We know how much European socialist ideology has influenced Obama and the Democrat party as they turned away from the principles of the founding fathers to imitate the Great Socialist European Experience. What does this portend for Obamaism? Has it given it renewed impetus? Will they take their inspiration and leadership from this man, Hollande? Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/a...s-electorate-voted-decline.html#ixzz1u8F08WWS France's electorate has voted for years of decline under a Socialist leader By RICHARD WAGHORNE PUBLISHED: 21:19, 6 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24, 6 May 2012 Flags of the French Communist Party were visible in numbers at Place de la Bastille on Sunday night, the symbolically-charged location of Socialist FranÃ§ois Hollandeâs victory rally. FranÃ§ois Hollande is a man who means what he says and his rise to the French presidency comes at a moment when there are exceptionally few restraints on how far the French Socialist Party may now push its agenda. The party already controls many of the branches of French government. There are few institutional checks not already in the hands of his allies. In the hands of a resolute politician, the powers of the French presidency are almost breathtaking in their latitude. Most fundamentally, he has earned a mandate to do much of what Franceâs unreconstructed left he longed to do for years. The restoration of European leadership in the world, or even the recovery of a degree of European strength compatible with the self-respect of an ancient continent, turns on the capacity of European publics to choose to see beyond their unaffordable entitlements to the interests of the European generations yet to come. Franceâs election of FranÃ§ois Hollande is a vote for decline. His victory confirms a pattern of elective decline visible across Europe, a decline which may well not now be arrested until it is too late by some distance to reverse.