In the midst of political turmoil in France, people are beginning to learn that what they say matters. One of the key voting issues for the upcoming election will be immigration and particularly that of Muslim residents. Since the end of the 20th century, France has held particularly strong feelings against Islam worshipers and so far this has remained basically static. Current political leaders like President Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-Right consistently demonize the Muslim population of immigrants in France to attract voters. Sure, occasionally they draw heavy criticism but the storm always blows over and they remain popular leaders
|Marine Le Pen has become well known for her frank and|
sometimes appalling candor regarding race and religion
Despite the intense globalization of the last few decades, the politically correct atmosphere of the United States still hasn’t shifted towards Europe. As the unofficial leader of the United Nations for more than six decades, the United States has had to take on the role of a global conscience, instigating resolutions like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and consistently displaying an interventionist policy. With this constant mantra of freedom and equality, these concepts were bound to trickle down into our political sphere. First used as an effective tool against slander and racism in the United States, before long it lost a majority of its meaning and became yet another tool used by politicians to brand one another has bigots As lawsuits became a common practice throughout the States, the fear of being labeled on account of a careless “racist” remark gradually seeped into the complete social strata of America.
|Right and left parties fight against one another to capture the populations|
vote and establish power in Europe
Even as we pay the price of heightened bureaucratic limitations and a society sternly tempered by its own practices, we enjoy the benefits of a less volatile political scene. While the revolutions and crowds of angry people across the Atlantic may seem like an enticing reaction to the current state of the union, the stability and continued recovery that we will experience will be worth it as Europe tears itself apart in rash theories that only represent heightened emotion and not a solid belief base.
|Incumbent Nicholas Sarcozy fights|
to stay in office during this election
Europe is still not a foregone conclusion. Populations still do not naturally want to adhere to the extreme right. If leaders, like current incumbent Sarkozy, continue to work to engender faith within their populations and enact reforms that take away the bite of recent political lethargy and the economic slump, they can maintain a following that can back their leadership and the country as a whole. However, if they are unwilling to do this, the people—left between an aloof bureaucracy and welcoming extremists—will have little other choice.