Friday 15 January 2016
1 Yesterday, I copped a bit if flak (on Facebook) from people who thought I was doing a bit of Billy Bashing when I offered some advice on how the Labor Leader should confront an election year. I did so because I for one am sick of the political scam that takes place in Australia every three years or every day for that matter.
Australian politics has for some time been suffering from the longevity of sameness. I advocate a change in the way it is practiced. It is time for us to reevaluate just what it is we want from our democracy. We don’t have a representative democracy that is participatory, one that administers for the benefit of all.
Because change is anathema to the conservative mindset it is more difficult for them. For progressive democrats it should be uncomplicated.
Anyway I was simply putting a point of view that going through the motions of a bland boring promises, promises, a traditional election campaign year would not achieve a Labor victory. I pointed out that being emphatically brazen by giving back the democratic process to the people just might.
We are at a point in time in our history where ‘change’ demands it be listened to. Where the events of recent times scream for it. It only requires a voice to demand it on behalf of the people.
The definition of servitude needs to be indelibly engrained into the minds of those seeking election and the self-serving attitudes that now exist need to be purged from the minds of our current politicians.
For too long we have suffered the indignity of insulting propaganda from all parties. So much so that if it wasn’t for compulsory voting no one would bother.
An example is Bill Shorten’s three-week tour to tell everyone he thinks an increase to the GST is a bad thing. Now I happen to agree, but really. It’s not a Coalition policy and possibly won’t be. I find that sort of electioneering insulting, in the same way as I have the deplorable policy announcements of the Government, while we have all been at play.
What bullshit they perpetuate when they say that they never underestimate the intelligence of the Australian people.
Yesterday I suggested that Shorten take a leaf out of the Bernie Sander’s book of how to do politics.
People like Sanders have a way of grasping the intestines of an argument and presenting a plausible answer that is simple to understand, and at the same time enthuses and leads people into an all-embracing narrative that inspires.
Others like the ill of mind conservative Donald Trump see complex problems and impregnate them with implausible black and white solutions.
We live in a society of our own making. One in which the cult of personality is the doorway to political success. All I am suggesting is for Shorten to take the bull by the horns, turn politics on its head, show Australians a new politic, embrace the people and present an inspirational narrative of how he sees the future. The same old, same old, way of politics will not see Labor in Government. It needs the ‘wow, he would do that factor.’
In my defence 1. Billy bashing.
2 If only President Obama had control of the Congress what a difference he might have made to that country. Pre Reagan I admired the bi-partisan quality of their politics.
This from his State of the Union address:
“Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have a go at it, you’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.”
3 Conversely they may be on the brink of electing a man who two world leading countries are considering banning entry to. To think that the Republican Party could ever consider a man like Trump as a nomination to run for the Presidency illustrates just how low the GOP have fallen.
4 Fairfax reports that new parents in low-paid jobs stand to be $10,500 worse off under a Turnbull government paid parental leave plan intended as a compromise on cuts proposed by Tony Abbott, according to new university research.
The research, commissioned by women’s group Fair Agenda and conducted by the University of Sydney’s Women and Work Research Group, shows mothers who work in healthcare, teaching and retail could lose between $3942 and $10,512 under the compromise policy.
One can’t help but think that the real agenda of the conservatives is to shift wealth from the bottom 97% to the top 3%.
5 “It is vitally important, both as a matter of social justice and political reality, that structural changes are seen as being fair across the board”. “That means not only must tough decisions be justified, but that the burden of adjustment is not borne disproportionately by one part of the community.”
There was once a women who said ’please explain’.
‘There has never been a more exciting time to be alive than today and there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian.’
Crisis support service ‘lifeline’ recorded more than one million calls for help in 2015, the highest number in its 52-year history, and its busiest four months on record from September to December (peter shmigel ~ lifeline).
6 And so it seems that, after one week, I have finally managed to catch up on the Day to Day political musings of our politics. My reverie is now broken. Nothing has changed. We are still being subjected to everyday propaganda from our politicians and our media. We are being badly governed. Injustice abounds. Lies manifest. The powerful seek more of it. Capitalism wants more profit. Turnbull’s prescription is innovation but is led by others. My despair is sullen but my hope untouched.
My thought for the day.
“Question everything. What you see, what you feel, what you hear and what you are told until you understand the truth of it. Faith is the residue of things not understood and can never be a substitute for fact”.