Political summer in France is usually slow. Apart from the new government decreasing taxes for the richest and increasing prices of fundamentals (transport, telephone, tv...) for everyone (do the math: who loses most?) not much happened.
But now that september's around, things have started... Budgets for culture, research, and education have been slashed down. The system that allows artists to live with irregular income is being dismantled. The 35h work week system is being tortured, slowly turned into a 39h week paid 35. That's only the beginning of course, but people are acting surprised. It's not as if it were any different from the Juppé or Balladur governments...
It gets better. Gay/Lesbian and Feminist organisations have been removed from the various governmental agencies in charge of 1) Family, 2) Sexual Education, and 3) Gender Equality to be replaced with two wonderful organisations: a group of Catholic Integrists from the Opus Dei and a bunch of so-called "pro-life" assassins. Oooh, I can tell the months to come are going to be fun in some political areas!
I guess some day I'll understand why religious people are so often so intent on forcing their own life-styles unto unsuspecting innocents. Chosing to live by the rules of religion Foo is fine by me so long as you don't kill or steal. But attempting to force me to follow those precepts, either directly, by polluting politics with religious considerations, or by infiltrating state organisations is an act of direct aggression. It's so obvious, I don't even understand how those people don't realise that it's downright evil.
If you frequent religious circles and know people like that and are close enough to them to understand what can produce such mental configuration, I'd be happy to know about it. Last time I checked World Domination and Crush Everything Different were not moral imperatives.
I guess that all hope that the coming five years might not be as bad as they looked they would be can now be left behind. Hmmm, anyone have suggestions for civilized countries out there?