Firstly, Donald Trump and the future of the world……
Here’s my take…….Donald is possibly the most narcissistic person I have encountered in public life. From history I have concluded that John Paul II, Nixon, Hitler, Bismarck, Lincoln, Napoleon, Henry VIII, Pope Innocent III, all the way back to Augustine and Alexander were narcissists. They all caused, to some degree greater or lesser, serious upheaval within their sphere of influence. Trump will do the same. How serious this upheaval will be is hard to say, but I do not rule out some military conflict and certainly some global economic consequences. He might pal up with Putin but if China is the target, make no mistake, Russia will side with China when the spaghetti hits the fan.
What has that got to do with Australia? Ask Malcolm Turnbull. He has first-hand knowledge.
Who would have thought 2017 would be the year of the narcissist and the amateur? But here we are. Donald Trump is President of the USA, Malcolm Turnbull is our Prime Minister and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party might poll better than the LNP in the upcoming Queensland and Western Australian state elections.
If that wasn’t enough, Cory Bernardi is tipped to form a breakaway Conservative party that will be further to the right of the Liberal Party. Mind you, it’s not altogether clear if Cory’s party will be further to the right of One Nation.
If you thought that was depressing, take note that “fake news” is the latest genie out of the bottle. The chances have never been higher that a flood of unbelievable rubbish oozing out of Canberra, Washington, the right wing MSM and certainly social media will be forthcoming in spades.
One can barely imagine the level of mis-reporting, fake news, lies and deception that is about to be unleashed upon the poor unsuspecting citizens of the world this year.
It will be unprecedented. Little wonder some are feeling like Alice through the looking glass. It is humorous enough watching Senator-no-longer, Rod Cullerton refusing to accept the decision of the Federal Court and vowing he won’t vacate his office, but that is small chips.
On more serious matters, as much as the Coalition partners here will try to hide it, or limit themselves talking about it, our government is between a rock and a hard place with The Donald in the Maison Blanche.
Beware though. This Liberal/National Coalition are a bunch of opportunists and rednecks without a vision beyond perpetuating their own existence.
Trump is a Republican president; their kind of people. He’s a Reagan man, again, their kind of people. But he’s a loose cannon and they are going to be bullied in ways they have never experienced before.
How on earth did it all come to this? That’s an easy question to answer. What we are experiencing as we observe these unexpected outcomes is a worldwide revolution against inequality.
The Americans who voted for Trump, however, have shot themselves in the foot. If they were looking for someone to restore equality to America, they should have chosen Bernie Sanders.
Instead, they have put a filthy rich guy in control because they were sick of filthy rich guys hoarding all the money.
But let’s not concern ourselves with them. What is likely to happen here? As Trump begins to legitimise crassness, political incorrectness and post truth, you can be sure our government will be paying close attention and attempt to capitalise on what he gets away with, by doing something similar here.
If the Queensland and Western Australian state election outcomes show strong support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, it will be at the expense of the conservative side of politics.
Coalition members will feign displeasure, of course, but quietly use this lurch to the far right to push for the repeal of Section 18C, call for harsher adjustments to their border protection policy and their immigration intake.
And perhaps, as the doors of the conservative media fly open, ready to embrace public mood swings, they will begin attacks on any minority group that One Nation targets. Trade Unions will also come in for some special attention. Anything to reverse the current disastrous polling figures.
So, get ready to witness the race to the bottom as lobby groups and spin doctors are brought in to soften us up and proclaim closet racists and rednecks as the new normal.
The Coalition will do whatever it takes to recover from their current poor polling in readiness for an election in 2018, a year earlier than required, but necessary to bring the senate timeline back into sync.