Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hortefeux Joins the Tea Party

Why do I find Brice Hortefeux so antipathetic? Let me count the ways. Here's one:

BH: La société bouge, la délinquance évolue. Il y aura donc autant de textes, de lois, de règlements que la réponse au défi de la protection des Français l'exige. Je n'ai aucun complexe là-dessus. Que certaines voix de la gauche milliardaire aient du mal à le comprendre ne me trouble pas du tout, bien au contraire !

Le Monde: Le peuple contre les élites, n'est-ce pas simpliste ?

BH: Sur les questions de sécurité et d'immigration, le message des Français au printemps était limpide. Nous ne sommes ni sourds ni aveugles. Seul Saint-Germain-des-Prés ne le comprend pas.

3 comments:

JDM said...

Gist?

Anonymous said...

I think you're too quick to dismiss a valid argument.

There is something to the claim that elites (left, liberal or otherwise) have lost touch with those who bear the brunt of
globalization. If the past twenty years have taught us anything, it's that the elites cannot be trusted to defend the modern welfare state and the nation-state concept on which it is founded. They have betrayed the idea of citizenship. They are addicted to cheap foreign labor (this is particularly true of the situation in the United States). And they will not admit to it. That's why all of the neo-liberal media outlets make this seem as though its a question of race. It's about class. The people will remain the ultimate defenders of the nation-state, just as they were its progenitors.

Anonymous said...

A French article about Tea Partiers - cross-perspective is always interesting:
http://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/200810/etats-unis-la-tea-party-peut-elle-faire-perdre-les-republicains