The rat's nests have been disturbed.


Poisonedchalice said...

Well if Der Spiegel's existence was being voted on, it would be Der F*cked because the comments are running in entirely the opposite direction to the narrative.


G. Tingey said...

Maybe not.

But DonaldoTrumpolini & his really, actual fascist followers (Bannon) & christian Rule-of-the-saints thugs ( Pence ) scare me shitless.

Trumpolini is a liar & a thug & a bully, with no regard for truth.

Not good.

Dioclese said...

Maybe it's finally dawning on them that they're not the master race after all?

Silly me........!

john savage said...

Spotted this on Zero Hedge