When I was looking through AIM’s list of articles last weekend I noticed that Kaye Lee had already covered a subject that I so desperately wanted to write about.
To hell with it I thought. After watching Angus Taylor being interviewed by Barrie Cassidy on Insiders last Sunday I thought, bugger it. They need as much truth thrown at them as the lies they tell. His was a dreadful performance.
Cassidy threw all the truth that reason warranted at him but his lies contained a sort of political finality about them. Lies that are being told when an internal honesty tells the inner self that the final act of defence has been reached. When defeat looks one in the eye.
“Question everything. What you see, what you feel, what you hear and what you are told until you understand the truth of it.”
The lies so frequently being told by this government are worse than the normal ones couched in innumerable shades of grey.
The lies being told by Morrison, Joyce, Dutton, Hunt, Taylor and others are so repetitive, so blatant, so desperate, that they could only come from men despairing of losing something. In this case power.
These are frightened scared politicians on the cusp of defeat so worried about it that they will not hesitate to place lies before facts, as was the case with Taylor.
Despite Cassidy shooting him down with irrefutable facts that our emissions were going up each year, he continued to talk over him with figures so obviously wrong that you would feel ashamed if your own son or daughter were quoting them.
But of course, he isn’t the only one. The Prime Minister continues to say that we will reach our Paris targets in a canter. He does so in the knowledge that it is untrue. His own department tells him we cannot but he so desperately wants everyone to believe him that he is prepared to toss his faith out the window and lie to us.
Normally a Prime Minister of standing, of reputation would not utter a sentence that implied that under his opposites governance the country would go into recession. Only a very desperate person would stoop so low. Morisson is one such person.
“If we are to restore our democracy then the first thing we must do is insist that our politicians should at least tell the truth.”
In her article, Kaye Lee says that:
“For a democracy to function successfully, there must be checks and balances on power. Government decisions must be transparent and accountable. The electorate must be told the truth so they can make informed decisions about alternative approaches to address the challenges facing the nation.”
In September 2017 in a piece for The AIMN, I wrote:
“How important is truth in politics? As a writer who happens to love the way words can be constructed to shape a thought, send a message, express love, anger, or convey an action I am lost without them.”
“Without the,m something vanishes from our discourse. Without words, the ability to communicate the seemingly endless aspects of human emotion is taken from us.”
Words, of course, are at their best when they are accompanied by a factual truth of what they want to convey.”
The next great lie likely to be perpetrated on us is when the next budget is announced. The Treasurer will say that it is a surplus budget. But the reality is that we will not know until November 2020 when all of the accounts are finalised if it is or not.
Because their habitual lying prevents them from doing otherwise and despite the figures saying the economy took a dive in the last quarter of 2018 they will tell us that everything is splendid.
It is said that a campaign filled with fear will always beat one filled with hope. History would record that the LNP are the masters of fear.
“The purpose of propaganda is to make you feel good about the wrongs being perpetrated on you”
A comment on Facebook this week said:
“Sadly, there are still millions of sheeple who are afraid to move from their entrenched position as LNP followers, believing the constant mantra “we are the better money managers “without even glancing at the turmoil and waste over the past six years. The sheer brutality and corruption is so blatant it is impossible to overlook, yet again, millions do. Poor fellow my country.”
Tony Abbott is the greatest liar ever to dirty the plush carpets of Parliament House.
Malcolm Turnbull, by walking away from what he believed in is the greatest hypocrite.
Scott Morrison by trying to buy office with lies has betrayed his faith.
Again this week we had the Federal Treasury scolding the Coalition for exaggerating the impact of Labor’s proposed negative gearing overhaul.
The government’s words and actions bring into question the very essence of the word truth. Or they have at least devalued it to the point of obsolescence.
If more people had the capacity to think for themselves and question what they are being told perhaps we would have more genuineness in politics.
If more journalists had the intestinal fortitude to question and syphon out the truth of what politicians are telling them we may get a better body politic. A more honest democracy.
In July 2016 I wrote a piece for The AIMN about fear. In it, I quoted Dr. George Venturini:
“The State lives on fear. Today, it is the fear of ‘terrorists’, which is a manufactured threat, meant to scare people into handing over their rights and dignity to the tricksters in power. “Our twentieth century is the century of fear,” wrote Camus in his article ‘The century of fear’ for Combat, the newspaper that had supported the French Resistance to Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Camus said that fear could be regarded as a developed science.”
The next time you hear or see an interview with an LNP politician consider these methods they use to counter questions or even avoid them – 35 techniques politicians use to avoid answering interview questions.
Keep talking. The more you talk the fewer the questions.
Questioning the question or attack it.
The question is offensive.
Attacking an external group. (The opposition or rival groups) Blame Labor.
Starting an answer but not finishing it (interrupting yourself).
Saying or implying that the question has already been answered.
Lying, misinformation, lying by omission, subliminally implied suggestion, straightforward propaganda, deliberate scare campaigning and any form of untruthful communication has become the norm in the way politicians and the media converse with the public. So normal and long applied has this form of conversation become that we are now unquestioning of it.
This election should tell us if we have woken up to these illegitimate forms of persuasion or are we just plain stupid?
My thought for the day
Power is a malevolent possession when you are prepared to forgo your principles and your country’s well-being for the sake of it.
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