Narendra Modi just won the election for Prime Minister of India in a landslide, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won 278 seats, has enough seats to make a coalition in parliament unnecessary, thus giving BJP control. This will result in a more decisive government that quite probably will transform India, which has been modestly successful, into a powerhouse. Modi , who has attracted an enormous amount of investment and built a modern infrastructure in Gujarat (population 60 million), was governor for 12 years. Gujarat is the most forward thinking of all the states in India with 85-100% of the state connected to all weather roads, gas, electricity, the internet and so forth. Gujarat outpaces growth in all other Indian states and has a booming entrepreneurial economy.
The BJP is conservative, UKip (United Kingdom Independence Party) is conservative, and the Tea Party is the conservative wing of the American Republican Party (once thought to be conservative). BJP just won the election in India with a solid majority, in the United Kingdom (UK) Ukip is expected to win big on Thursday, and in America the Tea Party is gearing up for a win in the mid-term elections in November. Is this the wave of the future? Quite possibly – at least it sure looks that way.
Modi and the BJP are committed to ‘less government and more governance,’ as the saying in India goes. Not sure what exactly ‘more governance’ means, but less government is certainly a good idea. Since achieving independence from the UK in 1947 India has been controlled the Congress Party, more specifically it has been led by members of the Gandhi family.
Although there was violence against Muslims a few years ago in Gujarat during Modi’s governorship and concern that his politics are Hindu-centric, it seems to me that this concern is mostly coming from the West. The fact is that India IS a Hindu country, and that it HAS HAD a problem with its Muslim population going back centuries (hence the creation of Pakistan and Bangladesh – both once part of India). In addition Gujarat borders Pakistan, well known for its radical Islamic ties. Hence it is hardly surprising that violence broke out in Gujarat during Modi’s term of office there. But what draws Indians (not just Hindus) to BJP and Modi is the success he has made of Gujarat. The entire country wants to see more of that success, and see it everywhere. It is a success based on freedom, the free-enterprise system, a rejection of tyranny, and all that modern man wants and expects.
Although socialism in India has, as in Israel, become more benign there than it once was, there is a growing awareness that only free markets and free enterprise will lift the entire country out of its current slump and propel it forward. Mr. Modi need look no further than Israel to see what it has done/is doing and then emulate its success. India is Asia’s third-largest economy and must create 10 million jobs for the young people there entering the workforce, with Modi at the helm this looks very do-able.
Part way around the world European Parliamentary elections are being held on May 22 in the UK and the Netherlands, while in France the elections will be on May 25. All three expect to see a strong showing in favor of conservative parties. While Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have little power, and these elections may only signal opposition to party/parties now in office, there is little doubt that success in these elections is evidence of a growing strength.
The main platform of the Ukip, which has been likened to the American Tea Party, is to remove the UK from the European Union, but it also has a stronger, clearer platform on other issues that are evidence of its conservative philosophy and pride in the UK. It is a party that has rejected the multi-cultural PC babble of their opponents for a patriotic stance in favor of the UK - and that is a good thing. Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, who has a German wife, has openly proclaimed his love of Europe, but he loves his own country more. In fact Farage not only wants the UK out of the EU, he would like to see Europe out of it as well. Farage has claimed that 75% of laws in UK are now made in Brussels, a likely figure given that 72% of regulation in the UK is driven by EU rules.
MEPs do not control the European Union however, that is done by unelected officials. The United Kingdom has lost much of its sovereignty through joining the EU and can only regain it by leaving. When Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher was roundly criticized for not abandoning British currency in favor of the Euro – now no one doubts her wisdom on this issue. So why is the UK still in the EU? Nigel Farage, Ukip, and many others are asking the same question.
One might say that the value of sovereignty and independence on a national level are gaining strength, and that rejection of massive alliances with their tendency to interfere on almost every issue are on the wane. At the same time there is a growing realization that Marxism and socialism, both political philosophies gained headway in the 19th century, barely suited the 20th century and are completely at odds with it in the 21st century. This is as true in India as it is in any first world country. The Indian people rejected the tyranny of socialism at the poles in favor of the flexibility of the free market and the opportunities it provides. This week we will see, and it seems likely, if the same holds true in Europe, particularly in the UK. Americans will have their turn to do the same in November.
A November success by the Tea Party will be confirmation that America also stands for the free market, for freedom, and for opportunities. We must defeat the forces of Marxism and socialism that are now attempting to control America in defiance of the American Constitution.
Patriots, to paraphrase the late, great Andrew Breitbart – this is WAR.