Thursday, September 13, 2012

The art of winning an election

Christmas Party Invitation - art by Anne Vis
Some of you who stumble across this blog may wonder why there is so much about politics and the world around us in this blog. Where is the link with healing and art?
As Madonna recently mentioned, it is impossible for an artist not to be engaged in the world. Regardless what an artist does, it reflects their statement about the world around us. Even a recluse is saying something about that world ... (by withdrawing from it).
A healer goes within is the general assumption. But aren't we all formed and affected by what happens in our lives (read: the world)? And shouldn't also a healer be involved with society? I think the times of meditating on a mountain top are far behind us, we need to live here and now ... except that there is no here and now. (detail :-))))

OK, now that we got that clarified, let's move on to what is going on in Dutch politics today.
And you may say that it really does not matter what happens in a tiny country, maybe on the other side of the planet from where you are. But you are wrong there: every one of us matters!
Of course the media here have been shouting for weeks that the elections were about a choice between two parties (where in reality there are many parties). And in this case indeed: depending on that one person that happens to be leading it right now. Read: the puppet is important, not the policy.
There has been a huge repulsion amongst the Dutch public against the latest government, and especially with laying the bill of the bank robbery squarely for the people and leaving the safe of the bank wide open for the looters to continue their business. But all of that has long been forgotten (while still continuing of course):
The discussion in the media was about health care, or better to say lack of health care.
So the public was completely distracted from the real issues.
And guess who they voted for: the same jerks that got us into this mess in the first place!
How could that happen?
Personally I think only part of it is caused by foul play of the media. But the majority in my view voted for their mortgage (yes, here it is again!): the winning party was the only party who said they would not change the enormous tax cuts for those of us willing to be a slave of their mortgage (read: the banksters).
The policies have been for years to not provide enough housing for the population in affordable prices. People were oftentimes left with no other choice than to "buy" a house. But they never became the real owner: the real owner still being the bank, until the mortgage is fully paid, which is almost never the case.
This entire game gives of course free play for banksters and their friends, the unreliable politicians.
(You may also be interested in an alternative reading of the election results in Dutch with an english language movie which I have not had time to see yet).
A small note here: our "prime minister" has officially been named as the politician who was consistently lying about everything. And one of our national "grumpy old men", Maarten van Rossum, said he was a "lying liability" (free translation from "liegende brokkenpiloot").

And yes, I did find a matching illustration today: hope for a warm and cosy Christmas, peace in this volatile and turbulent world ...

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