Well we are not far from the end of this year known as 2010. Whether it has been good or bad I do not know, but in the end it has been an exciting
year. Protests, riots, elections, etc… Have all made for a quite entertaining and thought provoking year. However there is one thing that you
probably have not thought of, the year 2010 has been the year that the right has marched strong. Sweeping election surprises across the West with
virtually all of them handing a win to the reinvigorated right-wing.
Let us just take a look back this past year at some of the elections throughout the West world.
Dutch General Election
This election gave the win to Mark Rutte of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. The Conservative liberal was launched into office with the
collapse of the Christian Democratic Appeal which lost 20 seats in the Dutch House of Representatives. However the most impressive showing of this
election was for the right-wing party led by the firebrand Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom.
Campaigning on a platform of promoting Dutch values, cracking down on immigration, Islam, and mosques, they won a total of 24 seats up 15 from their
previous election. Garnering 15.5% of the popular vote and 16% of the seats in the Dutch House of Representatives they became a thorn in the side of
any new coalition government.
On September 28 the parties of VVD and PVA reached an agreement to form a coalition, and included a “toleration agreement” with PVV. The deal was
reached and on October 14 the Cabinet Rutte was sworn in by the Queen.
United Kingdom General Election
With confidence in the Labour government of Great Britain led by Prime Minister Gordon Brown collapsing came the rise of the Liberal Democrat Nick
Clegg who began to surge in the polls come March and April. The internet was abuzz with posts of a possible Liberal led government however these posts
were defeated when the Conservative Party of David Cameron brought the hammer down by winning a total of 306 seats in the House of Commons, gaining 97
The Liberal Democrats ended up losing 5 seats and gaining 1% more votes than the previous election. However with the Conservative Party holding only
306 seats it did not have enough to form a majority government, at this time both the Labour and Conservative Party were scrambling to reach a deal
with the Liberal Democrats to launch their party into power. David Cameron was able to sway Nick Clegg to his side and formed a Lib-Con coalition.
After the election some of the new government wasted no time attacking the size of government by slashing public benefits, selling off public land,
cutting defense spending, hiking tuition costs, and now enacting a row of public sector job cuts come early 2011. This could quite possibly be the
most Conservative government since or even more than Margaret Thatcher’s government of the 1980’s.
Czech Legislative Election
In the Czech Republic the economy was taking a toll on the two major parties. With both the Center-left CSSD and the Center-right ODS losing seats in
the Czech Chamber of Deputies a new right-wing party emerged with a strong and charismatic leader who was popular among the Czech citizens. TOP 09
gained a stunning 41 seats and 16.70% of the vote finishing third in the popular vote and seats.
The anti-corruption crusade party known as Public Affairs also gained many of seats, 24 to be exact, and along with Civic Democratic Party and TOP 09,
they formed the new government of the Czech Republic based on a Fiscally Conservative Center-right coalition.
This marked the rise of two new Conservative parties in the Czech Republic which gained immense popularity cumulating in a huge electoral success for
the new coalition which holds 146 of the 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
Hungarian Parliamentary Election
Arguably the most powerful and interesting election in 2010 occurred in the country of Hungary where the governing Hungarian Socialist Party basically
collapsed, losing 131 seats, leaving it with just 59 seats of 386 in the Országgyűlés and a popular vote total of 19.30%. At the same time the
Hungarian center-right Fidesz Party surged to power with 263 seats, a gain of 99, and 52.73% of the popular vote.
What makes this election special however was the rise of the third party, JOBBIK. They entered the Hungarian national government for the first time
with 47 seats and 16.67% of popular vote along with a very staunch right-wing political agenda centered on Nationalism, law and order, tradition, and
anti-globalism. This led to European press labeling the party “anti-Semitic” and “Fascist”, which the party staunchly denies.
This surprising win for the right-wing led to thunderous applause by Nationalists and Eurosceptics who seen this as another repudiation of the
policies foisted upon the peoples of Europe by Brussels, the elite, and the Zionists. Quite possibly this is the most right-wing party elected to any
EU nations government.
Swedish General Election
The election in Sweden seen the entrance to the Riksdag of the right-wing Sweden Democrats who ran on a platform of anti-immigration, supporting the
welfare state, and anti-Islamism. This proved to be a surprising election as the Swedish Social Democrats lost 18 seats dropping from 130 to 112. The
Alliance consisting of the Moderate Party, Liberal People’s Party, Centre Party, and Christian Democrats, won yet again losing only 5 seats compared
to the Red-Greens coalition losing 15 seats.
Sweden Democrats did not make it into the new cabinet however and we rejected by both coalitions due to their political positions and their blatant
violation of ‘politically correct’ speech. Picking up 20 seats and 5.70% of the popular vote this led to protests in the Kingdom from the Left in
opposition to the party entering government.
During the election SD was heavily ostracized by both sides of the aisle, the party’s campaign ad was blocked from airing by the privately owned
television network, TV4. The campaign video was then uploaded to Youtube and viewed more than 600,000 times. It also proved important and
controversial as this party use to sponsor members marching through streets wearing SS uniforms and many were proud Nazis and Fascists, however for
this election they forced these people out of their party to make their appearance more moderate for voters.
United States House of Representatives Elections
In the United States elections for the House of Representatives the Tea Party Movement proved crucial and was a major force for Conservative outreach
and empowerment. Gaining traction in February of 2009 and building momentum up until the election, giving the Republicans the sway they needed to not
only reclaim the House of Representatives but to nearly flip the entire House. The Republicans clipped an enormous 63 seat gain growing from 179 to
242 seats and the Democrats plummeting from 256 to 193 seats.
Running on a platform of less debt, lower taxes, fiscal conservatism, cracking down on illegal immigration, and repealing Obama’s healthcare reform
they managed to sway voters back to their party. The election was signified with deep Liberal pessimism and apathy towards the Democratic Party and
President Obama for what they perceived as a lack of motivation and determination to fight for more Progressive causes such as Public Option, stronger
financial reform, larger stimulus, and ending the wars.
This election gave Republicans more seat gains than the ‘Republican Revolution’ of 1994. Yet they still failed to take the Senate back from the
Democrats which many analyze believe is due to the nomination of many ‘fringe’ candidates such as Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle. Leaving
a split government consisting of a Republican House of Representatives (242-193), a Democratic Senate (51+2, 47), and a Democratic President.
Please remember there were other elections in the western world that were not mentioned here. The right-wing did not win in every national election in
the west but overall their gains were seen as strong. Many attribute these gains to a growing sense of frustration among Westerners about the growing
number of particularly Arab Immigrants and a ‘clash of civilizations’. These elections were strongly shaped by the current state of the economy in
the West which is riddled with high unemployment, debt, and outsourcing.
2011 is almost here and when it arrives the elections will begin in many western nations where the right could either continue their march or they
could lose their footing and stumble backwards into the shadows of obscurity.
edit on 12/24/2010 by Misoir because: (no reason given)