Sorry folks, nicer and better i can not make.
While the winter, outside, descends in all its severity, thoughts go to all those people who now have to face the cold, under miserable conditions. Thoughts go to war refugees who are left to their fate, the Greek islands, the Balkans and other places, where political Europe does not want to burn their hands and would rather look away. Politics Europe with money from the public, bought there self free and avoid as much as possible this inhumane situation, like the media, which hardly will pay attention to. Fortunately, there are good organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, which do much to provide people with a warm shelter. Tribute to such organizations which stand up for the needy, the sick and the disadvantaged in our society.
Thoughts go to the demagogues who threaten our universal freedoms and thin democracy. Americans and Europeans, we are deceived.
A demagogue is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues have usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so. Most who were elected to high office changed their democracy into some form of dictatorship. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population. (Wikipedia)
Trump's slogan; "We are going to make America great again". With more work for example, a very nice plan and probably will succeed, but at what cost ? Presumably this will happen with reduced labor wages, because America needs to be competitive with the rest of the world. Presumably the arms industry will increase tremendously. Presumably with mass deportations of immigrants? Presumably more oppression of women and the media.
Trump said in his election campaign that he would limit the power of the banking sector on politics. NOTHING IS LESS TRUE. 3 or even 4 former Goldman Sachs employees scroll down with the new president of the most powerful country of the world, America. Steve Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, Steve Bannon get all important posts and Mr. Trump is not beyond reproach, if one looks a little into history. Is not the successful, honest businessman if he wants to occur, is frequently in the courts, is absolutely not reliable and unpredictable.
Yes, he is a fighter and when he is attacked, he beats back even more harder. But when it is right and true, why is it so hard to just say "sorry"? Saying "sorry" is regarded today a weakness, but it's just a good and strong action.
Note: Goldman Sachs. The devilish face of the market capitalist system. The most dubious investment bank, which exists, where fraud, deception and high risk are encouraged and stimulated, to be paid by excessive bonuses.
In the Netherlands we unfortunately deal with one Lord Geert Wilders. Wilders, who skilfully uses of leftist values such as work and retirement. Have a little read about Wllders, as there is only a small part of true, it would already be extremely questionable, our Geert represented our Dutch values. http://www.wanttoknow.nl/hoofdartikelen/geert-wilders-is-de-mol/
A new generation of authoritarian populists aims to overthrow the human rights, not treating human rights and freedom of expression as to reject an essential legitimacy, because it is seen as a threat to the government. A policy of intolerance. Economic disruption due to migration.
The rise of populism poses a profound threat to our rights and democracy. Trump and several politicians in Europe seek power by recourse to racism, xenophobia, misogyny. They all claim that the public accepts the violations against human rights when it is necessary to secure jobs, to prevent cultural change, or to prevent terrorist attacks. In fact, lack of respect for human rights provides the most likely route to tyranny.