Aunt Peggy Clutches Her Pearls: ‘Global Elites’ Hate the Little Guy

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 05: A migrant from Syria holds a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he and approximately 800 others arrive from Hungary at Munich Hauptbahnhof main railway station on September 5, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Thousands of migrants are traveling to Germany following an arduous ordeal in Hungary that resulted in thousands walking on foot and then being bussed by Hungarian authorities from Budapest to the Austrian-Hungarian border.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
From Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal: This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist. Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000. Naturally this was taken as an invitation, and more than a million came. The result has been widespread public furor over crime, cultural dissimilation and fears of terrorism. From such a sturdy, grounded character as Ms. Merkel the decision was puzzling—uncharacteristically romantic about people, how they live their lives, and history itself, which is more charnel house than settlement house. Ms. Merkel’s acquaintance sighed and agreed. It’s one thing to be overwhelmed by an unexpected force, quite another to invite your invaders in! But, the acquaintance said, he believed the chancellor was operating in pursuit of ideals. As the daughter of a Lutheran