Monday, July 23, 2007

Croissants and Brie, Red White and Blue Style

It seems France is on the road to redemption now. A story I didn't notice in the msm, shocking I know, is a favorable one for our cheese eating surrender monkey friends across the pond so I will send kudos their way.

There is a website, and it is good news for Americans. A non-profit organization was founded in 2003 by 4 French citizens as a grassroots movement to reinforce the friendship between the U.S. and France. Their first event was in July 2003 and involved French children, townspeople and soldiers laying roses on the graves of every one of the 60,511 American soldiers who died during World War 1 and ll and were buried in France. The second year, the event was also successful. By 2004, the organization had grown to the point of enabling 100 U.S. veterans to travel to France to be awarded the Legion of Honor by the President of France. In 2004, the organization financed a trip with first class accommodations for 10 WWII veterans to attend, as the last members of the platoon who liberated the Eiffel Tower. Two were awarded the Legion of Honor by the French Defense Minister. In 2006 the efforts continued with ceremonies awarding the Legion of Honor to several U.S. veterans, this time on U.S. soil.

On July 4, 2007 a crowd of 2500 people gathered on Omaha Beach in Normandy to form a human chain to honor the American heroes who fell in battle liberating France during WWII. The U.S. ambassador to France and his wife were at the event along with several American and French personalities. The chain formed the phrase France Will Never Forget, along with the flags of France and the U.S.

"Our goal is, once again, to demonstrate the deep respect and gratitude of the people of France, for their recovered freedom thanks to America's extreme sacrifices during the Second World War and which no one can, or will ever forget, " declared the co-founders of the organization.

I must have missed this coverage by all the news outlets. It flies in the face of the whole 'the-world-hates-the-U.S.' line they are so heavily invested in, now doesn't it?

The best part is the fact that this organization was begun while Chirac was still running the show. The supreme cheese eating surrender monkey, while on the take from Saddam and denouncing America and Great Britain for advancing the cause of freedom in the world, was being undermined by his own. There is great hope for France once again now that the new President is in office. He shows great support for traditional western values, especially the march for freedom and is aggressively extending the hand of friendship to President Bush and America. Time will tell, but it's a start in the right direction.

France is suffering from the effects of appeasement and neglect of its growing Muslim population. They have virtually been segregated for the past two decades and have grown now to the point of voicing demands of the political leadership. The past two summers have brought increased violence in the streets as a means of protest of deplorable living conditions and lack of services. I think this new leadership understands freedom loving peoples can no longer turn a blind eye to the roots of Islamofacism and its spread throughout Europe.

Will Americans wake up before it's too late?

If Americans do have an awakening of any grand scale, it won't be thanks to leadership in Congress. Under the new leadership we have continued on the path of governance by slogans and negative reactions to the White House, not any real ideas or solutions to anything of substance. They continue to waste time and resources on pointless investigations to matters already decided by our court system. Federal judges? Plamegate? Are you kidding me?

The 9/11 Commission long ago decided, after lengthy bi-partisan investigation, that no wrongdoing occurred as far as the intelligence community was concerned during the lead up to the war in Iraq. Several bi-partisan panels in Congress have made the same conclusion. So what does Congress offer? Senator Fiengold want the President censured. Another toothless, non binding action. And he wants the President impeached for the loss of 'rights' the American people have suffered.

The interesting part of all this is whenever those complaining about 'loss of rights' is actually asked if anyone has made such legitimate claims and taken action against the administration with any sort of successful legal outcome, the answer is no. Don't you think if, after 6 years since 9/11, such 'loss of rights' were occurring the outcome would be different? Where are all the righteously indignant and their lawyers? It's ridiculous.

A group of journalists sued the government over alleged loss of freedom to do their jobs without surveillance. They had no evidence of said surveillance, mind you, only feelings of such. Again with the feelings. It was tossed out of court. Please, lose the feelings. Deal with reality. Aren't journalists supposed to be fact oriented people?

Never mind.

This administration is using legitimate Executive power, especially during a time of war. Unlike the previous Democrat administration who had to use Executive powers to cover up and then defend a sex scandal that led to a sitting President lying to a Grand Jury and later impeachment, this President is using the power available to his office for something much greater. As long as we fight on foreign soil and not in our cities here at home, his plan is successful.

John Conyers, D-MI, head of the House Judicial Committee, says he is only 3 short of having a large enough number of votes to begin impeachment procedures on Bush and Cheney. With only 17 more months left in this administration, is this the best use of his time? When does it get to the point that country comes first, before party and the next election?

Harry Reid takes down the appropriations bill for Defense which included pay raises for the military, as well as funds for improving Walter Reed Hospital. Seems there was also plenty of pork, especially for Dems and their families who work for said pork getters. Reid is working with Pelosi to quietly re-work how pork is labeled and keep taxpayers in the dark as it goes through the legislative process. Could it be because Reid's sons are lobbyists? Could it be because so many Dems as well as those evil corrupt Republicans have family members lobbying Congress? Hmm. I thought they were going to clean all this up.

My favorite bakery in my part of town is a French bakery. They make a mean chocolate almond croissant.

Croissants for everyone. Send a little brie to Russ Feingold, Harry Reid and John Conyers.


Incognito said...

You'd be surprised how much we are loved, by many of the French, and how deeply they appreciate us.

I have a friend who lives in the middle of France, in a very small town, and he has enlightened me to so much in that country.

I was just chatting to him today and he was saying that even in his small town, the Muslims are becoming more and more conservative. He says it's very frightening. He also blames a lot of the problems their with their inability and unwillingness to assimilate.

Layla said...

Sorry for the off topic.

Karen, I do not know if you saw this post but I am making sure all my friends do.


Beverly said...

Oh, that is a wonderful post! I knew there had to be some somewhere who did like us. Thanks for the website. I'll check it out.

Donald Douglas said...

I think France is a great country. Often, the French are the only nation in Europe who is willing to act in foreign policy on the basis of national interest. The cuisine and culture are nothing to ridicule. I took years of French in school, and have visited the country.

The problem is the French have lost so much sovereignty to the EU. They've also never handled their North African Islamic immigrants well. The French don't assimilate foreign cultures well. Anti-Americanism in French politis is not new, but many French to this day see the U.S. as savior, as you point out in your excellent post.