|A true patriot: Screenshot of Golden Dawn party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos|
How did they stack up against the competition? Here's the scorecard:
-- New Democracy: 19 percent. Conservatives.
-- Left Coalition: 16.6 percent.
-- Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK): 13.4 percent. Social Democrats.
-- Independent Greeks: 10.5 percent. Right-wing.
-- Greek Communist Party (KKE): 8 percent
-- Golden Dawn: 6.9 percent. Far right.
-- Assorted Others: 25 percent.
News video from the Telegraph:
The outcome of the election reflected widespread public anger at the harsh austerity measures imposed over the past two years in return for rescue loans from other European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund. Without the funds, Greece faced a disastrous default that could have dragged down other financially troubled European countries and seen it leave the euro.
Note that the combined total amassed by forces on the right adds up to just over 36 percent. The possibility that those forces might be smart enough to unite in a coalition to take power scares the international elite. Consequently, much of the international media is characterizing Golden Dawn as "extreme right" and "anti-immigrant"; these are labels customarily and arbitrarily appended to any political organization that puts patriotism to one's country first. Many media outlets are also smearing Golden Dawn as being "neo-fascist" and "neo-Nazi" in an attempt to intimidate patriotic Greeks away from supporting the party. The party has claimed that Nazi salutes used by some of its members do not define the group and rejects the Nazi tag, calling itself nationalist, and whose emblem of an ancient Greek decorative border called a meander, which resembles a swastika, symbolizes bravery and endless struggle.
Unlike the British National Party in the United Kingdom, which sometimes acts apologetically for its mere existence, officials of Golden Dawn adopted a champion's attitude and openly celebrated their victory. Flanked by men in tight black t-shirts, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos marched down the street in Athens castigating the foreign journalists trailing him as "liars". He said that Greece is only the beginning. When asked what his first action in parliament would be, Mihaloliakos said: "All the illegal immigration out! Out of my country, out of my home!" Here's a YouTube video of part of his press conference, with English subtitles:
Then Mihaloliakos further explained "The resistance of Golden Dawn against the bailout dictators will continue. Inside and outside the Greek parliament. We will continue the battle for Greece. Free from the international speculators. For a proud and independent Greece. For Greece without the bailout slavery and the loss of our national sovereignty". Mihaloliakos also took another shot at illegal immigrants, saying "We will struggle for a Greece that is not a social jungle because of the millions of immigrants they brought here without asking us". He then dedicated Golden Dawn's victory to all the brave boys with the black T-shirts and the white letters reading Golden Dawn, and admonished those betrayed the motherland to be scared now.
Golden Dawn has already made inroads into local government, particularly in areas of Athens where there are large numbers of immigrants; Nikolaos Mihaloliakos himself was elected to the Athens city council in 2010. They effectively supplement their political activism in some Athens' neighborhoods by dropping off food to needy families and escorting elderly residents to cash machines.
An American version of Golden Dawn would combine the street activism of the National Socialist Movement with the political activism of the American Third Position Party. But where European Whites express their racialism through ethnic nationalism, American Whites have intermarried so much ethnically that racial nationalism is our only means of expression. More internal quality control and less external squabbling is necessary to achieve the same degree of unity as Golden Dawn.