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France and the Collapse of the Left

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French voters won’t pick a new president until May 7th but the first round of balloting highlights an important international trend, the dramatic decline of the left:

*      The candidate of the ruling Socialists finished a pathetic fifth in France, not coming close to the run-off.

*      In Britain’s upcoming election, Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May looks poised to crush the faltering Labor Party, which might even lose standing as the official opposition.

*      In the most powerful South American countries, Brazil and Argentina, leftists are out of office and face criminal prosecution, while the Socialist government in Venezuela teeters on the edge of collapse.

*      In Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands and many other nations, the left is divided and defeated, while US Democrats have lost the Senate, House and presidency, holding power in barely a third of state governments.

Yes, populist rabble-rousers and independent centrists show energy around the world, but the most striking current development is the establishment left losing power and influence.

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  1. Sue Ellen  •  Apr 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    You mentioned on Thursday 4/27/17 that Thomas Jefferson may have had children with one of the slaves, ie. Sally Hemmings.
    To clear this up for Thomas Jefferson, please read "The Jefferson Lies" by David Barton. This puts this rumor to bed finally.

    • Aaron  •  May 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      I agree, but fail to see the relevance to the topic of the article.

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