Angela Merkel, the same woman who is censoring the internet, won Time’s “Person of the Year” because of how opened-minded and brave she was for accepting Syrian refugees (no matter how much the people who elected her said no). I wonder how the people singing her praises feel now that she says that multiculturalism is still a sham?
The speech that followed, however, may have surprised supporters of her policies: “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie,’ ” or a sham, she said, before adding that Germany may be reaching its limits in terms of accepting more refugees. “The challenge is immense,” she said. “We want and we will reduce the number of refugees noticeably.”
Although those remarks may seem uncharacteristic of Merkel, she probably would insist that she was not contradicting herself. In fact, she was only repeating a sentiment she first voiced several years ago when she said multiculturalism in Germany had “utterly failed.”
“Of course the tendency had been to say, ‘Let’s adopt the multicultural concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other.’ But this concept has failed, and failed utterly,” she said in 2010.
At first glance, this would seem contradictory. So it’s important to try and understand her logic. In her own words, she plans on deporting all the Muslims who don’t assimilate. Hmmmm… Okay, let’s start with that.
The problem is that if you’re looking for immigrants to “assimilate,” and you’re picking Muslims (yes, even non-terrorist Muslims), you’ve done messed up. See more specific examples here, here, here and here. Their religion forbids it. Islam demands rebellion and subversion, not submission to non-Islamic law. Period.
So here we have Angela Merkel, labeled a “Conservative,” who opposes multiculturalism, but embraces open borders and censorship of free speech. You’re trying to make heads or tails of this, right? What’s the lesson here, folks?
That Germany is an unprincipled populous, who’s complete moral incongruence is eclipsed only by its inability to learn from previous mistakes. Yes, even non-terrorist Germans.
It’s also precisely why Americans can’t embrace populism in place of principled Constitutionalism. Regardless of how charming a reality TV host/presidential candidate may be.