1 Conservatives need to face the fact that Marriage Equality is unlikely to disappear. There is every likelihood that the issue, until resolved, will display its rainbow until the next election when Turnbull would have to argue against something he supports all over again.
Now this time it seems as reported by the Guardian that a group of Liberals in support of same-sex marriage is leading a push for the government to ditch its plebiscite policy in favour of a free vote in parliament. The backbenchers are reportedly working to bring the issue to a head in the next fortnight.
Naturally enough the homophobic Catholic former Prime Minister Abbott has his balls in a knot over the suggestion that his colleagues be given a free conscience vote on the issue.
”Love is when there is an irresistible urge for the need of the affection of another and the irresistibility is of its nature mutual. Love has no gender”.
Would Turnbull allow a free vote if the moderates have the numbers? Well the argument goes that to do so would mean backing down on a plebiscite policy they took to the last election. He would also face the prospect of Bernardi and Christensen leaving the party.
But all things considered he must also remember that the public overwhelmingly supports marriage equality. Liberal MP Warren Entsch, a long-time supporter, wants the matter dwelt with once and for all.
The plebiscite was merely a contrivance for having the public do something that the parliament was elected to do but didn’t have the guts to.
A Senate inquiry into same sex-marriage draft laws brings down its findings in a week or so. Obviously discussion will follow. We can only hope that conservatives put aside their individual hatred of homosexuality and acquiesce that which the majority of Australians want. That is that marriage equality be available for all.
2 Donald Trump after two weeks in the job continues to blatantly lie. He said he would divest himself of all his business interests, His hasn’t.
New documents confirm that Donald Trump retains a direct tie to his business interests through a revocable trust overseen by one of his adult sons and a long-time executive of the Trump Organization.
3 Yes, only two weeks into his Presidency Trump is overturning the small gains Barack Obama made into America’s gun laws.
Republicans voted 235/180 to repeal a law that blocked Social Security disability recipients with mental disorders from buying guns. Yes, that’s right, Republicans have given the mentally ill easier access to guns.
What sort of a society would permit its mentally ill to legally own a gun? It’s estimated that 20% of shootings in America are carried out by mentally deranged people.
4 We are not finished yet. President Donald Trump became the first president in modern history to have more than half of Americans disapprove of his job performance after only eight days in office.
5 The whole world suffered from the unregulated capitalism that caused the World Financial Crisis. As a result the Obama administration put in place that would prevent the same thing happening again. Trump has now rescinded them.
On this day in 2016 I wrote:
”What I am getting at here is that Australian politics is like a construction where the builder thinks he is in charge but the foreman and his crew are undermining all the work because they want to do it their way. The architect drew up a grand design but everyone on the site thinks they know better. The construction is a mess and everyone thinks they have a plan but the sites pet dog ate it.
Look at our Politics. The economy is in a mess as is health and education. Immigration Policy a disaster as is the Environment.
Despite having the most qualified cabinet in Australian political history you would have to say that if they were the board of a major business you would sack them all. There would be a shareholders revolt.
You see we, with undoubtable evidence, have proved that we are just very bad at doing politics. Our democracy is badly in need of a makeover, restoration even. The problem is that everyone is so busy building their own egos that they don’t have time to plan anything, let alone fix it. The only thing they are good at is talking about what they might do.”
My thought for the day
“When we go out of our way to help someone less fortunate we cannot avoid helping ourselves”.