I stand here before you. Alone. But I am not alone. My voice is the voice of many. …A worldwide movement is emerging that puts an end to the politically correct doctrines of the elites and the media that are subordinate to them. And I tell you, the battle of the elite against the people will be won by the people. Here, too, you will not be able to stop this, but rather accelerate it. We will win… and it will be remembered well who was on the right side of history. Common sense will prevail over politically correct arrogance.
The voice of freedom cannot be imprisoned; it rings like a bell. Everywhere, ever more people are saying what they think. They do not want to lose their land, they do not want to lose their freedom.—Geert Wilders 11/23/16 “Final Statement at His ‘Hate Speech’ Trial”
Yesterday the Dutch politician Geert Wilders appeared in his country before a board of elitist opponents who wish to strip him of his last tatters of freedom – the freedom of speech – and muzzle him (and the silent multitudes for whom he speaks).
I am reminded of when famed Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci was dying of cancer in NYC and her native country of Italy tried her in absentia for “hate speech” because she dared to raise an alarm about Europe turning into “Eurabia.” The elites are heartless, vindictive, Machiavellian, and ruthless. They must be opposed at every turn or freedom will perish.
Mr. Wilders has been unequivocally supportive of former candidate, and now President-Elect, Trump. Wilders’ quote below is from the day after America’s national election:
Yesterday, in the biggest democracy on earth, we witnessed a political revolution. The American people sent a powerful message to the world:
Enough is enough, we want to be free again, we want to be great again! Against the media, against the establishment, against the elites, against all the odds, Donald Trump won the American elections. And what a victory! A stunning and truly historic achievement, with the White House, the House and the Senate in Republican hands for the first time since 1928. —Geert Wilders “The Second American Revolution Has Come”
If you value freedom and righteousness, truth and sanity, then please show your support for this man, this mensch, this stalwart hero. You can start by visiting Geert Wilders’ weblog and/or tweeting him.
…freedom of speech is the only freedom I still have. Every day, I am reminded of that. This morning, for example. I woke up in a safe-house. I got into an armored car and was driven in a convoy to this high security courtroom at Schiphol. The bodyguards, the blue flashing lights, the sirens. Every day again. It is hell. But I am also intensely grateful for it.
Because they protect me, they literally keep me alive, they guarantee the last bit of freedom left to me: my freedom of speech. The freedom to go somewhere and speak about my ideals…. After twelve years without freedom, after having lived for safety reasons, together with my wife, in barracks, prisons and safe-houses, I know what lack of freedom means.
I sincerely hope that this will never happen to you, members of the court. That, unlike me, you will never have to be protected because Islamic terror organizations, such as Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, and who knows how many individual Muslims, want to murder you. That you will no longer be allowed to empty your own mailbox, need to carry a bulletproof vest at meetings, and that there are police officers guarding the door whenever you use the bathroom. I hope you will be spared this.
However, if you would have experienced it—no matter how much you disagree with my views—you might perhaps understand that I cannot remain silent. That I should not remain silent. That I must speak.—Geert Wilders “Final Statement” 11/23/16
Born June 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. Worked as a commercial diver in the waters off of Scotland, India, and the United States. Worked overseas in the Merchant Marines. While attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student in 1998 was presented with the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award,” 1st place undergraduate division. (The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with money she won from successfully suing a national newspaper for libel). Awarded US Army, US Navy, South African, and Russian jump wings. Graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School, 1970). Member of Mensa, China Post #1, and lifetime member of the NRA and UDT/SEAL Association.
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