NZ the way we want it
During this season of promised tax cuts, social spending, and a little piece of organic carrot for every sympathetic voter, it’s easy to be swept along by the messages of hope inherent in the rhetoric. The messages are clear: vote for us and you’ll be better off; you’ll get your hip surgery; or vote for us to save the lesser spotted gecko.
But will anything really change if the reds or the blues and their off-siders hold the treasury benches after September? Throw the greens, the yellows, and the black’n’whites into the mix and a rainbow of choices emerges. The disappointing truth is that when all these political colours are mixed together a dirty, murky coloured future emerges. It’s the colour of orthodoxy, not innovation. And it’s a tomorrow that’s the same as the recent past, not the promising future we would choose for our children. That’s what happens when political dogma takes precedence over the rights and interests of New Zealanders.
Arguably the last time a government deliberately put the needs of the people above all other considerations was during the time of the First Labour Government when notable social crediters held positions of influence and power. Using Reserve Bank funding, that government invested directly in a building programme of houses, bridges, roads, schools, hospitals, forests - and dragged New Zealand out of the Great Depression. Their legacy as the nation builders of last century is seldom spoken of today, but they set New Zealand up for decades. The legacy of successive governments since is much less noteworthy.
The New Zealand of today is a land of crises: clean water, mental health, homelessness, youth suicide, struggling businesses, child poverty, and many more. You’ve heard, maybe even asked, the questions: Why is health care underfunded? Why can’t people afford a home? Why poverty? The response is predictably visionless: There’s not enough money. Well, there could be enough money if we stopped buying it from overseas commercial banks and started using our own.
We're a nation in financial servitude, indebted to overseas financiers to the tune of $130 billion, paying a yearly interest bill of $6 billion on loans which could and should come interest free from our publicly owned Reserve Bank. The legislation is in place. There is only one reason why the blues, the reds, the greens, and the rest don’t use it: they lack the political will and the moral courage to genuinely act in the public good. They’ll do and say whatever is needed to be elected, but they have never and won’t ever step outside their establishment boxes.
The Democrats for Social Credit Party is not an establishment flunky. It has the courage, the conviction, and a bold plan to build a nation underpinned by the principles of justice, sovereignty, and democracy - caring communities where no child is left homeless and hungry, where those suffering mental illnesses have all the help and support they need, where the elderly are not left to wither away waiting for surgery, where industry is respected, where investment is in production not frittered away on the financial markets, and where the needs of the people take priority over the greed of global corporations.
A utopian dream? Maybe, but New Zealand voters need to aim higher and expect more from their representatives. Looking at the social, economic, and environmental problems we face it’s obvious that the parliamentarians who led the country into this mess are not likely to be the ones to lead us out of it.
Stephnie de Ruyter, Leader, Democrats for Social Credit Party
Published: July 2017