We’re going to hell

We had elections today in the Netherlands, provincial elections and waterboard elections. While waterboards are very important for our little country that has partially been claimed from water, the provincial election is the bigger fish. The people who get voted in decide who will make up our ‘First Chamber’ (our senate or upper house). So, to the polling station I went this afternoon.

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First exit polls show that the far right party, Forum voor Democratie (FVD) will become the biggest party in my province of South-Holland. Two years ago I breathed a sigh of relief when another far right party (PVV) narrowly missed becoming the largest party in our parliamentary elections. In these elections we’re not that lucky, it seems. This other far right party, FVD, participated in provincial elections for the first time and it looks like they’ll be the largest party here in our province. What the F*** is happening to this world? I’m so angry now!

I need to go to bed and just hope that tomorrow morning the news will be more favourable and this will only have been a scare. I’m emotionally drained right now.

RA DM

Luckily I’m exhausted and I expect to drop off to a hopefully oblivious sleep quickly.

46 thoughts on “We’re going to hell

  1. How crushing — I wish I had something comforting to say. I do find that things are usually easier to bear in the morning. Sleep well.

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  2. Hugs to you.. honestly i just don’t know what else to say xx

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  3. Oh man. I saw Obama speak in Winnipeg and he talked about this sense of tribalism cropping up in the world. We finally have the technology to talk to each other across the world (look at us!) and this crap keeps happening. Let me tell you, Canada is next if we don’t wake up. Right now I have a provincial education minister who’s an idiot:

    Hope you have a good night sleep.

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    • Can’t see the video right now (I’m at work and no headphones around) but this is so distressing! Canada has Justin Trudeau, which from the outside looks fine to me. I hope he doesn’t get kicked out… I hope for you that Canada will be spared!
      “Sense of tribalism” is aptly put. Obama is good at that.

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      • It’s fear and complacency and disrespect of others that drives the radicals to power. Fear then becomes hate and hate leads to violence. I just shake my head and think this is 2019 not the 1950’s or 1960’s do you know what is happening to our environment? It won’t matter who’s in charge when the earth is flooded over and we won’t have fresh air to breathe. Do people not get it?
        Thank you for this post. All the comments here are the way we should be responding with alarm!

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        • Some people would argue that worrying about the environment is fear-mongering as well… I just feel that hysteria feeds the hatred, we need to get the hysteria out of politics and be level-headed, whether it’s about immigration, the environment, health care, the EU, whatever. There is hysteria on the left as well as on the right, I feel it in me too and as a peacemaker personality type that is very hard for me. Where is the common ground where we can get constructive? I just don’t see it.

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  4. Oh Esther, hoping along with you. The world scares the cr*p out of my every day right now.

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    • Alas, my hopes have been dashed. Together with ruling VVD party this right-wing shit party has tied for first place (they want ‘Nexit’ and ‘we are already doing enough for the environment, we don’t need to do more’ and ‘freedom of speech should allow us to be disrespectful of Islam’). UGH!!!!!

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  5. it’s crazy,sin’t it..its the exact same pattern that caused the far right to get power before-fear and hate mongering-them and us…stupid humans

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    • It is crazy! People learn nothing from history, apparently!

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    • One little silver lining for UK: maybe May will get an extension until June 30 and try for another referendum to STAY. Fingers crossed for you guys!!!

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      • May does not want another referendum, she’ll never agree to that.

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        • There’s a lot of credible speculation now that she’s decided that “no deal” is the best option. Meanwhile her spokesperson has stated that unless the parliamentary petition reaches 17M signatures it’s insignificant. (Admittedly it has 3M now). Corbyn is also pro-Leave. It’s really hard to see what would stand in the way of Brexit now beyond mass rioting in the streets — which is really not the English way.

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  6. Esther, on a brighter note ever the optimist here thank you for the Proctor pic! He is such a stud muffin and those pics of him and the other Richards pics really brightened me right up!!
    US in 2020 I am shaking in my boots b/c I cannot take another 4 years of orange face and impeachment ain’t gonna happen. I think it would have by now.
    I would say we are all in this together which we are but afraid where the world is headed now.

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  7. I’m so sorry–I understand a little of how you feel, given the state of politics in the US. Our situation only made me more determined to see that the far right does not take over this country. We had our midterm elections and it helped put a check on the Trumpists. I hope the same can happen where you live, but in the meantime, what a disappointment!

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    • I hope this wakes people up… but I fear it won’t. We have EU elections here in May, I wonder how this result will influence that! Ugh.
      At least over here the right-wing power is able to be checked somewhat due to coalition politics. With your US president you are in a way more difficult situation.

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    • We are in deep trouble if he gets re-elected in 2020. I mean DEEP trouble. I hope Beato or Kamala or somebody (not Bernie) can stop this train. I am just terrified what will happen next…

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      • I was devastated when he got elected in the first place. If the man gets re-elected I don’t know what I’ll do.

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      • I agree, Michele. We all have to work hard to make sure that Trump is not re-elected. He is a danger to democracy and represents white nationalism, an ideology which should have been set aside long ago. Fortunately we have a lot of strong candidates!

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        • Linnett, Yes we do but there needs to be a forefront leader and I don’t see one. I was happy Beato got in the race. I think he could appeal to a wide swathe of people. My dad was commenting this morning he fears since impeachment is off the table and the Dems are cowards right now against Trump there will be 4 more years. I am trying to be optimistic here. I know our country cannot take 4 more years of an autocratic type of govt where at the end we see as in Red Dawn movie (the 1983 version not the reboot) Russian troops invading middle America (ah the irony in that). I feel everyday someone hopefully is going to stand up and lead us out of this nightmare!

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        • Yes, I have seen a few but who will end up being the actual one to challenge him? I am sooooo keeping everything crossed that the man can be voted out of office in 2020.

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          • Esther yes so many of us too. It will have to be a strong strong candidate who appeals to a lot of voters including Millennials or esp them..

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          • IMO at the moment the Dems are setting themselves up for a more spectacular replay of what ended up killing HRC in the electoral college last time — the left splits, a certain chunk will insist that they can’t vote for a candidate that is more broadly attractive to the electorate and that will end up splitting off enough people in crucial states that Trump, who is broadly attractive even to many people in the center, will get elected. I’m feeling serious despair at the moment.

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          • I think it’s OK that we don’t have a frontrunner yet. That means Trump doesn’t have a specific target to start attacking. We have some time to check out each candidate, see how they perform in the debates, etc.

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  8. Oh je, das hört sich gar nicht gut an 😦

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  9. Many hugs, Esther !
    Even if I feel quite the same way as you: I fear the European elections yet to come. We do have some real issues, here in France: Macron and his stupid government and all the Gilets Jaunes stuff. So much violence in our streets… 😦

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  10. Very troubling. Thanks for the three gifs of Angry Armitage!

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