Rudd Redux?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

This sad case keeps himself in the public eye only thanks to his wife’s financial support and his friends and “friends” in media. If not for them, the wiser public would say “good riddance” and the less educated and Labor voters, “Kevin who?” [Fog of Chaos – April 2011]

Obvious to everybody but him, his “friends” are encouraging him to challenge “it” only to relive the joy seeing him falling on his face once again. Australian Broadcasting Commission (for foreign readers – taxpayer-funded Labor Party propaganda unit) helps by not describing him as a millionaire, as e.g. Mitt Romney. In ABC, Romney was hardly ever referred to as “Governor”, or “Mr”. It was a “millionaire candidate Mitt Romney” and if, perhaps by a mistake, “Governor” was used, it had to be neutralised by “multi-millionaire”. In case of Rudd, or for that matter Turnbull (a left-wing politician currently in the Liberal Party), the labels “rich”, “millionaire” or “multi-millionaire”, though factually accurate, are scrupulously avoided.

Consistently wrong Laurie Oakes, who claims to be a political commentator, though ALP spruiker would be more accurate label and whose only lasting claim to fame would be that a future prime minister of Australia, infamous Kevin, cleaned his toilets, is one of the stirrers. Undoubtedly, in his dotage, he considers himself a “king-maker”, or more in line with his rusted-on Marxist line a “great-leader-maker”.

On 26th October this year backbencher Rudd announced the death of his cat. An incomplete list of Kevin Rudd’s media appearances a few weeks ago in just one week:

- co-host of Channel 10’s The Project.

- starts as new monthly commentator on 3AW’s morning show.

- on Radio National breakfast on Friday.

- on Phillip Adams’ Late Night Live.

- on Sky News.

Apparently, a few days ago Rudd appeared on the TV show of that infamous Labor activist, Tony Jones. It looks like a desperate pre-Christmas media blitz, so it may be a good time recall what his friends and comrades in the struggle, all true Reds, have been saying about him for the last two years. (Selected randomly and not necessarily in chronological order)

The Labor Deputy Leader and the Treasurer Wayne Swan :

the Labor Party had given Mr Rudd every opportunity, but he wasted them with his dysfunctional decision making and his deeply demeaning attitude towards other people including our caucus colleagues”.


Mr Rudd had placed his own interests ahead of those of the broader labour movement “and that needs to stop”.

“The truth is, the Prime Minister Rudd is deeply flawed.”

The Attorney-General Ms Nicola Roxon:

I think we need to get out of this idea that Kevin is a messiah who will deliver an election back to us. That is just, I think, fanciful.”

I don’t think that it would be good for the country to have Kevin be the Prime Minister again.”

I could not work with Rudd again.”

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy:

Labor MPs were breathing a “sigh of relief” that Mr Rudd had announced his resignation as foreign minister.”

Rudd had had contempt for his colleagues, the Parliament and the public.”

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Tony Burke:

“the stories that were around of the chaos, of the temperament, of the inability to have decisions made, they are not stories”

Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean:

“I think anyone who commits to playing in the team and knowingly doesn’t can be accused of that (disloyalty),”

Mr Rudd can not convince his colleagues to return him to the leadership and so is engaging in “some sort of public campaign”.”

And finally the former Labor leader and an erstwhile darling of the Left media Mark Latham:

a “serial leaker”

a “snake”

About 10 years ago when Mark Latham was writing his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph, he submitted a following short piece which was not published: “Kevin Rudd is a c…” it read simply.

Labor spinmeisters claim that Latham suffered a mental breakdown.

A bank robber Dzugashvili, styling himself at first as Comrade Koba and later as Stalin, in his increasingly paranoid old age used to talk to himself, asking himself questions and then answering them -”what are they trying to do to comrade Koba? I know. But I’ll outsmart them”. He did that in the security of his chambers and dacha, as he, contrary to our Kevin, did not talk to journalists. In any case, they would not be game enough to ask any inconvenient question, same like ours. So comrade Rudd, in his pomposity and insecurity answers his own Dorothy Dix / Comrade Koba questions. His apologists claim that this is simply a rhetorical spin-off of the Socratic method. There is a basic problem with that; Socrates considered the truth to be the highest value, Kevin the exact opposite.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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