…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Can we learn something from the today’s item in Nothing New Under the Sun? Or will we just get more depressed?
First thing we notice that then as now politicians’ religion is just a confidence trick on the voting population. One would assume that in 1914 Christianity was taken more seriously than it is today in the Western world and yet only two or three Honourable Members bothered to pray. ( ..that only two or three voices were heard during the Lord’s Prayer) The rest concentrated on what was really important – sanctity of their electoral seats.
Recall the latest attempted money grab agreed upon between the major parties, represented by socialist Gillard and socialist-lite Abbott. The taxpayers were to fork out additional $60 million to them for “administrative” expenses. If they could manage to keep it secret, they would do it, but luckily the planned heist attracted some public attention, thanks to the Institute of Public Affairs, and some backbenchers on both sides panicked. Labor, having nothing to lose and all to gain, persisted; LibNats, for the time being, backed out. However, the scheme will surely rise its ugly head again in the future. Your money belongs to the politicians; on that they all agree. That’s their religion.
Then there is an interesting matter of a double dissolution. I am of a firm opinion that our so called Opposition could have devised it a long time ago. It is, after all, full of lawyers, not of the trade union variety and I do not doubt that they could, if they wanted to. But such a course, as beneficial as it would be to Australia and Australians, is inherently risky to the instigators. Some of them could, conceivably, lose the parliamentary sinecure. Thus, Australia has to wait and hold its collective breath to see whether the 14th September is a real election date or yet another one of Gillard’s lies.
Next we come to the good example of envy, the driving force of Marxists and socialists everywhere. The Labor spokesman, William Morris Hughes, …said that Mr Cook, a former Labor member “who rose from the darkness of the coal mine to wipe his lips with snow-white linen at Government House”.
William Morris “Billy” Hughes did get to wipe his lips at Government House as he was the Prime Minister from 1915 to 1923. Perhaps as a former cook, rather then a mere coal miner, he felt more entitled.
Joseph Cook was indeed a former Labor Party member– they used to switch parties easily. Today they don’t have to as the parties are virtually indistinguishable. Comrade Malcolm Turbull, a republican ex-commercial banker, temporarily in Liberal Party, but ideologically in Labor Party, is a perfect and most glaring example. “Billy” Hughes himself changed parties five times: from Labor (1901–16) to National Labor (1916–17) to Nationalist (1917–30) to Australian (1930–31) to United Australia (1931–44) to Liberal (1944–52). From three parties he was expelled.