Episode 176 – A parasite is feeding on the Liberal Party

It’s too late for the Liberal Party.  The religious right is a parasite which has taken over the Liberal Party and will feed on the host until they both die.

1:33 A Big Win for the Andrews Government

What have we learned from the result?

Andrews wants to build infrastructure, keep safe schools and keep injecting rooms. The Libs wanted to stop safe schools, stop injecting rooms, reintroduce Religious Instruction classes and dog whistle a xenophobic law and order policy while shackled to a numbskull Federal Neo-Liberal party which denies climate change.

The Insiders program had various people calling on the Liberal hierarchy to turn to the centre but they don’t understand that these people are ideological nutbags. The leadership and the current members are far more right wing than traditional Liberal voters.  They should’ve called for ordinary people to sign up as members and take back the Party.

8:46 Andrew Bolt says the Victorian Liberals did not have enough conviction and need to move further to the right.

Hard-right commentator Prue MacSween had a solution for the Coalition: super-cop and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. If he’d been prime minister, “we may have had a chance“.

The Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine occupied her usual territory of obsessing over strangers’ sex lives and being furious at other people for not doing the same. Claiming Guy “wimped out” around the issue of safe schools, Devine said “it illustrates a profound problem for the conservative side of politics. If you don’t engage with the culture wars, you are complicit, and the electorate will view that as a betrayal.”

John Ruddick is the author of Make the Liberal Party Great Again. Why NSW has moved to the right is a story for another day, but it’s clearly the case. Berejiklian can become a Liberal legend and defy all the macro trends pointing to a looming state government defeat in four months … but she needs to move right. Her recent comments on immigration (later copied by Morrison) were a good start.

Liberal senators have refused to agree to the protection of LGBT students from discrimination unless the current legal exemptions are replaced by other protections for religious freedom. The dissenting senators were Ian MacDonald, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Jane Hume, Eric Abetz, Amanda Stoker, Jonathon Duniam, Barry O’Sullivan and Slade Brockman.

11:40 This is part of a trend against Liberals over the last 11 elections.

The Good news is Christian Parties disappeared without a trace but unfortunately, so did Reason Party.

Alongside a huge swing to the Labor government led by Daniel Andrews, the Victorian state election marked the disappearance of the Family First, Rise Up Australia and Australian Christian political parties. They appear to have disappeared without a trace.  Unlike the SA election last year Family First and Australian Christian local candidates and local volunteers did not reappear as Australian Conservatives. They were simply missing from view.

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party was expected to pick up four seats in the Council, and the Transport Party — which began as a protest party for disgruntled taxi drivers — is likely to win two seats. The Aussie Battler Party, Liberal Democrats, Sustainable Australia, and the Animal Justice Party were all tipped to pick up one seat each across the state’s regions.

The influence of the preference whisperer.

18:11 Julia Banks Quits the Liberal Party

She says “The Liberal Party has changed, largely due to the actions of the reactionary and regressive right wing who talk about and talk to themselves rather than listening to the people.”

20:32 Tony Abbott May Be Half Right

Tony Abbott has criticised the decline of Christian prayer and rise of acknowledgement of country in official public ceremonies.

Mr Abbott said he attended the official opening of Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital on Monday and noted the absence of religion.

“There was a formal welcome to country. Fair enough,” he said.

“Every single speaker – and there was about six of them acknowledged country. Fair enough. But there was not a single prayer. Now I am sure there will be a lot of patients saying prayers in that hospital but there wasn’t a single official one – even though our society is absolutely unimaginable without the influence of Christianity.”

The former prime minister was speaking in Sydney at the launch of ‘How Political Correctness is Destroying Education and Your Child’s Future’, a new book by Kevin Donnelly.

Be Careful What You Ask For Dr Donnelly

What we need, Dr Donnelly said, is a return to 1950s Australia, where things were less complicated and children were happier.

Australia also is facing a crisis in the legitimacy of Western civilisation caused by a non-discriminatory migration policy leading to ethnic enclaves and the threat of Islamic terrorism as well as a loss of faith in our cultural heritage, institutions and way of life as a result of cultural relativism and the impact of cultural-left theory.

26:45 Australian Views on Immigration

A special Fairfax-Ipsos survey finds only 14 per cent of voters support an increase in the number of immigrants from Muslim countries while 35 per cent believe the intake should stay the same.

30:44 More Baby Boomer Bashing

We forgot about defined benefit superannuation schemes and population statistics reveal another complaint about Baby Boomers

The retirement age – at which people qualify for the age pension – will increase to 67 by the year 2023, although Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped plans to lift it to 70.

32:46 Drinking The Coolade?

An apocalyptic cult, 900 dead: remembering the Jonestown massacre, 40 years on

More than 900 people, many of them children, died in a mass murder-suicide in 1978 by drinking cyanide-laced punch at the order of cult leader Jim Jones.

The Jonestown massacre was, before 9/11, the largest single incident of intentional civilian death in American history. More than 900 people died, many children. It was also a devastating cultural trauma: the end of the last strains of a certain kind of 1960s idealism and 1970s radicalism. Jonestown’s legacy lives on in the ironic phrase “drink the Kool-Aid”. (In actuality it was Fla-Vor-Aid.)

By the 1970s, the Peoples Temple, now based in San Francisco, had gained significant political influence. Jones’s fierce advocacy for the downtrodden earned him the admiration of leftwing icons like Angela Davis and Harvey Milk and the support of groups like the Black Panthers – a tragically misguided political affinity, given that more than two-thirds of Jonestown’s eventual victims were African American.

The Peoples Temple was, as David Talbot notes in Salon, successful in part because it was politically useful: “Jones could be counted on to deliver busloads of obedient, well-dressed disciples to demonstrations, campaign rallies, and political precincts.”

There were already signs, however, of a sinister undercurrent to the Peoples Temple. Followers were expected to devote themselves completely to the church’s utopian project: they turned over their personal wealth, worked long hours of unpaid labor for the church and often broke contact with their families. They were expected to raise their children within the commune. As a show of commitment, Peoples Temple members were asked to sign false testimonials that they had molested their children, which the church kept for potential blackmail.

The result, Naipaul wrote, “was neither racial justice nor socialism but a messianic parody of both”.

35:14 Catholic Coolade

Speaking of apocalyptic cults, Catholic Archbishop Coleridge said

“We all agree that compassion for the dying is crucial and that everyone has the right to die with dignity.

“But compassion and dignity don’t mean legislating for assisted suicide. In fact they mean the opposite.”

Archbishop Coleridge said the Church would not engage the issue as a lobbyist or activist, but precisely as the Church, “armed not with an ideology but with the power of the Gospel of life”.

36:56 School Funding Data Is Now Easy To Find

The investigation uses My School data to reveal for the first time how the steep rise in government funding to private schools has left thousands of public schools with less public funding than similar private schools. You can plug in data for your school.

“Average figures tell us Catholic school students receive 84 cents for every taxpayer dollar spent on public school students and independent school students receive 69 cents. But averages, which lump together vastly different kinds of schools, reveal only a fraction of the story.

But “Comparing schools with similar socio-economic characteristics using ‘per-student’ funding data is fraught with problems because it ignores variables such as school size and teacher salaries,” NCEC acting executive director Ray Collins said.

47:30 Snakes on a plane. It could be worse, try Ultra-Orthodox Jews on a plane

Ultra-Orthodox passengers onboard a pair of Israel-bound El Al planes that took off from New York on Thursday caused an uproar, with some reportedly becoming violent, over fears they would be mid-flight after the start of the Jewish Shabbat.

49:57 A missionary dies and receives no sympathy

An American missionary trying to meet and convert one of the most isolated hunter-and-gatherer tribes in the world offered them fish and other small gifts before the tribesmen killed him and buried his body on the beach, journals and emails show.

1:00:33 More On Amazon

Jeff Bezos is a villain, plain and simple,” Splinter‘s Hamilton Nolan wrote in response to Amazon’s anti-union training video. “His insane fortune is the grotesque manifestation of workplace oppression.” The 45-minute training video—which, according to Gizmodo, was sent to managers of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods last week—instructs company leaders on how to detect “early warning signs of potential organizing,” which include workers “suddenly hanging out together” and using “union words” like “living wage.”

1:03:31 Let’s Protect Free Speech By Not making It Free

Dan Tehan wants to protect free speech by forcing protesters to pay for security costs at Universities.

1:06:23 The BBC Bans Religious Insults

Meanwhile, the BBC panders to religious sensitivities.

It also says producers of religious programmes and related content “must ensure religious views and beliefs… are not subject to abusive treatment”, adding “contributors should not be allowed to denigrate the beliefs of others”.

The NSS said “robust debate and exchanges of views should not be beyond the bounds of what is reasonable, provided such exchanges are measured and not abusive or insulting”.

1:07:16 Chinese Social Credit

Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial “social credit” system, which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity.

Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial “social credit” system, which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity.

The system, to be rolled out by 2020, aims to make it “difficult to move” for those deemed “untrustworthy”, according to a detailed plan published by the government this week.

It will be used to reward or punish people and organisations for “trustworthiness” across a range of measures.

The eastern state of Hangzou, southwest of Shanghai, is one area where a social credit system is already in place.

People are awarded credit points for activities such as undertaking volunteer work and giving blood donations while those who violate traffic laws and charge “under-the-table” fees are punished.

Other infractions reportedly include smoking in non-smoking zones, buying too many video games and posting fake news online.

1:08:32 The Origin of USA Birthright Laws

The 14th amendment

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The generation that fought the war decided upon birthright citizenship as the primary solution

At a time when the president and leading Republicans are agitating to end birthright citizenship, it is worth reflecting upon the history of the Fourteenth Amendment, which enshrines this concept in our nation’s charter. Today the debate over citizenship is chiefly propelled by concerns about undocumented migrants. In the nineteenth century, Americans likewise had to decide what to do with migrants living among them, but the debate around birthright citizenship was principally driven by questions of what fate should befall the millions of enslaved people liberated by the Civil War, as well as their descendants. When the generation that fought the war decided upon birthright citizenship as the primary solution, it rejected white supremacy and brushed aside the fear articulated by Pennsylvania senator Edgar Cowan, an opponent of the Fourteenth Amendment, of being “overrun by another and a different race.” No people born in the United States, Americans decided, should be forced to live in the shadows.

A Third Term for Obama?

FDR served 4 terms.

The nature of the actual legal barriers to a third term is an interesting one, and is examined at Real Clear Policy in, Is a Third Obama Term Really Impossible?

These barriers are surprisingly flimsy, primarily because of the odd wording of Amendment XXII, (1951) which says “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice . . . .”

As discussed in RCP, this leaves open the possibility that a former President could resume the Presidency by a non-elected route. He might be elected Vice President, for example, or become a cabinet member and then ascend via the Presidential Succession Act. This is not an outlandish possibility; it was raised seriously in 1959 at the end of Eisenhower’s term.

 

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One comment on “Episode 176 – A parasite is feeding on the Liberal Party
  1. Robin Bristow says:

    Until a Treaty is signed an Acknowledgement of Country is an essential part of any official gathering. It is not a racist gesture but a simple recognition that we stand on stolen land.

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