Since the start of the current season, some of the latest multicultural festivities at French soccer matches have included an agricultural bomb, a bus of supporters riddled with bullets, “commando-style” attacks, and the usual “meet me in the parking lot” style punch-ups now organized on via the Internet.
Perhaps such a beautiful model of cultural integration should be left alone to serve as a shining beacon of what is possible if France keeps heading in the same direction?
Roman Polanski arrest: He may be a fugitive accused of pedophilia, but he also makes movies. This creates a serious moral dilemma for France’s political elite, some of whom responded with outrage and a letter to Hillary Clinton. The Culture Minister (Frederic Mitterrand, nephew of former French President Francois Mitterrand and a leftist appointment to Sarkozy’s government in his misguided attempt to be everything to everyone across the entire ideological spectrum) called America’s pursuit of justice in the case “frightening”. Mitterrand and others equally adept in acrobatic rationalization subsequently realized that the French public isn’t quite as understanding towards alleged pedophilia as the out of touch socialist elites and have since moved on to butchering common sense on less morally straightforward matters.
Accumulation of mandates: There are at least six levels of elected political office available to politicians in France, and they’re allowed to hold more than one simultaneously. They can also be concurrently employed as a lobbyist for a private enterprise, enabling them to directly lobby themselves and their friends in their various elected roles – sometimes over the lunch hour break during their legislative sessions. About 70% of the French National Assembly (equivalent of the American Congress) has such a private sector gig. Some in France have identified this as a problem, and it’s a constant topic of debate here. But why fight it too hard when you could one day benefit from it yourself? “Accumulation of mandates”, it’s called. You know who else has a problem with “accumulation of mandates”? Fidel Castro. Hugo Chavez. Guys like that. In America, it might be more aptly referred to as “petty dictatorship”, or even “corruption”. Here it’s not really a problem so much as a perpetual opportunity to appear concerned and pro-democratic – all while maximizing one’s income.
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