Recall that for several months in 2005, Paris, as well as other parts of the nation, were terrorized from within - - young people night after night roaming streets, burning cars and public buildings, and destroying the social order.
The unrest was a wakeup call for France. Decades of socialism’s failed promises had apparently led a generation to believe that their best choice in life was to lash-out and obliterate their own country.
Worse yet, this hopelessness had also created a unique breeding ground for the anti-establishment, anti-western ideology of Islamo-fascism.
Rightfully, the link between these two issues - - economic despair and the threat of ideologically driven terrorism - - became prevalent in the race for a new president.
Socialist Segolene Royal addressed the nation’s problems with proposals of more governmental provision - - a hike in the federal minimum wage, increases to retirement pensions, and a “guarantee” of either a job, or more job training, to every French young person who graduated from a university.
Mr. Sarkozy, on the other hand, criticized his opponent’s unwillingness to confront “thugs, troublemakers and fraudsters” and seemed to suggest that Royal’s proposals amounted to coddling the malcontents and rewarding their bad behavior. At the same time Sarkozy proposed to cut the size of government and to reduce the amount of private wealth the government takes from citizens in taxes.
And the “law and order candidate,“ Nikolas Sarkozy, won handily.
Now, about this earthquake being felt here in the United States….
Why was it that the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign was compelled to “speak out” about the French election after Royal’s defeat, assuring Americans that Clinton and Royal “don‘t have much in common?”
Maybe it’s because of Mrs. Clinton’s proclivity towards “more government provision” - - as in the government providing “universal healthcare,” increasing the federal minimum wage, and so forth.
But this we know for certain: at this moment in time, the people of France seem to be following the wisdom of President Ronald Reagan - - the wisdom entailed in his inaugural address of 1981, wherein he stated “in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem…”
Whether or not the American people follow this wisdom remains to be seen.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.