President Obama, who would open the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees if he could, praised Germany’s Angela Merkel this week for being on the “right side of history” in regards to accepting immigrants. At a speech in Hannover on Monday, the president was effusive in his admiration.
“She is giving voice to the kinds of principles that bring people together rather than divide them,” Obama said, taking a not-so-subtle shot at conservative Europeans who are warning of an Islamic invasion.
Because Obama has faced strong opposition to an influx of Syrians into the U.S., the German press accused him of hypocrisy. Der Spiegel, an influential German paper, pointed out that Germany had accepted nearly twice as many refugees over the last year despite being four times as small.
“It is a pity that the chancellor could not turn to him when she needed help with the refugee crisis,” the paper wrote.
What’s more pitiful, actually, is that we don’t have a president willing to explain to the German chancellor the folly of her ways. Instead, we have a president who is simultaneously wrong and embarrassingly weak. He’s supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; instead he mopes around Europe, wishing he had the time and the skill to turn America into the socialist, open-bordered paradise he envisioned eight years ago.
If anything, the plight of Germany today is a clear, red warning about the future of the United States under liberal leadership. Germans are losing their culture and their economy – to say nothing of their safe streets – to Muslims who have absolutely no interest in western assimilation. They are being brainwashed into believing that to have pride in your country is to be a Nazi. And of course, they are predisposed to fear that kind of nationalism for good reason.
But Hitler’s stain on human history was not born out of an inappropriate level of patriotism; it was born out of a monstrous thirst for power and a maniacal hatred of the Jews. To make comparisons between today’s cautious right-wing political parties and the Nazis is to assume that any level of cultural protectiveness is automatically dangerous.
Unfortunately, by taking this position, Germany and other European liberals risk inviting the very trouble they are trying to avoid. The more they clamp down on free speech, the more hostile the opposition will become. And if we replace Obama with Hillary Clinton, these trends will develop in the U.S. as well.