I mean all I did was just repeat to the missus what was said on the radio.
Yep one of those shock jocks was sayin’ that women is destroying the joint.
Too right I thought!
Got home and the missus wasn’t going to be much fun I think. So I had a go at her. Just told her she was destroying the joint.
She said, “Don’t be bloody stupid. I look after the kids, keep down a job and make sure the bills are paid.”
“And what do you do?”
“I’m a feminist,” I said.
Strewth! Stone the flaming crows!
It’s bloody hard to be a racist in this country or what?
I mean just the other day I was listening to the radio. And one of those shock jocks and his politician mate was sayin’ stuff about those illegals that come here by boat ‘cos they want to take all our benefits.
And just then I got on the train. And I saw one and his family. Just knew it was them. Don’t care whether they have wet feet off the boat or got off the plane with dry feet. I gave ’em all what for. Mate you should’ve seen me!
Told ‘em how my granddad fought to keep youse people out of this country. And I then I really gave him what for. Just the same as what I heard on the radio.
And yesterday my boss called me in. Been carpeted for my racist rant. Hell I was just sayin’ what was being said wasn’t I? I mean we all think it, don’t we?
And now it looks like it might be up for that racial vilification thingy. The cops called me next. Didn’t even think such a thing could exist? I got my free speech haven’t I?
And now people are writing stuff about how we’re racists and how we should be nice to the immigrants. I mean they’re all the same to me. Don’t care whether they’re off the boat or on the tram. That’s what the shock jocks and pollies are tellin’ me.
Jeez its getting harder to be a racist in this country!
If you examine politics sooner or later one finds some trends that repeat themselves.
One of these is the LNP’s approach to politics.
It is almost completely negative and oppositional.
But it is not the first time that this approach has been tried and failed. Let me take you back in time.
The American Party members were known as the Know Nothings! And Carr drew the same comparison with One Nation.
Both One Nation and the American Party failed politically as they were completely negative and made promises that they failed to deliver.
That comparison now even more accurately describes the LNP’s approach to politics.
Every question asked is steered back to the current negative talking point. And any promises made, for example, stop the boats, more jobs, etc, etc aren’t explained in detail if at all.
What detail given is scarce. Examples of this abound, Greg Hunt‘s interview regarding Direct Action on Lateline, Scott Morrison‘s interviews regarding immigration, Joe Hockey‘s interviews regarding the economy, Tony Abbott‘s recent comments regarding the Gonski reforms and education funding, Tony Abbott’s comments regarding funding infrastructure, etc.
In truth it is boring know-nothing politics.
All in all, the LNP have failed the first rule of debating: first criticise, then provide a specific solution.
Until that changes, they are merely an opposition not an alternative government.
The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings is showing both the best and worst of humanity.
I was amazed at the people who ran towards the bombing and began to help the victims regardless of danger to themselves.
I was touched by the people who reached out to others regardless of any differences.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of life, a child, a mother, a student and the injuries too terrible to visualise.
And yet some people saw it as an opportunity to focus on and magnify the differences between us.
And we move on from this tragedy, as shock turns to anger and grief, it would be too easy to take this latter path.
And to take that path would be to deny and ignore the differences that bring us together.
With the death of Margaret Thatcher, many people have been reflecting upon her legacy.
Since her time as Prime Minister of Great Britain, governments of all colours have rolled back their dominance through spending cuts, tax cuts, withdrawal of services, privatisation and/or deregulation.
As the GFC and its after effects continue, austerity is the new watch word. Countries like Greece, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, USA and France are struggling due to even more tax and spending cuts, privatisation, withdrawal of services, etc.
Even when governments change (See France ), the incoming administration struggles to replace what is lost. The loss of revenue and spending cuts create difficulties in replacing what has been lost. Even Australia despite its world class economy will face this problem if there is a change of government.
This trend to roll back government raises the following question:
What does the ultimately downsized government do?
What does the ultimately downsized government do?
Halfway through listening about that last overseas trip I wanted to interrupt. For I had heard something new and quite different about travelling overseas.
When talking about meeting people in their own country I began to hear a quiet deference. Someone who wanted to tread lightly as an invited guest.
I certainly don’t identify with the tourist that is the centre of attention. The loud one with the expectation that the whole country is waiting for their next request.
No what I heard was this. I am a curious guest. I am visiting your country. I do know something of course, but mostly there is much I don’t know. And I will learn more if I am respectful to all those I meet. That is what I received from my conversation with the introverted tourist.
What happened negates that tired old adage from the gun lobby “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Which means it’s easy to blame the shooter. Which is the standard operational response for tragedies like this. But these shootings still keep happening.
Guns kill. That’s what they are designed to do. How can anyone give succour and comfort to the victims by saying “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”?
Like President Obama, I’m a parent too and simply see no point to this. And in a few weeks or months, what is the point that once the victims are buried that this is forgotten?
Should these children and teachers have died in vain?
Why should this happen again and again? This time no more.
Sign the petition and save lives. Time to ban weapons of mass destruction everywhere!
Certainly, the climate change sceptics language, phrases and even their countenance are often quite extraordinary.
But perhaps they have gone too far.
While these incidents are extraordinary, it does not address the real question at hand. It distracts from it.
So here is my question (I call it the child’s question).
How’s the weather lately? Is it the same? Is it getting better?
Even the anecdotal evidence is there. Every time there is a severe weather event, people affected by it describe it as the worst ever. Ignore the statistical evidence, but anecdotally people notice!
But statistically, why are weather records are tumbling like the Climate Olympics?
It might be just me but I don’t hear any facts from the sceptics. Which leads me to my real point. In the climate change debate, these sceptics in fact fail the basic rules of debate. Good debaters criticise the opposition and then present facts to support their case.
These people don’t. Perhaps they should. Perhaps then we can have a real debate.