Geert Wilders Isn’t Going Anywhere: Here’s Why

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Geert Wilders Lost but He's not going Anywhere

Mark Rutte wins a majority of seats in the Dutch elections, but Geert Wilders continues his fight against the Islamic invasion

Despite a growing network of populist support, Geert Wilders (Party for Freedom, ‘PVV’) has failed to unseat Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, ‘VVD’) in the 2017 Dutch elections. Rutte celebrated his party’s victory over Geert’s PVV, referring to the right-wing PVV as “the wrong side of populism.” Wilders called these comments “very worrying, as if populists are semi-Nazi’s.”

Geert, who is a stern opponent of the Islamic faith, has gone so far as saying that the Islamic ideology is “more dangerous” than Nazism, implying his obvious aversion to both. In today’s political sphere, many on the left have irresponsibly branded as a “Nazi” anybody with a nationalist political point of view. As the conservative Islamists continue their stated goal of conquering the West, the “Nazi” insult is losing its stickiness.

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Because of this, the left has taken to imposing Nazi sentiments onto other, once normative, terms. Terms like “nationalism” or “populism” have always been representative of social enclaves that united together to prevent foreign and tyrannical occupation and subjugation. Preserving one’s national identity from the obviously inferior identity of Sharia-ruled Islamic states has nothing to do with Nazism. It is self-preservation. It is sanity.

This argument of cultural or political superiority is made more obvious by the fact that Islamic refugees are LEAVING THEIR OWN NATIONS to flood Western democracies. While many will accurately argue that these refugee crises have often been caused or furthered by Western meddling and war-mongering, the reality looms that it is Islamic textualists who are making these war-zones more unlivable.

Instead of admitting to the obvious obscenities of many Islamic-ruled sects or societies, the leftist argument is frequently to cite the many peacemaking and freedom-loving Muslims of the world. “Not all Muslims,” is their idiotic mantra, implying as if anyone believed that all the world’s Muslims were indecent.

Many who ascribe themselves as nationalists or populists are not looking to parse out who is “good” or “bad” amongst the world’s estimated 1.5 billion Muslims. They are looking to address the giant camel in the room — Islamic textualism (i.e. Sharia law and Jihad) has no place in Western society. In other words, the issue demands a legitimate discourse into what can and cannot work in Western democracies.

Geert Wilders in 2013 : Robert Hoetink / Shutterstock.com

Not all have taken the hardline approach of Geert Wilders. After spending years traveling the Middle-East and around the world, Wilders became fiercely anti-Islamic. He has called for banning the building of mosques and for outlawing the Qur’an in the Netherlands. Many are coming to his side.

Geert Wilders does not hold his position lightly. He travels with armed bodyguards at all times, meets in highly secured areas, and wears a bulletproof vest. Although married, he is only able to meet with his wife once every one to two weeks. His criticism of Islam has earned him so much hatred from many Muslims, that he has had to completely abandon his public life. He says of this restricted way of living, that it is “a situation that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”

The Dutch political structure is quite different from that of the United States, or even of Germany or Britain. Like Britain, the Netherlands has a mostly figurative monarchial head of state — King Willem-Alexander, presently. The Netherlands’ executive powers are comprised of a “council of ministers,” of which the Prime Minister is chief. In order to represent the citizens more succinctly, the council is represented by various political parties.

Historically, many of these parties have formed coalitions in an effort to secure majority control within the council. Despite winning the election on behalf of his party, Prime Minister Rutte’s VVD party maintained a majority of just 33 seats while losing 10. 

The social-democratic Labour Party (PvdA), who lost 29 of their 38 seats, experienced the gravest losses of the election. The Greens (Groenlinks) (run by “Dutch Justin Trudeau“) experienced the greatest gains, quadrupling their 4 seats to 16. Securing second place was Geert’s own PVV with 20 seats (as of this writing, numbers were still being finalized into the week).

 Although Wilders has agreed to form a coalition with the other council members, the other parties have refused to collaborate with him or his party. For Geert Wilders, that particular detail doesn’t matter. His party continues to grow, and populist sentiments continue to arise across Europe. But does his loss this election mean that it is too late?

Is there still hope for the once völkisch Europe against the ravages of Islamist domination? Only time will tell. In the meantime, Geert Wilders will continue to fight, even if it means forming a “strong opposition over the next five years.” After receiving word of election exit polls, he Tweeted, “Rutte is not rid of me by a long shot.”