How I learned to stop worrying and love the AKP
The results of the Nov. 1 general elections made me realize something: The Justice and Development Party (AKP) received the support of half of this country’s voters because those millions are aware of the facts I was blind to.
I once again made peace with the fact that two-thirds of the citizens of this country are conservatives and nationalists, and the AKP, in the absence of any realistic alternative, manages to consolidate the majority of those votes.
I’m now convinced that the world powers, using their “puppets” inside the country, are trying to stop Turkey’s rapid development, which will get even faster if the country switches to a presidential system, under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of course.
I now realize that those who are not supporting the presidential system are “the terrorist organization” (the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party/PKK), Pennsylvania (Erdoğan’s ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen), those who call people “[idiots] scratching their bellies” and the “Armenian diaspora,” just like Erdoğan said on May 27 in an address to a bus drivers’ federation.
It is now obvious that when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said before the June 7 elections that he was fighting against the opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), as well as the PKK, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) and the Gülen Movement, he was telling the truth. His theory that the opposition parties were “plotting” to replace the government by winning the elections was true. Lucky for the country, the voters did not repeat the mistake of the June 7 elections and united behind the AKP on Nov. 1 to stop the “coup attempt” and bring back one-party rule.
The companies and media groups seized overnight should have seen it coming the day they started criticizing the AKP and President Erdoğan, who has the support of the national will. Being against Erdoğan is being against the nation, and it cannot be forgiven.
It was obvious that the voters did not blame the AKP, which has been in power or over 13 years, for the bombs exploding in the center of the capital Ankara on Oct. 10, killing over 100 people and wounding hundreds of others. They supported the policy of declaring days-long curfews in some southeastern districts, followed by police operations during which heavy weapons were used.
The voters were not concerned that the education system of the country has been demolished and rebuilt to pave way for millions of students to attend imam hatip schools to be part of the “pious generations” to come.
Well, the republic has tried to teach `students unnecessary things such as science, mathematics and philosophy for some 90 years, and look where those efforts brought us. Who can say that we will be in a worse situation when all our children can speak Arabic and know every detail of the life of Prophet Muhammed? Teaching them about integrals, gravity or exothermic reactions (or the evolution theory, God forbid) will maybe help them in this world, but what about the eternal afterlife?
I know how important the construction sector is. If you drive through Istanbul, you can still see some empty plots, some of them covered by trees. But thanks to the AKP, we will soon have multi-story luxury buildings in those areas, just like a developed country should have.
Some people still claim that half of the country’s citizens are opposed to the AKP. I say that they are the ones still unaware of the beautiful future President Erdoğan and the AKP is taking us to.
Thank you, the national will, for opening my eyes.