The AfD has been willing to stand up to Germany's stifling culture of political correctnessPeople want to upbraid them for throwing the odd rhetorical bomb, but the reality is that it isn't just about getting attention. (Though any media savvy party knows they need press coverage.)
If the establishment media had their way, they would tie everyone in such a straitjacket of political correctness that no one would be able to talk critically about multiculturalism (disaster), open borders (a really bad idea), or any other inherently Marxist ideas (tried those, did not go well) getting pushed by an extremely biased, extremely left-wing establishment media and political class.
Things are going really badly in Germany and the AfD seems like it is the only mainstream party willing to talk about it. And it is fantastic that they are. That someone is.
You can't fix problems by ignoring them. At this point it is no secret that the German Chancellor Merkel has a huge share of the blame for the migrant crises. Even the leading US presidential candidate Trump has said on the campaign trail that all of Europe is turning into "a total disaster" because of unwise immigration policies, and has even gone so far as to say "You know, what Merkel has done is incredible, it's actually mind boggling. Everyone thought she was a really great leader and now she's turned out to be this catastrophic leader."
If it weren't for the AfD, no one in the German establishment would be talking about this, and Germans would be reduced to hearing their problems discussed only in the US media.
They've done a pretty good job handling the mediaYou have to remember that the media is quite controlled in Germany. Germany's equivalent of conservative news outlets are those run by Axel Springer, which are slightly more left wing and globalist in outlook than Murdoch's Wall Street Journal. A typical story about the AfD or British UKIP will include the catch phrase "extreme right wing" on average about every other sentence.
And the AfD deals with it. They continue to state their case. Remain polite. Give interviews. And generally get on with trying to improve Germany and stop the reckless behavior of the current leadership provided by the establishment SPD/CDU government.
They're patrioticThe open display of patriotism that an American or a Dane might take for granted is not as accepted in Germany as it should be.
American flags fly all over America, and you practically get showered with Danish flags for any special occasion in Denmark. Should a politician display a flag in Germany, he's immediately accused of being overboard, some pundits even going so far as to compare that kind of behavior to the patriotic outbursts of Senator Cruz or even (president elect) Trump!
Whatever complaints the chattering classes may have about AfD policy statements, no one doubts that the AfD are people who care deeply about their country and heritage. While individual politicians in other parties may be professedly patriotic, no other major party in Germany seems interested in putting the interests of Germans first. Other than Sweden, it is hard think of a country where the ruling parties are so out of touch with their citizens. Ok, maybe not that hard. France.
They've got an amazing leader in Frauke PetryNot the typical career politician, this photogenic mother of four and chemist ran her own business before she went into politics. Although to say she was a chemist and ran her business might be an understatment. She studied chemistry at the University of Reading, gained a doctorate at Goettingen University, and later founded a company in Leipzig which manufactures environmentally-friendly polyurethanes. And still managed to somehow have and raise four children.
Politics is a dirty game and it takes a great deal of courage and alruism to throw yourself into the fray when you see that your country is on the wrong track. Not only has she risen to the occasion, she has guided the AfD through some tough infighting so that there would be at least one political party in Germany speaking out about the problems associated with mass migration and the out-of-control, undemocratic nature of the European Union.
The AfD is expected to secure 18-20% of the vote in Saxony-Anhalt on Sunday, putting it more or less on a par with the left wing Social Democrats (SPD) and the extreme left wing party literally called "The Left". This is an extraordinary feat for a party that was polling about 5% in the autumn. That was when the founder of the AfD, Bernd Lucke, left to start a competing party, and not without a little public rancor. Sour grapes, to put it mildly.
And AfD isn't just a one woman band. For poise and elegance, Alexander Garland, the ex-head of the Department of the Environment for the CDU, has proven amazingly popular. Beatrix von Storch and Marcus Pretzell have danced in the eye of the hurricane representing the AfD in the European parliament. No small feat, considering Cameron just pushed to have the AfD kicked out of his EU parliamentary faction in an effort to kowtow to Merkel. (Good job, Dave. You're once again letting everyone know who's in charge.)
They are fighting for the preservation of Germany, which is really part of fighting for Europe and Western CivilizationTo quote John Derbyshire, perhaps the AfD "can stir the Germans to set aside their crippling mentality of collective guilt and stand up for Western civilization, to which they and their ancestors have contributed so much."
Watching the AfD's meteoric rise in the polls, Westerners all over the world can take some comfort that they're doing a pretty good job.