Some spectators would like to consider the Tea Party as a blip on the radar — a minor conflagration… however, there is a move across Europe and European outposts to move to the right…
You’ve all heard of the swing to the right in Australia over the weekend.
Second, Germany -
At first glance, the Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) campaign ad seems about as threatening as a commercial for the local optician. It features outraged, but pleasant-seeming citizens — a father and his daughter, a newspaper-reading businesswoman and a cyclist — looking thoughtful while asking questions. “Why is all our money going to Greece, instead of being invested in damaged streets and bridges?”, one person asks. “Why are pensioners left with an ever-smaller amount of money in their wallets? Who is paying for the debt that our politicians are accruing?”, asks another.
Now Norway -
Just two years after Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo and on the island of Utøya, the anti-immigration party he used to support could be voted into Norway’s government on Monday.
Polls have predicted the right-wing Progress Party could win as many as one in seven votes. This would put it in prime position to become junior coalition partners with the Conservative Party — led by Erna Solberg, nicknamed “Iron Erna” — which is predicted to sweep Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s Labor Party out of power.
I guess we could chalk up Cameron in the UK as well, but I think that is more about austerity than, say, immigration like it seems to be in Australia, Germany, and Norway.
I’m not trying to raise alarms… or say anything out of the ordinary, but I don’t think the free-for-all Europe created after World War II is going to last much longer.
Call me crazy…