It’s about balance, fairness and our future!
This post started out as a comment to Diannaart, who is a valued contributor, and has commented here many times previously. She posed a bit of a dilemma for me, when she replied to a comment I made on another site.
Her comment said:
I appreciate your reply to me, but still wish that you could apply your scathing analysis to Labor as much as you have done to the Greens.
The thing is that I am very passionate about Australia and our future, and yes, I could be scathing of the ALP as I have of the greens and, for that matter, much more so the LNP.
The question is, what purpose would that serve?
I am a political realist, and I don’t believe that we as Australians have the luxury of chasing ideologies at this election either from the far left, or the far right.
Now I have voiced my anger on many sites, as well as my own, at what happened with Rudd, and then with Gillard, and the factionalism and whiteanting that went on.
I also have some reservations about the ALP and some of their policies, but as a political realist, my main aim is to do all that I can to make sure that Abbott does not win this upcoming election, as I love this country and refuse to capitulate to the rabid right, and hand our futures over to them without a fight.
The facts are that we will either have an ALP, or an LNP government, whether in majority or minority, and no amount of wishful thinking or ideological flag waving will change that.
So the dilemma is, do I, as someone who genuinely cares about this country, our future and our kids and grand kids futures and an ALP supporter, highlight the flaws in what I see as the only viable option for this country’s future, to its detriment, or do I do all that I can to make sure that people understand that the options are limited and that this is probably the most important election in my lifetime?
And so I choose the latter.
Now the political reality is that no matter how much their followers might wish it were so, the greens will not be able to form government, and if they think that they will be able to keep Abbott in check, by dealing with him, or controlling the senate, they are fooling themselves, as he has already flagged the possibility of a double dissolution, if he can’t get his way.
With a Costello style audit, and the horrendous cost of an election followed by a DD it would, IMHO, almost guarantee a recession, even if they eventually lost.
Are the ALP perfect? Far from it.
Are they the best option available for our future? I believe so.
Are the greens putting this country’s future at risk by playing their political games? IMHO yes.
I do not say these things to get people off side, or to try and bully people into voting for something they don’t believe in, any more than I would vote for something I don’t believe in.
I wrote a post a while ago called “Politics is a dirty game”, and the truth is that all parties play that dirty game because the stakes are very high. They are high for the individuals and the parties, but most importantly for our country, our democracy and our futures.
The ramifications of an LNP victory are far reaching, and they have taken every opportunity to come forth with copious amounts scathing analysis of the ALP, supported and encouraged by a clearly biased MSM, and much of it based on lies, spin and misinformation.
Has it been balanced?…. Not at all!
Has it been fair?… rarely, if ever!
Have they applied the same level of scathing assessment to themselves?… NO!
Have the greens put forth their own scathing analysis of the ALP?… Absolutely!
Have they been balanced?… Not at all!
Has it been fair?… well some would say yes, but I and many others would say NO!
Have the greens applied the same level of scathing assessment to themselves?… Absolutely not!
Have I been balanced in my assessment of the greens?… Maybe not, but I have tried to address the imbalance of reporting and commentary!
Has my assessment of the greens been fair?… Well obviously some think not, but I believe that it has been both fair and justified!
So, should I be expected to, as a supporter of the ALP, which I have made no bones about, be scathing in my assessment of the party that I support, when there is little to no balance from any other quarter?… I don’t think so.
I would not, however tell anyone who they should or should not vote for, but I would urge them to consider what life will be like for them and their ideologies under the rabid right, and if our future is worth the risk?
For me that risk is definitely not worth taking, and so I will vote for and support the best option that I can find.
The reality for me is that no party has all the answers, and in a perfect world, we would not even need to make these decisions, as there would be no poverty, no conflicts that people have to flee from, no reason for people to risk their lives on leaky fishing boats, to find a safe haven, but this world is far from perfect, and we can bury our heads in the sand, and dream of utopia and what should be, or we can face reality and work together to make a difference to what is.
I have made no secret of the fact that I have no respect for the current leadership of either the greens or the LNP, but that’s not what this post is about.
It’s about balance, fairness and our future.