The American left is truly crazy. Their best and brightest idea is about 200 years old, and it has been more thoroughly debunked than any other human principle. Seriously, there is more evidence proving socialism doesn’t work than that the world is round. And still, they stick to it.
What’s even crazier is that they point to modern Europe as examples of good socialism. One of their favorites is Germany, and calling it a socialist utopia demonstrates a total failure of understanding on multiple levels.
The truth is that the German people have begun to notice that their capitalist economy is not strong enough to continue to prop up the recent socialist agendas presented by Angela Merkel, and it’s starting to show.
The left’s strongest supporting country on the planet is taking a powerful dose of the red pill. Things are changing faster in Germany than most people can follow, and there’s a good chance that the heart and soul of the semi-socialist EU won’t be sticking around much longer.
Last week, 8,000 protestors marched in Chemnitz, Germany. They were protesting because of a recent murder of a German citizen. Those convicted were known illegal immigrants. One of them was actually two years overdue for deportation. Despite the horrific nature of the crimes, those convicted were given a lax sentencing due to “cultural differences.”
While it doesn’t translate perfectly, they were effectively convicted of manslaughter instead of murder. Did I forget to mention that they stabbed the victim roughly 100 times? You can see why the citizens were upset.
Since the protest was organized and announced, the leftists in the region vowed to counter protest. Angela Merkel herself called for citizens to get off the couch and make their voices heard. The best they could muster was 3,000 counter protestors. That shows that Chemnitz is among several regions in Germany that is swinging far and wide to the right.
Remember, this is only the most recent example. Stories just like this have been riddled across Germany for the past two years. It might be too soon to say that the entire nation has been swept up with common sense, but conservatism is definitely on the rise.
Last Year’s Election
This shift is best understood by looking at last year’s election. Merkel’s party has been on a long winning streak. She’s currently serving her fourth term. But, last year was the first time her party was sweating before the election.
When all was said and done, they only won 33 percent of the vote (Germany’s elections are quite different from ours). This marked the worst performance for the party since 1949.
It was also the biggest turnout for right-wing voters in many years. The self-proclaimed Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13 percent of the vote. It was their best performance to date and the first time they won any significant representation in the national government. While they don’t hold enough influence to force anything through, they are presenting genuine opposition to Merkel for the first time in her career.
Since the change, she has already had to concede several points, and Germany’s immigration and refugee laws are very slowly shifting back to normal.
Overcoming Entrenched Leftism
It’s important to note just how remarkable this shift is. Germany is easily one of the most liberal countries in the EU, and they have been for 20 years. The government has been so far left for so long that virtually every facet of media and information sharing caters to them.
Imagine if the U.S. only had MSNBC and the Huffington Post and you can get some idea of what it has been like in Germany. Despite that, the right-wing party is the fastest growing in the nation.
I’m still underselling this. Germany isn’t just deeply on the left. They’re so far gone that they have branded two separate socialist parties as “right-wing.” These aren’t Americanize, watered-down “democratic socialist” parties. They’re straight up socialists. And, they’re the radicals on the right. Now, go back to what you just read. A genuine right-wing party is snatching up major segments of voters in that climate.
A Long Way to Go
Despite the progress, Germany has a long, tough road ahead. That’s assuming the AfD wins a majority in the next election. You see, even though they are a conservative, populist party, they’re still in the German system.
As much as they want to move to the right, many of their policies and statements have shown that they don’t exactly know how. The only platform they really nailed is immigration. They want harsh limits on refugee acceptance, dramatically stricter vetting and immigration reform that would mirror countries like Australia and New Zealand.
That isn’t watered-down European conservatism, it’s the real deal. But, on other issues, like taxes, they seem content to vie for tax cuts down to 50 percent. Hardly impressive.
Regardless, the only future for Germany is the AfD (unless another conservative party comes rallying out of the woodworks). Germany’s GDP has struggled to sustain growth since Merkel took over, and after 12 years, the German people seem to have finally noticed. Paired with the outrageous increases in crime that can be blamed entirely on her immigration policy, Germany is closer to collapse than you might think.
If trends continue, though, Germany could be looking at its first majority conservative government within four years. If the U.S. can hold itself together for that long, we could see a new German government ready to work closely with Trump to really shake things up in Europe and get things back on track. Instead of just making America great again, you could see Europe, and perhaps the world, return towards greatness.
It’s a long way away and an optimistic outlook, but for the first time in modern history, it’s an actual possibility. If Germans can look past their extreme leftist stranglehold, then educated populations across the planet can do the same. We did it here two years ago. Let’s hope we can do it again in November.