Guest post by Ted Malloch
Google, the world’s leading search engine, has pushed a false fact — that Frau Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, is now the “Leader of the Free World” a position or title typically accorded to the US President, at least since the end of WWII.
Frau Merkel, the longest serving leader in Europe, and her CDU/CSU party was narrowly reelected with only 33% of the vote and 218 seats, in a turgid campaign, to an unprecedented fourth term. But the election was truly a setback for her party, which needed a coalition with the Socialists to form a grand coalition to form a weak government.
Her growing opposition, given her self-created immigration debacle, is the ascendant populist Alternative for Democracy (AfD) who won13% of the vote (87 seats) and came in third. This is hardly the stability of the past, let alone leader of all of Germany — let alone the wider world.
Truthfully, what we are witnessing in Germany is perhaps more akin to a Fourth Reich, which Germany could not win, in the last war by other means.
Indeed, there is sufficient reason to believe that Merkel’s overly dominant Germany is the real reason for the demise of the critical and long-lasting transatlantic alliance and the fallout over the UK Brexit.
This is not leadership but sabotage.
The German Strafgesetzbuch (or Criminal Code) in § 86a outlaws the “use of symbols of unconstitutional organizations.” This concerns Nazi symbolism in particular and is part of the denazification efforts following the fall of the Third Reich.
The law specifically prohibits the distribution or public use of symbols of unconstitutional groups-–in particular, flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting (salutes). While such memorabilia is verboten in modern Germany, right below the surface you find all of the sentiment, authoritarianism and haughtiness of its’ ugly past.
And who is to blame? Google’s self-nominated leader of the free world.
German culture is an odd combination of pride and penance. Germans cannot resolve their deep inner conflict, which is submerged and crosses generational lines, even if they do not or cannot mention Mein Kampf or the Hitler name.
Germany may appear uncomfortable in its own skin, as well it should. The tormented minds — adrift between schmerz and angst — exhibit a high degree of what psychoanalysts used to refer to as ‘repression;’ Except that it is not all that repressed any longer.
Today Merkel’s strident Germany is the decidedly dominant reunited bullying European power—in every sense of the term. It can’t help itself. But a world leader it is not.
The Iron Chancellor (who is referred to as Mutti in German or Mom) is trying to push all of Europe around. You see Germany is no longer a defeated, reluctant, insignificant power. Instead, it lurks mightily now as it strove to do in 1939. Its invasion over these past few years just takes other forms. But do not be misled it is all the same — an invasion.
Ironically, Germany is also the biggest NATO laggard at 1.2 percent of GDP, even though it has the most robust economy on the continent and a huge current account surplus of over $285 billion, the largest in the world. In effect, American taxpayers, by paying so much (70 percent of the current NATO budget) are subsidizing European, and particularly the German welfare state. Such free riding can’t continue and we need to read them, as President repeatedly has, the riot act and not just about cheating on Volkswagen emissions.
Germany nunc has realistically become the dangerous Ubermencsh that Wagner proclaimed. This is what `Google calls leadership? History called it something else.
It is most noteworthy how stubborn Mrs. Merkel adroitly played her anti-American card throughout her tedious campaign. She said: ”Europe must stay united because it cannot fully count on the US.” Her former Socialist, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel (a Putin crony), said in no uncertain terms that Trump is,“a threat to peace and prosperity.”
Germany wants to be on a collision course with Trump’s United States—politically, socially and economically, even if it is a weakling militarily. It is also clear that it is totally dependent on Russian energy. In fact, Germany’s former Socialist Chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, is the very chairman of Russia’s Gazprom. Trump exposed this risky business at the last NATO meeting.
While notable German magazines (Der Spiegel and Die Stern) despicably portray a severed Trump head on their covers—Germany marches to its own and dangerous drumbeat trying to drag the entire EU along. Merkel calls the shots and has said she wants an integrated, unified and federal EU with Germany at the helm and always benefitting from the euro currency play. In all honesty, that’s what the euro is — a German ploy for its own export led growth. Trump exposed that as well.
Did you know that Merkel was in fact born Angela Kazmierczak and is part Polish? Her grandfather was a Ludwig Kazmierczak, born 1896 in Poznan – then part of the German Reich. The family was proud of its Polish roots. After WWII however they changed their name and moved. She ended up residing in the DDR—the Soviet part of (East) Germany, where she was raised speaking Russian, as a pacifist Lutheran pastor’s daughter.
Merkel’s values are therefore very divided—as was Germany itself. She embodies in ways the dark soul of Germany’s anguished history. But underneath the boring demeanor is a will to power—a German ambition to reign supreme over all of Europe.
Maybe Google should have listed her for what she truly is—a European tyrant.
Gone are the common Atlantic values of the past. Peace, security and economic growth are sacrificed for raw German ambition camouflaged in European clothing.
Germany is in effect becoming a defacto bully. What it could not win militaristically in the last war it is nonetheless achieving in a not so secret attempt to takeover Europe and all its institutions, money, and culture, using the façade of the EU as its Trojan horse.
Decades ago a cabinet minister to Margaret Thatcher named, Nicholas Ridley, was forced to resign after has said the EU was “a German racket designed to take over the whole of Europe.” He went on to lament that giving up sovereignty to that body was as bad as giving it up to Hitler. Back then such language caused shock—today it is as obvious as Wiener schnitzel und apfel strudel.
In turns out the British television series SS-GB may not be so fictitious after all. In that plot it is November 1941, nine months after a successful German invasion of Britain. Winston Churchill has been executed. King George is a prisoner and has not been seen in public for some time. His wife and his daughters Elizabeth and Margaret escaped, while the Duke of Windsor, who had earlier abdicated as Edward VIII, is in exile. A British government in exile exists but is not recognised. Swastikas furl in the wind all over London—the Germans run things.
Fast-forward in time to non-fiction, today Merkel is now the leader of the world? Really? Which world? She can barely run Germany. . Before it is too late the US and UK, Europe too, has to step up and call Germany what it is. Merkel is a threat to freedom not its leader.
The transatlantic alliance in this century demands honesty and burden sharing as well as common principles and purpose. If Germany is not on board it can go it alone, realizing the US will no longer pay for it, defend it, protect it, or watch idly as it transforms the continent into a German panzer-like machine and puppet state to which it dictates orders.
European nations of freedom should come to their own conclusions but America cannot appease or deny reality any longer. We have a leader and he has taken on the challenge even if the likes of techno-giant, Leftist Google deny it.
Google needs to fix its algorithms lest we all see what they are—just another form of anti-Trumpism.