The Intermarium's echoes from the U.S. presidential elections are rather predictable. There is, of course, the presidential dictator Alexandr Lukashenka of Belarus, who mocked the elections and both candidates. As for the rest, there are no surprises as far as their reactions.
Falling in line with the Western part of the European Union, the Left has rejoiced prematurely over Donald Trump's uncertified defeat. Meanwhile, the Right broods over the specter of Joe Biden's apparent ascendancy.
A few mavericks on the Right even buck the EU trend and hail the Republican candidate. Most prominently, for instance, Slovenia's conservative prime minister Janos Janša took to Twitter actually to congratulate Trump on his victory. This must have been partly an expression of solidarity of the first lady Melania's old country with her spouse. In distinction, however, the President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, aka "Barbie," the former model-turned-Social Democrat embraced wholeheartedly Biden's victory.
On the Right, thumbing one's nose at Joe Biden seems more popular than cuddling Donald Trump. Estonia's Finance Minister Martin Helme lashed out at the Democrat, calling him a crook and fraudster. Next, Helme quit his post, facing a wave of furious criticism mostly from abroad. Then, surprising international observers, the politician actually survived a non-confidence vote and is back in the government: all in the space of a few days.
Hungary's indominable prime minister Viktor Orbán has refrained from acknowledging Biden's victory claims so far. A tiny Magyar state thus has taken a stance similar to the great powers Russia and China. However, Budapest went even one more on everyone. A couple of weeks ago the Hungarian prime minister roundly criticized the Biden family's corruption in response to the Democratic presidential hopeful's ignorant attacks on Hungary (and Poland) as "totalitarian."
Other conservatives were more circumspect. The Polish President Andrzej Duda rather coyly has congratulated Biden on "his presidential campaign." Given all the allegations of mass cheating, this can be read as a sly Polish joke on the American Democrat.
Poland's opposition remains split on Trump. The liberal internationalists and leftists believe the incumbent president's demise spells a collapse of the current Polish government he supports. A leading Eurocrat from Poland, Donald Tusk, is an outspoken true believer in this theory in particular. His mignons in the progressive Civic Platform embarrassed themselves on the internet by hailing Biden as president-elect of a non-existing country: "The United States of North America" and, to showcase their ignorance even further, affixed a Liberian flag to their post: not quite the Old Glory, albeit a similar one.
Meanwhile, the conservative Confederacy opposition argues that if the Democrats really won, the Poles should distance themselves from the United States and base their relations with Washington strictly on national interest issues, rather than sentiment and emotion, which has allegedly been a trademark of the ruling Law and Justice party. The Confederates expect an international and domestic offensive of leftist culture wars under Biden's leadership.
Yet, most interesting of the Intermarium's perceptions of our presidential elections concern some of their more controversial aspects. They further generate questions, which I endeavor to answer for my friends and family.
For example, the folks of the Three Seas marvel why it has taken so long to tally votes. Used to centralization, most do not appreciate federalism and states rights, mandating non-uniform approaches in various localities.
However, the former slaves of the Communists do not marvel that corporate media in the U.S. gave Biden a 12% lead a day before the elections. They understand most, if not all, polls to be controlled by the liberals and leftists and therefore crooked just as they were under the Communists.
There were two main reasons for that, each reflecting a different aspect of the Marxist-Leninist propaganda school. First, the Communist party always announced the coming victory of the official candidates and, lo and behold, they would always be pronounced winners, usually with 99.9% of the vote. That was proof for everyone (except many Western progressives) that the vote was rigged.
Second, the regime media also always predicted an overwhelming victory of the hand-picked Communist candidates (since no others were usually permitted to run) because the red government wanted to overwhelm the people with its might. The totalitarians were straight from Star Trek: "We are the Borg. Surrender. You will be absorbed. Resistance is futile." This was intended to rob the folks of any hope of liberation.
That is how many in the Three Seas region interpret the outlandish survey results before the day of reckoning for Trump and Biden. False results and an ensuing barrage of propaganda were intended to browbeat Republican voters into abstaining and accepting the (allegedly) inevitable Democrat triumph. They also perceive the anti-conservative censorship of the Big Tech in a similar way, as a part of the Borg.
Generally, people wonder why America has succumbed to political correctness and self-hatred imposed by the Left. Why do so many Americans agree with that agenda and vote Democrat?
It is a complex phenomenon, naturally, but it can be summarized in a short way as follows: The American people are used to live and let live. That means that they tend to leave others alone. However, the Left does not let us live in peace and keeps pushing and we keep caving under the mistaken impression that if we let them have their way, they'll leave us alone and all will return to normal. It took Trump to try to reverse that trend at the national level.
But now we are back to square one: or perhaps not. The much ballyhooed "Blue Wave" has failed to materialize. Perhaps the Borg ain't that powerful after all. The folks in the Intermarium understand that: they survived Nazism and Communism.
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft in Washington D.C.; expert on East-Central Europe's Three Seas region; author, among others, of "Intermarium: The Land Between The Baltic and Black Seas." Read Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's Reports — More Here.
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