Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech: Piece by Piece

Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech: Piece by Piece

If you listen to the mainstream media, the left, the right, Republicans, Democrats, men, women, and any other group you can split, Donald Trump’s inauguration speech was the worst thing that’s happened to this country since 9/11 or the best thing that’s happened since George Washington.  We’re going to run this country into the ground and we’re going to “Make America Great Again.”

So let’s analyze the speech piece by piece, and let’s see if it’s really as bad (or as good) as we’re being told it was.

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

This kind of language is what drives me crazy about Trump.  It’s like it’s intentionally vague so that anything that works out can be “on message.”  I’m not a fan of platitudes.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Again, what does that mean?  I understand what he’s saying, but there needs to be more meat to statements like this.  These are campaign slogans, not a vision for the future.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

This is undeniable.  Obama, aside from his last minute “throw monkey-wrenches into every gear possible” stuff, has been rather gracious.  Not surprising.  He’s not the best President ever, and his intentions are always open to debate in my mind, but I think he does at least mostly respect the office itself.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

This section right here?  100% on message with his campaign messaging and promises. Washington is out of touch with the country, isolated, and living in a bubble.  They benefit while the poor get poorer.  There’s a lot of irony in what he’s doing here and the reactions to it.

Firstly, he’s playing to the Democrats’ assertions of “power” not being in the hands of the 99% (Bernie’s entire campaign was based on the evil of millionaires and billionaires), but he’s also reinforcing what got him elected: the perception that Washington’s bubble benefits them so much that they ignore the country and the plight of the working people.

Trump is smart to bring back his campaign messaging here because, after all, it’s what got him elected.  He’s establishing, at least at this point, that all of that is going to change.  Let’s move on to the next section.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

While everyone tried to debate whether or not Trump was a “real” Republican, I was gnashing my teeth pointing out that it didn’t matter.  He was a populist.  Just like Bernie Sanders.  The reason both of them connected with the country and Hillary Clinton clearly did not was that they spoke to the things that these people cared about, but also said the things that people wanted to hear.  Sanders’ and Trump’s campaign messaging could be boiled down to the same basics: “You’ve been wronged by the powerful, and we’re going to give the power back to you and punish them.”

That is the populist message.  The only thing that changes is the target of the wrath.  Now you’ll see him establish those ideas:

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

Yes, they are, and honestly, these are as much the ideals of the DNC as Trump, which is why their anger over the terms being co-opted makes so much sense.  He’s stealing their message right out from under them.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

The people that voted for Trump feel all of the pain outlined here intensely.  Donald Trump courted it.  Hillary Clinton ignored it, assuming that people who thought these things would see her as an agent of change and him as out of touch; the polar opposite happened.

We are one nation — and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

Sorry to be a stickler, but no, it’s not.  It’s an oath to defend the constitution.  Period.  That’s your only job.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

He’s not totally wrong here.  We’ve made it advantageous, through onerous policies, for companies to move to other countries to produce goods, and we spend as much in other countries on defense as they do.  But then he goes off the rails.

There is no depletion of our military, unless you consider deployment in places it shouldn’t be deployed in depletion.  As far as money, the Pentagon is awash in cash, so the idea that there’s some great military budget crisis is laughable.

And I’m not sure if he’s saying we’ve spent tons of money on other nations’ infrastructure and not ours, or tons of money on wars instead of our own infrastructure, but either way both are correct.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

I completely disagree.  One of the reasons we have the standard of living we do is because we’re all wealthier, as a country.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But the cost of things that make the middle class the middle class went way down.  Yes, factories don’t think about why they’re leaving, they just leave, but at the same time while people in “factory jobs” were left unemployed, there was a major uptick in the living standard for those who didn’t have “factory jobs.”  That’s tragic, but that’s life.

The “wealth of the middle class” myth is one of the things that demonstrate Trump’s economic illiteracy.

Let’s say we have a sample size of 100 people.  25 poor, 25 rich, 50 “middle class.”

Now 20 years later, 10 of the middle class are now poor, but 20 of the middle class are now rich, leaving 35 poor, 30 middle class, and 45 rich.  You would be technically correct in saying “the middle class is shrinking.”  You’d also be technically correct in saying that “the rich are growing.”

But you’d also be only telling a part of the story.

When the government measures growth and decline in income tiers, they don’t track the same people, just the number of people.  The fact that person A may move between classes isn’t relevant to the government, only that the sizes changed, but even a cursory thought on this reveals that mobility, either up or down, is the true important measure.  It says a lot more about the economy to say which direction the population is moving than just noting the fact that they are, in fact, moving.

Things like “the rich are growing” and “the middle class is shrinking” are empty campaign words. Nothing more.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

I do not have a problem with this.  The idea that we should makes me laugh.  Every country should put its own interests at the forefront.  I’d argue that any country whose leaders don’t do that have leaders who are derelict in their duties.  This will rankle the left (and it has) because they 100% believe in self-immolation, and they also believe that saying you put your own needs first is one step removed from being a Nazi.

It’s stupid, it’s laughable, it’s purile.

And it’s modern leftism in a nutshell.

Let’s move on.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

Uh oh.  This is starting to turn now.  I could get into huge discussions on comparative and competitive advantage, but something tells me none of that matters.  Trump, here, is economically illiterate.   Protectionism never leads to a higher standard of living or a better economy.  Period.  History literally demonstrates the polar opposite: prosperity is a product of a a global economy (not to be confused with globalism which includes global government and other terrible ideas).

I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.

A: “Winning” is very vague for me.  Sorry, it just is.
B:  Saying you’ll never let us down is literally begging for failure.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

Not with your protectionist economic scheme we won’t.  But we’ve already had that discussion.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

Ladies and gentlemen, the return of “shovel-ready jobs.”

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work — rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

Republicans love to say stuff like this, but I always wonder: what welfare recipient is going to go “Oh wait, the road-making company is hiring?  Let me get my ass over there!”  What makes Trump think that suddenly having jobs available means people will take them?

He’s literally talking about a big government “make work” program, akin to having 50 people dig holes and having 50 people fill them in.  We already know this doesn’t work, and yet here’s a Republican doing what Repbulicans mocked Democrats for: using the government to grow the government.

Bad.  Very bad.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

What kind of stupid theory is this?  “Buy American” is bullshit protectionism with no economic reality accounted for.  “Buy American” means, literally, that consumers will pay more for American products, thusly buying less, and lowering the overall standard of living for everyone just so someone in Topeka can work in their factory job for another 20 years because they never bothered to make an investment in their own human capital.

This is not a solution, this is just rhetoric.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world — but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

Nothing wrong with this.  Every other country does this.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

This?  I can get with this.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

Jeez. Where have I heard this before?

He literally triggered an SJW with that statement…

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Settle down Laurie.  Seriously.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

That line right there?  That’s some scary stuff.  I’m not loyal to my family and friends because we’re American.  I have friends all over the world.  I’m loyal to them because they’re my friends.  I’m not going to be loyal to my neighbor because of the ground under our feet.

If that’s the core of the Trump Presidency, then he’s completely going in the wrong direction.  This borders on jingoism and should scare everyone, Trump hater and supporter alike.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

Solidarity?  No thank you.  Individuality is what makes this country great.  Not lock-step mindless drone follow the leader.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear — we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

We’re protected by God?  Well if we are, then why do we need military and law enforcement at all?  I’m sorry but when you combine solidarity and unity (from above) and God (from this section) then holy crap, you’ve now made this into a theocracy aiming its hatred at “them.”  This is truly scary.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action — constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

Funny that in the midst of this part he says the time for empty talk is over, yet this whole section is nothing but empty talk.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

And that will not happen in an isolationist and protectionist economy.  It just won’t.  That doesn’t mean we cede our sovereignty to other countries or transnational corporations, but it does mean that we can’t protect ourselves to the exclusion of everyone else, run our economy into the ground, and then solve everything.  A broke populace is not a thriving one.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

K…

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

K…

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We will make America strong again.
We will make wealthy again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.

K…

Final Analysis

Was this speech as terrible as some of his opponents say?  No.  Like most things Trump, it was hopelessly exaggerated in both directions, so let’s understand something important.  There is a lot of talk in this speech that chills me.  The talk of “unity” and “solidarity” and so on used to motivate me, but the more I see what our government is capable of doing to those that aren’t in lock step, the more I think that that’s terrifying.  I may have ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) so I may not be your norm, but I do think there’s a lot to be concerned about in this speech.  Protectionism, jingoism, economic illiteracy, the expansion of government…  All of it warrants major concern.

At the same time, though, it wouldn’t be the first inauguration speech to amount to nothing, and it’s important to temper the fear and rhetoric with that knowledge.  I don’t think this speech was terrible, I don’t think it was great.  In the end the only measure of Trump should be what he does, not what he says, and for those things alone we should hold him to account.

To The #womensmarch and The Anti-Trump Left

To The #womensmarch and The Anti-Trump Left

Today thousands of women (and likely a few cucked men) will march in protest of a democratic election, an act that clearly demonstrates they do not “accept” the results of the election, which was something that was so important when they thought they were going to win. They will stand in unison, chanting the same shit they’ve been chanting for 2 years, which is boilerplate text for any Republican that could’ve won, it just so happens to be Donald Trump. They’ll hold professionally printed signs and sing pre-written famous songs, and they’ll revel in their unoriginal uninspired and uninformed nonsense with very little to say and no new ideas. It will all boil down to “My mass murdering psychopath war-hawk with a vagina didn’t win and I’m mad about it”

None of them are educated on the power of the President. I know this because I’ve seen what they argue. He’s going to “overturn Roe vs. Wade.” He’s going to “Overturn gay marriage.” He’s going to “deport all my Muslim and Hispanic friends.” “He’s going to get us into World War 3!” He’s going to do all the things I don’t like, so I need to make sure I say what I’ve been saying for two years again before he’s even had a chance to do anything.

See that’s the thing with these bullshit marches. Irrespective of the fact that most of the people who would march today are utterly clueless about the office of the President, the deeper problem is that they’re uneducated on the issues.

They worry that Donald Trump is going to turn this country into a police state, but they ignore the fact that he can only do it due to powers held and enhanced by the prior President, in their eyes, the greatest man ever to hold the office.

They worry that Donald Trump is going to end all funding for all health care, not even realizing that Barack Obama didn’t provide that in the first place, and that the 30,000,000 number includes people who were added to Medicare and Medicaid, not the people who are getting subsidies. They won’t quibble over details like that.

They worry that Donald Trump is going to deport all their friends, while they ignore the fact that Obama presided over more deportations than any President in history.

They talk about how Donald Trump is going to tank the economy, not recognizing that for the past 16 years we’ve seen no signs that the economy is anything but tanked already. Barack Obama presided over eight years of anemic growth, an unemployment rate that declined by moving people into part time work and service jobs, and the lowest labor force participation rate in the past 20 years, and that doesn’t even begin to address the trillions of dollars in debt Obama racked up.

They talk about how Donald Trump is going to remove educational opportunity by cutting into public school funding, all while ignoring the fact that our public schools have turned into mediocrity mills regularly churning out high-schoolers who graduate unable to read.

They talk about how gay rights will be under assault while Donald Trump is the most pro-LGBT President in our lifetime and probably in history, and is the first president ever to walk into office believing both in gay rights and gay marriage, unlike his predecessor who started believing it right around the time the Supreme Court said it was legal, or his heir apparent who told everyone on numerous occasions that she didn’t believe in gay marriage at all and only supported civil unions, again, up until the Supreme Court made it safe to support.

They talk about how it’s going to be a field day for gun owners, ignoring the fact that in Chicago, where guns are outlawed, dozens of people die every week in gun-related violence.

They talk about an uptick in hate crimes when nearly every hate crime that has been presented with specificity of any kind has turned out to be a hoax, and the ones that haven’t been determined to be a hoax are so vague they’re un-verifiable.
They talk about how “his mouth” is going to “get us into a war” ignoring the hundreds of thousands of dead bodies our Nobel Peace Prize winning former President left in his wake, and the economy that those wars cratered, all the while he and his war-hawk cronies were trying to find new bomb targets.

It’s disturbing watching people melt down over the President, but it demonstrates something profound as well: there’s a gross amount of uninformed and dishonest arguing being done against Donald Trump. I’m not seeing a lot of talk about his terrible ideas on trade, his idiotic belief that the military is teetering on death because of lack of money, or that putting a gun to a company owner’s head and forcing them to stay in the United States is bad policy.

Instead, I see the same people with hollow vapid slogans, signs, and chants, saying the same thing they have been saying for the past two years. Why? Because they literally have nothing to say. They have nothing to add. They have nothing to bring to the table.

The anti-Trump crowd may be strong, and they’ll have their feel good moment today, but if they want to truly change hearts and minds and bring them around to their side they might want to do one thing: vote on issues not on parties. Barack Obama was an eight year extension of George W. Bush’s terrible management of the economy, awful foreign policy, and horrendous violations of the fourth amendment. It would be nice to see people talking about that rather than how much money Planned Parenthood is entitled to, how many marriages the state needs to get behind, and whether Black Lives or Blue Lives matter more.

Enjoy the march, but when you all get back into your buses today and head back home, satisfied that you’ve done your job and made your voice heard, start working, and not just on making a stronger case for those who identify as women. Educate yourself on the issues (all of them, not just ones related to vaginas) and then vote on issues. Then work with people who agree with you on real issues of importance and build coalitions. You know why that’s important?

Because when you go to bed tonight, Donald Trump will still be President. And when you wake up tomorrow Donald Trump will still be President. And every day for the next four years Donald Trump will be President.

Recognize the fact that people heard you and your message sucks. Then change it.

What Happened to Germany?

A year ago (well, slightly more; a year and a few weeks ago) I challenged people on Facebook.

I’m making a statement now and I’m adding it to my calendar. One year from today, I want to come back to the following statement: “These refugees aren’t causing terrorism and crime, they’re running from the people who cause it.”

I will admit I’m wrong that these people aren’t just bringing mayhem along with them and infiltrating Europe… I’ll admit that it isn’t all 18-25 year old men… I’ll admit that they’re just hard working people who want to do the right thing for their families…

But I’ll only admit that after evidence. I wonder how many of the “They’re good people running from a bad situation” will accept the challenge and do the same? I’ll admit I’m wrong and these people aren’t bad news. But would the “They’re good people” crowd be willing to do the same? Publicly?

A year should be enough time to figure out how “good” these people are. Anyone wanna take the challenge? And if so, which side would you like to be on?

Understand that at the time I wrote this, November 14th 2015, things were only just starting to really get crazy with the migrant situation in Europe.  Some people, myself included, saw this “crisis” for the sham that it is, while others accused people like myself of being bigots, not caring about people, having no humanity, and so on.  Having had about as much of that nonsense as I could stand, I challenged people to re-asses the situation one year later.

Germany was the first country to truly open up to the migrants, and openly welcomed them.  Not only that, but they begged over and over for more of them.  Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, actively called for more migrants to come, a move which many predicted would be the death of Germany, and while no other European country has taken in as many refugees as Germany, Germany, one year later is in absolute chaos.

It started in Cologne, Germany, during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Wikipedia summarizes the incident very simply:

During the 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations, hundreds of sexual assaults (including groping), at least five rapes, and numerous thefts were reported in Germany, mainly in Cologne city centre. Similar incidents were reported in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, and Bielefeld. The German Federal Criminal Police Office said on 9 January that the incidents were a phenomenon known in the Arab World as taharrush gamea in Arabic. Translated as “group sexual harassment in crowds,” it is comparable to criminal acts committed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.

All of the incidents involved women being surrounded and assaulted by groups of men on the street. Police estimate that 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and that at least 2,000 men were involved, acting in groups. Police reported that the perpetrators were men of “Arab or North African appearance” and said that Germany had never experienced such mass sexual assaults before. The attacks sparked an international outcry, a debate about women’s rights, the sustainability of Germany’s asylum policy, and social differences between European societies and those of North Africa and the Middle East. Taking place during the European migrant crisis (see timeline), the attacks also led to a hardening of attitudes against mass immigration.

What’s most troubling about these incidents isn’t that they happened as much as it is that Merkel, the Mayor of Cologne, and others worked feverishly to cover it up to maintain the illusion that the mass migration of thousands upon thousands of refugees had not caused this.  In April, news organizations began reporting that there had, in fact, been a concerted effort made to re-tell the story of the assaults.

The translation is rough, here, but it is from a German paper:

EXPRESS now publishes one of the confidential notices. He was written by Cologne Chief of Criminal Investigation Joachim H.

On the New Year’s Day, the policeman had been serving in the Kriminalwache in Cologne. There was a first report on the offenses in the New Year’s Eve night in a “WE message” (WE stands for “Important event”).

“Rape, sexual offense on base, thefts, committed by a larger foreign group of persons” , is about the message.

A message that was to shatter all of Germany. A “sex mob” of this extent had never existed so far.

What then happened is a process that brings the minister of the interior now in more explanation. A memorable call came in at the Kölner Kriminalwache, which, according to the Cologne police, came from the Landesleitstelle.

In a file note, Joachim H. remembers the content of the conversation.

At about 1.30 pm, as part of early morning service on late service, KHK H. made a phone call that he finished shortly after I sat next to him to continue the transfer. KHK H. told me at once that the local authority wanted a reversal of the WE report or the deletion of the formulation rape. According to the local government, this is a wish from the ministry.

The last paragraph is clear.  Either “reverse” the report (say it didn’t happen) or keep the report and remove the word “rape.”  Down the memory hole it goes.

As shocking as this story is, it’s only one story.  People in Germany have been reporting all kinds of inconceivable injustices, not the least of which is their homes being taken so that refugees would have a place to live, and one article on Zero Hedge a few days ago listed off such a shocking list of things in the the past month alone that one has to wonder what in God’s name is going on in Germany?

History Matters

A few years ago one of my favorite comedians, Jim Norton, said that when it came to the relations between black people and white people in the United States, the sorry state that they’re in is the consequence for the poor behavior of white people in the past.  It’s easy to dismiss that as group blaming or some other SJW type thing, but his point was much more nuanced than that: the payback for the horrible treatment of black people in the past (slavery and Jim Crow) have turned somewhat, and some of what white people hate about current race relations is their “comeuppance.”

Whether or not you believe that is happening in the United States notwithstanding, it’s easy to see that that’s exactly what’s happening in Germany.  So terrified of being labeled as racists, and so gun shy after Hitler’s ascent to power in the 30’s and 40’s, Germans have come to regard racism as the worst conceivable thing they can be.  That fear has driven many Germans to extremes that can’t even be explained.

And the left-leaning loons have a cause…

One German pol, Stefanie von Berg, believes that Germany being a minority white country is a good thing (which wouldn’t be so laughable if Germany wasn’t watching the country dissolve in front of their eyes at the hands of non-white invaders).

Now I’m not for white nationalism any more than I’m for black nationalism or any other nationalism, but when you see your cities crumbling at the hands of migrants from the Middle East, can you really say “that’s a good thing?”

How delusional would you have to be?  Or more exactly, how beaten down do you have to be?

Very much so.

Beaten down enough that when you’re raped by a refugee in a camp where you’re volunteering, you keep it quiet because you’re worried about the racist backlash that reporting your rapist would get you.  Then, you write an apology letter to your rapist.

Selin, who has visited refugee camps in Iraq where she was shocked at the squalor people are living in, did not want to stoke ‘more hatred against migrants ín Germany.’

To help her cope she wrote an open letter to a fictional refugee and posted it on Facebook. It read in part: ‘I am really sorry that your sexist and line-crossing treatment of me could help fuel aggressive racism.

‘I’m going to scream… I will not stand by and watch, and it can happen that racists and concerned citizens name you as the problem. You’re not the problem. You’re usually a wonderful human being who deserves as much as any other to be safe and free.

‘I will not stand by and watch and let it happen that racists and concerned citizens name you as the problem.’

And, not to be outdone, just a few days ago, a young woman, also a volunteer at a refugee camp, was murdered, and while the path of destruction carved by the “migrants” who were “just good people” trying to “find safety for their family” have mostly gone unblocked, the German people seem to finally be starting to wake up to what’s going on over a year after the invasion began.  Of course the only people in the streets are the “far right” which means they can be easily dismissed, and dismissed they are being.

Freiburg – the ancient university city where Maria was studying before her brutal death in October – saw a demonstration yesterday by the hard-right anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Maria – who died from drowning – was portrayed as ‘the victim of Merkel’s welcome culture’.

AfD co-chief Jörg Meuthen said: ‘We are shocked by this crime and at the same time we see that our warnings about the uncontrolled arrival of hundreds of thousands of young men from Islamic-patriarchal cultures are written off as populist.’

Social media is also burning up with hate messages directed at refugees in the wake of the arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan boy whose DNA has linked him to the murder of Maria, who was the daughter of a high ranking EU legal official.

But just when you think there’s hope…

One lone voice who pointed out Germans were equally capable of such terrible crimes was Julia Klöckner, a politician from Mrs Merkel’s CDU party, who said: ‘Such brutality is unfortunately perpetuated by natives and foreigners. This unfortunately is not a new phenomenon.’

And, even though the media has been sharing the name and face of the perpetrator, one Facebook user in Germany was banned for showing his face and the German government has been repeatedly warning citizens not to cross the line and promote hatred on Facebook or other social media outlets in the wake of the murder.

The statistics are stunning.

But it isn’t just a horror show with the smoke and mirrors the government, led by Merkel, are trying to push on the German people.  The actual numbers of what’s happening to Germany as far as crime are the true shame of post-migrant life.

Migrants in Germany have committed 142,500 crimes in just six months, police figures have revealed

This was the equivalent of 780 crimes a day – an increase of nearly 40 percent over 2015, according to data from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office

It comes as German chancellor Angela Merkel remains under pressure over her open-door policy on immigration amid concerns over how to integrate 900,000 newcomers who arrived last year.

And there’s no reason to think it’s going to get better.

A separate report from late last year by the Federal Criminal Office found that migrants registered as living in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes over the whole of 2015 with two-thirds involving theft counterfeiting and financial crimes.

According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council, police in some parts of the country fear they are being stretched to the limit amid climbing crime figures.

Their report said: ‘During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.

‘Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as ‘asylum seekers’ or ‘refugees’ have gone missing.’

I’m really trying to find a silver lining here, and I’m failing miserably.

And, as if you need a reminder of the kind of media and governmental programming Europe is dealing with, take a look at this gem

The EU should “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states, the UN’s special representative for migration has said.

Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.

He also suggested the UK government’s immigration policy had no basis in international law.

 We’ve officially reached peak absurdity.  You have European officials clamoring for the death of any distinct cultural identity, and praising it as it’s begged for.

It’s not looking better for 2017.

We’ve already seen a call for “more integration” after a homeless man was set on fire in Berlin, but they don’t mean that migrants need to assimilate better; they mean that Germans need to try harder.

And, in the aftermath of a truck attack (because, in Germany, trucks act alone) on a Berlin Christmas market a few days before Christmas, Angela Merkel on New Year’s Eve 2016 implored people to treat the onslaught of Islamic terror with…

Compassion.

Angela Merkel thinks that you must just keep turning your cheek and begging your attackers to smack you because God forbid you be accused of hate.

It’s hard to see a way forward for Germany.  They’re proudly puffing out their chests as they are destroyed from within because of their own self-loathing and self-imposed guilt, and with Angela Merkel’s utter refusal to even admit there is a problem, it’s hard to see it getting any better.