"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Conservatives sweep Norway's elections

The bloc of four right-wing parties won 96 of 169 seats
The anti-immigration Progress Party won 29 seats.

Norwegian center-right leader Erna Solberg is set to form a new government after Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg admitted election defeat.

Solberg described her win as "a historic election victory for the right-wing parties".

Her Conservative Party is widely expected to form a government with the anti-immigration Progress Party.

The bloc of four right-wing parties had won 96 of 169 seats in parliament reports BBC News.

Solberg, 52, will become Norway's second female prime minister after Gro Harlem Brundtland, and its first Conservative prime minister since 1990.

She is nicknamed "Iron Erna" for her robust views when she served in the cabinet between 2001 and 2005.

Much attention is now focused on the Progress Party, poised to enter government for the first time.

Ms Solberg also needs a third coalition partner to ensure a majority - but it is not yet clear whether the smaller Christian Democrats or Liberals are prepared to work with the Progress Party. They may instead opt to stay out, but give parliamentary support to a minority government comprising the Conservatives and Progress.

Correspondents say the Progress Party has toned down its anti-immigration rhetoric since Anders Behring Breivik's atrocity in 2011.

The Progress Party

"The Progress Party does not fit the traditional left-right axis, nor does it fit in with what is considered typically libertarian.  On economics, the Party is pro-free markets, for tax cuts, deregulation and pro-oil.  On social matters, they are decidedly sexually tolerant and anti-nanny state, wanting less alcohol prohibition and allowing bars to offer smoking sections. On foreign policy they are vehemently anti-Islamist, and favor toughening border control and assimilation. They also value traditional Norwegian culture and patriotism," says political commentator Eric Dondero.

Progress Party Leader Siv Jensen on Norway's Myths and Realities
In a country of exceptionally high rates of personal taxation and home to one of the world's most generous welfare states, Norway's Progress Party, which describes itself as a "classical liberal" organization committed to "personal freedom," is something of an anomaly.

Left Behind: Norway swings right in election
Norway's set for a change at the helm. That's after a general election saw the country's current government lose to a coalition of parties formed by the Conservatives and their right-wing allies. Conservative leader Erna Solberg, who's eyeing the premier's seat, has hailed the triumph of the right, as historic.


Truly Free Elections - What a Concept.

American readers please do not be confused.

This is called a free election with many real choices on the ballot for voters to chose from.  Something that has not existed in the U.S. for about 80 years.

Norway is a from the bottom up democracy with eight parties in their Parliament representing every faction of society.  The U.S. has devolved down to a top down, two-party, authoritarian centralized system directed and funded out of D.C.

Summary of the 9 September 2013 Norwegian parliamentary election results
Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)869,27930.8−4.555−932.5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)755,56726.8+9.648+1828.4
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)460,86916.4−6.629−1217.2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)157,7055.60.01005.9
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)154,5885.5−0.710−15.9
 Liberal Party (Venstre)146,9975.2+1.39+75.3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)114,9874.1−2.17−44.1
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)78,2742.8+2.41+10.6
 Red Party (Rødt)30,4121.1−0.300
 Christian Party (De Kristne)17,6400.6+0.600
 Pensioners' Party (Pensjonistpartiet)11,8230.40.000
 Pirate Party (Piratpartiet)9,7160.3+0.300
 Coastal Party (Kystpartiet)3,2770.1−0.100
 Democrats (Demokratene)2,2920.1+0.100
 Christian Unity Party (Kristent Samlingsparti)1,7480.1−0.100
 Liberal People's Party (Det Liberale Folkeparti)9010.00.000
 Communist Party of Norway (Norges Kommunistiske Parti)6090.00.000
 Hospital to Alta (Sykehus til Alta)4690.00
 Society Party (Samfunnspartiet)2930.00.000
 LoVeSe (Folkeliste mot oljeboring i Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja)2670.00
 People's Power (Folkemakten)1740.00
Blank votes
Invalid votes
Source: NRK

When the U.S. had free elections
John Quincy Adams (above) lived in an America back when the Republic actually functioned.  The people could easily create brand new parties or abandon old ones to impact policy Washington D.C.
Over his hugely long career Adams belonged to five different political parties.  He was a Federalist Party U.S. Senator, belonged to the Democrat-Republicans, the National Republicans and was elected to the House as a member of the Anti-Masonic and Whig Parties. 
The elections of the 1830s were free and saw four different parties  serving in the House at the same time.  The American system of a free multi-party Republic went on until 1948 when the last small party won election to the House.
Free elections no longer exist in America.  The U.S. is the only democracy on earth where the same two corrupt parties magically win 100% of all elections.  A multi-party democracy can be restored by a simple majority vote of the House of Representatives to expand the House and to vastly shrink the massive super-sized House districts.  Smaller districts allow the voters to strike fear into the corrupt Beltway Elites with competitive elections.
But it will be a cold day in Hell when the House votes to make their elections competitive.  The Elites of both parties like a centralized system where incumbents are protected and fully funded by Billionaire Cartels of unions and businesses out to loot the treasury.

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