It’s so refreshing to report some tentatively
good news for once.
I left this comment on a Gatestone column of January 22nd, 2017, “Trump
Fires Up Europe’s Anti-Establishment Movement
”:
I am encouraged and
heartened by the sentiments reported in this column. I would really like to
visit Europe again someday. But not at present. I think now I would have to
look over my shoulder and resort to dodging Muslims. I would also have to watch
what I say about immigration. I don’t want to be arrested by Germany’s and
France’s and even Britain’s “speech police.”
The indefatigable Soeren
Kern
in his January 2017 Gatestone article, “Trump
Fires up Europe’s Anti-Establishment Movement
,” lets us in on what the
European “anti-establishment” is up to.
Dutch politician Geert
Wilders
(head of the PVV or Party for Freedom) got
together with other leaders of opposition European parties (or
“anti-establishment” parties) to exchange information and to map strategies on
how to come up on top in the upcoming elections in Germany, France, Italy, and
Austria.  Although the opposition,
aligned especially against the European Union’s (EU) sadomasochist immigration
policies and its ambivalence toward culture-sapping and rampaging Islam, has
been building for some years, this is the first time so many of these leaders
have gotten together at a “rally” to address the “forgotten men and women” of
Europe on what is possible, what the issues are, and what is at stake, which is
nothing less than a wholly Western Europe and not an Islamized one.
Energized by the formidable Wilders and by what is being called here
as “The Trump Effect” (or by Donald Trump’s sweeping anti-establishment victory
and the
actions he has
been taking since taking the oath of office on January 20th),
in addition to Brexit,
also in attendance at the rally in Koblenz, under the banner of “The Year of
Patriots,” were Marine Le
Pen
, head of the French nationalist opposition party, the National Front,
since 2011; Frauke Petry,
the leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD); Matteo Salvini, head of
the Lego Nord party of
Italy; and Harald
Vilimsky
head of Austria’s Freedom Party.

Marine Le Pen of the
National Front

It is hoped that these European anti-establishment activists, if
elected as the heads of their own countries, can begin to “drain
their own swamps
” of unelected EU bureaucrats, conniving, career
politicians and political appointees, retired politicians who have turned to
lobbying to further their parties’ agendas (and their own incomes) for more
regulation and for special interests (many EU
bureaucrats
own substantial interests in their own countries’ farms that
conform to Brussels’ environmental and regulatory diktats), of politicians who
do not apply themselves to representing their constituents’ interests, and
those who are simply moribund in lassitude.
Kern writes:
Polls indicate that
the political sea change engulfing the United States is fueling support for
anti-establishment parties in Europe. In addition to anger over eroding
sovereignty, a growing number of Europeans are rebelling against decades of
government-imposed multiculturalism, politically correct speech codes and mass
migration from the Muslim world.
In
Germany
, the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has become the
third-largest party the country, with support at around 15% percent. The AfD
had gained representation in ten of Germany’s 16 state parliaments, and the
party hopes to win seats in the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) for the first
time in national elections set for September 24, 2017.
Europe’s
establishment parties, far from addressing the concerns of ordinary voters,
have tried to silence dissent by branding naysayers as xenophobes, Islamophobes and
neo-Nazis.
Enter Trump. If
sufficient numbers of European voters are inspired by the political
transformation taking place in the United States, the balance of European
political power may begin to shift in favor of the anti-establishment parties.
European political and media elites will therefore surely view Trump as a
threat to the Europe’s established political order.

Frauke Petry of the AfD

It is not the anti-establishment parties that are worried about Donald
Trump. It is the leaders of the entrenched European establishment that suffers
from what is loosely called the “Trump
Derangement Syndrome
,” a tenacious malady that drives its victims to
various states of madness, hysteria, and certifiable irrationality.
The Democrats and the Left, writes Daniel Greenfield about the
Syndrome, believe in their own absolute entitlement to power. Any election that
they win is legitimate. Any election that they lose is illegitimate…. Like all
dictators, the Democrats believe in democracy only until they lose an election.
The last time a
national mental breakdown this severe happened was sixteen years ago when Bush
beat Gore. The Democrats reacted gracefully to their defeat by insisting that
they didn’t really lose because Bush stole the election. Psychiatrists were
soon tending to lefties suffering from depression. Others protested outside the
Florida Supreme Court, President Bush’s home and their parents’ basement.
Jesse Jackson
accused Republicans of a “coup.” Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson warned
that “without justice there will be no peace.” Thousands protested
Bush’s inauguration waving signs like, “We want Bush out of D.C.” and “You’re
not our president.”
The Congressional
Black Caucus tried to obstruct the certification of the Electoral College vote.
Then when Bush won again in the next election, they did it all over again.
Expect them to try it one more time.
There must be something flawed about how American elections are held
and decided, writes Greenfield, about the ubiquitous teeth-grinding reactions
of the losers.
#NotOurPresident on
Twitter quickly gave way to riots in major cities. Democrats in the affected
cities decided that the riots were a great idea even though it was their own
police that were being attacked.
Mayor Bill de
Blasio, New York City’s radical leftist boss, claimed that “more disruption…
will change the trajectory of things”. Even though the only trajectory that the
protests have changed thus far is New York City traffic. “The more people fight
back, the more it takes away his power,” he insisted.
Wiser heads on the
left recognized that messing up Manhattan traffic wouldn’t stop Trump from
taking office. Instead they decided to abolish the Electoral College. Senator
Boxer will introduce a bill to that effect. Bernie Sanders mumbled that it’s
time to rethink it. Michael Dukakis [a first-class loser from long ago] fired
off an angry email insisting that Hillary Clinton had won and that abolishing
it should be a top Democratic priority.
Since Hillary lost,
the Electoral College is, according to Slate, an “Instrument of White
Supremacy—and Sexism”. And probably Islamophobic and Homophobic too.

Harald Vilimsky of
Austria

Greenfield is sardonic about the Derangement Syndrome. But he rarely
writes tongue in cheek. He’s not making anything up. He’s simply reporting the
craziness, hair-pulling, and head-banging over Trump’s victory and the prospect
of yammering yahoos having brainstorms that will somehow turn the sands of Mars
into caramel syrup.
The outer reaches of
Trump Derangement Syndrome include calls to boycott three brands of toilet
paper because they’re allegedly made by the Koch Brothers. Never mind that the
Koch Brothers weren’t supporting Trump. Facts, like democracy, only matter when
they happen to be on your side.
Then there are the
ritual burnings of New Balance sneakers on YouTube and Instagram. Not to
mention support for the secession of California from the United States of
America.
A man has sued
Donald Trump for $1 billion for having inflicted “great emotional pain, fear
and anxiety on Election Day and beyond.” Students
at Cornell
held a “cry-in” to mourn the results of the election.  The University
of Kansas
offered students therapy dogs. At the University of Michigan’s
multi-ethnic student affairs center students took comfort in regressing to
childhood with coloring books and Play-Dough.
John Hopkins
recommended a healing circle. Stanford University urged students to “take care
of yourselves and to give support to those who need it.” Vanderbilt encouraged
them “to take advantage of the outstanding mental health support the university
offers.”
At the University of
Maryland, an astronomy test was canceled to help students cope with “a
personally threatening election result.” A Yale economics professor made his
test optional because students were “in shock” over losing an election.  A
dozen midterms were rescheduled at Columbia.
Kern writes that the Trump Derangement Syndrome is a kind of unique American
export (as are “safe spaces”) that only EU bureaucrats and national politicians
and commentators purchase. Some however are trying medication – call it the political
pragmatism of realism or doses of cognitive Valium  to cure themselves of the Syndrome:
Commentator Hubert
Wetzel said that Trump posed a threat to European security and called for
European unity to weather the next four years. In an essay laced with
hyperbole, he wrote:
“Europeans will
have to adapt to a new tone in dealing with America. Trump has made it clear in
his speech that he will pursue a nationalist foreign policy, and his speech
contained no reference to America’s allies. [Trump actually said: ‘We will
reinforce old alliances and form new ones,’ and ‘We will seek friendship and
goodwill with the nations of the world’]. His willingness to spend money on the
defense of other countries is limited. He does not see the USA as a protective
power of democratic values in the world; and he is the first U.S. president
since the end of the Second World War who has openly expressed doubts about the
value of European unity and the existence of NATO. At a time when Russia is
trying to weaken the West by means of diplomatic, intelligence, and military
means, it is an attitude that is a serious threat to united Europe.”
In Switzerland, Roger
Köppel, editor-in-chief of Die Weltwoche, warned against efforts by
European elites to belittle Trump. He wrote:
“Trump’s
election was a healthy shock. The shock was necessary. Not only power cartels,
but also worldviews are breaking down. This disruption is fruitful. The taboos
of the last few years are now fully on the agenda: illegal immigration, Islam,
the nonsense of open borders, the dysfunctional EU, the free movement of
people, jobs, law and order. Trump’s predecessors did not want to talk about
it, but the majority of voters did. This is democracy.”
I do not know enough about the mechanics and methods of European
politics to be predict with any prescience whether the muscle-flexing
anti-establishment parties will fall into the errors of a compromise with the
establishments, or fashion tailored tyrannies of their own, or fail miserably
in their appeals to a European population that fears freedom and independence from
the EU. In Germany, for example, there is a very real possibility that its
fed-up citizens may trade a Merkelian totalitarianism for a more populist one. I
hope not.
But I hope I have not misplaced my confidence that many Europeans are
as rational and proud as Americans have been in the last election here, and
that they hear the people
singing
and decide to throw off their tyranny.
When tomorrow comes: What will it bring to Europe?