when they squeal, don’t let them go, meanie meanie miny moe
In a comment I posted on the Open Thread on the weekend, I wrote how the Liberals here in Australia, just like the Republicans in the USA and the Conservatives in the UK, have long been reluctant to be mean or even to appear mean, despite the fact that Labor, the Greens, the Democrats and UK Labour excel in the politics of mean, and they particularly revel in being mean to conservatives, Liberals, Republicans and anyone else they perceive to be their ideological opponents. It is always open season on the right. Even when faced with a barrage of lies, the right in this country (and elsewhere) are content to sit meekly back, usually too scared to respond or to fight. We have seen this happen many times here in Australia, be it with the shameful cases of Christian Porter, Cardinal Pell and even that notorious occasion when our two major right of centre political parties in this country happily colluded with the left to persecute and censure a right-wing woman for her speech, yes I am talking about that infamous senate censure motion against Bettina Arndt in February 2020. Remember? The Liberals and Nationals chose to prostrate themselves at the altar of the mean baying left, it was a disgraceful episode that has left a permanent stain on this country’s parliament and on free speech.
There are exceptions, both here in Oz and in the US. Orange Man Bad comes to mind but the left, together with their buddies in the MSM and in big tech, worked overtime to end his presidency. I sometimes think that even the great Donald must have been overwhelmed at the torrent of abuse and meanness that flowed from the moment of his election in November 2016. Florida governor, Ron De Santis. is also a warrior against the left and whilst I have never seen or heard him be personally mean, he is more than willing to fight the meanness of the left when it is thrown his way. He stood resolute against the nonsense propagated by the left with their “Don’t Say Gay” meme. De Santis does not cower in the corner, he does not whimper and cry about the “mean” left, rather, he fights. Here in Australia? Well, I am afraid to say it is slim pickings. We have Alan Jones and Mark Latham, perhaps the two sole warriors in this country who are more than willing to stoush the progressive left. I am glad Latham refused to apologise for his tweet during the election campaign, despite being attacked by a so-called fair-weather conservative. I won’t name the fair-weather conservative, we all know who I am talking about but here’s a clue for those who don’t, the surname rhymes with “dolt”.
Now let me be clear, I’m not saying the right should do what the left does and make up lies about their ideological opponents however the right needs to start being mean. They need to take off the kid gloves, put on boxing gloves and start using those boxing gloves when handed prime juicy meat to use against the left. I knew within weeks of Abbott’s landslide election in 2013 that the Liberals were already on a supine path. The first disappointment was hearing of the new Liberal government’s appointment of Stott Despoja to a plum position, the second was the Abbott government’s refusal to accept the resignation of Quentin Bryce as GG, despite the fact her son-in-law, Bill Shorten, had just been elected leader of the Labor party. Her position was untenable, yet Abbott played Mr Nice. Big mistake. Don’t think for a moment that Labor would not have insisted on the resignation of the GG if the situation had been reversed. And then in 2014 came the rape allegation against Bill Shorten. Whilst the Liberals did the right thing by refusing to make political capital out of the allegation, that decency was not reciprocated last year with the ludicrous Porter allegations. I often wonder what the Liberals would do now if a similar allegation against a Labor politician surfaced. Knowing how eternally supine the Liberals are, they would probably do what they have always done, which is nothing.
And now we come to the proposed federal ICAC. Anyone who does not think that this will be yet another tool for the mean left to bludgeon the right with, as has been the case in New South Wales for the past three decades, has their head stuck in concrete. We all know the facts around NSW ICAC, missing in action for sixteen years but then it suddenly and miraculously resurrected itself when a Liberal government was elected in 2011. ICAC in NSW has always been a political tool for the mean left. In the last thirty years it claimed Liberal premier’s scalps yet oddly no Labor premiers. Nothing was done during the Carr, Iemma, Rees and Keneally Labor premierships when the likes of Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi were running amok. The stench of corruption and thuggery in NSW Labor was obvious to all during those Labor years, yet ICAC was mysteriously AWOL. I have no doubt that much of the left are salivating at the prospect of a federal ICAC. As C.L. accurately wrote on his blog a few days ago, “the left wants a new quad-cameral legislature: the two constitutional houses + ICAC as a third + the Voice as a fourth. Both of the latter will end up being staffed and controlled by Labor lawyers and activists.” Exactly. Canberra is brimming with activist bureaucratic scum who loathe conservatives, and these bureaucrats will not hesitate using legislation to target and pursue conservatives, be it through ICAC or other legislation. And if you think I am being hyperbolic about this, there is a precedent.
In 2019, the inaugural Australian CPAC was held. I attended that conference in Sydney. My name is probably now on a list somewhere in Canberra. I dare say I’m labelled subversive. If so, I’ll wear that badge with pride. Think back to the latter part of 2019, to a pre-Covid Australia (yes, such a place once existed), when the A-G department, under the useless Christian Porter, and at the behest of Labor’s vile Mark Dreyfus, used Section 45(2) of the federal government’s Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (a scheme set up by a Coalition government) to pursue certain conservative and right-wing Australians who had attended CPAC, including an ex-PM. We had a situation where bureaucrats in Canberra used laws to try to intimidate and silence Australians because of their political beliefs. But did we hear any protest from the Morrison government about this egregious overreach by Canberra bureaucrats? Nope, there was cowardly silence, not a peep, nothing was said, nada, zilch, zero. Oh, how the left must laugh at us. When this story broke back in late 2019, someone I know wrote the following words….
This, to borrow the saying, is what happens when good men do nothing. Ironically, Tony Abbott is also involved in this, and he provides a perfect example of what doing nothing achieves. Having spent two years back-tracking on promises then apologising and kowtowing to the left at every opportunity, he lost the Prime Ministership, then his seat and now he is under the threat of imprisonment. This is not likely to eventuate but that was not the point of the S45, it is meant to frighten, intimidate and send a message to conservatives and libertarians.
One thing is clear, the right has gotten nowhere being “nice” towards progressives. No more turning the other cheek. Less nice, more mean, otherwise we’re done, we may as well turn off the lights and go home because it’ll all be over.