Friday, November 24, 2006

Some Thoughts On Ségolène

Le Conservateur (click Link at end) offers some insights into Ségolène Royal's plans for France. He opens with a statement by Arnaud Montebourg, a socialist deputy from Saône-et-Loire, whom he calls a "little Robespierre". Montebourg claims she was the most left-wing of the three nominees for the candidacy (the other two were Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Laurent Fabius).

According to the little Robespierre of Rue de Solférino, the lady is the furthest to the left of the three, because she wants to attack the "structures". With the same efficiency that (she displayed) at the Ministry of Education?

There is no doubt, Mme Royal is troubling, due to her sectarianism and her ideological vision of the world, that go hand in hand with her amateurism and her weak knowledge of major issues.

But it's impossible to see and hear all of that now, in the deafening chorus of praise being sung by the Parisian elite. It is interesting to note how numerous journalists, men and especially women, forget completely all ethics and objectivity with regard to the sex of the candidate. Not only has the fact that she is female become the unremitting argument in her favor - when it should not count at all in a democracy, but opposition to Ségolène Royal is seen as necessarily misogynist...

We are in familiar territory. Criticize a black man and you are a racist, a Jew and you're anti-Semitic, a Muslim and you're an Islamophobic, a woman and you're misogynist. All discourse becomes impossible because of the inevitable accusation that will be hurled by someone sooner or later. We should be able to criticize conduct, behavior and ideas without being stigmatized. But more than that, we should be able to link certain behavioral patterns to certain groups, when it is patently obvious that there is some connection. The connection does not necessarily have to be permanent or totally irremediable. White males have been subject to hateful and unjustified disparagement if not downright ostracism by women. Why not females?

Now, back to Ségolène. Here are two brief comments from Brussels Journal. The first one, signaled to me by Lawrence Auster, is in the comment section of the article by Paul Belien:

A prediction: If Chirac, who is a political serial killer, succeeds in destroying Sarkozy's bid for the presidency (as Chirac seems intend on doing) the second round of the elections will be fought between Royal and Le Pen, and Royal will become France's next president.

The second one quotes an anonymous source close to Jacques Chirac in the Independent of November 24, 2006:

He [=Chirac] believes that it will be impossible for Sarkozy, or any other male politician of her own generation, to attack Ségolène's offer to be the ‘mother’ of France. Only a ‘grandfather’ can point to the mother’s weaknesses – in other words himself.

Last but not least here is a comment from one of Le Conservateur's readers who, not very chivalrously, refers to Ségolène as "Ségolahaine" (Ségo hatred):

Yes indeed, Ségolahaine is very involved with her servant Montebourg. Ségolahaine really needs someone who tries to think, since she never knows what she said or when she said it! She obviously waits for everyone to bring her information! An incredible demagogy! With Ségolahaine we run the risk of having a vapid president with no ideas and a Stalinist socialist State that will prevent us from talking and force us to all to be good children!

She never got past 6th grade! For a graduate of the National School of Administration, that's a bit unusual!

So, it will be President Royal or President Chirac, and not President Sarkozy? Too soon to say. Restore the monarchy ASAP!



At November 24, 2006 11:06 PM, Anonymous Hephaistos said...

"We are in familiar territory. Criticize a black man and you are a racist, a Jew and you're anti-Semitic, a Muslim and you're an Islamophobic, a woman and you're misogynist."

Finally, some reason is being employed. One of the most European of values. Congratulations.

At November 25, 2006 12:11 AM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ hephaistos

When you say "finally" do you mean I've been unreasonable? If so, in what way?

I have preferences and prejudices, but they are not carved in cement, although there are limits beyond which I cannot stretch myself, no matter what I do.

In America we have been living in the toxic fumes of political correctness for a long time. We've learned not to criticize anybody except white men!

Then the blogosphere came along and gave us some air to breathe. Let's pray it's here to stay. Under sharia law there will be no blogs.

At November 25, 2006 2:26 AM, Anonymous Hephaistos said...

It is quite difficult to critique certain ethnic groups in the United States. Just ask poor old Tony Judt. The destruction of political correctness works both ways. Or in many ways. To return the West to its roots, which is ancient Greece; and more specifically Athens, so it ultimately can reassert itself, it must learn to critique just about anything.

At November 25, 2006 4:10 AM, Anonymous Andre said...

Le Conservateur's criticism of Segolene Royal is widely exagerated. Segolene's old political record may raise questions about her grasp of certain foreign affairs issue, but in the Region she has been ruling for 2 years she is widely popular with the population, and unpopular with her staff, mainly because she believes in getting things done and is a great ass kicker. Would you prefer the other way round? She does have a bad temper. She will need it...

At November 25, 2006 9:54 AM, Anonymous daveg said...

Any way Le Pen could pull this out, somehow?

At November 25, 2006 12:44 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ Andre

Your comments are welcome because some balance is needed at this time as we get to know more about her. I've read at many websites that she is not well-informed about many things, but that can always change. Having a bad temper is not the same thing as having a strong character, but in a test like this one, if she has a strong character, it will emerge.

The problem is that she must be for France and its roots, age-old values and traditions and not be too oriented towards "re-making the world in some Socialist image". I did hear she opposes nuclear weapons for Iran. That is good news.

@ daveg

As for Le Pen I really don't know. Everything I've read (from his critics like Denis Greslin at Occidentalis or de Villiers) indicates that he has never really expected to win, that his political purpose has been to discredit patriotic and nationalist tendencies and to draw voters to the establishment candidate. This might be changing now that he is older and power is shifting to his successors. And don't forget he is FOR nuclear arms for Iran.

I cannot predict at this time the second round of voting. If it's Ségo against Le Pen, she'll probably win. If Chirac against Ségo...I don't know.


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