A sign of hope, or not?
0 comment Monday, October 6, 2014 |
It seems that nationalist parties in Europe and here all share the same tendency to try to play to the politically correct audience, to disavow 'xenophobia' or 'racism' in order to reach a greater number of people.
I've said so often here that this is not the right approach, for reasons which I am sure are obvious to most of my readers.
The UK Daily Telegraph had an article back in December about Marine Le Pen, the daughter of Jean Le Pen, of the National Front Party.
''The 42-year-old is seen as a potentially dangerous threat to President Nicolas Sarkozy if chosen to succeed Jean-Marie Le Pen in a mid-January party congress almost 40 years after he founded the party.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Miss Le Pen, said: "The progressive Islamisation of our country and the increase in political-religious demands are calling into question the survival of our civilisation.
We are fighting against Islamism, not Islam", she said. "
It seems I've heard this song before. 'Islamism, not Islam, is the problem.' Our former president and many others said that frequently.
I do understand that she has spoken out rather bluntly against Moslems blocking streets with mass prayers, and that she has taken some flak for that, though it appears many French people agree with her.
''Her outburst received high French backing. According to an Ifop poll, some 54 per cent of sympathisers of Mr Sarkozy's conservative UMP party backed Miss Le Pen's controversial comparison, while it received the support of 39 per cent of all French.
In line with other Right-wing populist parties from the Netherlands to Italy, her words have clearly struck a chord beyond the FN's traditional electorate, with analysts predicting she could woo chunks of France's lower-middle classes hard-hit by the economic crisis.''
However she has also somewhat removed herself from her father's controversial statements about the Holocaust or about the Nazi occupation of France.
If I recall correctly, during an earlier campaign, she was behind the image-makeover which involved multicultural campaign posters, featuring a 'diverse' group of French citizens.
The Telegraph article concludes by saying she could be a ''highly dangerous threat'' in next year's elections. And the Telegraph is the 'conservative' paper in London?
It's always the same old story: some patriotic or nationalistic party arises, tries to position itself somewhat to the center and avoid charges of 'racism' or 'hatred', and still ends up being described by the media as a 'threat' or 'extremist' or other such loaded words.
It seems obvious to me by now, as it is to most of you, that doing the politically correct maneuvers, trying do distance oneself or the party from 'extremism' does little to deflect the vilification by the media and the mainstream politicians. And does being politically correct do any good with the electorate? I think that many right-wing voters, here and elsewhere, become disenchanted and disgusted when they see politicians and parties toeing the PC line. I know I feel that way, just as I indicated in the posts about the GOP's attempts to be all things to all people. So I suspect that these kinds of tactics turn off many of the natural constituents of such parties, and all in quest of a 'minority' or 'diversity' vote or in hopes of attaining mainstream respectability.
It's a vain hope anyway, as history seems to indicate.
The same story is being played out in the UK too, as the BNP seems to have fizzled and the EDF seems to be a 'multicultural' party. I don't quite see how they merit the name 'English' if they believe that foreigners are included under the rather specific name 'English.' I mean, 'British' is the more inclusive term, because it involves a civic identity, while one can be English only by blood.
The Scottish nationalists, too, seem sold out to multiculturalism, as you can see by the images posted on the SNP website. They are in favor of full membership in the EU, which to me seems inconsistent with real nationalism; it seems that nationalism should have sovereignty and independence as a goal. But the Scots nationalists are rather left-of-center and this, to me, is inimical to ethnonationalism, favorable to multiculturalism.
The problem is, almost everybody in Western societies is influenced to some degree by liberalism, Political Correctness/Cultural Marxism, with the exception of a few of us who by sheer cussedness have resisted the indoctrination, or who have seen through it.
At times it's reasonable to wonder if all these 'nationalist' parties or conservative parties are not just staged opposition, meant to give the dispossessed nationalists the illusion of a voice in government. It's either that, or it's incompetence, or fear. But fear of what? Fear of being called a name, or fear of social ostracism by the trendy people and their liberal in-crowd?
Perhaps Miss Le Pen and her party will be succcessful, and if so I suppose that is a step in the right direction -- if there is still enough time for ethnopatriots to adopt an incremental, 'baby-steps' approach. But there may not be that luxury.

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