March 5, 2016

Walls Saved The West (Or Why Trump The Magnificent Is So Popular In Europe)

If the whole President thing doesn't work out, Trump could very easily create a new religion, label it "Trump Religion" and, at minimum, get over one million followers overnight. All the great con artists of history, whether they be founders of cults, political movements, or business empires, know you must sell big.

An excerpt from, "Donald Trump in Europe: Republican front-runner labelled a racist, a clown — and a hero" by Nahlah Ayed, CBC News, March 5, 2016:
Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico may be ridiculed in North America. But in some parts of Europe, in some circles, it is lauded as towering brilliance.
In addition to the vigorous nods from the politically alienated, Trump has managed to get pats on the back from nationalist, right-of-centre stalwarts like France's Jean-Marie Le Pen, the Netherlands' Geert Wilders and, beyond, from Russian President Vladimir Putin — more on that later.

"The immigration issue and the position he's taken on Mexico, you know, it resonates with many on the European continent," says Peter Trubowitz, director of the London School of Economics' United States Centre.

"They're worried about immigration, worried about refugees and it's probably no surprise that Le Pen endorsed Donald Trump."

It's also his practiced populism that is earning Trump his Euro-points. Not to mention his willingness to say what only a handful of politicians here are saying on Europe's biggest challenge in decades.
Title: The city of walls: Constantinople - Lars Brownworth. Source: TED-Ed. Date Published: October 18, 2012. Description:
The world owes much of its cultural legacy to Constantinople's walls. When Constantinople was under seige by neighboring enemies, the Roman city's elaborate system of moats, outer walls, and inner walls stood tall. Surviving numerous fire attacks, the walls were eventually brought down by more modern tools of warfare, but, thankfully, classical culture survived.