"This wind of change has to do with the fact that there are now far more conservatives among the people's representatives in the Netherlands than there have been for many a year."
"More conservatives among the people's representatives." As if they came form outer space! What has this guy been smoking? Good Lord, bud, maybe not everyone in the Netherlands is a hippie. Maybe many people are sick and tired of the hippie bullshit. Maybe people are just plain fed up with the hippie crap fed to them daily for all these years: that violent and demanding and parasitic losers are a product of nativist bias and are a reaction against racist hostility. Oh, spare me. I'm sick of it too. Stop blowing that smoke up my arse. It's over. Hippies puff? Ha. Hippies suck!
Rutger van Santen, "High life in Holland under threat"
For over 30 years, the Netherlands has had the most liberal drugs policy in the world. But all that is about to change. After this week's parliamentary debate on the drugs issue, it looks like even the Netherlands' world-famous 'coffee shops' may not escape the present government's reforms.
During the debate, the government presented plans to ban 'grow shops', which sell seed and equipment for cultivating marijuana at home. Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin promised new legislation within a matter of months aimed at banning "everything that facilitates the domestic cultivation of cannabis" and imposing strict penalties on offenders.
Curtains for coffee shops?
A majority of MPs support the minister's efforts to take a much tougher line on the use, cultivation and sale of drugs. The spokesman for the main coalition party, the Christian Democrats, even advocated closing down the Netherlands' world famous coffee shops, where people can purchase a limited amount of soft drugs without facing legal sanctions. This proposal may also be able to count on a parliamentary majority.
This wind of change has to do with the fact that there are now far more conservatives among the people's representatives in the Netherlands than there have been for many a year. The coalition government currently running the country consists of three parties: the Christian Democrats, Labour and junior partner the Christian Union.
It is Labour's position that has undergone the biggest shift. Much to the vexation of the progressive opposition parties, Labour MPs have tend to vote along the same lines as their coalition partners since coming to power. And given that the opposition also includes the conservative VVD and the far right Freedom Party, both of which take a prohibitive stance on drugs, this is the first time in years that a real change in policy stands a chance of being implemented.
The left-wing opposition parties describe the changes as disastrous. For although the Dutch approach to drugs has been the target of much criticism from the rest of the world, its supporters within the Netherlands are quick to point out that it has been a shining success story. For years, the Netherlands has been at the very top of the rankings when it comes to the lowest number of drug-related deaths.
Experts say this is mainly due to the transparency of the Dutch system, the strict dividing line between hard drugs and soft drugs and the outstanding care for addicts. However, the current government is keen to jettison this liberal approach because of its own anti-drugs beliefs and because it is thought to contravene European regulations. Ironically, the proposed changes come at a time when an increasing number of governments are gradually coming round to the idea of following the Dutch example, precisely because it has been such a success.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the libertarianesque spiel of "prohibition doesn't work" and the idea that the state shouldn't regulate peoples' vices anyway if all they do is ruin their own lives. Fine. But it isn't fine or people wouldn't vote for governments that toss drug users and dealers in jail. One in one hundred Americans is in prison today, mostly for drug related offenses. Is that a bad thing? Would it be better to have them all on the street instead? If people are criminals, throw them in jail. If people can't stop doing what is prohibited, what is the problem with throwing them in jail? Most free citizens are happy to see them go. That too is democracy. If 99 people out of 100 aren't "progressive," then go somewhere else to live or go to jail for offending them.
A success? Only for those on dope and those in the industry. Everyone else suffers. It's not just the dope culture dominance that offends: it is the povertarian ethos of the hippies that is sickening and repulsive. The government and its expert managers control the drug pandemic, so not to worry. Well it sucks. It sucks because it is a government scam in the first place, one that can never be anything good, never positive, never better, only a management problem that will get worse and worse and always managed more and more by more and more managers demanding more and more money and money and money for a bottomless piss-hole. Only hippies can like this mess, and they do. It's their living, career, and identity. Who needs them?
Geert Wilders is taking on the whole rotten hippie establishment, and because he does he lives under 24 hour per day guard to try to survive the rage and hatred of Muslims and the dhimmis who would also kill him like one did Pym Fortuyn. A society that can't say no to drug culture can't say no to jihadis either. They can't say no to being bullied, beaten, robbed, raped, and even murdered. There's only so much people will put up with, and this is the time the tide turns. Wilders stands alone today in the public mind as one man saying "No" very loudly. Only hippies complain about him. Fitna? It's a Dutch word meaning 'the totally preventable social troubles brought on by hippies.' Death Hippies.
Go, Wilders, Go!