…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I received some, albeit mild, objections to the on/off/on Prime Minister being described as a low-life, mostly to the effect that it is demeaning of a person who so obviously requires urgent psychiatric treatment. That may be so, but until those ‘guys in white coats who run around and don’t have a sense of humour‘ of his nightmares come for him, I’ll judge him by the company he is accustomed to keep. Like old Julia Gillard, Craig Thomson, Eddie Obeid …
And then his new company – the ALP introduced s.457 visa restrictions notwithstanding, Kevin Rudd called three amigos from the United States of America to his rescue, fresh from helping another incumbent incompetent there to win the second elections. Tom McMahon, Joon Kim and Matthew McGregor are supposedly experts on direct mail, targeted messaging based on intensive market research and hard-hitting negative advertising. Hard-hitting below the belt and negativity are, besides the duplicity, Rudd’s tools of trade.
So it seems that the election winning American practices are to be applied, and I do not mean multiple enrolments in marginal districts; there Australian Labor Party could teach Obama a thing or two. I mean the intimidation by the union thugs, such as this recent one:
“A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral.
SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families.
The company testified in its filing that union members blocked grieving family members from leaving its parking lot, used bullhorns to shout obscenities at workers and mourners, and unleashed a German Shepard on a dead woman’s daughter and husband.
The allegations are beyond disturbing and disgusting:
The funeral home was eventually forced to call the police when picketers allegedly disrupted a child’s funeral with laughter. The officer asked the Teamsters to leave, but protesters returned when he drove away.
“We will be here for the visitation; we will be here for your funeral,” Teamster driver Lester Plewa allegedly shouted into a bullhorn as a funeral director met with a dying man planning his arrangements with family members.
For the record, a Teamsters spokesman denied the allegations (a judge had to order them to stop doing something they weren’t doing in the first place?). However, it seems that even staging a quiet picket line outside a funeral home during a funeral would be the epitome of low rent.
The strike is in response to the company’s offer of a nine percent pay increase over two years.”
Similar tactics were used during the Obama’s campaign. I am not suggesting that PM Rudd and his three amigos are members of Teamsters Local 727, but they all subscribe to the same power ideology, crudely and accurately called by the ALP guru Graeme Richardson “Whatever it takes”. Low rent, low-life? Your pick. And your choice in September.