You Can’t Polish a Turd…

...or make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear…or leopards don’t change their spots...or Marine Le Pen is not going to be all of a sudden a presidential candidate for “the French people, ” just because she says so. Want more cliches? How about the truism that the “best predictor of future behavior is past behavior?

Le Pen, the daughter of that neo-Nazi Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been the president of the far-right, anti-EU, ultra-nationalist,  xenophobic, antisemitic French political party, the National Front, for more than a decade. She, like Hairball Trump, seem enamored with Russian dictator Putyin who, in turn, is glad to finance a party that wishes to destroy European unity. She “resigned” as the head of her party just a few days ago in order to pursue her goal of becoming the leader of France.

A few months ago, I wrote a blog in which I queried whether people have forgotten the two terrible wars in the first half of the 20th century that tore the world apart and left Europe in a state of utter ruin. Now, three generations later, the nationalists in many countries are rattling their sabres, apparently forgetting (or never learning their history lessons) that it was exactly that kind of nationalist nonsense that led to the maelstrom of those wars and an estimated 50 million dead world-wide.

Le Pen may pretend that she is not a “sauvage,” like her father. But here is another cliche: “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” She slipped up a few weeks ago when she claimed that the French had nothing to do with deporting 13,000 Jews to concentration camps during 1942 but, of course, it was the French police, on orders of the French Vichy government, that did just that. She quickly back-pedaled from that statement but we saw a glimpse of her true self.

Biographers of Marine Le Pen point out that she had a terrible childhood in the home of a crazy, self-indulgent, hateful moron of a father, and that she was frequently traumatized during her childhood. Well, there are two kinds of people: ones, who become just like their antecedants (bigoted, spiteful, bombastic) or those who go in the opposite direction and become decent human beings. Marine Le Pen belongs to the first group.

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