I sometimes wonder how people can defend it when a politician say: I worry about the current rise of populism… Not right, nor left, just populism. Sooo, simply put, that means that they worry about the will of the people, right? So why are ordinary folks getting behind that? My brain is basically flooded by spinal fluids, so what the hell do I know these days really? ...but still, I can’t quite wrap my head around that. Shouldn’t we be glad that their boat is rocked by so called “populistic ripples”? It gives them incentives to not snooze on the job, but work harder so that extremes, & I mean real extremes, won’t get to power.
Take Sweden as an example… There they have a political party which got a huge chunk of the votes last election, but the other parties refused to work with them. Cause they claim they’re racists, just because of their stance on immigration. It’s the same as refusing to listen to someone just because they have a different opinion than you. Doing that, they actually are saying that the voice of many countrymen are worth nothing. In my opinion that’s why you see the rise of far left & - right. If you silence people long enough, that resentment will turn into rage & have you ever seen a level headed person in that frame of mind? Nooope.
I guess people just need to be reminded that at the end of the day politicians works for us, not the other way around. They’re not above the law or anything else…& when they start acting like they are, I think it’s time for them to plant their feet firmly back on the ground.
Anyway, I for one am looking forward to the upcoming Swedish election. As we say here in Norway: I’ll be watching it with argus eyes. I think this year the populistic ripples will poke a few holes in their virtuous galleon ship, time will tell...
Diplomacy: The business of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills. ~Author Unknown.