End of Year in France: Perspective

Following even distantly the press of another country is a healthy habit on several counts. (One of those is that it’s a good reason to learn a foreign language well.) For me, the French media give me perspective with respect to life in America.

On January 1st, the French police congratulated itself, as it does every year, on a significant reduction in the number of cars set afire as a form of celebration the nigh before. Yes, you read it right; French people, young French people I would assume burn the cars of perfect strangers whose sole offense is parking on the street. What fun it must be. The police stated that 14% fewer cars had been torched in France than on New Year’s Eve 2014. In the whole country, only 800 cars were burned. Brought to population scale, it’s as if 4,000 cars had been deliberately burned US-wide in a single night. Way to go; self-congratulation well deserved!

President Francois Hollande of the French Socialist Party delivered his New Year promises to the nation. According the moderate daily Le Figaro, 92% of French people did not believe him. Unfortunately no more details about the method or sample were given by the newspaper. Yet, there is little doubt that believers are now a very small number. Take note, Mr Sanders, the Democrat honest “socialist” alternative to the crook and liar. I know, I am repeating myself: the word “socialist” almost always prefigures disaster. The case of France indicates that this rule of thumb is correct even if the “socialism” in question is not accompanied by authoritarianism.

Also at the end of 2015, several soldiers are guarding a mosque somewhere in provincial France. Mosques have been protected along with synagogues and some churches since the summer massacre in Paris. There is a small subtle element of propaganda in this: Muslim organizations representatives point out that it would be unfair to protect only synagogues, as if mosques could not be also the targets of terrorism. Anyway, it makes a bad impression if mosques are not under armed protection. Although no one actually said the word, not placing police or soldiers in front of mosques would constitute a kind of state Islamophobia. The French left wing authorities are sensitive to much of the unspoken.

Anyway, a half dozen well-armed soldiers, regular military, are fighting boredom in front of a mosque when a car drives right into them at high speed, Palestinian style. France is not Democrat-run Chicago; the soldiers refrain from shooting until the driver backs up and tries again. At that point, they shoot in the general direction of the car and wound the driver. The man has an Arabic first name and last name. His wife describes him a a devout, practicing Muslim. The French prosecutor decides not to charge him with terrorism. French Muslim authorities unambiguously denounce the attack. Go figure!

 

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About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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4 Responses to End of Year in France: Perspective

  1. Bruce says:

    France and the rest of Europe is under siege.
    They are being invaded by hoards of people who have no interest in assimilating
    or contributing. The leftist belief that these migrants are “enrichers” is suicidal.
    I agree that we can learn lots by observing events elsewhere. Obama’s “fundamental
    transformation” is quickly becoming a reality, helped by the Big Government Republicans cuckhold actions. Open the gates, let them in, give them food, shelter, education, free healthcare and an Obamaphone. Oh yes, don’t forget the classes instructing the new arrivals that raping women is not permissible here. If we didn’t have the lowest labor participation in 30 years a case could be made that we need the labor.

  2. Bruce: immigrants in general bring more than labor. Take me, for example…. And do you remember the days when all the food in America was English or Irish with not a single pizza in sight? And who do you thinkjdesigned long distance American rockets? I could go on for pages.

    • Bruce says:

      OK, I’ll be honest. If we were talking about Norwegians, Sweedes, Germans, Danes, Frenchmen, Spaniards, Englishmen, Irishmen, Dutchmen, Polish, Swiss, read White Christian immigrants/refugees, like the ones that founded this country, who assimilated and considered themselves Americans first. No problem. We did not have a welfare state that did not require assimilation when immigrants came here in the past. New immigrants came here and went to work, now they come here and go on welfare. I enjoy visiting third world countries too, I just don’t want to leave one for my children and grandchildren to live in. In this regard I wish were more like Israel. Little by little, bit by bit, our Constitutional protections are being eroded. As our national boundaries collapse, we become territorial residents, not citizens.
      Obama just announced his gun control executive order, if Hillary is elected its game over. Next time I go to the doctor, guess I’m taking my lawyer too.
      Privacy and civil rights for illegals, not American citizens, how is that just?

  3. Bruce: It seems to me that our constitutional protections are being eroded from inside by a coalition of labor unions, feminists, welfare clients, and academics. Immigrants have little to do with it.

    It’s simply not true that immigrants, go directly on welfare. Take Mexicans: Recently, when work dried up and welfare opened up, they stopped coming. (I mean that more left than came in, ,legally and illegally). As for the quality of immigrants, Mexicans are the Irishmen of today: They come to work, they are sober, they understand American society very well, they are accustomed to the idea of separation of religion from government. The impression that they don’t want to assimilate is based on an auditory illusion. In fact, if you pay attention to any, ANY Spanish language media you will find that English teaching is a flourishing industry. The same is true in many parts of Mexico.

    THe implicit comparison is with former immigrants in the early twentieth century. The impression that former immigrants arrived, went to school and became ordinary Americans in short order is thoroughly mistaken. Adults almost never learn a foreign language except in prisoner of war camps and in the US armed forces, a tiny, select group. Immigrants of old lived in ethnic ghettos.

    I invite you to write an angry essay for this blog about pres. Obama’s impotent, raging and ineffectual efforts to restrict gun ownership. There are more guns in American than there re Americans. That horse left the stable long ago.

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