Wilders: ‘Thank God for the Olymics!’
The Netherlands, a small country, has been doing very well in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Dutch successes have reinforced national pride and patriotism, Dutch anti-immigration leader Geert Wilders asserted.
Published: February 20, 2018, 6:42 am
“Thank God for the Olympics!” Wilders exclaimed this week. “Sporting events are one of the few occasions where people can still unabashedly display feelings of national pride without being judged for it by the leftist cosmopolitan elites.”
Dutch athlete Jorien Ter Mors celebrated winning the gold medal during the Ladies’ 1000m Speed Skating at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, and her victory has led to an outpouring of Dutch national pride.
Wilders noted that national pride was a nation’s ultimate strength. “Patriotism is one of the biggest strengths of a nation. Waving the national flag is so much more than bringing a tribute to successful athletes. It also links us to a heritage and a tradition. Our national flag symbolizes ancient loyalties embodying the legacy of our fathers, which we want to bestow on our children,” he said.
“The nation-state is one the greatest contributions of Western civilization to the world. It is the home of our democracy as well as the guarantor of our freedom.”
He added that adherence to the nation-state was also a moral duty based on the values of Jerusalem, Athens and Rome. “Jerusalem, where the love for the state of Israel was taught. Athens, where service to the democratic state was the highest good. And Rome, where honor depended on duty to the Republic.”
Wilders explained that this notion was totally alien to Islam as it wants to eradicate nations and replace them by the Ummah, the worldwide Islamic community.
It is not a nation-centered but globalist religious project, he said. “That is why our cosmopolitan elites with their globalist dreams of supranational institutions like it so much.”
He said that the Olympics reflected our Western ideals.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is actively discriminating against his own people in favor of foreigners when it comes to politics, while in sports, Rutte is cheering the Dutch, doing exactly the opposite, Wilders noted.
“Asylum seekers in the Netherlands get health care entirely free, while the Dutch have to pay a huge deductible out-of-pocket and have to insure themselves for extras, such as hearing aids, glasses, physiotherapy, dental care, postnatal care, etc, which asylum seekers get for free. The asylum seekers also get free housing and are allowed to jump the queue, while Dutch citizens on average have to wait eight years for social housing.
“Two thirds of all welfare expenditure is spent on non-Western immigrants, while Dutch citizens have to foot the bill. Non-Westerners often also get preferential treatment when applying for jobs in the civil service, because the authorities want to encourage ‘diversity’,” he said.
Wilders has meanwhile lodged an official complaint against the Prime Minister for discrimination on behalf of Dutch citizens, but this week, the Public Prosecutor dismissed Wilders’ complaint alleging that the government policy is one of “positive discrimination”.
Wilders, unfased, will now take the case directly to court. “A government that is positively discriminating in favor of foreigners is negatively discriminating against its own people,” he said.
“Governments should be the cheerleaders of their own people. We need to bring the spirit of the Olympics to politics, the spirit of patriotism. The nation-state has the duty to positively discriminate in favor of its own people. It has to cheer them on, encourage them, be proud of them, as we now are of our athletes.”
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