We’ve been keeping you up to date on the refugee crisis in Germany. To date, Merkel has invited over a million migrants into her country despite opposition from, you know, the people who elected her. That wasn’t exactly a recipe for success (read Surprise! Germany’s Refugee Numbers Rise… and so do Rape Cases). Oops. Turns out she’s been backpedaling since the bratwurst hit the fan. But it may just be too little too late.
Germany voters on Sunday appeared to send a message to Chancellor Angela Merkel: Close the door on migrants. The upstart Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, a populist force that campaigned on an anti-migrant, anti-Merkel platform – and which drew support from the left as well as the right – scored big gains. It landed 24.4 percent of the vote in one of three states that went to the ballot box…
Here’s an apparently unpopular thought: politicians should prioritize the needs and safety of their own people before the desires of others. Even refugees. The numbers speak for themselves.
At the same time, the AfD – a party that sought to tap the anxiety of Germans over the wave of newcomers – made strong gains. The party drew voters to the polls who had rarely or never participated in elections.
This all sounds a tad familiar. A government ignoring the needs of its people for the “greater good” (quick reminder: The Real Problem With the “Gay White House” Lights), which conveniently serves no purpose outside of acting as a sacrifice at the altar of political correctness. Germans are fed up. Which is not a place you want Germans to be. They’ve got one hell of a track record with being pissed off. Ironically, these collapsing countries are the holy examples the left heralds as “enlightened.”
The AfD is Germany’s answer to being snubbed. Sound familiar?
Okay, so maybe not every American’s choice. But it’s worth mentioning that twenty years ago nobody would have pegged this man as a successful politician. Now, his potential presidency appeals to a lot of Americans. Why? Because the pendulum always swings. People tend to compensate for the wrongdoings of their predecessors by hauling ass in the complete opposite direction. That’s how you end up with folks going overboard.
“When it comes to the refugee crisis, Merkel might change her tone, but not her politics,” said Jürgen Falter, a political analyst at Mainz University. “She seems to be so utterly convinced of her strategy that I do not expect her to do anything different, unless her European partners force her to.”
In other words, if the people of Germany want to see a change they’ll have to get louder and more aggressive until their government has no choice but to listen. If we’ve learned anything from history, it’s that large groups of people can only take so much before they resort to extremist group-think. Action, meet reaction. That’s what’s happening in Germany.
That should go well. Because Germany… they’ve got one hell of a track record with making decisions out of anger. What could go wrong?