You would struggle to find a world leader or a politician generally these days who would not be obsessed with the rights of minorities. And when I say ‘obsessed’, I mean mostly making statements on the subject and promising to do everything possible to improve things while actually doing preciously little. As in, it’s the thought that counts and the points you score.
It’s a must now for any self-respecting politician in a liberal democracy, to constantly bang on about his or her passionate devotion to the welfare of all sorts of minorities. Former US President Barack Obama was a giant in that field. Even some of his adoring fans thought that he seriously overdid it. Still, that allowed him to get away with some pretty abysmal things during his time in the White House.
And Obama is not alone in this. Current French President Emmanuel Macron – the joke about him is that they are still trying to find people who voted for him but no one has yet stepped forward – is a huge minority rights enthusiast. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at it in a big way as well, having opened her heart and the nation’s borders to minorities from all over the Middle East, Africa and Asia, although recently she has been positioning herself as the leader of all Germans because of an approaching election in September.
Current British PM Theresa May is so into minority rights that she has introduced strict monitoring of so-called hate crimes in her nation, to safeguard minorities, and the police now do pretty much nothing else but battle with hate targeted by the majority at the minorities. The leaders in the Nordic countries are fanatical about minorities and are doing their bit to turn the current majorities in their respective nations into minorities. All out of brotherly love and humane considerations, naturally.
So what’s the deal then? Well, the thing is that this passionate stand on minority rights is actually a great way to ignore much bigger problems and avoid responsibility for failures to deliver on issues that really matter. It’s much easier to beat you breast and vow dedication to minority rights, while actually not doing anything about it, than to help out the long-suffering much larger groups of populace, like pensioners, for example, or children from poor backgrounds, or veterans and the military generally, or single mothers, or the disabled, or low paid workers who don’t earn enough to survive on it, or people with mental health problems. In all of these cases we are talking about millions of people, who are not tribal and vocal enough to be considered as important by politicians in the running of the affairs of the state.
Liberal left politicians in this century, and in the last couple of decades of the past one, have been successfully shielding themselves from their critics by proclaiming their dedication to minority rights. The Democrats in the US and the Labour party in the UK made it their policy to use minority rights as a distraction from their failures do deliver once they were in power. The same applies to most left-wing parties across the civilised world and, increasingly, to centrist parties as well. They, obviously, don’t really care all that much about minorities, considering they don’t do much for them, but the moment political clouds gather above them, they go into a frenzy of devotion to minority rights.
Extreme left-wing groups tend to hide behind minority rights issues while whipping up their hate campaigns against the majority, trying to shame it into accepting that they are racists and haters. This basically amounts to twisting the argument inside out and silencing opponents with political correctness. When the left have no arguments to present in any debate, they always fall back on minority rights, even though their own record on this issue is dire and mostly amounts to sounding out the problems, but doing nothing about them. After eight years of Obama in office, for example, young black Americans are not faring any better, even though Bubba kept banging on about how tough it is to be a black kid in the US.
Words are cheap when it comes to minority rights. And modern politicians have a lot of words to offer.Share