Greece: A Democracy In Crisis

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Authored by Maria Polizoidou,

  • The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is out of control, criminality increases day by day. The political system is steeped in corruption and the media have stopped being the communication channel between citizens and the political system. The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that disagrees with them.
  • Bishop Ambrossios is urging people to revolt. He characterizes the illegal Muslim immigrants entering the country as conquerors. He also says that Christianity is under attack in Greece, while Islam is being daily reinforced. He says that Greek Orthodox churches are being desecrated, robbed and burned by Muslim immigrants while the state just sits by and looks on.
  • Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras does not fully control his political party; his biggest problem is his cabinet.

When a political system is corrupt, when the media only put out propaganda and not information, when oligarchs control public life, when the political system seems repeatedly directed against the interests of its own people, when a political system ignores the constitution and the will of the majority but draws its legitimacy once every four years through elections, then, although it may be called "democratic", it is a democracy of junk. It is not the people's democracy anymore; instead, it belongs to the elites.

If Greeks do not take back their homeland, wrote journalist Makis Andronopoulos on January 3, 2017, the guns may well have the last word. Andronopoulos wrote that he came to this conclusion after polls showed the detachment of the political system from the Greek people and their tragic way of life.

The director of the newspaper Kathimerini, Alexis Papahelas, wrote on January 29, 2017 that the people are exhausted, that democracy still does not have solution to the problems of citizens and that the situation in Greece reminded him of 2012, when the old political system was wiped out.

Bishop Ambrossios is urging people to revolt. He characterizes the illegal Muslim immigrants entering the country, as conquerors. He also says that Christianity is under attack in Greece while Islam is being daily reinforced. He says that Greek Orthodox churches are being desecrated, robbed and burned by Muslim immigrants while the state just sits by and looks.

Members of the governing coalition say that Germany wants to bring down the Greek government and bring the New Democracy party to power. The leader of New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is the most obedient and tenacious follower of the German policy in Greece.

The Greek parliament has eight political parties, but if one excludes the Greek Communist party and the Golden Dawn party that have their own anti-establishment agenda, the remaining parties express exactly the same policies: All of them are enthusiasts of the eurozone and the European Union; they support open borders and globalization, and have no respect for Greece's religious or cultural roots.

The Greeks, for the last seven years, have been requesting: strict measures against illegal immigration; mass deportations of illegal immigrants; parliamentary independence from supranational organizations; accountability from their leaders; transparency in political life; security and economic liberalization from their lenders; combating corruption and protecting the country's national identity. These requests, however, have been rejected for decades by the system -- with no debate. When those who make these requests are characterized as nationalists and racists and are socially stigmatized instead of being heard, such requests can burst outside the democratic framework. When a supposed democracy and the media do not allow people space to express these opinions and become part of the democratic process, citizens will ask to be heard by other means.

The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is out of control, criminality increases day by day. The political system is steeped in corruption and the media have stopped being the communication channel between citizens and the political system. The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that opposes their own.

The country is rotting inside the EU and the eurozone. The Greek people have crashed economically. Greek cities, because of massive illegal immigration, look less like cities in Europe and more like cities in Afghanistan. Banks have begun the mass-confiscation of residences. The people are on the verge of revolt.

The Financial and Industrial Research Foundation, in its latest report, stated that the per capita income of Greek citizens has declined to the level of year 2000.

According to the Bank of Greece, the wealth of Greek households decreased by 37.5% between 2000 and 2015.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in a report, characterizes the Greek people as the unhappiest in the EU. Unemployment is more than 25%, the highest in the eurozone.

Scandals in Greece have been coming to the surface one after another. The Novartis pharmaceutical company, for example -- in one of the largest scandals in Greece -- was found to be giving money to politicians, government officials, journalists, publishers and doctors so that the public hospitals would use Novartis's products. According to the media, those involved are a former prime minister of Greece, who is currently the EU Immigration Commissioner), Dimitris Avramopoulos, and several former ministers.

In addition, the German company Siemens is also alleged to have been bribing Greek politicians to win public contracts. The case is now being heard in court. The Siemens scandal may also end up having a huge impact on the political system.

According to the accusations of May Zanni, Deputy Secretary for Strategic Planning and Communication (from the New Democracy party), Greece's opposition leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and his family seem to have huge dealings with the German company.

In fairness, the current government is working hard so that corruption and mismanagement cases are heard in court.

Also in fairness, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is not a man with bad intentions and tries, within the limits the lenders leave, to negotiate as hard as he can for his country. He knows very well that Greece, to survive, should withdraw from the euro and the European Union. He also knows, as do the Greek people, that Greek history, Greek values and Greek geopolitics always lie close to the naval powers, the USA and Great Britain. Greece has never been able to join the European continental powers.

But a powerless prime minister, even if he wants to lead his country towards salvation, away from the European Union, cannot do it. Tsipras does not fully control his political party; his biggest problem is his cabinet. SYRIZA is a political party that relates politically and ideologically to the US Democratic Party. So, he is committed to follow the US Democratic Party's policies about the European Union, the eurozone and globalization. Perhaps now, with the Trump Administration, at least some of these problems will be able to be addressed.

The media's favorite target, meanwhile, is President Trump and the orderly, peaceful -- truly democratic -- political revolution that brought his presidency about.

Poverty, criminality, corruption, illegal immigration and the delegitimization of the political system are the dots which, if one connects them, point to Article 48 of the Greek constitution. This article, which determines when the government can suspend the constitutional rights of citizens, can be activated when the state is under siege from internal or domestic enemies.

With more taxes in the offing, with more pension and salary cuts, and with Turkey sending more immigrants to Greece, there is no way for Greece to be governed without the government declaring martial law to enforce its policies on the population. There are several ways this can happen.

One possible scenario is that the Germans will force Tsipras to resign and go to elections. If that happens, the opposition parties will win the elections, but in order to deal with the rage of the left and the Greek people -- who will have to pay even more taxes, as the Germans asked -- the Greek government will have to declare a state of emergency.


One possible scenario is that the Germans will force Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to resign and go to elections. Pictured: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Tsipras, on December 16, 2016. (Image source: phoenix vor Ort video screenshot)

Another scenario is that the EU will push Tsipras to co-operate with the opposition parties in order to create a broad government coalition that will enforce all the new taxes and pension cuts. In such an event, the Golden Dawn party and the Greek Communist party, along with rebellious citizens, will declare themselves against the entire political system, and take their fight not to the parliament but to the streets.

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tmosley's picture

Greece is not a democracy, it is an occupied territory with a puppet government.

froze25's picture

Watch the Rise of the "Golden Dawn" party. We told you so.

jus_lite_reading's picture

The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that disagrees with them.

 

That is the de rigueur media now in every western nation. Anyone who wishes to question the authority of the media is labeled a bigot, racist, homophobe, Isalmophobe etc etc etc. We, the FREE citizens have little time left to make a decision on what to do with the human filth that has infiltrated our nations. At some point in the future it will be necessary to exercise our right to eliminate communists and follow the lead of the Hedgeless Horseman

 

greenskeeper carl's picture

As long as they remain a part of the EU and EMU this will only get worse. They will just have to revert back to the old drachma, print it into oblivion so wash away their debts( and what little remaining wealth they have remaining) and start over. This will be made infinitely more difficult with the migrant hoards they are stuck with though. They expect to be taken care of and will start attacking people in the streets if Greece tries to get rid of them. Bloodbath probably isn't an exaggeration.

They will also have to adjust their attitude. The problem with Greeks is that they have a long history of avoiding taxes at all costs, lying about their properties value, etc, which is a view I'm certainly sympathetic with. The problem, though, is that they also want a lavish welfare state that allows them to retire at 55 and live the high life at the governments expense. You can't have it both ways.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

DEMOCRACY = "MOB-OCRACY"

John Adams, our second president, wrote: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.”

NoDebt's picture

Those are some cool words in that article but.... it's too late.  Bankers got their hooks in you.  You have no government, no sovereignty left.  You're a vassal state of Europe and they are wiping their cock on your curtains after fucking you.  

You're Europe's Muslim holding cell now.

 

wildbad's picture

well welcome to €uroland.

Check all of those same boxes for Germany, France , Nederland ....

Just a coincidence I'm sure.

Bull. All going according to plan.

asteroids's picture

Call Greece by its new name "Griechenland".

abyssinian's picture

The Greeceballs kept voting the same scam politians in to screw them time after time..... No one to blame but them retarded Greeks... 

tmosley's picture

They voted them in the same way the Democrats voted for Hillary in the primaries.

Kalymnian's picture

Didnt you read the storu moron.They system is corrupt.

Who the fuck you calling Greece balls cunt.Say it to my face and see what happens you stinking sack of shit..

Gutless fucking cunt.

HRClinton's picture

You are 100% correct. 

The Money Kings Of The World got their way once again. Their financial arm - people like GS - can do more than most military armies, to bring a country to heel.

They never should've hosted the Olympics, they never should've joined the Euro, they never should've bought MBS from GS, DB, etc.

Those Financial WMDs were their Trojan Horse. How ironic, considering that the Trojan Horse is a Greek invention. The old Greek heroes - real men, not afraid to kill and be killed - must be rolling in their dusty graves.

froze25's picture

There are plenty of men and their sons in Greece that remember the revolution that occurred their not that long ago, they are still alive and quiet capable of firing weapons again.

WTFUD's picture

Time to get up off of your knees and begin the cull of the Elite.

This daylight theft calls for extreme measures. Why are the Golden Dawn not attacking the authorities?

Begin the revolution and you'll see numbers across Europe coming to join the fight.

Killdo's picture

todays Greeks have nothing to do with the the greeks of Odysseys. 

Nothing whatsoever - they are more like Arabs. They ahve no balls for starters and are more like slaves. They are very insecure people so they need the EU label to reassure them they are not Turks. 

They have no idea about freedom or about democracy - they don't even get on well with each other and no Greek trusts any other Greek. It's more like Libya after being 'liberated' by NATO than Athens etc from long time ago. 

Today's Greeks don't rally care about their monumnents or even beaches - it's a nation unable to take care of itself, not even the things that are the most important and worth saving. They treat that country like a toilet - they dump fridges on beaches etc. A friend went diving around Rhodos - he told me there was no life left at the bottom of the sea - Greeks fished out everything to extinction. 

They are like stupid, self-destructive slaves. I think it's to do with early religious brainwashing - even in public schools, children are forced to pray (no matter whether their parents are religious or not) before they are allowed to enter public schools in the morning. Kids understand they are betrayed by their supposed to be atheist parents. So they learn there is nothing to help them /save them from totalitarian mafia. No wonder they grow up not trusting anyone. If they refuse they are punsihed (I was told by my friend's 7 year old daughter it's the gym teacher who punishes them). In a fucked up slavish country like that - what do you expect. I am surprised this complete collapse of their society has not happened even sooner. 

In no other country have I seen young people (in their 20-30 ) stop to bend over and kiss priest's hand on a streat or at the airport. They bend over like propper slaves. I used to think Greeks are similar to us Serbs   - they are not at all.

In Serbia even old grannies woudl not do that, or force kids to pray. I remember my 90 year old great grandmother used to teach me that seeing a priest brings bad luck. She nver went to church as far as I remember and never believed in invisible masters....Slaves in Darke Ages - that's what Greece is. 

OverTheHedge's picture

Whilst I would admit that Greeks, to generalize heavy-handedly, do think quite differently to other Europeans, you describe a nation that I don't recognise, and I have an 8year old currently being indoctrinated in the Greek educational system.

The difference between now and previously, is the inability to avoid the government. Up until recently, you could hide your income, business dealings, weapons etc, and you only needed to bribe doctors a bit (€300 to get "better" treatment). Now the doctor bribing is much reduced, as is the number of doctors and nurses, who can't live on the minimum wage (€1,500 a month for a doctor) and endless new taxes, fines, double payments and advance payments, all to suck the life-blood out of the country. 

Another point which some of you might not believe: I have still to see my first middle-eastern refugee. I know that Greece is buried under millions of evil Arab scum, raping and murdering their way across Europe, but  still not one has made it to my neck of the woods. No burned churches and raped children here. Sorry. I know you would all like to hear otherwise.

Killdo's picture

Does your kid have to go through  enforce prayers every morning (in a public school) ?

Just before they ring the bell? If not than it coudl be just this school my friends' kids go to - although I doubt it. I spoke to many Greeks and they all told me it's normal in every public school

I describe what I saw in Athens and Evia island last time I was there (about 2 years ago). THe public school with enforced prayer was the biggest shock to me - I took photos (I used to drop my friends' kids to school). My friends were trying to hide it from me  - but I saw it and I spoke to their kids - they hate it but they are pressured to do it. 

And their parents are atheists. Kids see what is happening and are disappointed with their parents (they think their parents are asshols and weak for letting teachers force this dogma on them). 

I told them it's all BS and to never believe anything priests tell them

I've also seen books they use (in teh same public school)  - they have a whole subject about religion - and I 've seen the books and drawings in them- there are always people doing somethinig - and old bearded man is always looking at them (like a big brother from the corner high up above them) . No wonder most Greeks expect someone else to do stuff for them/

They are basically normalizing passivity, slavery and fear

And that is exactly what we have here

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Greece is not a democracy, it is an occupied territory with a puppet government.

Germany as well

44magnum's picture

" it is an occupied territory with a puppet government."

Like all countries except the ones we want to bring freedom and democracy too.

BurningFuld's picture

Caption contest: I would just like to thank the Prime Minister for giving me his country.

gregga777's picture

Deutschland Uber Alles!!!  Germany conquered their Greek colony with their neo-Deutschmark (the Euro) Trojan Horse and they are not about to allow Greece to peacefully regain their independence.  

Manipulism's picture
new HenryKissingerC... tmosley Mar 16, 2017 12:25 PM

Greece is not a democracy, it is an occupied territory with a puppet government.

Germany as well.

 

Ether this or that.

If its occupied(by teh US) it is not responsible.

If it is responsiible it can not be occupied.

TheReplacement's picture

If I am a Sgt and you are a Pvt and I order you to kill a civilian and you do it, who is responsible, me or you?

The answer is yes.

Teja's picture

These days, people can believe in two logically excluding things at the same time. Just need to follow ZH for some time.

That's why God gave us two brain halves...

wildbad's picture

i like the cut of your jib!

orangegeek's picture

Greece goobermint is now offering free German lessons.

VWAndy's picture

 Demockery in action = pigs at the trough.

voxale's picture

Greeks are like the North Koreans...ignore them for awhile, then they start whining again.  If you're going to blow up, just blow up. Otherwise, just shut the fuck up. 

detached.amusement's picture

I really expected politicians to be swinging from lampposts by now over there

SpanishGoop's picture

There is only one scenario for Greece, total collapse.

 

 

jus_lite_reading's picture

Not a question of IF but a question of WHEN.

They can put this off for a long time but I think ultimately, Poland leaves first. Then Greece. Then Spain.

back to basics's picture

The article is waaaaay too kind to Tsipras. He was either a fraud from the very beginning (my belief) or he sold out long ago.  He and his closest associates in government  (Draghasakis and Pappas) are controlling his entire cabinet with an iron fist. Not the other way bullshit version in the article that he is controlled by his cabinet. He also controls his party, Syriza, with shameless threats and lies. The man is a complete charlatan, a vagabond and a traitor. 

He is not going after those who looted Greece with their many corruption scandals, he is coveting up for them. Nothing has been done to investigate the Lagarde or Panama lists and little is being done for the Novartis or Siemens scandals. The man is an integral part of a corrupt system that has brought an entire society to its knees and the notion that he has good intentions is pure nonesense.

Gyges's picture

Tsipras is a hardline Communist and thus a fraud. The Draghasakis type you mentioned was almost elected as the leader of the stalinist KKE and Pappas is known as an anti-Greek, British-educated Communist, with a specialty in "improving demographics through immigration" during his university years.

Killdo's picture

a communisst woudl investigat that Lagarde/Panama list

OverTheHedge's picture

The communist is more likely to be on the list, rather than investigate it. I have a Greek communist friend (she inherited her communism, as your political stance is inherited here, whether or not you a really follow or believe it), and we were discussing property and communal ownership, and I pointed out that I didn't have heavy gold necklaces, so perhaps she might like to share? Apparently she is a "Greek communist", which means that her stuff is all hers, but my stuff should be appropriated for the common good. What could possibly go wrong?

Killdo's picture

I 've seen such behavior in Greece

Nobodys Home's picture

"When a political system is corrupt, when the media only put out propaganda and not information, when oligarchs control public life, when the political system seems repeatedly directed against the interests of its own people, when a political system ignores the constitution and the will of the majority but draws its legitimacy once every four years through elections, then, although it may be called "democratic", it is a democracy of junk. It is not the people's democracy anymore; instead, it belongs to the elites."

Sounds exactly like here in the US!!!!!!!!!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Yes, that's the whole thing about globalization and a testament to how deep the globalists banksters have their hands!

Nobodys Home's picture

I was amused and glad to see the Greek militant group Conspiracy of Fire Cells target the German financial system instead of the retarded attempts of protest in the US.

It's the (((globalist banksters))) at issue. Not your local liquor store!!!!

VWAndy's picture

  People think they have a government. The government on the other hand acts as though they have the people by the short curlies.

gmak's picture

This is what happens when your productive capacity keeps shrinking, your debt keeps growing, and GDP is based on consumerism and .gov;  Sound familiar?

Vardaman's picture

Consumerism.  Yeah.  Charging everyone resort prices was bound to work out so well...

holgerdanske's picture

Greece is back to WWII, an occupied country.

This time not SS but German bankers, tax people and politicians, many traitors.

The solution is the same as last.

Kill them where you see them.

 

William Dorritt's picture

Asset stripping of Greece is an ongoing project.

Seaports, utilities, mines etc.