Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Now... I'll admit to being a card-carrying socialist. I believe that social democracy is still the best option out of a list of highly flawed political ideologies. But I'll have nothing to do with the pseudo-progressive, whiny, hypocritical, urban, latte drinking "lefties" of this country ever again... thankyoufuckingverymuch!!
Point in case:
Eight years ago, when the last United States president stepped up to address 226 Australian politicians jammed into the Reps chamber like kids at a Wiggles gig, he was barely two minutes into the speech when the heckling started.
Greens senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle jumped to their feet, wattle-sprigs aquiver with indignation, in protest at the invasion of Iraq... and all the latte drinking lefties (including yours truly) applauded.
But that was then... and THAT president was a man the left loved to hate, George Bush.
Don't get me wrong. I loath Bush and always have. But I also loath O'bomber... and therein lies the rub.
The stench of hypocrisy emanating from the left during O'bomber's recent visit to these antipodean shores was palpable.
"The One", as he's been dubbed by the Australian media, could probably invade Tasmania and no-one would mind. And the speech he gave in Parliament would have been received entirely differently, had it been delivered by the 43rd president of the United States, rather than the 44th.
Everything, from the opening salutation (in which the Big O mispronounced the PM's name) to the muscular expression of intent vis a vis the Asia-Pacific region in general, would have been construed differently by the "lefties".
Can you imagine Dubya, mispronouncing our Prime Minister's name as he used our Parliament to disclose his expansionist intentions in our region? Ignorant fool.
Dubya, breezily declaring himself done with conflict in the Middle East, and proposing instead to shift his tanks to our backyard? Warmongering bastard.
Dubya, snake-charming our PM into flogging nukes to India? Manipulative, interfering arsehole.
But when Bob Brown listened to Obomber's speech there were no such words... and no heckling from the supposed "left". Nay... they all lined up for a handshake with The One and a chance to kiss his presidential arse.
Brown went on to tweet: "I asked President Obama to support world heritage listing for Antarctica," "He said he'd look into it, and added to us Greens senators to 'keep up the good work'."
Holy sycophantic shit!!!
This is why politics is intriguing; sometimes, the identity of the orator is every bit as influential as the substance of what is actually said.
... and the substance of the "lefties" in this country has proved to be a pile of steaming, hypocritical, caca.