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Reader comment on item: Western Civilization on Trial: Why We Should Be Watching Geert Wilders
in response to reader comment: The Netherlands doesn't want a First Amendment

Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), Feb 12, 2010 at 10:37

Ah! I see somebody (nice name!) wants us to believe all is well in the Low Countries. We heard that kind of talk before. In 2002 to be precise. In that year one could read in the press and watch on tv and hear on the radio that all was well, and Mr Fortuyn was just an idiot, a frustrated fool, a xenofobe even. And some other (very) nasty stuff I will not repeat. Well, somebody didn't agree with Mr Fortuyn. He's not around anymore. Somebody to care of that 'problem'.

Rest assured, if the NL ever will start behaving like a real democracy, you'll be surprised how many people would want a first amendment. But, as always, you'd have to have a real fundamental discussion in the land of course. You'd have to ASK the mainstream public would'nt you? That would be something! But to get that, you'd have to be profoundly and extensively informed by.....uh....The Dutch Press? Political Parties? Academics? Somebody??....

Ofcourse, there is always the possibility that nobody is interested in nothing at all. Thats true. I would put a bet on it though.

I wonder: how come Mr Fortuyn was about to win in a landslide victory (had he lived) in 2002 to become (out of nowhere) the biggest political movement in the country? And how is it, that Mr Wilders stands to do an encore on this in the coming elections? I mean, in the polls he's been sitting on anything between 25 to 30% of the parlement seats. That should make his party nr 1. And if all goes well, it could be even more,

Lets see if there still is some chance of getting some form of real democracy functioning in the NL and lets see what will happen. I mean, the chances of Mr Wilders making it alive right up to and past the elections are pretty good seeing he has around the clock 24/7 protection from the secret service. Who would want to try any 'funny-stuff' again?

Its still a free country ain't it? Lets see what happens in the coming months.

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