Why politics is such a dirty game!
What is politics?
Well for starters, politics and the “game” of politics are two slightly different things, albeit inextricably linked.
Now politics is usually related to the governance of a country or state, whereas the “game” of politics is about achieving outcomes, political and personal. But in truth, for good or bad, both politics and the “game” of politics, is the art of manipulation and positioning. 😯
And sometimes that manipulation and positioning is altruistic in nature, based on the advice of people who actually know what they’re talking about, and a firm and genuine belief that what is done, or at least proposed, is in the best interests of the country/state and the citizenry.
And sometimes that manipulation and positioning is motivated by nothing more than blind ideologies.
It’s a game played:
- In workplaces.
- In schools, TAFE’s and Uni’s.
- In social groups, Churches and even families.
- In clubs and NGO’s.
- And of course in governing.
So for students of politics, just look around, and you’ll see people playing the game all around you. 😉
But there’s one big problem with the Game of politics, and that is that unlike most other games, it’s rules are not clearly defined, are not set at the start of the game, or when someone enters the game, but rather are determined by the character and morals (or lack thereof) of the individual players. 😯
Now politicians might argue that “Politics” is not a game, but a career path, and they would be right, in as far as it is their chosen career path. But it is also, nevertheless, a game that they as professional “Politicians” play… professionally! 😯
For those who, like me, are great fans of Game of Thrones, it’s easy to see the parallels between the fantasy world of GoT, and current day politics in Australia.
Of course we are much too civilised to let our leaders lop someones head off in public, so instead we just watch with fascination as someone has their career, reputation, marriages etc etc, ripped out from underneath them, for the very same, self serving political reasons that the “Kings Hand”, Ned Stark, had his head chopped off, (spoiler alert, for those that haven’t seen the last series) and “King Joffrey” was murdered by poisoning.
The circumstances are different, but the game remains the same!
And so we come, kicking and screaming, to… Tony Abbott and his LNP. 😯
Classic examples where dirty politics is not only played, but is intrinsic.
If you think back across the LNP language, throughout the term of the previous government, and the recent federal election – that seems like a bloody lifetime ago – There are many clues to the way they were playing the game.
There were three main themes:
- All things money: “Axe the tax”, “Toxic tax”, “Budget Emergency”, “Massive debt”, “Out of control spending”, “Putting it on the country’s credit card”, “We are better fiscal managers”, “Labor’s addicted to spending” and the list goes on… and on… and on! And all to appeal to the greedy, the ignorant, the selfish and the frightened 😯
- Nationalistic chest beating: “Stop the boats!”, “Illegals”, “Turn the boats back”, and all the language used to demonise asylum seekers, cos they believe that beating up on the most vulnerable, makes them (The LNP) look tough, which is designed to appeal to the red-neck elements in society.
- Honesty and trustworthiness: “Juliar”, “Incompetent and illegitimate government”, “who do you trust to…?”, “Taxes and interest rates will always be lower…” and again, the list goes on and on. And these things, all ably supported and built upon by the complicit MSM.
And as we all know, the truly incompetent Abbott and his equally incompetent LNP, are now in charge, courtesy of Murdoch and his News Corp propaganda machine.
Which is just another example of how easy it is to manipulate the peoples perceptions, and to persuade them to vote for a government which is not only useless, but dangerously so.
So, when we look at the priorities set by Abbott’s 3 main themes, which were, and still are, based on lies and blind ideology, we see some very worrying pointers to a man (?) who’s ambition certainly outstrips his abilities, and should have been raising red flags in the community, and almost definitely would have, had the media done their job properly.
They didn’t! 😡
The thing is though, as stated earlier, the rules of the game are ultimately determined by the character and morals (or lack thereof) of the players, so too, the way that someone plays the game of politics, clearly reflects their character and morals (or lack thereof).
Most have heard the old saying “Power corrupts…”.
Well it’s true, but so too can the lure of wealth, inspire corruption in many politicians, so when you start with career politicians like Abbott and his cronies, who’s priorities include money, and supporting the big end of town, to the detriment of the rest of the country, as was clearly seen in the Hockey Fudge-it, and a party who’s underlying mantras consist of; “Every man woman and child for themselves– except if your rich” and “whatever it takes”, it’s easy to see why corruption is bubbling away just below the surface.
Hence we have a raft of royal
witch hunts commissions into unions, and anything Labor, that they can think of and get away with, as a means of keeping the focus somewhere… anywhere, other than on them.
Sadly their corruption is so close to the surface, as a result of their own arrogance, hubris and self serving attitudes that the Kathy Jackson bubble has already broken the surface, and threatens to open up a sink hole that could well swallow many high profile LNPers. 😯
And that’s just one of many issues that this mob are facing, as a result of their “Whatever it takes” approach to politics, public life and gross self service!
And with politicians like Abbott and this current crop, it’s easy to see;
“Why politics is such a dirty game!”