Ben & Jerry’s are politicizing their ice cream. The expensive brand has just released its new anti-Trump flavour which features on the cup label a picture of an angry-looking “person of color” street protester.
The ice-cream company, a subsidiary of F&B global giant Unilever, was founded by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Cohen and Greenfield are Jews.
American Jews – though only a small minority – are nevertheless prominent activists in championing liberal causes as well as loud, rabid voices in the Trump-hating “fake news” media.
Weather in Malaysia “so extreme” and racist to boot – @hannahyeoh
Politicizing anything and everything is nothing new among activist groups, be they Jews or evangelistas.
In the redux tweet below, Hannah Yeoh complained that the weather was “behaving like some racist newspaper/NGO – so extreme. Thunderstorm last few weeks and now hot & hazy”.
The DAP politician, now a deputy minister in the Mahathir cabinet, believed that the bad behaviour of Malaysian extreme weather can be likened to the ‘racist’ Utusan and ‘racist’ Perkasa. (Hannah’s other tweets had criticized the said newspaper and NGO in particular.)
In politics, anything and everything too can be easily U-Turned; Hannah’s party is today in bed with the patron of Perkasa himself.
Volatile voters are abandoning the political middle or centrist politics.
Brazil has just elected as president the far-right Jair Bolsonaro who is strongly backed by evangelical Christians.
Hesse, a state in Germany, held its regional election last Sunday (Oct 28) where Angela Merkel’s ruling party the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) suffered “huge losses”. Its popular vote dropped from 38.3 to 27.0 percent – see bar graph below.
Popular vote for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) also dropped from 30.7 to 19.8 percent. SPD is the Merkel CDU coalition government partner at federal level in Berlin. Both CDU and SPD’s vote share dropped by roughly 11 percent each.
On the other hand, the Green party or Grune in German increased its popular vote by 8.7 percent while Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) similarly gained 9.0 percent. The Greens are considered far left while AfD is tagged by the liberal international media as “far right“.
BELOW: Hesse election results 2013 (grey bar) and 2018 (blue bar)
Two Sundays ago (Oct 14), another German state Bavaria had held its own regional election. There the Christian Social Union, i.e. CDU’s sister party, and the SPD both received a trashing too.
Bavaria ruling party CSU lost about a quarter of its supporters (dropping in popular vote from 47.7% to 37.2%) while the SPD vote share halved to 9.7 percent (down from about 20%) – see bar graph below.
As happened in Hesse, the Greens similarly doubled its vote share in Bavaria.
AfD recorded 10.2 percent support in Bavaria, and thus making its debut in both the Bavaria as well as Hesse state assemblies.
The rise of AfD has been nothing short of meteoric as the party is only five years old, having been established in 2013.
AfD was not previously placed in either Bavaria or Hesse. Election in Germany follows a proportional representation system whereby any party obtaining five percent or more voter support would be allocated seats in the legislative assembly.
CDU meanwhile “is slowly but surely sinking into oblivion”, said Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business paper in the English language. The city of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, is located in Hesse.
The Financial Times reported popular talk that given Merkel’s decision to step down from leading CDU after the “back-to-back electoral setbacks” in Hesse and Bavaria, “her days as chancellor are numbered”.
ABOVE: Far right AfD and far left Greens surge in German elections; the centre cannot hold
Goodbye Merkel, Theresa May, Democrats
Most political pundits are anticipating the immigration-friendly Merkel to exit soon.
Italy deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini even tweeted Bye-bye Merkel – his tweet two weeks ago said in Italian, “Arrivederci Merkel, Schulz e Juncker!”. (Martin Schulz is former president of the EU parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker is the current president of the European Commission.)
The goading tweet above by Salvini against the German chancellor and her globalist buddies is a dramatic breach of diplomatic protocol to have come from the deputy premier of a neighbouring country but hey, this is the era of Politik Baru that voters everywhere are demanding.
After all, even the Malaysian prime minister jibed that “Singapore must be tired of the same old government”. Mahathir was arguably goading that our southern neighbour should perhaps have a regime change too, hinting this not long after Harapan ousted the same old BN government in GE14.
AfD in Germany is the anti-immigrant party. The Greens in Germany likewise favour tightening immigration. The German far right and far left are in agreement, and consequently together ganging up against the political centre.
The Brexit referendum in the UK was a vote to close the country’s borders. Like Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May is on her way out.
Currently, President Donald Trump has just sent 5,000 armed American troops to the secure the USA-Mexico border against the Hispanic migrant “caravan” journeying from Latin America.
Nationalism on the rise globally, M’sia not exempt from trend
This morning, Malay Muslim NGOs demonstrated at the gate of parliament to protest against Malaysia ratifying the UN’s Icerd treaty. Icerd is the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The NGO delegation protesting Icerd was joined by PAS parliamentarians led by PAS president Hadi Awang.
As I’ve predicted, PAS is taking up the nationalist mantle.
Immigrants bring with them a different language, culture and religion.
Descendants of immigrants are still living in parallel societies and continue to practise the language, culture and religion of their forefathers which is not the language, culture and religion of the majority native population.
Nativists object the refusal of immigrants and their children/grandchildren/great grandchildren to assimilate, and worldwide there is a political backlash with nationalist and anti-immigration parties increasingly winning elections.
Umno and MCA are centrist parties. Like the tired, middle-of-the-road parties all around world, they’ve taken a beating at the polls.
And like the rest of the world, Malaysia has lost its political centre and its young, two-party system will see a clash between liberals and conservatives.