Day to Day Politics: A Government fixated on hate. – By John Lord

Tuesday 1 November 2016

1 I don’t think I have ever seen less empathetic governments than the Abbott/Turnbull ones. They seem intent on cutting the threads that are the very tapestry that weaves the fabric of our society together.

They are a dithering, squabbling deceitful lot intent on quashing anyone who disagrees with them. They have some ideological loathing of the poor, the downtrodden and vulnerable and want them to fund the excesses of the rich.

Turnbull is everything but what we were so foolish enough to think he was.

2 Yesterday I wrote Of course it is a diversionary tactic,( particularly as there haven’t been any boat arrivals in over two years) to take people’s minds from the government’s long list of failures and its leader’s incapacity to present a narrative of what the government is trying to do.”

And of course the following day both Turnbull and Dutton are out and about spruiking their new crackdown to stop refugees held in offshore detention facilities from ever coming to Australia.

What a joke they. The real truth is that they are trying to lock Labor into supporting their legislation.

The leader of the Opposition has responded saying.

“It seems ridiculous to me that a genuine refugee who settles in the US or Canada and becomes a US or Canadian citizen is banned from visiting Australia as a tourist, businessman or businesswoman 40 years down the track,”

I could take that a step further by asking this question. What if a young boy or girl returned to their country of origin and under whatever circumstance became a minister or indeed the country’s leader, would Australia deny him or her entry.

They are the most educated lot to ever govern the country but you have to wonder if they have a collective brain in their heads.

“Whether he likes it or not, refugees such as Frank Lowy, Gustav Nossal and Hieu Van Le have made a huge contribution to Australia. As an Australian, that’s something I’m very proud of’’

“Two weeks ago, Mr Turnbull was happy to trade a vote in the Senate for weaker gun laws; last week, his government lied about dodgy data to smear single mums, and now he’s shown he’s happy to suck up to chase the votes of One Nation senators to fight off Tony Abbott and keep his job,”

Shorten is absolutely right. He is sucking up to the likes of Hansen and the red necks in his own party. Turnbull is putting down some insurance for future favours. And Pauline is delighted to be able to say that the Coalition supports her policies.

The problem for Turnbull selling this is that its intent is just so obvious, so transparent, that the dumbest kid in school could have thought it up, let alone Coalition members with degrees from the most prestigious learning institutions in the world.

Shorten concluded:

“He’s earning the praise of Pauline Hanson – I hope he’s proud of that’’

3 For a reason I cannot explain I decided to post Sundays piece on the Andrew Bolt Support Group Facebook page.

Here are some responses.

Irene Hough. ‘’Oh please, go back to the middle east, whinging Muslims, or learn to fit in and be grateful.’’

David Redmond. ‘’Incredible but there are plenty like John Lord out there. Champions of unlimited no questions asked welfare, incursions into free speech with 18C, dismantling Soveriegn border protection, cheering on the CFMEU and no doubt its 100 odd officials before our Courts. You might wonder when he’ll ever grow out of his school boy politics. Je suis Bill Leak.’’

Brad Ryan John lord you are a fool”

Steven Ryan “John Lord your a dick.!!”

Trevor Varis “This juvenile crap can be demolished point by point, but really, who wants to argue with a child? The writer forgets it was Labor/Greens who drowned 1200 and placed another 50,000 in concentration camps, declaring them to be illegal. The logic is all twisted, it is from a pathetic, and miserable mind. More sad than anything.’’

Bill Pattinsen. John, why is it that you reject divergent commentary on your ‘Independent’ website, but have the gall to post on our conservative page?

I think I got off rather lightly.

4 I was listening to Donald Trump making a speech and in doing so admitted that he had put in $100 million of his own money into his election campaign. I wondered why it was not possible for Malcolm Turnbull to do the same. Why do we have to wait 12 months to know who has donated to political parties?

5 What follows is an edited extract from an essay I wrote titled Only in America for the left-wing blog Crooks and Lias.

It had over 25,000 reads and I received many emails of thanks.

Now I know the two candidates are disliked for differing reasons but is America about to elect a sick deluded man of no redeeming features, full of racial hatred, bile and misogyny. A deluded pathetic liar unsuitable for the highest office in the land, if not the world. One who sees complex problems and impregnates them with populism and implausible black and white solutions.

A person of limited intellect and understanding only capable of seeing the world through the prism of his own wealth. The far edges of knowledge seem to have passed him by. Matters requiring deep philosophical consideration seem beyond him.

His opinions on subjects of internal and international importance are so shallow that one would think he spent the entirety of his youth in the wading pool at the local swimming pool, or six years in grade 6 and never academically advanced.

A crash through politician with a ubiquitous mouth. A man who is an incoherent mess, who bounces back after each disaster thinking he has been impressive while those around him are laughing their heads off.

My thought for the day.

It is probably fair to say that you cannot be a good leader without character. Character is the defining point of leadership.

“Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. It’s an elusive thing, easily cloaked or submerged by the theatrics of politics. But unexpected moments can sometimes reveal the fibres from which it is woven.’’

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