The French are ready to revolt.
Polling firm IFOP conducted a poll showing that 39 percent of the French believed that revolution is needed to bring about real change in the country.
According to Atlantico, this figure is much higher than anywhere else in Europe.
For example, only 20 percent of Germans were in favor of taking a revolutionary approach to bringing political change, whereas 14 percent of Austrians and Poles shared similar views.
IFOP’s consulting director David Nguyen addressed the poll’s results, saying, “The first thing to say is that this is an absolutely spectacular number. Four in ten consider that a revolution would be a good solution: even if we do not know exactly what they put behind this word, it is the mark of a radical presence very present in the society.”
“What allows us to say that this is an important rate is that this figure is much higher than in all the other European countries that we tested.”
The consulting director also raised an important point about how these numbers are indicative of broad support for the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement. Nguyen said, “The government can not, therefore, bet on a major shift in opinion towards yellow vests, simply because their social demands will always be legitimate for a whole section of the population.”
According to Nguyen, support for revolution cut across the political spectrum, with right wing populist party Rassemblement National (National Rally) and far left France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) favoring revolutionary means for achieving political change.
Recent opinion polls also demonstrate that there exists broad support for the Yellow Vest Movement from both of the aforementioned parties.
Nguyen stated that feelings of political anger are much higher in France than other countries.
The polling expert explained:
“This is very worrying because these negative feelings are even more shared in France than in other European countries. In particular, the feeling of anger which is a priori the main engine of a revolutionary spirit.”
Senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center Veronique de Rugy argues that the French welfare state has been the main culprit behind these upheavals throughout France.
De Rugy observes that French citizens pay for their lavish government services through “oppressive and regressive taxes (i.e., taxes heaped on to the backs of the middle class and the poor).”
Now the effects of these regressive taxes are beginning to take their toll on the French working classes, which has led them to take to the streets.
With no real meaningful reforms coming from Emmanuel Macron’s administration, it appears that Yellow Vest protest movement is not going away anytime soon in France.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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