Those coming to Germany must "integrate," she hammers.
Also she has shifted her open policy on immigration to a more closed one.
Here is the Drudge Report's link to the coverage by the Sun.
It sure looks, talks and walks like this powerful leader is channeling America's Donald Trump, And in this era of growing nationalism, maybe that's what it takes to be re-elected, at least in Germany. Merkel announced that she is running for another term.
Could this burqa ban signal another blow to the ideology of liberal thought? Through their vote, Americans told the world that they wanted to protect what they had. If that meant excluding those different from them and immigrants, then that would be that.
The word "integrate" is code for taking on the protective coloring of the majority. This is not new, of course.
When my family immigrated to America from "the old country," the Roman Catholic Church helped them to assimilate. The tools ranged from the closely knit parish which prepared them for jobs in the U.S. to the Catholic educational system which socialized their children to conform.
After the war to end all wars, the Eisenhower Administration reinforced that conformity. So did the new medium of television. There were one mindset and one way of behaving. That was the American Way. It was god, country and Coca-Cola.
We Baby Boomers pushed back against that in the counterculture. Briefly. Then a brutal recession in the mid 1970s put the kibosh on all that. We went to Corporate America, became The Organization Man and Organization Women. The social contract was clear: Loyalty yielded job security.
Are we returning to that Golden Age when we all had a shot at becoming middle class? Is that what Making America Great Again is about?
Time will tell. Meanwhile the media will report on what the elite are saying about all this at the World Economic Forum in Davos next month.
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