There are, and always will be, things we should be concerned about, things we should be working to improve, but they get lost in the political misinformation deliberately fed to us by a government that lacks any integrity, a government who chooses to confect crises and then boast about saving us from dangers that either never existed or were greatly exaggerated, or are entirely of their own making.
The great Debt and Deficit Disaster that we faced going into the 2013 election has miraculously disappeared (even though the debt has more than doubled) and been replaced by good debt and bad debt. Apparently, when the Labor government invested in stimulating the economy, keeping people in work through the global financial crisis, that was bad debt, but borrowing $400 billion to spend on war machines is good debt.
Scott Morrison’s suggestion that they exploit the community’s ignorance and fear about Islam has been enthusiastically embraced and expanded into a full-blown jihad on Muslims. There are increasingly loud calls to ban the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the construction of their places of worship and even their travel to our country.
Asylum seekers, instead of being welcomed to a place of safety, have been portrayed as bludgers ripping off our generosity, even as we incarcerate them indefinitely in hellholes where they are beaten and raped, and as we continue to bomb their homelands. Refugees are now economic migrants wearing designer sunglasses who will simultaneously take your job and languish on welfare. It’s their fault you are stuck in traffic jams or in hospital waiting rooms. That’s why we are spending tens (if not hundreds) of billions to keep them from coming here.
Speaking of welfare, the system is rife with cheats apparently. Cheats like me who, when asked to make an estimate of their future earnings, sometimes get it wrong and have to pay some back. No doubt there are a few who deliberately make fraudulent claims but they wouldn’t make the tiniest scratch on the company tax that we miss out on through legal(?) loopholes.
We can’t afford the age pension so everyone must work until they are 70 or the country will go broke. Forget the tax concessions given to people who invest in superannuation – they are lifters so shouldn’t have to pay tax.
We should also be really scared about an energy crisis – pensioners will freeze/boil to death because of Blackout Bill, Brownout Butler and No Coal Joel. It’s Labor’s fault, it’s the state government’s fault, it’s renewable energy’s fault, it’s the gas companies fault. Please ignore who actually imposed the moratoriums on fracking and why, ignore who approved the export contracts and who privatised power generation – just get scared and angry. Oh and then grateful when the government has a meeting and calls for a non-binding review.
Marriage equality will, apparently, completely destroy our way of life. Boys will wear dresses and girls will bind their breasts, children will be forced to “celebrate homosexuality” (as opposed to worshipping a mythical being?), cake makers and photographers will be oppressed.
We must be protected from left-wing loony teachers who encourage subversive questions. Direct instruction, rote learning, back to basics, standardised testing, corporal punishment and more truancy officers – that’s the ticket.
Our national broadcaster has been taken over by extreme terrorist-enabling, gender-morphing, unpatriotic ideology. The only way to return to “fair and balanced” reporting is to give pay tv a better deal, some gratuitous cash, and allow Murdoch more reach.
And then there are those job-destroying environmental terrorists using lawfare to impose socialism on us all. Or those un-Australian lawyers who do pro bono work for refugees. Or those activists in legal aid and charities who risk breaking the law or losing funding if they tell the truth. Not to mention wind turbines that make people just sick with worry.
And how remiss of me to get this far without stressing the threat from TERRORISM.
So much to be frightened about.
There was a time when Australians didn’t waste time being afraid. A time when they saw what needed doing and got on with it. A time before politicians and shock jocks decided fear boosts ratings.