Blocking Vile Marine Le Pen Main Goal This Weekend


Illiberal democracy continues to be a theme on Caffeinated Politics. This weekend it is the people of France who carry the responsibility of rejecting the dangerous and racist messaging of Marine Le Pen, as she seeks power in France’s presidential elections.

Attempting to soften years of fascism is a tall order but with slick styling and consultant-driven word usage, the third time attempt by Le Pen to wrest control of government into the hands of the far-right is making for nervousness among electors. And the world community.

It is the hope here that President Emmanuel Macron, a fave politico at this desk due to his economic plans and much-needed-reforms with an almost JFK style of being himself and finding joy in governing, will garner the needed 50% of the vote. What stirs anxiety, however, is the degree of buy-in the voters will have for the repackaging of Le Pen, a vile racist, and a danger to democratic institutions.

The anti-immigrant rhetoric has continued as she blusters that she will punish Muslims who wear headscarves in public and will use police to enforce such a policy in the same manner that seatbelts are imposed upon drivers. I would argue the cultural turning of the screw must not be on the women who are subjugated but on the men who force the matter upon their wives and sisters.

The hate-filled rhetoric over the years from Le Pen about Islam and what constitutes national identity in France shows who she is, as opposed to now tossing back her hair and opining about consumer high prices. Let us be honest and note that when viewing her campaign in 2022–through the BBC and newspapers both France and here in the states, one thing is abundantly clear.

There is still a powerful undertow from Le Pen about resenting diversity and furthering France’s divisions. She has structured a campaign to make more of a distance between city and rural voters, those with an upper income and those of modest means, and especially and most disgustedly between “native” French people and immigrants.

Cultural nationalism has been the root cause of so much misery throughout the pages of history and Le Pen stokes that fire both overtly and covertly. Her recent campaign has not diluted her views, just the words used to lure people who have economic angst to her camp. But ask what she thinks about gay and transgender rights, Algerians, and any notion about diversity and you find a cancer that is central to her philosophy.

Politics takes precedence over law, she says.

In a liberal democracy that can never be a path taken by the leader of a country. Racism and the fear of ‘others’ can not be the driving force for any leader in the 21st century.

And yet Le Pen has warned–or is that promised–the first measure she will undertake will be a bill on immigration and identity.

As I said earlier in this post when describing Le Pen, she is vile.

And so it goes.

2 thoughts on “Blocking Vile Marine Le Pen Main Goal This Weekend

  1. helena froidevaux

    A perfectly- hewed article that says all. Pascal and I are terrified that she will come in first on this round due to a record number of voters staying home. If Macron is second, he will, nonetheless, win on the final vote. But who knows these days. Orban as you know again won by a landslide.

    We are sad and disgusted that she does appeal to the worst in many. It’s hard to accepté.

    Le sam. 9 avr. 2022 à 20:03, CAFFEINATED POLITICS a écrit :

    > dekerivers posted: ” Illiberal democracy continues to be a theme on > Caffeinated Politics. This weekend it is the people of France who carry the > responsibility of rejecting the dangerous and racist messaging of Marine Le > Pen, as she seeks power in France’s presidential e” >

    1. Orban frightens me, and more so due to right-wing news media in the United States playing cozy with him for cheap ratings. We live in a world sorely needing education. James and I miss you, what conversations we could have if you were here–or we there!

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