This is an older post of mine that I have updated and still consider very pertinent and relevant in the light of what has happened with our nation and social conditions since the election of the Abbott/Turnbull governments.
Read on …
In the closing days of the Second World war, the name “Lord Haw Haw” was synonymous with the cry of “traitor!” Because a traitor in those days was seen as a clear-cut thing … in fact, as quoted from Rebecca West; “The Meaning of Treason” (Penguin, 1965):
… by broadcasting between … the eighteenth day of September 1939 and on other divers days thereafter, and between that day and the second day of July 1940, being then to wit, on the said several days, a person owing allegiance to our Lord the King … It was in fact the case for the prosecution that a person obtaining a passport placed himself thereby under the protection of the crown and owed it allegiance until his passport expired. (A clear case of loyalty to the crown, His Majesty the King).
“Lord Haw Haw” (aka William Joyce) did betray the Crown and the people by broadcasting subversive, demoralising and destabilising material against the people and the government, while taking payment from a foreign national. He was subsequently tried and hung for his treason.
These days, the allegiance of loyalty to the State and the people is somewhat more beige. Today’s democracies lean more toward public perception and cultural dominance for a definition of loyalty. But it must be admitted that to work hand in hand in a brazen manner to both bring down the democratically elected government of the day and then import and place in control of management (Col Allen) of those agents used to work to get elected a “favourite” of the foreign vested interests, by destabilising, stealth and deliberate slander of the elected government, and would then have intent to demolish national infrastructure and work against the social equality of the peoples of the nation. Well, that has to have some definition of treason.
For in my mind there is no doubt that we, as a nation, have been betrayed. Those many “national interest” policies: the NBN, Gonski, NDIS, ETS (Carbon trading scheme), Environmental Protection and National Parks that are in the national interest and coupled with a now switching to and fro; “Non emergency with the budget” are at risk and indeed in some cases will be dismantled for no other reason than to satisfy vested or financial interests of foreign corporations … not solely out of a twisted ideology, but certainly out of sheer insatiable greed.
This is the act of treason against the nation’s interest. To have the LNP destroy national infrastructure and public policy that benefits a majority of citizens and gives financial reward to a extreme minority of foreign capital invested players … in short, Judas gets his thirty pieces of silver. That was his treason in every sense of the word and meaning. The fact that those modern major players are set to gain many billions of dollars through an act of LNP vandalism against the nation … that is their treason, in every sense of the word.
But the government was voted in by over half the population we hear. That is correct, but we are also aware, and no lame explanations can deny it, that a vast percentage of that section of the voting public we now read, were mislead on many policies by the mainstream media (MSM), a percentage of votes along with other misleading “facts” could have swayed the outcome in many areas. And some are neither politically astute nor very interested in political outcomes other than a strange “payback” for MSM trumped-up delusions of injury. And then there are those who would sell their own mother into slavery for a couple of quid. Whatever it was that swayed the voters, it certainly was assisted by sometimes outright lies and slanderous accusations against the sitting government by the MSM.
It is the political players in collusion with big media and big business that has done the most damage, particularly the MSM. We know their names, we have railed against them on social media and elsewhere on their perfidious behaviour … and they continue to obfuscate and manipulate, out of either self-interest, financial gain or a perceived political future too obscure for us mere mortals to comprehend … but must involve a good deal of crawling! And only now are we reading of the vast number and scope of the rorts carried on by the the government. Why was this common information withheld when several members of parliament and even the former Speaker of the House was goaded to resign and were vilified for lesser amounts? There can only be one real reason.
This government was voted in on a base of fraud and deception manipulated upon the people by the MSM and its employees. There is no contesting this fact. Their so-called policies were unexamined, uncontested and unopposed by that very estate that sanctimoniously holds itself up as the fourth estate of democracy. Indeed, it continues right to this day to set the agenda for government policy … even with those overseas trips to Indonesia and Asia by the last (now ditched) PM, we read that it was a roaring success, not because of what was achieved (there was more given away!), but because we were told so by the fourth estate media! The lie is maintained, the circle is complete!
Returning again to Rebecca West’s book; “The Meaning of Treason” she makes some very interesting observations. I will quote a couple of passages for interest on how the modern media has played it’s part in the dissemination of propaganda:
Never before have people known the voice of one they had never seen as well as if he had been a husband or brother or a close friend ; and had they foreseen such a miracle they could not have imagined that this familiar unknown would speak to them only to prophesy their death and ruin.”
She speaks of William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw). She continues:
He was not only alarming, he was ugly. He opened a vista into a mean life. He always spoke as if he were better fed, and better clothed than we were …
The above portrayal is an example of the malicious persuasion that manipulates a people – a people hungry for simplicity of policy, for entertainment, contentment and insulation from the harsh realities of the world on their doorstep. It is the propaganda style of those who have in many cases helped cause those very disasters that bring trouble to our doorstep, or are trying to stop programs that could alleviate and soften such events in the future. Such people give voice to a meanness of spirit and ugliness of heart and opens the door to cruel intent … that is a betrayal of the trust given to the MSM, a trust that was bestowed upon those called to shine a light on duplicitous behaviour that can ruin a society, not to collude with reckless abandon in that very behaviour..
I give the last words on such a tawdry subject to Ariel Gonzales on West’s book, that it “reminds us that sometimes the worst betrayal is the trading of values for the illusion of safety.”
That is the meaning of treason!
In Part One above, I proposed that certain parties had committed treason against our democracy by using the platform of a foreign national whilst being financially rewarded by that foreign national to broadcast propaganda to destabilize the democratically elected Labor government for the benefit of that foreign national. Just like “Lord Haw Haw” in the 2nd WW, all the while sheltering under the protection of their own nation’s passport.
That was their treason.
And, just as Lord Haw Haw could claim to be a sympathiser of the enemy’s politics, when destabilizing and demoralizing the British nation, those who did likewise to the last Labor government could claim to be acting with their beliefs. Even so, to use a foreign national’s media platform to promote the same agenda and accepting payment for it … dissolves any appeal to innocence … and the only title they could own is; “Agents Provocateur”.
But now, after all the dust has settled on this ratbag of a LNP shambles of governance, with the wisdom no longer of hindsight, but witness of damage done to the infrastructure, manufacturing, international relations, social order and well-being of its own citizens, not to forget the corruption absolute from top to bottom of the Party, resulting in the sacking of so many ministers, including the Speaker of the House, and the final, shameful collusion of the national broadcaster in blocking or obfuscating information to the public in particular the NBN, these provocateurs have promoted themselves to; “Agents Saboteurs!”
The sabotage of this nation surpasses anything ever witnessed by its citizens before. Never has such wanton destruction been worked upon this nation. The deliberate smashing of the NBN infrastructure is more than equivalent to the sabotage of a rail network in a time of war. The dismantling of the Gonski Plan for universality in education is the equivalent of driving the poor and uneducated into sweatshops for their lives, unable to plan their own careers. The off-shoreing of both manufacturing and labour hire is equivalent to condemning the nation’s workforce to gross unemployment and all the social woes that derive from that. The privatizing of all government utilities and services is equivalent to hocking the family heirlooms for a quick gamble on a horse-race. This is not why a democratic government exists. It is political dictatorship. Nothing more. Our lives, our well-being, our children’s education, our future in old age has been hocked off to an ideology of childish foolishness that can only benefit one small minority of any society, and that minority, by its shifting of currency and profits from one tax-haven to another to avoid paying a fair share of the benefits and burdens of a civilized society have crueled this nation’s future opportunities, until we will be driven like the poorest of the poor to beg in the street for our daily bread.
The disgrace of this LNP and its supporters and promoters is that they have acted with a kind of vicious glee in moving from once as opposition and agent provocateur to blatantly display their “talents” as in government agent saboteur.
These criminals have gone too far. And those hangers-on who give and find succor with such vandalism have to forever wear their family badge of betrayers of the national interest.
That is the meaning of treason!