How global elites forsake their countrymen
By Peggy Noonan
This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist.
Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000. Naturally this was taken as an invitation, and more than a million came. The result has been widespread public furor over crime, cultural dissimilation and fears of terrorism. From such a sturdy, grounded character as Ms. Merkel the decision was puzzling—uncharacteristically romantic about people, how they live their lives, and history itself, which is more charnel house than settlement house.
Ms. Merkel’s acquaintance sighed and agreed. It’s one thing to be overwhelmed by an unexpected force, quite another to invite your invaders in! But, the acquaintance said, he believed the chancellor was operating in pursuit of ideals. As the daughter of a Lutheran minister, someone who grew up in East Germany, Ms. Merkel would have natural sympathy for those who feel marginalized and displaced. Moreover she is attempting to provide a kind of counter-statement, in the 21st century, to Germany’s great sin of the 20th. The historical stain of Nazism, the murder and abuse of the minority, will be followed by the moral triumph of open arms toward the dispossessed. That’s what’s driving it, said the acquaintance.
It was as good an explanation as I’d heard. But there was a fundamental problem with the decision that you can see rippling now throughout the West. Ms. Merkel had put the entire burden of a huge cultural change not on herself and those like her but on regular people who live closer to the edge, who do not have the resources to meet the burden, who have no particular protection or money or connections. Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never would be.
Nothing in their lives will get worse. The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street—that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected. They were left to struggle, not gradually and over the years but suddenly and in an air of ongoing crisis that shows no signs of ending—because nobody cares about them enough to stop it.
The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this. When the working and middle class pushed back in shocked indignation, the people on top called them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.” The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.”
And so the great separating incident at Cologne last New Year’s, and the hundreds of sexual assaults by mostly young migrant men who were brought up in societies where women are veiled—who think they should be veiled—and who chose to see women in short skirts and high heels as asking for it.
Cologne of course was followed by other crimes.
The journalist Chris Caldwell reports in the Weekly Standard on Ms. Merkel’s statement a few weeks ago, in which she told Germans that history was asking them to “master the flip side, the shadow side, of all the positive effects of globalization.”
Caldwell: “This was the chancellor’s . . . way of acknowledging that various newcomers to the national household had begun to attack and kill her voters at an alarming rate.” Soon after her remarks, more horrific crimes followed, including in Munich (nine killed in a McDonald’s) Reutlingen (a knife attack) and Ansbach (a suicide bomber).
The larger point is that this is something we are seeing all over, the top detaching itself from the bottom, feeling little loyalty to it or affiliation with it. It is a theme I see working its way throughout the West’s power centers. At its heart it is not only a detachment from, but a lack of interest in, the lives of your countrymen, of those who are not at the table, and who understand that they’ve been abandoned by their leaders’ selfishness and mad virtue-signalling.
On Wall Street, where they used to make statesmen, they now barely make citizens. CEOs are consumed with short-term thinking, stock prices, quarterly profits. They don’t really believe that they have to be involved with “America” now; they see their job as thinking globally and meeting shareholder expectations.
In Silicon Valley the idea of “the national interest” is not much discussed. They adhere to higher, more abstract, more global values. They’re not about America, they’re about . . . well, I suppose they’d say the future.
In Hollywood the wealthy protect their own children from cultural decay, from the sick images they create for all the screens, but they don’t mind if poor, unparented children from broken-up families get those messages and, in the way of things, act on them down the road.
From what I’ve seen of those in power throughout business and politics now, the people of your country are not your countrymen, they’re aliens whose bizarre emotions you must attempt occasionally to anticipate and manage.
In Manhattan, my little island off the continent, I see the children of the global business elite marry each other and settle in London or New York or Mumbai. They send their children to the same schools and are alert to all class markers. And those elites, of Mumbai and Manhattan, do not often identify with, or see a connection to or an obligation toward, the rough, struggling people who live at the bottom in their countries. In fact, they fear them, and often devise ways, when home, of not having their wealth and worldly success fully noticed.
Affluence detaches, power adds distance to experience. I don’t have it fully right in my mind but something big is happening here with this division between the leaders and the led. It is very much a feature of our age. But it is odd that our elites have abandoned or are abandoning the idea that they belong to a country, that they have ties that bring responsibilities, that they should feel loyalty to their people or, at the very least, a grounded respect.
I close with a story that I haven’t seen in the mainstream press. This week the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson reported that recent Syrian refugees being resettled in Virginia, were sent to the state’s poorest communities. Data from the State Department showed that almost all Virginia’s refugees since October “have been placed in towns with lower incomes and higher poverty rates, hours away from the wealthy suburbs outside of Washington, D.C.” Of 121 refugees, 112 were placed in communities at least 100 miles from the nation’s capital. The suburban counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington—among the wealthiest in the nation, and home to high concentrations of those who create, and populate, government and the media—have received only nine refugees.
Some of the detachment isn’t unconscious. Some of it is sheer and clever self-protection. At least on some level they can take care of their own.
Article link http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-global-elites-forsake-their-countrymen-1470959258
For her to articulate this undoubtedly will label her as pro-Trump. I don’t whether she is or not but that is actually not the point. What she writes is true. Dems will throw labels meant to be derogatory because they don’t either want to deal with the issue or (and more than likely) they are Dem voter and actually don’t have a clear reasonable curse-free response to offer. While CNN, MSN, ABC, CBS and NBC are giving Hillary the queen and smooth sailing treatment the REAL ISSUES are again swept away from the candidate of their choice so they don’t have to articulate to the world their position or insight on such matters. Meanwhile Hillary has a wall around her compound. Walls are bad remember? Mr. FB has a wall around his compound. But a wall to protect the rest of the society in the USA is hate-mongering, racist or whatever derogatory label they put on it. Meanwhile Chief Empty Suit funnels in a predominantly Middle-Eastern “style” of Muslim into neighborhoods far from him and his cronies. Undoubtedly the property values in the areas of the residences of the global elite won’t be conducive to unemployed, under-educated, poverty or lower class individuals so “of course” they get shipped away to “those areas best suited for them”. Of course they put them up on the tax paying citizen so they have food, some type of shelter and O****-care.
What happened to democracy? Why not put up the matter for a vote in all of the precincts in our country (BTW “precinct” – really must have been a Freudian slip by someone)?
Less than 15 minutes long.
Americans: A TRUTH that the Chief Empty Suit, Hillary and many Democrats don’t want you to know.
Now a BIG question: WHY WOULD THAT BE?
To look around the world and know that for about two years my country is not going to do what is right is heart-breaking, frustrating and irritating.
To see the chief empty suit bowing over backwards to an evil regime that is leading Iran is infuriating. To understand that a lot of the unrest is being funded by Iran and that they are doing whatever they can to get a better grip in the Middle East is also infuriating. They know fully that in the USA we have no executive branch leadership and that he and his team are blind and complicit to what is actually going on in the Middle East. Six years ago the people were rising up in Iran looking for allies to revolt against their government and chief empty suit did nothing. In Syria the people raised up against their government and chief empty suit did nothing. In Egypt the chief empty suit sided with the Muslim Brotherhood.
I suspect that the chief empty suit knows that his lineage is of Shiite Muslim heritage. I also suspect that he is himself is of this persuasion and most certainly of their ideology. This would indeed explain much as to what he has been doing the past six years and what his agenda will be in the remainder of his presidency.
Iran will not stop until Israel is no longer and the Middle East is fully under the control of the ayatollah. All words and actions are to bring these two goals success. Lie, murder, conspire etc. Do WHATEVER you need to do to accomplish the objectives.
Here in the USA we the people are complicit because:
1. he was an elected official (not by me!!!)
2. we have not rose up and removed him from office
Why is their not an American Spring? I suspect as long as people continue to have their bandwidth and TV/entertainment there will not be a insurrection. We ARE allowing ourselves to be amused to death. Disagree? Why isn’t Hillary being prosecuted? Why is Hillary even considered the Democratic presidential candidate (before the fact) and has been virtually tapped already as the next president?
We are in deep trouble people.
Debka reporting today that Netanyahu is debating which route to go under the apparent delusional premise that the current presidential administration of the USA has Israel’s best interest in mind. Meanwhile Uri Ariel has a clear and ACCURATE message for our president “Leave us alone!”
Mr. Netanyahu for crying out loud wake up! Wise up! Quick looking at USA funds or whatever it is you fear losing. This current administration DOES NOT CARE about the nation of Israel as you do. Nor do they have interests that are of such value as you do in your own HOMELAND. You have the backing of your Arab neighbors for crying out loud to rid the stronghold of Hamas in Gaza. The USA does not have your back at this moment. Hopefully the next administration will but as the situation with Iran should have surely shown you and as well as the red-line of Syria should have shown you and as for the rhetoric and bad blood the current administration has stirred in their relationship with Israel ==== wake up! Look at what transpired in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan under this current administration – look at Iraq now! With knowledge that “Islamic State” was rising and poising for striking Iraq —– the current administration DID NOTHING!!
Obama is merely Nero fiddling while the Middle East burns.
Wise words from Governor Rick Perry on current events in Syria and Iraq.
An article I have been holding since 5/25 yet again clearly states Iran’s perspective of the USA. Really, as a president, why would you trust them?
Krauthammer’s 6/19 post on developments in Iraq.
In this Guardian post today, 80% of all audio calls (in length not just metadata) are recorded by the NSA.
Seeing the headline in today’s New York Post that Japan is relinquishing to the USA more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium, a decades-old research stockpile that is large enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons I believe is an example of what O is pushing for in backroom talks with Israel. I have wrote before that I think he is deceptively and discreetly in additional backroom conversations with Iran about the nuclear program, slowly getting the pieces in place to come at Netanyahu and Israel about the unverified nuclear program they have.
Note that the nuclear talks with Iran have only let up pressure on the Iranians in return for what has in essence their appearing to be nice.
And while mentioning Iran I figure I should “put out there” the whole Russia/Ukrainian/Crimea drama. Why put it like that? Because I think it is all linked and throw in also Syria. The thought occurred to me yesterday “what if Crimea and yet to unfold events in Ukraine is merely “payment” to Putin for his actions in: 1) changing the story line is Syria so O could save some face 2) future leveraging of Russia’s unique position and relationship with Iran as the nuclear drama unfolds?” What if the so-called “powers that be” treated Crimea and quite possibly Ukraine as a pawn and sacrificed it for what they consider “the greater good”?
But back to Iran and Israel – I believe Kerry and O’s beating of the peace war drums in reference to the Palestinians and Israel peace talks is the equivalent of pounding a piece of meat to tenderize it for cooking. All the actions will lead to the Iranian and/or USA demand for Israel to relinquish their nuclear weapons. Why? To aid the Muslim world as well as any other anti-Semitic peoples in their quest to rid the world of the nation of Israel and the Jews. If you are someone who has studied Bible prophecy you know that this will happen again and it will be far more effective than when Hitler tried it. It will happen.
The inability of the majority of voting Americans to admit they made the wrong choice roughly six years ago has led to Hussein Obama having a second term. This second term is the continuation of failed policies and unethical practices of the current administration. These matters have led to loss of respect for our government by our allies as well as the damage if not severance of relationships with other nations. In my opinion this all reflects how the society of the USA has become narcissistic. Self-centered, vain and inordinate fascination with one’s own self. The first election the majority of voting Americans allowed themselves to be swept up in hype, not substance and voting in the second election between one’s own choice before and Romney as the alternative, they simply could not allow the conservatives of our nation and all the people around the world know that they massively screwed up.
Look at the fruit of Hussein Obama.
Obamacare (what an oxymoron), Benghazi (the deaths and cover-up), IRS targeting conservative groups, Iran’s first spring four plus years ago, apology speeches to muslims, mismanagement of the military, botching Egypt and their spring and then blowing it again two years later, Syria, Libya, Iran, Russia, Israel and the unethical and unconstitutional practices of the NSA. “Wherefore by their fruit ye shall know them.”
We see a Middle East where we once had strong allies and now they can not trust us. Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt know with high costs to their countries that the administration of Hussein Obama is hampered by their leader. Syria, Iran and Russia know exactly what they are dealing with and how to easily out maneuver the hack. Netanyahu unfortunately placed Israel’s existence in the hands of Hussein Obama and now the little nation is backed into a corner. I would not want to be Bibi or Peres right now. I would not want to be a Jew in the nation of Israel right now.
Honestly, what would you do if you knew your neighbor plans to kill you and your family? Call the cops? And what if your cop is a pre-school child with a badge on? What then?
Shame on the majority of voting Americans for allowing this monstrosity to be a two term president.
If you voted for him, you are branches of his roots. You are complicit in all of this.