A Transatlantic Holy Alliance
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On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 2:23:12 PM UTC-6, Travis wrote:
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> November 30, 2016
> *A Transatlantic Holy Alliance?*
> By Michael Curtis 
> <http://www.americanthinker.com/author/michael_curtis_1/>
> The result of recent elections in the United States and in France raises 
> the possibility of a new Holy Alliance, a loose alliance of the two 
> countries to uphold the principles and values of Western civilization by 
> changing the present system.
> The great Marxist, Groucho, put it succinctly. "I don't want to belong to 
> any club that will accept me as a member." Present-day politics has its 
> amusing side as prominent individuals criticize the ruling "elites" or 
> establishment in their country, those who dominate and share in the making 
> of political, economic and military decisions. Criticism of the 
> establishment, by those within it, has become fashionable as recent 
> elections and statements show.
> Donald Trump's campaign for the U.S. presidency did not drown because 
> of his constant warning he would drain the swamp in Washington. On the 
> contrary he floated with it. More surprisingly, British prime minister 
> Theresa May and, less surprisingly, Francois Fillon, a leading candidate 
> for the presidency in France, themselves members of their country's elite, 
> point out the inadequacies of contemporary elites.
> On November 14, 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at the Lord Mayor's 
> Banquet at the prestigious Guildhall in London to a wealthy, influential 
> audience dining on roast beef and drinking $300 bottles of red wine. She 
> spoke of being aware of the downsides as well as the benefits of the 
> globalization process and of the tensions and differences between those who 
> gain and those who lose from the process.
> In a manner similar to Trump, who was supported by those called 
> "deplorables" by his rival Hillary Clinton, May indicated she understood 
> the problem of modest to low income individuals who see their jobs being 
> outsourced and wages undercut. These individuals see and are unhappy about 
> the emergence of a new global elite who sometimes seem to play by a 
> different set of rules and whose lives are far removed from their everyday 
> existence.
> For some time, France has been largely governed by a small group of 
> individuals, a self-reproducing caste drawn from those who have studied at 
> the same few elite schools. If Britain has Oxford and the U.S. has the Ivy 
> League, they are only partly comparable to the role and dominance of elite 
> French schools. Those schools, the Sciences-Po, ENA, Ecole Polytechnique, 
> and the HEC business management school, determine the careers of their 
> students and the leaders of France.
> One of those eager to be a leader will emerge in the presidential election 
> in France to be held in April 8 and May 2017. Two of the major presidential 
> candidates have made similar statements critical of the French elite or 
> society. The views of Martine Le Pen, head of the Front National (FN) are 
> well known. She has compared events in present-day France, including mass 
> immigration of Muslims, now 8% of the population, to the barbaric invasion 
> of the 4th century, and asserts that the consequences will be the same. The 
> Muslim "occupation" in France weighs heavily on local residents.
> Le Pen is a fierce nationalist, and prominent parts of her program are in 
> opposition to the European Union, the "Europe of Brussels," to globalism, 
> to free trade, and to open borders. One of her rallying cries is emphasis 
> on the "voice of people... the spirit of France." She is likely to do well 
> at the first round of voting, but according to polls, not likely to win at 
> the second round. However, the polls in France, like those in the U.S. 
> concerning Trump, may understate the hidden vote, whose priority is 
> anti-immigration.
> Opposing her will be a nominee of the Socialist party, but that party and 
> its leader President Francois Hollande, is at present deeply unpopular. 
> Hollande has not yet declared if he will be a candidate to succeed himself: 
> his positive decision is dependent on serious reduction of unemployment in 
> the country. And Prime Minister Manuel Valls is in the wings.
> The main opponent of Le Pen will be Francois Fillon, the 62-year-old 
> candidate of the right-wing party, Les Republicains (formerly UMP). Fillon 
> has had a 35-year-old political career, including being prime minister 
> 2007-2012, and a cabinet minister five other times, and a parliamentary 
> representative of his home town, Le Mans. He had led in the first round of 
> the Republican primary, gaining 44.1% compared with rivals, Alain Juppe 
> with 28.6% and former president and his former boss, Nicolas Sarkozy who 
> was eliminated from the second round since he was third with 20.7% of the 
> vote. On November 27, 2016 Fillon won the second round of his party primary 
> with 67 % of the vote. The electoral slogan, similar to that of Donald 
> Trump, of this veteran conservative was, "we have to change the system."
> Francois Fillon is more moderate than his rival Juppe, but he is an 
> integral part of the conservative, Catholic Right section of Les 
> Republicains, if not a "social reactionary", the term used by his opponents 
> in referring to him. Though Fillon had emphasized his social conservatism, 
> his Catholic and family values, he has declared he would not seek to 
> overturn the 2013 law allowing same-sex marriage. Though he is personally 
> opposed to abortion, he will not change the 1975 law advocated by Simone 
> Veil that legalized it in France, nor change the abortion law. He embodies 
> family values: he and his wife, originally Welsh, have raised five children 
> in their 12th-century chateau in Western France.
> Fillon is clear about the menace facing France and the world. Russia poses 
> no threat. The real danger is Islamist terrorism and fundamentalism, the 
> invasion of bloody Islamism into daily life: "that invasion could herald a 
> third world war." Fillon holds that Radical Islam is corrupting some 
> Muslim citizens in France. He advocates administrative controls on Islam, 
> dissolving the Salafi movement, and banning preaching in Arabic. In summer 
> 2016 he approved the banning of burkinis, the full-bodied swimsuits, worn 
> by Muslim women on the beaches of France.
> His attitude towards Islamic extremism was clear in his book, *Conquering 
> Islamic Totalitarianism*, published in 2016. He called on France to war 
> against that totalitarianism. Like Le Pen, he asserts that France is not a 
> multicultural society, and opposes the idea of identity politics. On the 
> contrary, French national identity must be protected. He invokes, among 
> other things, cooperation with Russia and with Vladimir Putin, who has 
> praised him as a very principled person. The two share a concern about the 
> virulence of Islam, especially ISIS, and the protection of Christians in 
> the Middle East. Fillon believes sanctions against Russia because of its 
> actions in Ukraine should be dropped.
> Fillon, an admirer of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, plans policies 
> similar to theirs, including cuts in public spending, raising the 
> retirement age, reducing the number of public sector jobs by half a 
> million, ending the 35-hour week, lowering taxes, and curbing the power of 
> the trade unions.
> Fillon also shares positions that are similar to or coincide with those of 
> both Le Pen and Donald Trump. Among them are doctrines of patriotism, 
> family values, and reduction of immigration to a minimum. All three stress 
> the sovereignty of their country, the U.S. and France, and call for what 
> they see as a decline to be stopped.  All three share the strong view that 
> authority and true values must be restored in their country. As in the case 
> of Brexit in the UK, for the three politicians, opposition to immigration 
> is still the key. Does this herald a Franco-American alliance?
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