We often hear progressive socialists in America saying we should be more like Europe – well, here’s a case where I wish that were possible. France just had its whole government resign – what a concept! Now of course they have a parliamentary system and not a bicameral representative democratic system such as ours.
But, as reported by The Guardian (UK), “France has entered uncharted political waters after the Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, presented his government’s resignation amid a political crisis triggered by his maverick economy minister who called for an end to austerity policies imposed by Germany.”
Sounds like there’s a bit of a “circular firing squad” going on within the Socialist party in France.
According to the Guardian, “Valls seemed to believe that French Economic Minister economy minister, Arnaud Montebourg, had crossed a “yellow line” for his dual crime of criticizing both the president of France and a valued ally.” In a veiled reference to President François Hollande, he said that conformism was an enemy and “my enemy is governing.”
In other words, Montebourg is a hard core socialist who believes — as do many progressive socialists here in America — that his President Hollande hasn’t gone far enough and is “caving.”
The Guardian says “Montebourg was joined in his criticism by the education minister Benoit Hamon, who on Monday denied that he had been disloyal. A third minister, Aurélie Filipetti, also appeared in danger of losing her job after wishing a “good day” on Twitter to her two dissident colleagues.”
Just look at the economic situation in France under President Hollande and you can understand why the government is in disarray. Hollande has an approval rating at an all-time low of 17 percent. French unemployment is nearly 11 percent and economic growth in 2014 is forecast to be only 0.5 percent. The country also has a huge problem with the rise of Islamic terrorism and jihadism support — as reflected in recent pro-Hamas rallies and the flight of French Jews.
Now, in comparison, we have President Obama with an all-time low approval rating. Our actual or real unemployment in America is closer to 12 percent and our economic growth so far this year is at 1.9 percent. And just last week we had an American beheaded by Islamic terrorists.
The Guardian says “the challenge for PM Valls will be to put together a government that can win the approval of the national assembly, despite the revolt by the Socialist party’s left flank and desertion by the ecologists. Analysts said that Valls was likely to keep Hollande loyalists in the cabinet, including the finance minister, Michel Sapin, the agriculture minister, Stephane Le Foll, and the defence minister, Yves Le Drian. But the justice minister, Christiane Taubira, could be among those to pay the price of falling out with Valls.”
It’s really no different here, where we have a Democrat party that leans way to the Socialist Left and seeks to appease that monster all to the detriment of our country. It will be interesting to see who wins the control of the Democrat party.
Can the Clinton wing survive or is the Elizabeth Warren, Bill de Blasio and Barack Hussein Obama faction the way ahead? It’s clear the far Leftists in France aren’t happy, regardless of the horrific effects of their failed policies. Same story, different country.