Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Evils of Publicly Financing Campaigns.

Are highlighted in the Brussels Journal in a blog not having anything to do with campaign law.
The Belgian authorities are currently also prosecuting Daniel Féret, the leader of the Belgian Front National, a party which has 8% of the votes in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. The public prosecutor is demanding a one-year jail sentence for Mr Féret and the outlawing of his party. Two years ago the CEOOR obtained a conviction of the Vlaams Blok, the largest party in Flanders, Belgium's Dutch-speaking north, where it polled 25% of the votes. The party was disbanded after having been declared "a criminal organisation." It has since been reestablished as Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) and is currently the largest party in Belgium. Recently, the CEOOR opened an investigation against it for "islamophobia," threatening to deprive it of its funding. [emphasis added]
Source: The Brussels Journal - The Quislings of Eurabia
Paul Belien writes a very stirring piece on the European press and elite. However, that is not what I want to talk about.

See the highlighted portion of the quote. Notice how since a political party is dependant on the government for its funding the government actually controls the party. So, if you are a diehard leftist that wants publicly financed campaigns you had better think about it. It would be nothing for some nameless unaccountable buearucrat to yank the party's funding.

Go read Paul's blog since it contains a very passionate chiding of the European press and elite. They fancy themselves brave and imagine themselves fighting against an intolerant rabble. Of course, when an intolerant rabble really appears and threatens the established liberal policies with violence what do they do? They give in.