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A vision of a new world

“Beware of what you wish for” constitutes a wise warning!

Updating our view of the future is an essential element of moving into a New Year.

We have yet to see how much damage the current POTUS will be able to inflict on his country – and the world – before he reluctantly exits the White House, while, no doubt, immediately launching a new campaign for re-election in 4 years time!

It is worth noting that there has only ever been one US President who has served two non-consecutive terms in office

We have the misfortune to have, as our current Prime Minister, a man who shares many of the traits of Donald Trump, which does not bode well for our future.

Both are narcissists, both of whom demand constant attention – one through an almost constant flow of tweets (the pauses seem to coincide with his going into a sulk because things are not going to plan) and the other through an insatiable demand for photo ops (he even took his personal media staff into ‘self-isolation’), justifying the process as only he could!

Both have an ability – admittedly shared by a high proportion of politicians – to tell lies when the truth would be inconvenient.

Both are climate change denialists which may prove to be their undoing.

In the case of Morrison, he will be seeking re-election long before Trump, and it is vital that Labor and the Greens (why in hell cannot these people realise how much they have in common, settle their differences and join forces to defeat the Coalition before it is too late?) work their butts off to convince themselves and the electorate that, without effective action on climate change, Planet Earth has no future.

Even Biden will have an uphill battle to undo the damage already done by Trump’s actions in reversing so many policies which were designed reduce emissions.

Australia seems to rely on being an island – which, in relation to COVID-19, has some advantages – to avoid sharing policies adopted by an increasing number of countries which share ideas as well as borders.

I still maintain we need to expand our views of the world in many regards.

There are now 3, not just 2, certainties in life, and the newcomer is the most important one.

These certainties are – CHANGE, DEATH & TAXES.

Adapting to change is sometimes so automatic that we co not realise we are doing it – and, unfortunately, there has been a massive amount of change which has happened quite subtly in the last year that we have not questioned what is going on.

Just look at Parliament.

How often has it met this year?

Why?

What is its function meant to be?

Has it been able to meet those requirements?

How often has the Prime Minister refused to allow debate to continue?

Is the Parliament being allowed to act as a democratic parliament is intended to act?

How much evidence of corruption has been detected?

How much action has been taken to deal with that corruption?

How many Ministers ought to have resigned and yet, in nearly all cases, have merely been moved or even promoted?

While accepting that China’s administrative changes have been an obvious reason for our current lack of rapprochement, who in the Australian government have been responsible for unnecessarily undermining that relationship?

And can we afford to have such a tenuous relationship with a country with the capacity to destroy our economy?

Since retiring, I have come to realise that, when I was working, I did not have the time or interest to follow what was going on in national and international affairs.

Climate change, in particular, was an issue I had not troubled to examine in sufficient depth.

So I can see why so many people, who are struggling to find and keep work in order to survive, cannot afford the time to look seriously at how our government is handling its job of running the country.

Now that I actually have time to do so, I am far from impressed with any political party policies and desperately concerned that we are becoming increasingly reactive, and running out of time to develop proactive and progressive policies.

We need our brightest minds from science, economics and business to insist on forcing the government to introduce more appropriate policies, ensure people are not forced into abject poverty, create jobs directed to avoid the disastrous outcomes which will be inevitable if we do not adjust to slow down global warming and – above all – stress policies that ensure we act to benefit all – not just a favoured few.

We are all in this together and we want to all benefit from plans which are inclusive not exclusive.

Is an early election in Australia likely?

Do politicians tell the truth?

At present the prospects for a peaceful New Year are not looking good!

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  1. Terence Mills

    A correspondent in the US says of Tump that he has now thrown his toys out of the pram and will soon spit the dummy : it is to be hoped that he does not carry his tantrums into the international arena by, for instance, bombing Iran.

    Another has noted that :

    “The further we get away from his [Trump’s] tenure, the more historians, political scientists, political operatives and just history itself will uncover, reveal and continue to demonstrate just how corrupt this was. And as that continues, the stain will only grow darker and larger.”

    It is most unlikely that Trump would ever again receive the Republican nomination for a second term, he’s not even a Republican and surely by now the evangelical Christians who saw him as a messiah have now realised that he was just an immature and vindictive narcissist ; he certainly isn’t a Christian !

  2. Geoff Andrews

    “… the evangelical Christians who saw him as a messiah have now realised that he was just an immature and vindictive narcissist ; he certainly isn’t a Christian !”
    Neither are they – they see their own reflection in him.

  3. Brozza

    Geoff Andrews – if one were to read only your comment, one would be hard pressed to determine whether you’re referring to scummo or gump.
    Terence Mills – have you seen the ‘team’ that biden has assembled so far.
    The arms industry is rubbing it’s hands in glee in anticipation, just like big pharma is at the moment with covid ‘vaccines’.

  4. Consume Less

    Vision of a new world. More and more it’s looking like our new world will be very uncomfortable and hot. Thanks for nothing Scotty.
    This is getting so serious, but really, we keep going further and further to the point of no return.
    How are these stats. coming out of Europe.

    The month was a staggering 5.6 degrees above the 1981 to 2010 baseline of “average” January temperatures across the European continent as a whole, with much of northeastern Europe surpassing benchmark values by nearly 11 degrees.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/02/03/warmth-is-really-unheard-much-eastern-europe-including-helsinki-moscow-saw-warmest-january-record/

    I wonder if the Trump base would see this as fake news ??

  5. Geoff Andrews

    Brozza,
    They’re hardly mutually exclusive although when people vote Liberal they are not necessarily voting for Morrison,

  6. guest

    Brozza, You say to Geoff Andrews: “If one were to read only your comment, one would be hard pressed to determine whether you are referring to scummo or gump.” But of course Geoff Andrews was referring to Terence Mills’ comment on Trump. You need to read the context. But if you really want Geoff’s comment to refer to both Scummo and Gump, that is OK in the context of this site.

    As for “The arms industry is rubbing it’s [sic] hands in glee” because of Biden’s selection of his ‘team’, you seem to disagree with Biden’s selection – whereas many others praise it. You do not say why the arms industry might be rubbing its hand in glee. Have you been listening to Jim Molan and his talk of war with China?

    Then you say that ‘big pharma’ is also excited about ‘vaccines’ [sic], as if like an anti-vaxxer you disapprove of vaccines. One would have thought you too would be excited that there are vaccines now available.

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