Battered and wounded, Angela Merkel wins her fourth term as Chancellor, only to now rule over a bitter, divided and polarized Germany.
By Kal K Korff
German Chancellor Angela Merkel won her history tying record fourth consecutive term in office, which will be her last. She now goes down in history tied alongside Helmut Kohl for having been elected four times as GermanyÔÇÖs leader.
While a history tying fourth term in office should be reason enough for celebration by voters across Germany and in MerkelÔÇÖs party itself, no such mood persists. Instead, in MerkelÔÇÖs Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party there is everything ranging from a collective sigh of relief, a sentiment of ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre happy this election is now finally over;ÔÇØ to real angst and discontent among most of GermanyÔÇÖs populace who are less than thrilled with the furtherance of the status quo (Merkel), but understand that presently, there is no viable alternative. This shortcoming is ultimately the fault of the German people, for it has now become a perilous crisis in GermanyÔÇÖs politics, a literal identity crisis for this nation.
At the heart of MerkelÔÇÖs woes is her deliberate mismanagement of the massive influx of mostly Muslim refugees into Germany and then throughout Europe. To briefly recap what happened, letÔÇÖs first document how Merkel as little as seven years ago has always consistently been her own worst enemy where it concerns this issue, even up until today.
Like a Chameleon who keeps changing its colors, over the past seven years Merkel has ÔÇÿevolvedÔÇÖ (her critics say ÔÇÿdevolvedÔÇÖ) her position on allowing immigrants into Germany and Europe as a whole.
At her famous speech in Potsdam during her partyÔÇÖs Youth Congress on October 16, 2010, the then more staunch anti-immigration Angela Merkel loudly declared, ÔÇ£This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed.ÔÇØ Merkel also said in her speech that immigrants must learn the German language, a view she no longer says she supports.
Not surprisngly, when the European Union, United Nations and the USA started pressuring Merkel to accept huge numbers of war refugees, she initially balked, publicly insisting that there was ÔÇ£no roomÔÇØ for them in Germany, never mind the fact there certainly was.
After all, Germany, out of all the nations in Europe, has huge numbers of immigrants, its own racial demographics drastically changed and were forever altered because of the devastation it suffered (due to its own fault) when it stupidly started World War II after it empowered its genocidal Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler, to seize power by allowing him to serve in government in the first place. Once again, this was the German peopleÔÇÖs fault. They, no one else, bear full responsibility for it.
In the eastern part of Germany where Merkel was born and raised, Joseph StalinÔÇÖs Red Army seized half of Germany, eventually creating East Germany. After Russia conquered much of Central and all of Eastern Europe, it unleashed a deliberate policy of what is euphemistically called ÔÇ£Russification.ÔÇØ
Not only did millions of Russians settle into these conquered lands of Germany, millions of German women were raped. Those babies that were not aborted, and in the divided capital city of Berlin alone, hundreds of thousands of babies were aborted due to rapes Russian soldiers during the first few years after the war ended; obviously many ÔÇ£GermansÔÇØ today have Slavic or Russian fathers. Millions of ÔÇ£GermansÔÇØ today are in fact a mixed breed, especially in the countryÔÇÖs eastern parts.
Then there was MerkelÔÇÖs infamous scene captured on video during her event ironically titled ÔÇ£Good Life In Germany,ÔÇØ and then posted online on web sites such as YouTube. In this now viral video clip, it shows a patronizing and uncaring Angela Merkel talking to a terrified and understandably frightened Palestinian girl, who told Merkel in fluent German, that she was afraid she and her family would be forced to return to the Lebanese refugee camps they had fled from years earlier to start a new life.
ÔÇ£I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them. ItÔÇÖs very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I canÔÇÖt myself.ÔÇØ The girl began crying after Merkel in her reply tried to weasel word her way out facing the awkwardness of this situation.
Merkel responded with all of the stone cold ÔÇÿwarmthÔÇÖ that Hillary Clinton typically does, by saying, ÔÇ£Politics is sometimes hard. YouÔÇÖre right in front of me now and youÔÇÖre an extremely nice person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come…we just canÔÇÖt manage it.ÔÇØ
Merkel paused her words only after noticing the girl was crying, and then pretended to care by saying, ÔÇ£You were great…I know itÔÇÖs difficult for you and you presented extremely well the situation that many others find themselves in.ÔÇØ
The United Nations and the European Union, backed by support from then American President Barack Obama, got the ÔÇÿbright ideaÔÇÖ to relocate millions of refugees from the war torn Middle East and other parts of the world, and over a several year period resettle them into Europe and other countries such as the United States and Canada. No final cap was ever put on this proposed number of refugees envisioned by its advocates. In fact Angela Merkel even after her debacle, which has caused her party now to lose seats in GermanyÔÇÖs Bundestag or parliament, has bent over backwards defiantly saying, ÔÇ£On the issue of an upper limit (on the number of refugees), my position is clear, I won’t accept one.ÔÇØ
Indeed, proponents of this scheme never bothered clearing their ÔÇÿgrand planÔÇÖ before the people they claim to represent, they never took it before the very voters who cast their ballots and put them into office.
Instead, they acted unilaterally, and in a very short period of time, predictable and contrived chaos ensued. It was always contrived, because no one bothered to ever take the vital infrastructure steps that were necessary to handle the problem of importing huge numbers of refugees and then finding final destinations or even temporary locations and facilities to responsibly care for them.
Consequently, what passed for ÔÇÿsecurityÔÇÖ was too often a bad joke at best, not only were as few as just ten percent of all passports checked, EuropeÔÇÖs ÔÇÿwelcomingÔÇÖ of over a million refugees was not helped by the fact that the terrorist group the Islamic State, openly announced and certainly did infiltrate terrorists and other of its operatives into this mix. Some of these radicals would then go onto commit terrorist attacks, such as the mass shootings in Paris.
The predictable backlash from MerkelÔÇÖs deliberate mismanagement, since no one forced her government to be woefully underprepared to handle a self-inflicted crisis, has been the rise of the hate fueled, xenophobic and racist far-right parties. This phenomenon was not unique to Germany. In fact European Union officials, indeed EuropeÔÇÖs national leaders, openly worried that this problem would engulf other countries across the continent. They were right, it did.
Perhaps the best example of the resurgence of the far-right is the nation of France. In its most recent Presidential election held on May 7, 2017, Emmanuel Macron won the contest and is now FranceÔÇÖs President. Just age 37, he made history by becoming FranceÔÇÖs youngest leader. This is good news, right? Young politician, so-called ÔÇÿfresh bloodÔÇÖ creams his opponent to win the Big Croissant?
As is typical with especially European politics, this issue is not that simple. The bad news for Macron, despite him being the victor, is that his single opponent who fell just one round short of becoming FranceÔÇÖs leader, was the far-right ultranationalist candidate, Marie Le Pen. The Le Pens are infamous for their generations long history of playing the roles of tempest and spoiler in FranceÔÇÖs convoluted politics.
The question Merkel now faced after the scare in France was how serious would her opposition be, and would this opposition be from far-right parties?
Merkel herself started admitting to mistakes and failures. By February 2017, she was telling the world via the media and trying to appeal to GermanyÔÇÖs voters by saying that she would now be paying refugees ÔÇ£millions of dollarsÔÇØ to leave Germany. The hypocrisy in her latest twisted policy did not fool anyone, for it was Merkel who allowed these refugees into Germany in the first place, after lying at first by claiming that there was ÔÇ£no room.ÔÇØ Billions of dollars were then spent ÔÇÿhelpingÔÇÖ them, now more money would be spent, ÔÇ£millionsÔÇØ according to Merkel, to now ÔÇÿencourageÔÇÖ them to leave.
This whole issue was now beyond surreal. What was MerkelÔÇÖs game this time? Had it always been ÔÇ£rent a refugee, then deport them, waste lots of taxpayer and international money?
Across Germany its various states started holding their local regional elections. These determined what individuals would go to the Bundestag (GermanyÔÇÖs parliament) from what parties. The results were alarming, far right candidates started winning.
From the ashes of their decades old ash heap, MerkelÔÇÖs failures and flawed policies had given them new life, suddenly they were reanimated.
Alternative For Germany
ÔÇÿThanksÔÇÖ to MerkelÔÇÖs arguably brilliant mismanagement, GermanyÔÇÖs third largest political party is now Alternative for Germany (AFD). When MerkelÔÇÖs new government formally starts, AFD will have at least 80 representatives in the Bundestag. AFD will focus on being the contrarian party, and will gain still more power by encouraging further divisions in German society.
The AFD does not apologize for GermanyÔÇÖs military actions during World War II, it doesnÔÇÖt do ÔÇ£German shameÔÇØ nor ÔÇ£German guilt.ÔÇØ Worse, it openly mocks the Holocaust while many of its members deny it outright. It is anti-immigration, and wants to ÔÇ£preserveÔÇØ the German culture and the ÔÇ£purityÔÇØ of this race, despite the reality that most Germans are not genetically ÔÇ£pureÔÇØ and this was true even when Adolf Hitler started breeding countless numbers of German ÔÇ£AryansÔÇØ with Nordic looking blonde hair, blue eyes, and stood at least six feet tall.
Although her party has now won record numbers of seats in GermanyÔÇÖs parliament, Frauke Petry (AFDÔÇÖs leader) did what was wholly predictable; having won a seat for herself, she dumped her own party saying there was a parting of ways because she disagrees with some of their ÔÇÿextremistÔÇÖ positions, which until she won enough votes to secure her Bundestag seat were really her opinions, at least officially.
Who knows with Petry? After announcing her departure, she has now declared herself to be an ÔÇ£IndependentÔÇØ and has told the media that she is far more ÔÇ£reasonableÔÇØ and ÔÇ£moderateÔÇØ than her now former AFD party comrades, and will work with politicians across the spectrum.
The problem she faces is credibility. While Petry has dumped her own party, is her repudiation of it, really sincere? Does she carry too much toxic baggage for other politicians to want to have anything to do with her?
Now that PetryÔÇÖs former party is the third largest in Germany, this forces the rest of the parties to get their coalition act together, or run the risk of never forming a majority to get anything done.
Voters will only increasingly turn hard right if things continue to fail and flail in Germany. For as history has proven, the populace when it is angry doesÔÇÖt turn left towards la la liberal unicorn ideas. Instead, it turns right, sometimes so hard right that it drives itself and the fate of an entire nation, right over the proverbial cliff.