P for Politics and Politicians
“War – what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.”
One might ask the same question of the use of politics. Like every other country in the world, Australia has politics. Unfortunately, where one finds politics, one also finds that rare breed of beings: politicians.
“Blind faith in your leaders, in anything, will get you killed.” – Bruce Springsteen (1986).
When I was young, politicians were intelligent and educated with a command of language. At least, that is how I saw them! Perhaps I was just innocent.
Today, the quality of politicians seems to have sunk lower that the Titantic.
We have adults screaming at each other “Liar, liar, pants on fire” and poking their tongues out when ordered from the House for misconduct. WTF? And we are PAYING these people for this behaviour? You have to be kidding me! Mr Abbott, I hear tell, has had time to write a book. We are paying him to work at running the damn country not write a damn book! Time enough for him to do that when he retires or loses his seat. In the meantime, earn the money we are paying you by doing SOMETHING more productive than sound bites in front of insulting signs.
We have slush funds coming out of our ears on both sides of the political fence, not to mention accusations of criminal behaviour on one side and assaults and bullying on the other. At least none of them have been found dead in their hallway in stockings and suspenders with a rubbish bag over their heads – yet. That may not entirely be a blessing.
The question of appropriate behaviour is rampant of late. Words like “bimbo” and “getaway driver” being thrown around. I saw a discussion about was the word bimbo appropriate to be used, or was it restricting our use of language and being too politically correct to complain. These people are SUPPOSED to be PROFESSIONALS!!! If I called a colleague in MY workplace a “bimbo” I’d be fired! Why do politicians think they are exempt from professional behaviour? Parliament IS a workplace, not the Grade 4 playground!
We recently watched the Republicans lose an election in the USA essentially on the power of the vote of women. Yet they seem so damn shocked that heavens, women (over 50% of the eligible voting population) might actually throw off their aprons and put down their irons and VOTE! Heaven help the poor republicans.
You would think, would you not, that the right wing/conservative party in Australia might just take a look at this shocking state of affairs and say to themselves, “Oh, shit, Abbott losing wasn’t an antipodean anomaly!” But no, we keep him and that Morrison fellow at the top of the pecking order. I discount Julie Bishop – she is there as nothing more than a marketing exercise because we have a female Prime Minister, so we better have a female in the top two just for balance.
We saw some very dumb politicians running for congress in the USA. Such as the ones who don’t actually know how pregnancy happens. We seem to have a few dumb Australian ones too. I’ve watched the odd one or two on TV this year. I hope some of them NEVER travel overseas, the thought of them representing Australia on the world stage is WAY too embarrassing.
Neither party, in Australia, actually managed to secure a win at the last election. The way things are going, there won’t be a win at the next election either.
In Greece, we had a politician get up and physically attack a political opponent on live television. We had an Italian leader with some very questionable extra-curricula activities. Here we had the Slipper text messages and descriptions of certain shell fish.
I’m not a “political commentator”. We have quite enough of those, although I hear tell they are sometimes called journalists. It is hard to tell these days, but keep your eyes and ears open as there are some good ones out there. That depends which side of the fence you are on and which politician they put through the griller, or didn’t put through the griller as the case may be. I’m just one of those little, unimportant people: you know, the VOTERS! We might not write wonderfully biased political analysis, but we sure carry some weight on election day.
Politicians should listen more to us and less to the media, methinks.
There are countries around the globe in dire political strife, my husband’s homeland among them. We had Trump trumpeting a call to march on Washington. Civil War II? Democracy is SUPPOSED to bring peace and prosperity, so what the hell is going wrong?
If you want some political analysis, check out these independent sources.
http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/default.aspx and @lynlinking (Twitter)
Keep your eye out for articles by Waleed Aly, such as Welcome to the Game Show where no one’s a winner
Follow @SpaceKidette on Twitter – she has a knack for smelling a rat.
@MrDenmore (Twitter) of http://thefailedestate.blogspot.com.au/ is an ex-journalist with astute observation skills!
Derek Macpherson, found at http://thebabelfishblog.wordpress.com/ is spreading his commentating wings and well worth the visit.
Turn Left 2013 has some interesting perspectives as well!
One of my personal favourite people is David Horton, also known as @watermelon_man, found at http://davidhortonsblog.com/
Just browse through my Twitter list to find the political junkies!
I’m going to leave you with The Boss. Let’s not go back to the dark days. Let’s use people power and pull our politicians back into line. Before there is more war.
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- What do you think about Australia’s politicians? (blogs.abc.net.au)