I should’ve been en route to France this day, had it not been for the denial of my visa application three months ago. But it’s just as well that I will avoid seeing first-hand the rejoicings of the French rabble over the victory of president-elect François Hollande contre incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.
I caught a bit of the post-election hysteria on TV5Monde last night, with whole crowds being moved, very moved, to tears and screams. It seems like a new life with Hollande at the helm.
This is nothing more than the delusions we have during New Year’s Day. There is never any ‘new beginning’ dictated by virtue of a change in the digits in a calendar, nor is there any renewal just because the face of the state changes every five (or six, or four) years.
At best, such changes in political arrangements indicate a change in mentalities. But looking at Hollande and Sarkozy, can the French really believe there has been a shift in the status quo? Is any one of them any more ‘socialist’ (they think this is a good thing) than the other?
Do either of them have a clue as to how to escape the brunt of the euro’s downfall (which is inevitable)? Or are there just going to be more empty promises of good-sounding ‘socially-oriented’ programs, more deals with crony banks by which people’s savings are diminished?
It’s all des conneries, pardon my French.
|But that is what your name means!|
“A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-reliance