a reply to: lakenheath24
I see more explaining is required... the Denmark that Sanders was refering to, more or less died after the 2016 Danish election.
It's both hard and not so hard to explain how this happened, so I will give it a go.
First the line-up of parties, from very social to very right wing crazy:
, Denmarks most red party. At one point they could be compared to communists, but have since toned down their retoric and become
Socialist Peoples' party
, very social, though less communist than Enhedslisten. They have a more balance left wing view on things, but lack
strength because they sit between two popular parties.
, they are a mostly a progressive party, and want to sit in the middle, but they are probably the party that speaks out most on
behalf of human rights.
, Denmarks most green party. They have very noble aspirations, but are disregarded by most because they actively choose to look
past the classical concept of "growth". They side with the left wing, but can appear right in some cases.
, the party who has taken the sharpest turn towards the right wing out of all parties... most will say they aren't social
democrats anymore. They are more like house broken elitist right wingers... they appear social but I think a lot of them are latent racists to be
, a right wing elitist party, but have teamed up with the Social Democrats in a lot of cases when laws have to be passed. Also the
current government party in control, although they are totally depending on the support from atleast two of the other right wing parties.
, a silly party... really, I used to be part of them in the youth department... because they had a bar with cheap drinks xD
Anyways, they are selfcentered and borderline racist. But they prefer to appear noble and decent, so the racist card isn't actively played.
Famous quote: "The poor can just save up..." said Mai Mercado when the media asked her about the fact that a ceiling over social benefits would harm
poor families ability to do something as basic as afford a child's birthday (it's normal for kids to invite home their classmates for fun and food and
treasure hunts). Of course the analysis showed that for some there literally was NOTHING to save up once that ceiling was in place....
, most useless party in Denmark. They are extremely liberal, and that might appeal to many Americans, but liberalism doesn't
work in a social society... atleast not their version. They have iconic idiots as main parliament figures... I mean, really really idiotic. The type
of people who couldn't be anything else than a politician, because they have no insight and no talent.
Quotes like: "It's the poor's own fault they are poor..." and arguing that the only way to make unemployed people work is by taking away their
benefits and the only way to make rich people perform more and better is by giving them more money...... Yes, their formed Shot Put champion, now
politician really did say that.
Danish People's Party
, the 2nd most right wing party in Denmark. They don't like to be called racists, but everything they do and vote for is
blatantly obvious out of racist values. Very populistic in their statements with no real results to show for themselves. They also want to appear as
to be the party that cares most for the elderly, except they have during the last 2 years done SO MUCH to make life worse for pensioners and the
poorest in society... ironically.
But they succeed because they are masters of retoric... I mean, it's insane. They never lose their cool, and you can ask them direct racial related
questions and they can spin it right around and come out with an answer that will make them appear empathic etc. It's crazy!
NOT YET IN GOVERNMENT (Thankfully):
, they are by far the most racist and terrible party currently destroying Danish politics. They weren't ready for the elections
last time, thankfully, but they are aiming for the next election and will probably get a seat or two, but they are f'ing crazy. Racist lying
people.... one of them Mette Thiesen recently involved herself in some slandering facebook posts where she took things out of context regarding muslim
social events, posted it on Facebook and called out that the world was burning up in flames.
If they get in next time, the world will see an even more racist Denmark than it has seen the last two years...... They went as far as saying that
they didn't think Danish Peoples' Party wasn't being hard enough on immigrants.
So... that's the line up.
After the 2016 election we went from a left wing government to a right wing government over night.
The last two years have seen a very targeted effort to hit immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Alas all those efforts tend to hit poor Danes as
well, but the rhetoric manages to target the hatred against the new comers "It's their fault!!!!"
At the same time these right wingers are increasingly seeking decreasing taxes and mostly to the already rich. I think someone like myself has enjoyed
as much as 1000 dollars in deduction over a year.........wauw....
The cost: less caretakers in kindergardens, kids being stowed into classes meaning too large classes for teachers to be able to focus on all kids
during a lesson.
Our healthcare system has been destroyed with the public hospitals first being forced to offer "treatment guarantee", then cut their funding so they
have to lay off doctors, nurses and handlers, after which, when they can't grant treatment guarantee, we get revised to private hospitals... on the
Apart from that, a LOT of hospitals have been closed and centralized as well as other governement workplaces.
They removed somethign we had going called "afterwork pay", which basically enabled people to save up an amount of their salery to enable them to
retire earlier than normal.
AND now they are working on increasing the age of pensioners, meaning that when I get old, I likely wouldn't be able to retire before I'm 70 or 71,
Dentistry has been destroyed by setting a limit to the amount of visits you are allowed with subsidation during a single year. Meaning, a lot of
people can only go subsidised to the dentist 1 time a year.
They also managed to lower the tax on the most expensive cars, which ofcourse only the rich can buy.
After which they moved on to completely remove bus lines from a lot of rural areas of Denmark, so that you get around 2-3 bus options during one day.
In most populated areas we have a bus atleast every 30 minutes from 6 - 23, and in Copenhagen you can jump on a given bus line every 5 minutes.
All in all, less money to the social parts of the Danish system anymore.
It really has become THAT much worse to be Danish over the last 2 years, and not because of immigrants, but because of a right wing racist
So... the Denmark that Sanders was talking about, really did exist and did so for as long as I can remember, but was put to rest in june 2016. I'm sad
edit on 6/7/18 by flice because: (no reason given)