For years Europeans were chastised by Americans for their slide into the Gomorrah of socialism while the United States remained the bastion of free market capitalism. That's why it is with more than a little irony we now see European conservatism emerging while America plunges into the depths of a centralized economy where the government nationalizes major segments of industry and banking with more to follow. Healthcare, which comprises one seventh of our economy, will soon be taken over by the hydra of government.
In recent elections Europeans (except for Greece where the governing conservatives were defeated because of corruption scandals) reduced the number of socialists in government and increased or kept in place conservative majorities. Even in some of Europe's largest economies voters replaced socialist left parties in the parliaments of France, Germany and other countries. Leftists in The European Union dominated for years but now center-right have taken most seats, (267 of 736 in the European parliament) whereas the number of center-left leaning parties were reduced (159 seats). Opponents of socialists also are leading in Britain and Spain. In Germany Social Democrats got 20.8 percent; their worst result since World War II in any nationwide election.
Volker Kauder, the leader of Merkel's party in the German parliament said "We are the force that is acting level-headedly and correctly in this financial and economic crisis."
Socialists in France lost to French President Nicolas Sarkozy's governing conservatives. The Socialists dominated the last vote in 2004 but were defeated in the recent elections and barely held on to second place in the voting.
The results in the EU parliament are particularly important because the Parliament has evolved over five decades from a merely consultative role to one having the power to vote on or amend two-thirds of all EU laws. Lawmakers get five-year terms and residents vote for lawmakers from their own countries. The parliament can also amend the EU budget and approve candidates for the European Commission, the EU administration and the board of the European Central Bank.
Graham Watson, leader of the EU's center-right Liberal Democrats said "People don't want a return to socialism and that's why the majority here will be a center-right majority."
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders' anti-Islamic party took 17 percent of the country's votes, taking four of 25 seats.
In Austria as well the main rightist party gained while the ruling Social Democrats lost substantially. The big winner was the rightist Freedom Party, which more than doubled its strength over the 2004 elections to 13.1 percent of the vote - they campaigned on an anti-Islam platform.
The Hungarian far-right Jobbik party won three of 22 seats, while the main center-right opposition party, Fidesz, won 14 seats to the governing Socialists' only four.
Italy also leaned to the right with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Freedom People's Party having a lead over his main center-left rival.
An exit poll in Poland showed Prime Minister Donald Tusk's pro-business Civic Platform party with 45.3 percent leading the left party with 29.5 percent; this was also a shift to the center-right for Poland at the European parliament.
But the most interesting of all was that Pravda - the voice of the "Evil Empire" - chastised the United States for what writer Stanislav Mishin called "the American decent into Marxism." Mishin said this "... is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people." Isn't it amazing that someone in a communist country can recognize what is happening in the United States and Americans cannot?
Here is how Mishin described the America "descent" into Marxism:
"First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonald's burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our 'democracy.' Pride blinds the foolish."
"Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the 'winning' side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the 'winning' side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America."
"The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Weimar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe."
I think Mishin is right on.
The Pravda writer also understood better than Obama worshipers that the US financial wizards "... are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American Congress (parliament). Again, Congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters."
How demeaning is it that an outsider can see what people here can't?
"Then came Barack Obama's command that GM's (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of "pure" free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions."
Is he wrong when he says "The American president has followed this up with a 'bold' move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantor of automobile policies."
Mishin is not alone in noting the American "descent into Marxism;" even his leader Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK's Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster.
Who can disagree with Stanislav Mishin - "The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker."