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The Social Network: French Election Inspires U.S. Left
The Social Network: French Election Inspires U.S. Left

By MATT NEGRIN (@MattNegrin)
May 8, 2012

German socialist Werner Sombart wrote in 1906, "For the average American being successful means first and foremost becoming rich."

How many times in the 2012 campaign so far have we heard sound bites borrowing from this line of thought?

Notably, Mitt Romney said: "What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course. You know, if a Democrat were here, he'd look around and say no one should live like this. Republicans come here and say everyone should live like this."

And from President Obama: "We don't begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it."

Both quotes are half truths.

Decent people of any nation, religion or political Party may say "No one should live like this while others starve and suffer--especially if this kind of money was made at the expense of others."

Americans admire success of all kinds, not necessarily how people behave after they attain their success.

But, yes, Hollande's victory, as well as other victories, have inspired, and given some real hope to, the left all around the world. And he is being attacked, and will continue to be attacked by the
"center left," the center right and the right, precisely for that reason.

In addition, while attacking him they will try to co-opt him.

If you believe in prayer, pray for him. He'll need it.
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