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10 thoughts on “A Message to Merkel”
David, do you still believe Merkel’s motivations are altruistic and driven by her Catholic morals? I see it as a cynical play for cementing the Left permanently into power in Germany, regardless of the damage she’s doing to Europe and classical Western Civilization.
MH…I think that must have been someone else’s remark.
It does seem likely that her belief system and her political opportunism intersect conveniently, as is often the case with people.
Regarding Christianity and responses to situations such as the current refugee issue, I am once again reminded of something Chesterton said:
“The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful. For example, Mr. Blatchford attacks Christianity because he is mad on one Christian virtue: the merely mystical and almost irrational virtue of charity. He has a strange idea that he will make it easier to forgive sins by saying that there are no sins to forgive. Mr. Blatchford is not only an early Christian, he is the only early Christian who ought really to have been eaten by lions. For in his case the pagan accusation is really true: his mercy would mean mere anarchy. He really is the enemy of the human race– because he is so human.”
Michael, perhaps you meant me as I had quoted Spengler’s relevant post.
I think Spengler’s theory is plausible. I acknowledge that he could be way off.
do you still believe Merkel’s motivations are altruistic and driven by her Catholic morals?
She’s Lutheran, not Catholic. Her father was a pastor.
What is odd is that Merkel has spoken about the problems with Multiculturalism and the danger of parallel societies:
…but does not seem able to reach the “therefore” part of a logic chain.
Merkel is now saying that “Anti-semitism is more widespread than we imagined” and that Germany needs to “act intensively against it.”
The problem is that her definition of “acting intensively” will probably consist of delivering “be nice” lectures to immigrants, which many of them will ignore, and taking further measures to suppress free speech.
Whereas what *should* be done is rapid deportation of immigrants who commit violent acts (“violent” including serious disturbance of the peace, such as threatening women in public), and severely worded warnings (not “be nice” lectures) to immigrants newly arriving.
Jonathan: Since you referenced the Spengler essay (Link),
Response to Mr. Schwartz/Spengler:
“immigration policies are intended to replace the working class with foreigners who will be more pliant and respectful.”
How clueless do you have to be to assume that the new imports are either? What will it take to wake up the “worst political class ever”?
The solution is to set up an NGO to hand out free guns and ammunition to young teenage women; plus videos teaching them how to shoot and care for their guns plus some video chaplains to ease their consciences when and if they kill some refugees.
This would be a CIA operation. The CIA simply leaves pallets of guns and ammo in girls public bathrooms in Germany (to keep the guns out of the hands of arab men). This plan is derived from the current highly admired plan the CIA is using to destabilize the Libyan and Syrian governments and drive angry refugees into Europe.
As they said in the Clinton era: “All rights come from the barrel of a gun”.
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