Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Point is - BE ON THE WINNING SIDE

Quote from Robert A. Heinlein


"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any
other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst.
Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it
with their lives and freedoms."

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Good Neighbours make Good Friends



See how friendly some of my neighbours are? The house on the left is owned by an older woman and the house on the right by a Polish man in his 40's. The lady mowed her naturestrip the other day, and like many people mowed exactly to her property boundary. The next day the man mowed his, and he mowed to his property boundary. Now if you look at the photo carefully you will see a narrow strip of unmowed grass about 4 inches wide in front of the fence post. They seem to be in dispute over the ownership of a strip of land 4 inches wide and 2 metres long.

How can people be so stupid, petty and vindictive? If I mow my naturestrip I will often mow my neighbours while I am at it, it only takes a minute and looks better. Instead these two fools spend time and energy silently arguing over the maintenance of the lawn.

Am I the stupid one or is this an action that a reasonable person would take when mowing their lawn?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Britons never, never, never shall be slaves

The English song 'Rule Brittania' has the line - 'Britons never, never, never shall be slaves'. Well they are becoming slaves, it's a slow process but well underway. Some slaves are captured in wars, others kidnapped and bought and sold. But the worst thing about being a slave is the slave mentality and this is exactly what the poms are developing. They bow to their new masters.

The Wowsers are Winning at the Moment

Back in the second half of the twentieth century the wowsers were predominantly in Methodist and Baptist churches and they were losing. Every year seemed to bring new freedoms to the population. We the people thought that it was a good idea to choose how we wanted to live. By the late 1970's you would have thought that a persons right to live their life as they wanted was guaranteed. The smoking lobby was there but it was dominated by the remnants of the dying Methodists and Baptists.

I could not have been more wrong, as their faith died those with a puritanical bent simply moved to political parties , particularly the greens and democrats. The Libs and Labor got some but Labor seemed to attract more. Now the wowsers and do gooders are in position to make you live your life in a manner they think fit. Why can't I have a cheap bottle of wine? Because it may not be good for my health they say. Well f*** them I say. Let me live my life as I choose and only interfere if I directly harm other people.

I want my Freedom!

Concentration of Power = Loss of Freedom

Something that politicians all seem to like is to be able to concentrate power in their hands. Our current defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon is the latest to demand the end of state governments. He uses the old claim that state governments cost too much and that we would all be better off if only we could get rid of them and let Canberra run the show. Each of these arguments is bullshit of course. Removing the states would not be aby cheaper in the long run however we would lose a valuable brake on the power of central government. I am no great fan of state governments however they do to a certain extent act in the interests of their constituents, they really have no other choice. If they were abolished Canberra would have almost unlimited power to intervene in your life.

Every controlling despotic government has no viable opposition or balancing power, all true democratic government has diffused power structures and multi level government. It may not be cheap but a dilution of government power through multiple governments definitely restrains autocratic governments. I was dismayed when Howard used the corporations act to gain control of industrial relations. While his intentions may have been noble he has handed his successors (Rudd and Labor) a very powerful and blunt tool for the unions to use.

Kevin Rudd - A Remarkable Man

Someone mentioned to me the other day what a remarkable man Kevin Rudd is.

'He combines Whitlams grasp of economics with Keatings affinity for the common man'

It's true.

A Remarkable man indeed.