Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a shrewdly coded, introductory message to Republican President-elect Trump, which firstly indicates that she is prepared to seize the notional title of Leader of the Free World away from America’s racist President-elect come January. Notably, the German leader’s remarks indicate cooperation with our country is based on values – a concept entirely lacking from this year’s GOP campaign – which our nations have shared since the end of World War II.
Merkel’s message reads like the kind of statement of admonishment that America’s State Department might issue to a fairly backwards county, who is more concerned with maintaining apartheid under intense pressure, than a welcome message to the President of the United States. Shamefully, our new President-elect needs that kind of public chiding from minute one:
“Germany’s ties with the United States of America are deeper than with any country outside of the European Union. Germany and America are bound by common values — democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. It is based on these values that I wish to offer close cooperation, both with me personally and between our countries’ governments.”
If Angela Merkel just set the tone for the rest of the world’s leaders, by dealing with the mess that misled American voters have elected head on, then it’s clear, that outside of the walls of the GOP, foreign governments will not kiss his ass.
Her deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, was far more blunt: “Trump is the trailblazer of a new authoritarian and chauvinist international movement. … They want a rollback to the bad old times in which women belonged by the stove or in bed, gays in jail and unions at best at the side table. And he who doesn’t keep his mouth shut gets publicly bashed.”
Being a racist loudmouth might excite members of the Republican Party, but the consequences of a minority of Americans electing a KKK supported are just beginning to arrive.
Trump’s blatantly weak moral standing is uniquely unsuitable for diplomacy, and our nation’s vital alliances rely upon intangibles like common ground, trust and understanding which are foreign concepts to the American demagogue.
World leaders, like Merkel will have to step up and guide our planet while the American democracy is broken under the weight of a narcissistic President, who was sadly elected without a mandate of the voters, by a minority of the popular plebiscite.
It’s our only hope to stave off global disaster.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition