Friday, July 7, 2017

Greetings in Poland

They promised Trump a rapturous crowd. They delivered by busing people in. And then...

The saddest sight I've seen since Inauguration Day was the Confederate battle flag being waved to greet El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago upon his arrival in Poland on Thursday morning. I remember when it was a Polish labor union that got the ball rolling in bringing historic political change to Eastern Europe, with a considerable push from an upwardly mobile former Archbishop of Krakow. Now, a president* of dubious legitimacy shows up and someone in the crowd celebrates by waving the historic banner of American treason and white supremacy.


Certainly, that's the way Poland's been bending ever since the Law and Justice Party took control of the government. Since it came to power, the party has worked at devising for Poland an identity that is so hypernationalistic that it serves to isolate the country from much of the rest of Europe.


The Law and Justice party has made a point of attacking Poland's free press, of undermining the country's faith in its democratic institutions generally, including the Polish military, and set about virtually demolishing the country's independent judiciary, all in the name of the familiar beast that the American president* summoned up on a day in which Lech Walesa, the hero of the Solidarity movement, got booed, and some Pole who's never been to Gettysburg, nor stood outside the gates of Parchman Prison in the Mississippi Delta, waved a Confederate flag in celebration.

  Charles P Pierce
...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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