Draining Australia’s Political Cesspools and Swamplands by James Reed

With all the anti-Trump articles in the mainstream media, two more balanced ones did catch my eye, those articles making high quality comments.
Professor Ramesh Thakur (The Australian, November 18, 2016, p. 14), rightly noted that “Trump is neither a threat to democracy nor a symptom of its flaws but the people’s chosen instrument to refresh and regenerate democracy.” The people voted against a corrupt elite symbolised by Hillary Clinton, who represented both the cultural globalism of the politically correct Left and the economic globalism of the super-capitalist Right.

Commenting on section 18 C Professor Thakur says that the “same danger exists in Australia with weaponisation of identity politics to polarise voters.” Discussing the failure of the Human Rights Commission to protect the student’s rights, he says “It beggars belief that many politicians see no problem with section 18 C and reject the call to review and tweak it.”
Thus, in conclusion: “If mainstream Australian politicians belittle, deride and dismiss popular beliefs and anxieties, they make the rise of populist demagogues inevitable. Australia awaits a champion to drain the Canberra swamp.”

Jennifer Oriel “Prepare for Rise of the Populists,” (The Australian, November 22, 2016, p. 12), says that on the “business-as-usual” path of the major parties, it seems likely that a Trump-style politician will arise in Australia.  All of the common causes of the rise of populism are present in Australia, including the erosion of national sovereignty by globalist groups (the UN, Big Business); open borders, mass immigration and refugeeism; a loss of the standard of living through economic globalisation; political correctness and thought police and the censorship of dissenters from the PC party line.

There is yet to emerge any one with the capacities of Trump, but the position is open and opportunity knocks. One Nation, for example is predicted to win over 20 percent of the vote at the next state election in Queensland and share power with a major party. (The Australian, November 21, 2016, p. 1) Perhaps some young, highly educated person will enter politics in through this door, and turn Australia on its head, draining our own fetid swamp. It needs to be someone young and angry – a young white female would be fine – because the old blood opposition is, well, old and tired, locked into one-issue ways and completely inflexible.

 

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Friday, 30 September 2022