Sat Jan 5th, 2019 at 12:59:38 PM EST
Persons need to step up to the pate and take on their responsibility. Just as the New Democrats in de USA have done in de Congressional Election of 2016 ... and with success!
I have plenty of thought for a diary, but today I read the letter from a mayor send to the city council of Purmerend where he renounces his party membership of the VVD, the liberal party of Dutch PM Mark Rutte. What more needs to be said? The same position to the right of a progressive center has been taken by the Christian Democrats (CDA) under "leadership" of Sybrand Buma. Hiding under the cover of "Dutch" culture or "family" values. A farcical view which is as fake as most news read on social media in recent years. Populism is the trend to woe voters in the next election because when not in power you don't have a voice. The allmight of democracy and elections in the "Free World".
The Western world needs to go through another social revolution starting from the bottom up with support of students, teachers and professional leaders in education and the business community. The business leaders must realize their profits thrive in the future by a solid footing in the community they serve.
More below the fold ...
Mayor Bijl cancels membership of his party VVD
In his letter, Bijl, who was a member of the VVD for 50 years, is considering whether he will switch to another political party with a different vision of society in which the care for the other person is content.
Party chairman Christianne van der Wal has immediately invited Bijl for a cup of coffee after his cancellation, says the national VVD party. But that struck off Bijl because his decision was already fixed. "Of course that is a great shame, because you have to be able to talk about this kind of things. But it is his choice."
In November last year, Mayor Marco Out also stepped down from the VVD in Assen. Out then wrote in his statement that he felt uncomfortable with the party during the last period. "More and more often I read VVD positions that are too far removed from my personal values and opinions." Out was a member of the VVD for 25 years.
Part of letter translated here ...
Subject: cancellation membership VVD
Dear members of the board,
After having been a member of the VVD for almost 50 years, I decided to cancel the membership. At the time the VVD was a liberal party in which the freedom of the individual was paramount, but the responsibility for the less strong fellowmen was never lacking. Thinking about the desired development of society was underpinned by a liberal vision with a social pillar. I recall the Liberal Manifesto. Following this, thought was given to the democratic constitutional state.
The VVD was always reluctant to hand over too many tasks to the government, but was principally in favor of a constitutional state that protected the vulnerable and gave space to the registers. The VVD has evolved over the years a large party with an increasingly pragmatic and, in my opinion, more opportunistic attitude. The government had to operate more business-like, which is something different than more efficient, let alone more effective. Neoliberalism with embrace of market thinking has not left the VVD untouched. These developments can not be written on the basis of the VVD alone, but the VVD has played a pioneering role in this.
A vision of society is now almost entirely absent. Pragmatism, market forces and individualization are the current key words. Consequences are traditional government services that are left to the market; the judicial decision that came under pressure and that is financed in a perverse manner; large companies that can grow unhindered, whereby the position of the shareholders has become dominant; to be unclear about our position in Europe without formulating a better alternative; a police organization that, under the leadership of a VVD minister, drifts away from its strength, namely connection with society.
In addition, attention can be drawn to the - in itself positive decentralization in the social domain - which, however, has been accompanied by so many cuts that the chances of success are much less than desirable. There are many more examples to give.
My earlier comment:
Eurogreen says a small spark of hope ... may I multiply his spark of hope by the number sixty?
On the right side of the chamber white men in suits and ties ... on the left diversity as the largest representation of women in the US House has been sworn in. Kids and grandkids had a grand time!! Hopefully the Democrats honor this privilege and work their butts off in the next two years.
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