Sunday 7 May 2017
1 There they sat. The three of them. A likeness for lying fusing them together like kindred spirits in a society of conservative fools. One the President of the United States with little knowledge of the things that consent to the moral and lawful functioning of a society other than the individuals pursuit of wealth.
The one in the middle a media slut who has made his wealth from titillation and fake news. In Australia it is difficult to win office without his support. And the other, a subservient intellect of them both. A man prepared to forgo his principles and his country’s well-being for the sake of power.
These and others like them are what we define as leaders. Donald Trump likes to describe himself as a big history fan. Well that’s what he told Time magazine.
”President Trump’s American history credentials have rarely been questioned, except by anyone who knows even a modicum of history. So it was surprising on Monday when the president flubbed his take on the Civil War: the whole thing could have been avoided; President Andrew Jackson was upset by the war even though he died 16 years before it began; and why didn’t anyone stop it, anyway? The incident prompted The New York Times to re-examine the president’s past issues with history, including when he thought Frederick Douglass was still alive, and the time he bought a “fixer-upper” golf course that was once home to a Civil War battle site. Sort of.”
What I’m getting at here is quality of leadership. If you read the full article it will occur to you that Trump cannot even get his history right. In fact he gets things wrong on a regular basis.
On Turnbull’s trip to the US, ostensibly to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Coral Seal battle, the Australian Prime minister went out of his way to embarrassingly, with a now permanent smile fall over the ‘’we are family, Donald”.
The Prime Minister’s behaviour could only be described as cringe worthy. His perpetual grin had him looking like if Trump were to ask him to bow, he would have. Imagine Paul Keating in his place. I don’t know about you, but as an Australian I felt a little put off by his demeanour.
Then, showing not an iota of compassion or strength of character, to disagree with the maniacal patriarch he congratulated the President on his win in the Congress on the repeal of ”Obamacare.” What a disgrace.
”I got to say, it’s always satisfying to win a vote when people predict you’re not going to win it too. So keep at it, it’s great.”
He had to know that in saying this that the vote would mean the loss of insurance to around 25 million of America’s lowest paid workers. All it was, was a transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich.
”Labor’s shadow minister for health and Medicare Catherine King said the prime minister was praising a bill that will could lead to thousands of Americans losing their healthcare and “will take away the requirement for health insurers to cover people with ‘pre-existing conditions’ – such as diabetes, autism or cancer.”
At the meet and greet, the foot in mouth President who doesn’t even know his country’s history told Prime Minister Turnbull “you have better health care than we do.”
”We have a failing healthcare.”
Bernie Sanders couldn’t believe his luck:
”Well Mr President, you’re right, in Australia and every other major country on Earth they guarantee health care to all people. They don’t throw 24 million people off health insurance. So maybe when we get to the Senate we should start off with looking at the Australian health care system.”
“Thank you Mr Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go,” Mr Sanders later tweeted.
The Trump and Turnbull comments were repeatedly played on US cable TV news networks and is doing the rounds on social media in Australia. Dare I say it but I predict some fake news from Fox news. What contradictory fools they have made of themselves.
All of which goes to show just how little intelligence our leaders have. And to think that one has his finger on the nuclear button.
On this day in 2016 I wrote:
”Telling the truth should not be delayed simply because we are not sure how people might react to it.”
The Prime Minister and the Treasurer over the past few days have been attacking Labor alleging that it is practicing class warfare and the politics of envy. Morrison says that voters were “over the us and them” approach to governing. He is correct but who is really waging this so-called war? I don’t see the middle and lower classes up in arms over their treatment. But I do see the wealthy and the super-rich getting cranky every time there is a threat to their privilege. Or at the suggestion that they should contribute more to the public coffers.
In fact never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen about their economic self-righteousness.
”This Governments performance over its time in office has been like a daily shower of offensiveness raining down on society.”
Former Treasurer Joe Hockey said people trying to afford a good home should get a good job. In an interview with Melbourne Radio Host Jon Faine in which the PM suggested he (Faine) should be helping his kids with the cost of a house. He seemed to be indicating that all you needed was rich parents.
Bill Shorten retorted in Parliament saying:
”Is that really the Prime Minister’s advice for young Australians struggling to buy their first home? Have rich parents.”
Turnbull had purchased a $2.7 million penthouse, with knockout views of the harbor and city skyline, in 2008 for his then aged 23 daughter, Daisy Turnbull Brown.
My thought for the day.
”Life is about doing things. Not having things.”
PS: Antony Green says the next federal election probably September-October 2018.
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