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I had many mixed emotions, mostly disgust, the other day when I was listening to the news and heard France’s President Emmanuel Macron speaking out against President Trump’s move to make the United States more nationalistic and less of the world’s patsy, not necessarily Macron’s words.
Macron saying patriotism is the opposite of nationalism at the WWI ceremony where many of the world’s leaders attended.
Well, I tend to disagree with Macron, a former banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque. Patriotism is not a world view; it does start at home, and it starts with the protection of our own nation first. We are not a one-world government as Hillary Clinton and some of the Dems want; we are the United States.
Apparently Macron’s views are not necessarily making his own citizens feel warm and fuzzy either.
I was gassing my car at Sam’s Club the other day, minding my own business, when a guy on the other side of the island looked at me and said something to the effect of “our gas prices are pretty good – I wonder why those people in France are rioting.”
Well, that opened Pandora’s box, and I commented back that it was more than gas prices the people in France were protesting. I continued unfettered that they were tired of being the overlooked people on the “flyover countries” and were tired of taking second best from a president who had a world view and treated his people like serfs, and beyond that the gas price decrease for the “common people” was only a six-month hiatus and would increase in the future.
I continued that it was opposite to what was going on in our country, that we now have a president who takes care of the common man and takes care of and protects our country from royalty.
The poor guy on the other side of the gas island just looked at me, didn’t say a word, got back in his car and drove off. Apparently I was a little too conservative, patriotic and nationalistic for his likes.
Following the gas issue in France, I saw that the “common men” in France, called the “yellow vests” continued to protest Macron’s royal outlook on his leadership.
Www.bbc.com reported, “Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests.
“France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues.
“Speaking in a televised address, Mr. Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters’ anger was ‘deep, and in many ways legitimate.’
“The minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019, he said.
“A planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be cancelled, overtime pay would no longer be taxed, and employers would be encouraged to pay a tax-free end of year bonus to employees, he added.
“However, he refused to reinstate a tax on the wealthy, saying ‘this would weaken us, we need to create jobs.’”
Just for reference, one gallon of gas in France would cost a driver $5.78; diesel is higher than that.
I, for one, consider myself a mirror of the average person in America. And I feel that I’d be one of the “yellow vests” in France. I am thankful that our president has taken a very patriotic, nationalistic stance for our country. And I’m not afraid to state that to strangers at a gas pump.
I’m fearful what Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters have in mind for America – you can bet it isn’t healthy for those of us in the flyover states. Hold on to your shorts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Jackie Taylor
Linn County News publisher
jackielcn@ckt.net

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