Over the past decade, one theme that has meandered its way through my writing has been how we conduct our politics, and I have sought to identify what makes for a sound representative democracy and what doesn’t.
In this post, I repeat some of my concerns. Concerns that have done anything but diminish under the leadership of Morrison.
That this does nothing, good for nothing Government is now at its most vulnerable is a given, and it is now incumbent on every citizen who believes in an accessible and equitable system of government to be rid of it.
But why have some disentangled themselves from the process? Has politics become so stained with the incompetency of the right’s extremism that people have just tuned of or belatedly tuned out? Do you stand up for your democracy?
If it weren’t for left-leaning online media, newspapers and blogs with this government’s terrible inclination for secrecy and given that Murdoch controls the vast majority of city newspapers, our access to political news would be minimal. Even that is under threat.
Good government is about making and executing decisions that serve the common good. That gives security to the people it governs, and it follows the rule of law and is truthful about its intentions.
When making decisions, it must be sensitive to the people’s will, and it should enable its citizens to be participatory in the purpose of government.
Social engineering is a means of implementing ideas and principles relative to your party’s philosophy.
Sometimes, however, it is politically expedient to forgo your beliefs when specific policies become entrenched in the country’s way of life.
Our health system and the NDIS are but two examples.
When a political party seeks to use selective ambiguous, manipulative and treacherous psychological techniques to influence and change the attitudes of masses of people to its point of view, we should worry.
If you look at the society we had when Tony Abbott came to power and compare it with today, you could not deny that it is less accessible under Morrison.
FOIs are more difficult to procure, press freedoms have declined, we are more open to corruption, and police intervention in our daily lives has increased.
Older folk are treated abysmally, as are women generally. The treatment of asylum seekers and our indigenous folk have gotten worse.
Our economic attitude toward the wealthy, corporations, or individuals has increased the rich’s handouts and subsidies.
Lying, of course, is the social engineer’s most effective tool. Throughout his career, Tony Abbott used it most effectively.
Malcolm Turnbull was hypocritical on climate change, and Morrison has taken lying to another level.
Another tool of social engineering is secrecy, and the conservative governments have displayed a propensity for it, and it’s called lying by omission.
Do you stand up for our democracy? Do you stand up to the right-wing wreckers, those who would bring it down? Those among you that cannot see beyond what’s in it for them: the Morrisons of our society?
I have raised my voice and said my piece.
I have written about becoming a republic and how we can achieve it. I have identified the rise of the far-right and how we get the flu when the US catches a cold.
The rise of far-right neo-conservatism, American style neo-liberalism (call it what you will), has changed our politics to the point of insaneness. Where debating an idea has become one where the philosophy surrounding it is more important than the idea itself.
On these pages, I, as have many others, have been at the forefront of denouncing the lies told by our far-right government over its tenure in office until my fingers hurt.
I have described how Liberal-lite has turned into far-right lunacy.
I have denounced this government for its lack of transparency, corruption and lack of accountability. In doing so, I have identified individuals who are not up to the standard of a decent democracy.
I have identified its deplorable treatment of women. I have, in my writing, called out their governance for the privileged rich and neglect of the poor, disadvantaged and disabled.
The true test of any nation surely must be the manner in which it treats its most vulnerable.
Of climate change, my disgust with our government has been enunciated to the point of losing hair not yet grown.
At the last G7 conference the Prime Minister described himself as a “conservationist”. In Australia we know that all the evidence suggests he is an environmental vandal.
As the showcase of the Parliament, Question Time has also come in for its fair share of my fault-finding.
It is obvious that Question Time is just an excuse for mediocre minds who are unable to debate with intellect, charm or wit, to act deplorably toward each other. And in doing so debase the Parliament and themselves as moronic imbecilic individuals. Question Time should be the showcase of the parliament and badly needs an independent speaker.
I have exposed the rise of narcissism, inequality, and compassion’s demise that illustrates the nation’s state.
I have raised my voice in protest at the failure of capitalism.
We live in a failed system. Capitalism does not allow for an equitable flow of economic resources. With this system a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level.
I have registered my disgust at our lack of leadership.
It seems to me that the wisest people I know are the ones that apply reason, and logic and leave room for doubt. The most unwise are the fools and fanatics who don’t.
I have also protested my objection to the inequality of our education and health systems – the imbalance of opportunity.
For the life of me I fail to understand how anyone could vote for a party who thinks the existing education and health systems are adequately funded and addresses the needs of the disadvantaged.
I have written endlessly about the need for change and who is best qualified to bring it about.
We dislike and resist change in the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure. Yet change is in fact part of the very fabric of our existence.
I have written extensively about the power of the press in our country and who controls it.
It is a pity that fact in journalism cannot be made compulsory and decency legislated.
Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. Murdoch’s papers seem to do it with impunity.
In the nine years l have been writing for The AIMN, I have written nearly nine hundred posts for the site.
Why do I do it? Well, when I see a rotting philosophy lying stagnant in the back of people’s minds, I want to bring it out of the darkness and into the light, and I want to expose it for what it is. When I see what they are doing (or not doing), I feel obligated to write about it.
The only way to bring about change is to vote out this deplorable government, and whoever replaces it must restore the democracy we once had.
My thought for the day
Good democracies can only deliver good government and outcomes if the electorate demands it and it doesn’t come about by good people disengaging from the process.
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