Yeah, I know his name is Macron, not Micron. But, based on his current approval ratings in France, and his brilliant idea for improving them, a name change might be in order.
In May of 2017, Mr. Macron became President of France, winning over 66% of the vote. By July of this year, his approval was down to 39%. In August it dropped to 34%. And in September it stood (fell is more appropriate) to an infinitesimal 29%.
What to do, what to do….
Well, here’s what President Macron came up with, via the following excerpt from Caroline Glick’s (typically) excellent commentary for breitbart.com:
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is the betrayal of patriotism,” Macron pronounced, as Trump and other world leaders looked on.
He added, “In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”
Macron’s speech on Sunday was his second rhetorical assault against America in under a week. In a radio interview last Tuesday, Macron called for Europe to raise “a true European army,” to defend against the U.S., Russia and China.
That’s right. You’re reading this correctly. Emmanuel Macron’s strategy for resuscitating his popularity in France is to tell the United States – currently funding almost 3/4 of the NATO alliance that protects France and other European countries – that it is the enemy.
A question for Mr. Macron and whichever (if any) European heads of state might be on board with this special brand of idiotica: what happens if President Trump takes Macron up on his threat?
First the “good” news: if the United States pulls out of NATO, >poof!<, there is the “True European Army” Macron is petitioning for – all European with no U.S. involvement at all.
Wow, what a great victory. Until we consider the fact that Europe, then, would have to run that army and pay for it.
What does this mean? It means that the money spent on all those great welfare programs France and other European countries are able to give their people – because, with the USA taking care of things,they don’t have to create, train and equip a serious military – would have to be severely curtailed or ended.
I’ll just bet the people of France, Germany, Spain, etc., will take to the streets cheering Emmanuel Macron on this great initiative..
…in a cartoon show, that is.
In the real world? They’ll be in the streets by the tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands, demanding all the goodies resulting from United States funding of NATO be continued, even expanded.
How will that happen? You tell me.
Earlier in this blog I referenced the word “micron”. A micron is one millionth of a meter. Very, very small.
And this harebrained, stupid suggestion – even if it is just for show (which, for his sanity’s sake, I hope it is) – turns Emmanuel Macron into Emmanuel Micron. A very, very small, desperate dunce trying to substitute bravado for accomplishments.
Grow up, Mr. Macron, and DO something for your people other than threatening your most important benefactor.