June 9, 2009
Contributing Source: BrusselsJournal.com
Article: Wilders Appeals to Indigenous Vote of Right and Left Alike
RightSideNews.com following the elections in Europe reports:
Dutch member of Parliament, Geert Wilders, who travels the world to champion free speech because Islamists threats attempt to deny him his right to free speech, saw his newly formed political party make, what could be, a start on reversing the damage done to his country by, as Mr. Wilders puts it, “Islamization”.
Mr. Wilders is currently under a death threat from Muslim Islamists for their perceived “insult” over a film Mr. Wilders produced, Fitna. While there seemed to be nothing in the film that was not factual, directly quoting the Quran, or was in any way fabricated, it seems Muslims were offended by a non-muslim quoting their holy books, even if the quotes are 100% accurate and in context according to accepted Muslim translations.
Islamists routinely level charges of “hate speech”, “racism”, “intolerance”, or claim offense, insult or injury in attempts to silence facts or information they would prefer not be reported. They are quick to employ their right to free speech at every opportunity to deny it to all others. This tactic seems to be working well for them to secure special or priviledged status in many countries, including the United States, where they are able to exploit the country’s own laws and tolerance to abrogate the rights of all other citizens of the country, demonstrating their own intolerance.
The article on the election results, published at www.BrusselsJournal.com is as follows:
From the desk of Paul Belien on Fri, 2009-06-05 10:43
Today, the Irish and Czechs go to the voting booth to elect their representatives for the European Parliament (EP). Yesterday, the Dutch and the British went to the booth. Tomorrow and Sunday the citizens of the other 27 member states will elect their Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The election results will only be announced after the last voters have cast their votes on Sunday evening.
“Unofficial official” results of the elections in the Netherlands have, however, already been disclosed this morning. They show that the Freedom Party PVV of Dutch opposition leader Geert Wilders has won at least 4, maybe even 5, of the 25 Dutch MEP seats in the first European elections in which the PVV has ever participated. The party, founded by Mr Wilders two years ago, became the second largest party in the Netherlands, after the governing Christian-Democrat CDA of Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, which wins 5 seats.
The CDA won 20% of the votes, the PVV 16.9%. Labour (PvdA), which is the junior coalition partner in Mr. Balkenende’s government, dropped to 12.2%. The Liberal Party VVD, to which Mr. Wilders belonged before it ousted him over his opposition to Turkish EU membership, dropped to 11.3%. Libertas, the pan-European party of the Irishman Declan Ganley, got the support of a mere 0.3%.
Compared to the previous EP, the CDA dropped from 7 to 5 seats, Labour from 7 to 3 and the VVD from 4 to 3, while the PVV enters the EP with 4, perhaps even 5, seats. The biggest loser of the elections is Labour.
Wilders’ party has become the largest party in Rotterdam, a traditional Socialist stronghold, where it received 22.5% of the votes, while Labour declines from 31 to 15%. Rotterdam has a large population of Muslim immigrants. It seems the native voters have flocked en masse to Wilders, whose party has even become the biggest in Capelle aan de IJssel, the home town of Prime Minister Balkenende.
The Dutch electoral map shows that the PVV (pale blue on the map) has become the largest party in parts of the southern province of Limburg, Wilders’ home province, which is traditionally Christian-Democrat, in the eastern corner of the northern province of Groningen, which is a communist bulwark, and in the major cities and suburbs of the West, which traditionally tend to vote Labour (inner cities) or Liberal (suburbs). This indicates that the PVV appeals to the whole spectrum of the Dutch indigenous population, from the right to the left, with its program against the Islamization of Europe, its outspoken support for Israel, and against the transformation of the European Union into a European superstate.
While the above article gives the detail regarding the election which just took place, it was perhaps one of the comments posted to the article which gave additional insight into the real import of the results. The commentor gives an excellent overview of the actual workings of the system of government in the Netherlands for those of us not native to the country or possessing the necessary understanding of how governments other than our own function.
These results are promising, but do not engage in premature celebrations. These elections were for Dutch representation in the rather powerless European parliament in Brussels-cum-Strassbourg. Both pro-EU and anti-EU parties gained at the expense of the ‘waffling’ ruling center parties.
The results indicate a sharpening of differences over ‘Europe’, but they do NOT indicate a “throwing off the yoke”. For that, one will have to wait to see whether similar results will occur in future elections for the Dutch parliament, because it is those that will determine the composition of the Dutch ‘Cabinet’, i. e. the Executive Power. Presently, the EU is not (not yet, at any rate) like the US. It is essentially run by the governments (Cabinets) of its member states who control the European Commission, not by its ‘parliament’. And there is no direct (EU-wide) election for a European ‘President’ (i.e. the Commission President).
These results expose the folly of the earlier decision by the VVD to expel Mr Wilders, who then proceeded to create the PVV party. Today he returns with more votes than his ‘old’ (and long-established) party. The best chance for the Dutch to “throw off the yoke” (of oppressive government and naive-left muticulturalism) would be for the (old) VVD and the (new) PVV to ‘re-unite’ or ‘close ranks’, so as to create a genuine ‘conservative’ (nou ja, relatively speaking) political alternative for the Dutch people.
To read the full article go to: Brussels Journal
Follow up articles may also be found at: DW-World.DE Deutsche Welle