Charles De Gaulle: Reflections on Beto’s Blue Wave –
Charles De Gaulle, former President of France, died in 1970, so some may question the value of his insights on the impact of the recent elections in Texas. Having waded through the cogitations of our local media pundits, I conclude that De Gaulle’s remarks at the National Press Club on April 23, 2060 are far more useful to evaluating what happened on November 6, 2018 than anything one is likely to read in the mainstream media.
De Gaulle’s visit to Washington, DC came at a critical time. France had been at odds with the Eisenhower administration since their failure to support France in Vietnam, Algeria, and in keeping the Suez Canal out of the hands of Nasser’s Egypt. The establishment of a pro-Soviet regime in Cuba and the upcoming Presidential elections convinced the Eisenhower Administration to mend fences and present a united front to Soviet aggression.
De Gaulle’s visit stays in memory as my paternal Grandfather had been Consul General in France during the run up to World War II, and as a retired Ambassador, he and my grandmother were invited to attend a reception in De Gaulle’s honor at the French embassy, and they hosted an after party at our home for a number of fellow guests. The children were banished to their bedrooms, however as usual for such events, we watched the goings on from the stairwell above.
I don’t remember much of the affair, but I came across newspaper clippings we’d save from the visit, and the relevant point to today concerns a particular exchange between a reporter and De Gaulle. The French President was asked about the role of political parties in the French Republic, and he discoursed at some length on the topic. The reporter followed up by asking why De Gaulle omitted a reference to the French Communist Party, which after all commanded almost a quarter of the total vote.
De Gaulle responded that the French Communist Party was less a political party than a vehicle for a segment of the French population that always sides with the enemies of France, whether the enemy is Germany, England, or Russia. He used the term “traison de clercs” to describe those citizens who had turned their back on their own heritage and would embrace the obliteration of their nation by foreign foes.
Therein lies the real lesson of November 6, 2018. The Democrat Party of Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro that swept 12 new Democrats into the Texas Legislature and eliminated conservatives in local and judicial elections has molded itself in the image of the French Communist Party of old. It has become the party of resentment, its sole appeal is the perpetual adolescents driven to rebellion against the moral values and institutions that transformed Texas from an arid, sparsely populated wasteland into the economic powerhouse and attractive destination for many around the world.
The party really should be renamed the Betocrats, as they have nothing positive to offer the people of Texas. The image of Beto on his skateboard, or “rocking out” with Willie Nelson isn’t campaign window dressing. It is the man and the party. Behind him, and his party, lies not the Soviet Union, but America’s Party of Government, the individuals and corporations that make their living redistributing the taxes and regulatory costs imposed by the Federal Government. De Gaulle was able for the most part to keep the French Communists and their fellow travelers at bay. It remains to be seen whether Texas Republicans and their Conservative base are up to the task of exposing the Democrats for what they’ve become.