A popular talking point on the Left, really closer to an article of faith, is how the United States has “lost stature” in the world due to our involvement in Iraq, our refusal to buckle to Kyoto-like restrictions relating to globaloney, blah blah blah.
As noted previously (last item at link), while this alleged “loss of stature” has been occurring, governments around the world have been trending rightward or solidifying their (relatively) conservative positions. Though there are others, the short list of clear rightward shifts includes Canada, Germany, and now France, while the list of solidifiers starts with Australia and Japan.
It’s relatively small addition, but add Belgium to the list of rightward-movers:
Verhofstadt to resign after major defeat
11 June 2007
BRUSSELS (AP) – Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is to tender his government’s resignation Monday, one day after general elections in which conservatives – led by Christian Democrats – dealt his Socialist-Liberal coalition a stunning defeat.
As votes were still counted Sunday, Verhofstadt, 54, conceded defeat, saying he would leave the limelight after eight years as prime minister. ”The voters of our country … have opted for a different majority,” he said.
Then there’s the possibility that Nicolas Sarkozy, with a commanding majority, may be in the process of putting in “a pro-growth, tax cutting, deregulation, reform plan” in France, i.e., R-R-R-Reaganomics (HT Instapundit). An extra crate of smelling salts for faint-feeling lefties is definitely required.
Watching the US “lose stature” has never been so much fun.