November 12, 2018
It wasn’t a surprise.
After implicitly mocking the French patriots who died in the Great War by parading an overweight African female to sing in a tribal language about a conflict her people had no part in, forensic political psychologists across the normie spectrum were debating how France’s president-by-mistake would next show his loathing for the French people.
One camp of analysts quickly generated the “kabuki theory” – which stated that Macron was most likely to follow that act with a display of traditional Japanese theater, just to rub in the absurdity of forgetting his own dead ancestors on the day of their remembrance.
Other analysts postulated the theory of neo-afro-fetishism, which states that Macron just really likes Africans, and oldness, and that his next taunt to the fallen would have to be another display of elderly African females, this time performing rap music or R&B on the theme of the century-old European holocaust.
“No.” I said, reclining in my chair.
“You’re all assuming that this guy is some sort of Sartre, but he doesn’t really have that old sort of French cleverness. He’s not poetic enough to slowly torture the theme to death with the absurd. He’s just going to come out on that podium and say, point blank, how much he despises his dead French ancestors.”
And voilà – so boldly did he.
With U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders looking on during an Armistice Day centennial observance in Paris on Sunday, Macron said the “ancient demons” that caused World War I and millions of deaths are growing stronger.
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism,” the French leader said.
“In saying ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: Its moral values.”
The graves of his ancestors, however, would tell a different story.
At Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in France, Mr. Trump recalled that French and American troops “shed their blood together” to bring a victorious end to World War I.
Mr. Trump’s mournful speech contrasted sharply with French President Emanuel Macron’s remarks early in Paris where he took a swipe at Mr. Trump by condemning the dangers of nationalism.
At the American cemetery, where more than 1,500 U.S. service members from WWI are entombed, Mr. Trump did not fire back at his French host.
Their graves did not say, “Mort pour les valeurs morales” or “Mort pour le globalisme.” They did not die for moral values, or for globalism. They died saying, as France’s discount Napoleon so eloquently put it, ‘Our interests first, whatever happens to the others.’
On thousands of crosses buried into French soil, after each name and each rank, the same message can be read. To each and every one of them, the reason for their death was the same.
“Mort pour la France.”
Dead for France.
I do wish our leaders back then would have decided to crush the outside world instead of killing each other – but for those who die in war, the reason is always the same.
They were Nationalists.
They died for their Nation, for their families, for their own people and their land.
Macron can call this “the exact opposite of patriotism” or “a betrayal of patriotism” if he wants to. Unlike Emmanuel Macron, his ancestors were patriots.
They did not die for the new ideas of Emmanuel Macron.
They died for France.