I know I haven’t been very active around here lately, blame it on me being out of the country a little, me being quite busy with other things, and also some lack of motivation I admit. Back in the days, idiotic questions amused me, now they bore me. And I won’t mention the dozens of “I met this French man, what does he think?” questions. Those are unfortunately the vast majority of questions I get and they’re way past boring. Note to people that sent one of those and are eagerly waiting for my answer: I trash those e-mails as soon as the phrase “met a Frenchman” appears, I don’t read any further, too bad if your question was actually interesting (but if it’s about the guy’s behavior it’s only interesting for you), you should have read the Read First section first (this is what “read first” means in English).
And yes, I know, still, there are a few interesting questions waiting to be answered in my mailbox, I’ll try to do so before 2013.
However, last night, I got a question that infuriated me to the point it’ll skip the line of questions and will have the privilege to be answered right away.
Here it is:
“Do you think Sarkozy is a good leader because he didn’t blink on his pension reform plans despite the massive protests which shut down France a couple of weeks ago?”
(asked by the Filipino)
Mmmm… Does this make Sarkozy a good leader? Well, I guess in a dictatorship it would. But last time I checked, when you’re the President of a democracy (but it’s true that France is less and less a democracy) and when your government passes an extremely unjust law; one that favors the rich and powerful over the poor and the weak (and this is how the vast majority of the laws that have been passed by this government are) and when the people are very angry about it, ignoring them in such an insulting manner (but insulting the people is your specialty anyway, even in the literal meaning of the term) shows nothing like being a good leader.
Actually, quite the opposite: ignoring, disrespecting, insulting the people when you’re the President is not and has never been a sign of good leadership. And when your approval rate is as abysmal as it has been lately (worst approval rate for a President in the 5th Republic, and the others too I’d assume), that behavior is a sign of being desperate and being ready to do anything to grasp to power and that feeling of being charge.
In other terms, Sarkozy’s behavior is not a sign of leadership, good or bad, is a sign of being pathetic.
Thanks for asking