Skip to comments.Witch-Hunt Against Geert Wilders: The Left’s vilification of a truth-telling Dutch escalates.
Posted on 03/26/2014 7:46:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
On March 19, 2014, local elections were held in the Netherlands. On the eve of the election, party leaders celebrated their victories (or losses, as it were, for most parties). During the festivities Dutch politician Geert Wilders appeared in the Hague, one of the two cities in which Wilders’ party, the PVV (Party for Freedom), participated in this election. In a rousing speech before enthusiastic party supporters, Wilders asked the audience if they wanted a bit less local taxation and fewer Moroccans. The audience shouted, “Less! Less! Less!” This created a storm of protest from just about everyone in the country. Wilders’ remark was taken out of context and is being used to vilify him once more.
The political climate in the Netherlands surrounding Wilders now resembles the demonization of Pym Fortuyn in the months leading up to his assassination almost twelve years ago.
Last Sunday the IKON and EO TV stations broadcast a special interreligious Dutch Reformed service denouncing Wilders. The theme was based on Kennedys famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. The Sunday service theme was a copycat variation: “We are all Moroccans.” Dutch people present literally embraced Moroccans to show their support for this poor, vilified minority. People wore T-shirts with the text “Wij zijn Marokkanen!” (“We are Moroccans!”).
The message of the fanfare was: We abhor the outright racist remarks of Geert Wilders last Wednesday. We strive towards an all-inclusive society, in which people of all races, cultures, religions and sexual preferences live together in peace. We believe that God/Allah wants it to be that way.
All political parties left, right and center denounced Wilders and demanded his apology. Wilders, nonetheless, is standing by his words.
The VVD (conservative party) Prime Minister has joined the chorus of critics, which now includes all major parties. His party was the last to join.
The PvdA (Labor) party is going even further. They announced that no parliamentary motion presented by the PVV will be supported by the PvdA. No matter what, the PvdA say they will vote against any PVV measure. Once a motion fails, the PvdA will propose it again and this time support it as their own party motion.
The media on the left and center (Holland does not have a right media flank) published a tear-jerking article on Sunday about a poor 11-year-old Moroccan boy who was brought to tears when his classmates teased him by shouting the words LESS! LESS! LESS!
The story is from the Telegraaf newspaper, which is seen as a more conservative newspaper in the country. Normally an item like this would be replaced by newer items the same day. However it was still on the front page on long into Monday. Lets call that a coincidence.
In contrast, another news item in which fifteen lightly tinted juveniles (the politically correct term for Moroccan hoodlums) entered a house, seriously mistreated the three inhabitants, ransacked the premises and got away before the police arrived on Friday does not warrant any attention anymore. If only because it would firmly underline the words of Wilders.
Two Muslim parliamentarians now say they want schools to dedicate extra attention to Wilders alleged expression of racism. They offered to train teachers and set up education courses. (For a small fee, no doubt.)
PVV parliamentarians on various political levels are walking out in droves. This includes two members of the PVV faction in parliament, together with most members of the newly-elected city councils in the Hague and Almere.
What Wilders said was taken out of context and was blown out of all proportions, simply to divert attention. He didnt say anything he hadnt said before, or what Labor politicians said a couple of years ago themselves. He probably didnt realize that his words would be given so much attention. But since they were, Wilders has taken the opportunity to make a defiant stand on principles he has long championed.
There is a very good reason for Wilders opponents to gin up this controversy and distract the Dutch public.
In the recent Dutch elections, apart from local municipal parties and D66 (liberal-democrat party), all parties lost. Massively. Except for Wilders PVV, whose losses were quite limited.
Masked by the controversy surrounding Wilders comments is any discussion of these huge losses, particularly those suffered by PvdA, VVD and CDA (Christian Democrats). Its being mentioned in the news, but only casually. Yes, the PvdA lost quite a bit. The VVD lost somewhat. CDA didnt lose the elections, they won or so they say.
A landslide of political change in the Netherlands is being completely ignored, all because of Wilders single remark. The defeat was so embarrassing that a scapegoat was urgently needed. What better than to divert attention to something else?
Meanwhile, there is not a word about the consequences that must attend such an enormous political rout. If a political party loses on the level of what the PvdA lost, heads roll. The PvdA leader in Amsterdam, Pieter Hilhorst, has already resigned. It is almost certain the leader of the PvdA on a national level, Diederik Samson, will have to resign as well. Rumors were already widely circulating before the elections.
However, all of a sudden not a peep. Of the coalitions 79 seats, 49 seats would have been lost, had this been national elections. (A majority requires 76 seats.) In theory, because these elections were local and not national, the coalition believes it doesnt have to worry about a thing. National elections are at least two years away. They have the indirect support from some opposition parties to keep the Titanic afloat. By focusing all attention on Wilders again they hope nobody will notice that all other politicians are wearing no clothes.
However, this political calculation may not be as sound as it may seem. Politicians may be leaving the PVV, but the electorate is not. 85% of present PVV voters will vote the same way again. They have full confidence in Wilders. And after all, its not the first time such an all-out attack has been made on the PVV leader. Every time he emerges stronger from it. Also, most people dont like it very much if politicians change their opinions quicker than the weather. Or talk in vague, opaque terms. Sir Humphrey Appleby was by far the funniest character in Yes Minister; in real life people dont like politicians like him.
Wilders always looks for long-term solutions; he doesnt go for short-term victories as all other politicians do. This is the second local election he basically ignored. The party doesnt have enough qualified members to be able to govern effectively, so they prefer not to govern. The pragmatic maneuvering has seemed to have paid off politically. But now Wilders is finding, once again, that with a rising political star comes retribution.
H. Numan is the Dutch correspondent for the Gates of Vienna.
“The message of the fanfare was: We abhor the outright racist remarks of Geert Wilders last Wednesday. We strive towards an all-inclusive society, in which people of all races, cultures, religions and sexual preferences live together in peace. We believe that God/Allah wants it to be that way to the point that it destroys our country and turns it into a turd-world, Muzzie hellhole!”
Wilders is doing the right thing by not apologizing. Standing by un-PC remarks, no matter what the reaction from anyone, is the ONLY way to break the power of PC.
Stand strong, Geert.
LIST OF DUTCH INVENTIONS AND DISCOVERIES
I IMAGINE that the "list" for French and German achievements would be just as long, MAYBE even longer.
I DO think that if the "question man" were to ask Americans what the Dutch have done, they would probably say much the same. Maybe I'm wrong.
I once did a "canal cruise" along all those watery Amsterdam "highways." We stopped at two places: one for pizza for all on board and one for ICE CREAM.
WHAT a civilized way to see Amsterdam.
I back and support Geert Wilders 100% even though I’m not a voter over there. Wilders has come over to the USA many times and spoken out against Islam (but not against Muslims overall). He is also a very strong supporter of Israel.
In very many interviews, Geert Wilders ALWAYS SAYS that he does not hate Muslims, does not have anything against them, does not think they should all be evicted from the country - and also - very EMPHATICALLY STATES (and repeatedly) that the MAJORITY of Muslims are peaceful and law-abiding in the West. But he recognizes that there is a minority who use the Koran to perpetrate their violence and terrorism (and all of them should be deported.
Wilders says that it’s perfectly fine for Muslims to be in the West (and in the Netherlands) as long as they assimilate, use the language if the country and work. That’s perfectly fine with him.
He also rejects those groups in England, France and Austria (like the EDL, Le Pen’s group, and Haider’s group) as FASCISTS and sometimes violent prone. He will have nothing to do with them.
He is ONLY FOR changing things through the voter and the laws of the country and absolutely NOT through violence.
What I just described — IS — Geert Wilders!
How dare a Dutch politician represent the Dutch. Moraccan is a race now?
Note ... from Post #9 ... what Geert Wilders is about, overall.
The Europeans CORNERED the market on desserts, cookies included. With dough and sugar MANY miracles can be created!!
My all-time favorite is: chocolate chip cookieDOUGH!!
If we still had the ability to SCROLL our posts, I would DEFINTELY scroll the dough and the "yummers"!
Don’t forget Audrey Hepburn
And wealth. And science. And art. HOW COULD YOU NOT MENTION ART? And beer.
The Dutch influence in America has been very important. If you want a little thumbnail of this visit the little farm communities around Bozeman MT—Manhattan, Amsterdam and I forget the other one. Or make it easy on yourself and just visit Bozeman. I truly believe the influence of the Dutch Americans was one of the reasons that area is a good place to live.
There are a lot of people who will go to lengths that Geert Wilders completely rejects and he calls some of these people “rightists and Fascists”.
There are some people who would be against Wilders - on the basis that he doesn’t criticize ALL MUSLIMS and that he thinks that the MAJORITY of Muslims in the West are peaceful and law-abiding, and he has no problem with them.
Wilders is definitely against the Koran and the application of it, per the terrorists and how they develop their doctrines. There’s no question about that.
Since I support Geert Wilders 100% - I also like to make clear where he is coming from!
You can see Post #9, too ...
I HAD forgotten her.
From GOOGLE: Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.
Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
Be careful of raw egg. We’re being warned about that again now. I like raw dough and batter too though.
And Golden Earring.
And cookies. ;)