If you’re the type of person who believes that America is the greatest country on God’s green earth and that it is the only thing that has prevented, and continues to prevent, the forces of barbarism from sweeping over the entire world, you were probably disheartened by Tuesday’s election results. That would put you in the minority because according to an AP report, most of the world is ecstatic over the “shift in U.S. politics.”

Take the more than 200 Socialist members of the European Parliament, for instance. Please.

Seriously, though, they hailed the American election results as “the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world.”

Those poor clueless Socialists don’t know what a real nightmare is, but they will along about mid-century or a little after when the Islamification of Europe is advanced enough that sharia is the law of the land.

And then there’s your average Frenchman on the street, 53-year-old Jean-Pierre Charpemtrat, who said it was about time American voters figured out what much of the rest of the world already knew: “Americans are realizing that you can’t found the politics of a country on patriotic passion and reflexes. You can’t fool everybody all the time and I think that’s what Bush and his administration are learning today.”

Jean-Pierre’s old enough that he may not have to learn to speak Arabic himself, but does he give a damn about the generations to follow? Probably not, as long as he gets to keep his 35-hour work-week, 2-month vacations and generous old age pension.

How about an average Dane on the street, what does he think? Jens Langfeldt, 35, said he didn’t know much about the midterm elections but was opposed to Bush, referring to the president as “that cowboy.”

Maybe Jens didn’t hear about the Danish cartoon riots, during which crazed Muslims the world over chanted “Death to Denmark!” and carried signs that said “Behead those who insult Islam.” Who does he think will stand up to such extremism if not Bush or someone like him?

It’s as if the whole world is living in the land of Oz and the U.S. election results have them singing “Ding-dong, the witch is dead!” even as the forces of evil, about which they seem so cavalier, are heartened by those same results.

Oh, well.  What’s the old saying?  Live for today, for tomorrow may never come?  Sounds good on paper, but the reality may turn out to be a bit harsh.

Greg Strange provides conservative commentary with plenty of acerbic wit on the people, politics, events and absurdities of our time. See more at his website: http://www.greg-strange.com

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