Macron Gets It Wrong on Nationalism [OPINION]
Who the heck is French President Emmanuel Macron to lecture the United States about Nationalism on Veteran's Day, or any other day for that matter?
Macron's globalist views have resulted in a mess in France where there are actually '"no-go zones" that have been surrendered to hostile immigrants. Macron's government owes billions in UN contributions and for its own protection as a member of NATO. But that's OK, the Americans can cover it. Other globalist leaders of the EU view America with similar disdain, including Germany's Angela Merkel.
A little history for Macron: 116,708 American military personnel gave their lives in defense of France and the rest of Europe, the main theater of combat in World War I. Seven hundred and fifty seven American civilians died and many more soldiers and civilians were injured. Another 418,500 Americans died to liberate France and the rest of Europe a few years later in World War II.
Macron chose to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to take a pot shot at the visiting American President Donald Trump, whose "American First" policies seem to be irking the global elite just a bit:
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying ‘our interests first, who cares about the others.’ We erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it grace, and what is essential – its moral values.“ - French President Emmanuel Macron.
Someone get this guy a dictionary.
Macron and Merkel seem to know how to put their countries ahead of America when it comes to trade and not paying their fair share of their own defense. They do prefer, however, to put religious extremists, migrants and billionaire globalists ahead of their own people. They should look around them and to perhaps the failings of the EU, as others like Poland and Hungary appear to be expressing more nationalistic views.
Oh, and Macron also thinks Europe should muster its own army to defend against threats from Russian, China and America. Knock yourself out, dude.
Macron can flap his lips at Trump all day long, because he knows when World War III breaks out--and it will--France will fold like a tent like she usually does, and wait for American forces to come and bail her out.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.