Whilst we all bemoan the greed and power of corporations and the damage that the relentless pursuit of profit can cause, or the division that fanatical nationalism or religious adherence creates, or the insidious corruption that permeates society, or the environmental degradation caused by indiscriminate growth, politicians are ultimately the ones who make the rules. They could stop these things.
They set the rules for who can develop our resources and for who owns our essential utilities and infrastructure. They make the laws regarding taxation and the decisions about how money will be spent. They control media ownership laws. They decide how many public servants are required to provide adequate services. They make the rules about political donations, political advertising and election spending and access for lobbyists.
And they have Treasury, statutory bodies, the police, the judiciary, and if necessary, the defence forces, to enforce whatever rules they set. They can call on the combined knowledge of the best experts at any time. They are the people who could, if they chose to, protect us from the ravages of rampant inequality, protect our environment, and provide support for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
But our world’s leaders are not doing their job.
Some politicians think their ethnic group is superior and persecute minorities. Some politicians think their religion is superior and persecute non-followers. Some politicians covet other nations’ territory, resources or knowledge and try to take them by might or stealth. Some politicians seize the opportunity to enrich themselves. Some politicians think they have a moral superiority to impose their world view on others. Some politicians think that taking action on climate change will damage their economies. Some politicians think it is ok for everyone to have guns.
These politicians are the people who create refugees. They are the people who are responsible for the deaths and displacement of countless people.
It doesn’t take “mettle” to use sick people as political pawns. It doesn’t take “ticker” to strip people of hope. It doesn’t take “courage” to destroy people’s lives.
The ridiculous notion that Scott Morrison is “protecting our borders” is exposed by the fact that far more asylum seekers have arrived by plane under his watch than ever came by boat under Labor.
ProMo likes to claim credit for smashing the business model of the people smugglers. The business model of ex-mercenaries and corrupt politicians profiting from offshore detention is, on the other hand, going great.
If politicians had the strength to do what is right, we could make this world a far better place. Instead, we are subjected to lying, mealy mouthed excuses. endless arguments about ridiculous trivialities, and empty egotistical posturing.
We are led by politicians who are more scared of losing an election than of wrongly sending us to war or of the consequences of ignoring climate change.
You aren’t a “strong leader”, Scott. You are an empty blowhard on the make who doesn’t have the ability or the courage to solve anything.
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