Friday, October 15, 2004

Proto-Fascists From Denmark Support Bush

Associated Press is reporting that Bush has a slight edge over Kerry after the final debate. Can we expect another four years of peace? Hmmm...no, that's not right. Prosperity?...what about fiscal restraint? Er, no.

Luckily for the Bush campaign, a couple of Europeans with viking helmets full of dreams are driving across the Lower 48 in an RV; yes, they're called "Danes for Bush" and they love the American leader. Hell, their website links to his campaign page with the slogan "Hail to the Chief!". (Last time Denmark was occupied, they had to "heil" to a "chief" also. Sadly, he was the architect of a massive genocide and a sick fuck to boot. I guess these Danes haven't read their history books.)
Danes for Bush

Ever vigilant versus "the enemy within", they label their fellow Danes as turncoats due to their contempt for the Abu Ghraib scandal:
"For anybody who loves freedom reading the Danish newspapers is a depressing exercise. Traditionally staunch and wise intellectuals, who normally take a proud stand against the overwhelming influence exerted by left-wing sentimentalists on Danish politics, have suddenly exposed themselves as big-time turncoats.

In an interview in the national Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, personalities such as Ditlev Tamm, Claes Kastholm Hansen, Henning Fonsmark, Ulrik Høy and Bent Jensen disavow their once steadfast support to he Coalition of the Willing and the fight to bring democracy, peace and prosperity to the people of Iraq.

Not realising that you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, the few irregularities which took place in the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq have managed to topple their belief in the global War Against Terror. “I am angry, I feel deceived,” says Claes Kastholm Hansen to the newspaper, regarding the mismanagement of Abu Ghraib. Shame on Claes Kasthom Hansen and his band of sissies, might we add."
[Ed. Note: Italics mine!]

"Save us from Old Europe!" their website pleads. Why should anyone "save" them? The CIA World Factbook 2004 describes Denmark as a pretty nice place to live.
"This thoroughly modern market economy features high-tech agriculture, up-to-date small-scale and corporate industry, extensive government welfare measures, comfortable living standards, a stable currency, and high dependence on foreign trade."

The Danes for Bush "road team" consists of two intellectuals who operate out of Copenhagen; Mads Cortzen and Jacob Boeschou. Cortzen apparently "...studied rhetoric at Copenhagen University and knows how to deliver a speech which is right on the money." Boeschou "likes to quote Adam Smith and is an avid collector of various military artefacts (sic) from The Second World War." I wonder if he collects allied artifacts, or does he have a bunch of tea sets with little swastikas and Iron Crosses on them?
Hail to the Chief?

I'm not 100 percent sure whether or not this is a big joke or some sort of psychological experiment being conducted by some twisted Danish psychologist. Can this NGO group be real? What do you think? Will the enormous inflatable sausage mascot influence you to vote Bush on November 2nd? If so, please excuse me as I swig a bottle of Rye and cry softly in the nearest available corner.

1 comment:

Kim Beck said...

Aw, this is really bad. Let me make it clear: Danes for Bush IS(/was) a leftfield'ish stunt, where the trojan horse interview style is utilized in order to get republicans, neo-cons and so on, to say things the vast majority of Denmark can laugh at.

I was never quite fond of the idea, since it would create anger from people who share their opinions (since they would have to search the net to find out, what their own undercover-site does not reveal, that the project's nothing but satire) and from people that certainly do not (when they find out). It might damage Denmark's reputation.. and that is sad. A big price to pay for cheap laughs.

And, by the way, about the WWII:
Our government chose to spare our buildings and our people of certain destruction by "co-operating" with Hitler, allegedly that involved some kind of assistance in the Holocaust-project. I have heard that some people, a small minority though, wanted to put us under Soviet rule, because of our occupation-tactics. But a constant Danish effort to help jews flee to neutral Sweden convinced most of this minority.

By the way, our version of "Kerry" (if our prime minister is seen as our version of "Bush", or a "super light" version of him) also lost his election. He was a bit stiff, like Kerry, and was cleverly outmaneuvered. The Danish tv media chose to do 3-4 one-on-one duels with the two politicians who were the most likely to become prime ministers - inspired by the USA, I guess. There were about 10 parties rallying, so it did not seem fair. But it did, in a way, satisfy some popular demands for clarity.

Both of their parties lost 4 % of the Danish people's votes; analysts believe the increased focus on them made people irritated or - confused.

The Kerry-type guy, Mogens Lykketoft, did "win" some of the debates, but our prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was succesful in his attempts to make Lykketoft seem like the guy who was angry when there was nothing to be angry about.

And, an end note, our prime minister is the leader of "Venstre, Danmarks Liberale Parti" ("Left, Denmark's Liberal Party"). Yet he has almost put the glowing liberalist ideas of his youth to sleep, a kind of opportunie tactic that helped him become the head of state. So I'd say that in most issues our government's politics are more like the one of those that americans call "liberals"; yet the government also consists of the conservative party, "Det Konservative Folkeparti", who gets the votes from the glowing liberalists, and the parlamentaric foundation is the nationalist "Dansk Folkeparti" ("Danish People's Party"), whose main issues are the obligation of taking care of the elderly, the protection of the society's weakest, keeping immigrants out of the country until the ones who are here are fully integrated and animal rights. Most of them are definitely not racists (if this would be defined as people who believe in their race's superiority), but they are of course getting the majority of Danish racist/pseudo-racist votes. Votes from uninformed workers and so on. But - they are the only party in Denmark who have been given financial support by A.P. Møller - Mærsk Group, one of Denmark's largest companies, one of the world's largest container-companies. It was a quite small amount of money though. And they can't possibly get the conservative CEO-votes, since they want tax relief for the low salaries, not for the high ones.