I’m the eldest in my family, and life has handed me a number of blessings, but my next brother down, Steve, was an alcoholic. He’s dead now, but we didn’t know he was dying when he last visited us, although perhaps we should have put two and two together: we had to use a fan to dispel the abominable stink coming out of the spare room. It smelt not unlike an over-ripe change room after fifteen players have taken off their socks, only worse. I don’t know if it had anything to do with his liver function or the possibility he lacked the energy to shower on a regular basis. All we knew was that something was very wrong and, yes, we preferred not to think further than that.
To cut a long story short, Steve was diagnosed with an infected hand and that was the end of him. His daughter told us he died after being given a general anaesthetic prior to ‘cleaning up’ the wound. His health was so compromised, he had no idea that he had been slowly committing suicide.
Now all this has parallels on a macro scale — call it the “national level”, if you will concede the metaphor of a body laid low and brought down by disease. Various forces seem intent on stepping outside their bailiwicks and exerting unhealthy, debilitating illnesses on the broader society. Bureaucrats, Corporate Australia, universities and their academics, even priests, top echelon cops and the Australian Medical Association are telling us same-sex marriage is the only issue of any real importance! The rest of us feel the need for a focus on the economy and, more particularly, the energy crisis and insane policies that will mean outrageous electricity and gas prices must continue to attack and erode the health of the country as a whole.
We saw what can happen when the little people are given a chance to unleash the antibodies of their disapproval at the ballot box. It happened with Brexit, when the majority voted to leave the EU — a body that had insisted on medicating a nominally independent nation with policies and edicts a majority of its citizens regard as toxic in the extreme. Out of control immigration, for example, plus external control of trade and the general, constant fiddling with a sovereign nation’s laws by Brussels’ eurocrats was too much for British voters to countenance once given the opportunity to express their disapproval.
Across the Atlantic we are seeing more of the same push-back spirit. In America, the corporate bodies that own the various NFL teams sided with activist players who have been ‘taking the knee’, rather than standing for the national anthem, all based on fallacious Black Lives Matters propaganda. Last week, over 180 NFL players knelt rather than stand. Then Donald Trump intervened, called the kneelers “sons of bitches” and condemning the politics of lies that motivated the protests. It worked. This week a mere 11 players took the knee, having been administered a timely presidential antidote. Had Trump not spoken up and articulated the views of average Americans, the sort not normally consulted on what is good for them, can anyone doubt the ranks of the kneelers would continue to grow.
Here in Australia we have the raging same-sex marriage debate, with the bulk of the abuse coming from the very side that had claimed a postal survey would open them up to the abuse of homophobic bigots. That survey, mind you, was the last thing SSM proponents wanted. Why risk failure when fellow members of the elite are eager to shove the desired changes down the voters’ throats via the floor of parliament. And aren’t they annoyed at being thwarted! Just look at that trendy left-wing Anglican vicar who posted a sign outside his Gosford church saying ‘Peter Dutton is a sodomite’. Then, just to make sure the wider world recognised a virtuecrat with a grievance, the same man of the cloth posted a photo of the sign far and wide on social media. If this isn’t ‘hate speech’ I don’t know what is.
The AMA came out in support of SSM without discussing it with members. Woolworths did the same, again without seeking its shoppers’ opinions beforehand. We can surmise why Qantas went all-in for same-sex marriage, given its CEO is openly gay and in a long-term relationship — and perhaps, too, because making a look-at-me fuss about the need for “equality” in Australia eases the shame of his airline’s pact with the national carrier of a Gulf state that inflicts hormone “treatments” on homosexuals and locks them away for ten years at a stretch.
The ABC and SBS have been ardent advocates for gay marriage, as you might expect, likewise the Fairfax press. Their job, notionally, is to inform the public, not lecture it on the appropriate and endorsed views our betters insist we must adopt. Collectively, the institutions the left has colonised — take that to mean all of the above — read from the same hymn book. Dare to sing out of tune and the choirmasters of the Left crank up the abuse, even posting it on church noticeboards.
Can the Liberal Party under Malcolm Turnbull do anything to stem the tide? Is it even prepared to try, given the deep and growing divisions within its ranks? Probably not. It was the Liberals who might have done something to reform the ABC, to shatter the groupthink and cosy nepotism that has infused that organisation with an unchallengeable green-left mindset. The Liberal Party is a party at war with itself and at odds with its supporter base. Our various churches are divided and their Sunday pews increasingly unoccupied. Our schools and universities are extruding the next generations of Green voters because there, too, the left’s colonisation has been a total success and, as with the ABC, the party that should be doing something about it refuses to raise a finger.
Like my poor brother, the health of Australia’s body politic is in decline as contaminants and toxins are pumped into its life’s blood. Common sense is jettisoned for ideology while a political class, its mentors and courtiers all genuflect before institutionalised idiocy. Think that’s harsh? Well how would you describe a government of men and women seemingly bent on putting manufacturing industries out of business with ruinous power costs?
St Matthew’s gospel offers some hard-hitting advice, ‘…if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell’.
Pardon my pessimism, but I fear we’ve gone way beyond the simple corrective measure of amputation. Our society — indeed, the entire West — has allowed itself to be force fed the elites’ poisons, and their cumulative effects are laying us low. Is there an antidote? God only knows, but I’m pretty sure it cannot be found in either of our chief political parties.
The solution, if there is one, falls to us by default.