Monday, 20 February 2012

When corrupt German president Wulff resigned, I thought they would probably find someone even worse to replace him. Since Wulff had led the witch hunt against truth-teller Thilo Sarrazin, worse than him would have meant very bad indeed. I even worried that, in a fit of multicult frenzy, they might give the job to an actual Muslim. Since the German president is not elected directly by the people, but by delegates from the federal and regional parliaments, this nightmare scenario was far from unfeasible. Even if this horrific possibility was excluded, it was always likely that the new candidate would be a hardcore leftie given that Wulff was nominally a right-winger and there was a general desire for consensus because of the circumstances surrounding his departure.

That's how it turned out. There is now a virtual consensus around Joachim Gauck, so it is virtually certain he will be the next German president. He was the Socialist/Green candidate the last time around, coming second to Wulff. So he must be pretty bad then, you would think? Strangely, no. Gauck doesn't seem to be quite the typical green leftie. Even the Counterjihad PI blog has said he could have been PI's choice for the role.

While Wulff denounced Sarrazin and tried to drum him out of his job as a federal banker, Gauck spoke out in defence of the beleaguered author.
The former Berlin finance senator and author of the controversial book "Deutschland schafft sich ab" [Germany is Unmaking Itself], Thilo Sarrazin, had "demonstrated courage", affirmed. "He has discussed a problem that exists in society more openly than the politicians have." The political class could learn from the success of Sarrazin's book that "their politically correct language generates the feeling in the people that real problems are being hidden."
Source: Tagesspiegel

Gauck was an East German dissident so perhaps he has a sneaking sympathy for those who dare to dissent from state-approved left-wing orthodoxies.


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