Why politics is such a dirty game!

Why politics is such a dirty game!

Here's one reason!

Here’s one reason!

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   O_o  to let our leaders lop someones head off in imagesCT1public, 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:

  1. 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   😯
  2. 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.
  3. 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 speaking of the MSM, Murdoch is a classic example of a “Non-politician” playing atimages not only politics, but the game of politics, through his News Corp conglomerate.

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.   O_o

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…”.

Hockey1+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!     :/

ditch the witch

And with politicians like Abbott and this current crop, it’s easy to see;

“Why politics is such a dirty game!”

 

 

 

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15 Responses to Why politics is such a dirty game!

  1. bighead1883 says:

    Bubble bubble toil and trouble has lead to,’what`s the hub,bub?’
    Truthy when delving into this current governing HoR lot we see a few older demons amongst them,some,[Brough} even recycled.
    We also see a far more dangerous mix,the overtly religious politico.
    We then have the moral pretend religious MSM handing out their politics.
    It used to be said ‘well that`s just politics’ by those in the press [always owners like Murdoch] to palm off as insignificant lies told by politicians.
    Lies like ‘the asylum threw their children overboard’ and ‘we are at war with Iraq because they have WMD`s’ etc.

    Truthy the “spin” spun by the merchants and enablers of the political set who are only here to tend to the path of the elite stiil is believed by those who are tuned into “Brainwash Me” and “The Un-Australian.
    My conclusion is simple,”people just don`t get it”.

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  2. kate ahearne says:

    Hi Truthie. Thanks for this. It’s very necessary that we air these sorts of things. I only hope you have some wavering readers who might be encouraged to consider the issues you raise here. Love your work.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Hi Kate, 😀 and thanks for your comment 😎

      Yes i agree, we need to keep the pressure on in all these areas of debate,so that we can hopefully learn the lessons. 😯

      Sadly, for some there’s little hope, but we have to keep trying 🙄

      Cheers 😀

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  3. Frank Ston says:

    Truthy
    Thanks, yet again for saying, so well, what most of us believe.
    When you lay it out, as you have, you need to wonder what else has to happen for the great unmassed washers, to realise where we are being led as a nation.
    If memory serves me correctly I wouldn’t be the first person in recorded history, if I was to say, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”, or, “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
    And no, I haven’t come across a burning bush, nor have I been on the road to Damascus (shit!, who’d go there these days) – I just think that the words fit.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Morning Frank 😀 , and thanks for your comment 😎

      Mate I agree entirely with the sentiment, and your second quote is definitely applicable but in Abbott and the LNP’s case, I think they know exactly what they’re doing… They just don’t give a crap! 😯 so for me the more appropriate statement would be “They know exactly what they’re doing, but would like forgiveness anyway!” 😉

      And good luck to them, with that! 👿

      And yes the road to Damascus is certainly the road less travelled these days… and with bloody good reason! 😦

      Cheers mate 😀

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  4. consider says:

    Truthy, in relation to the three main themes of Abbott`s you listed, this morning I heard Abbott say that he broke his promise re 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, because, wait for it, “circumstances had changed”.
    I bet not one “Journo” asks him why is that any different to JG negotiating with the cross-benches as a result of a tiny distraction such as a hung parliament.
    Abbott is back to his wedge politics again. If anyone objects to his trashing of our democratic system by someone having to prove their innocence, as opposed to the State proving their guilt. (e.g. some people returning from certain countries in war zones.)
    they will be labelled as a supporter of terrorists and anti-Australian, just like Newman did in Q`ld, by saying anyone who opposed his fascist laws, are child molesters and supporters of outlaw bikie gangs.
    How low has this country sunk, politically?

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Consider, Hey mate 😀

      Yes I picked up on the same comment, and said to SWMBO what a bloody hypocrite he is, and why was it different when Gillard was PM?… WTF?

      I agree too, about the proposed new terrorism laws 😯 But then I wouldn’t let a Liberal write the rules for Kindergarten “Little lunch” O_o :/

      I hope you and Considerette are well and happy mate, and thanks for your comment, and ongoing support 😎

      Cheers 🙂

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  5. brickbob says:

    Hi Truthie,i havn’t commented on your site for a while but always read your contributions and this latest one is on the money. Even with over 70% of the media pro Abbott,the polls are still diabolical for the Fascist,so can you imagine if the media were pro progressive what these polls would look like?, this does fill me with some hope for the future,and i agree that even News Poll are struggling to find some positives in Tony Abbott and his band of Neo Nazi Thugs,and i still thinkShorten is the wrong man to lead the comeback but stranger things have happened in politics. Labor should show some guts and back a policy of onshore processing for the poor buggers locked up in Morrisons concentration camps,and i believe they will be surprised how much support they will receive from the Australian people,for the times they are a changing.””
    Cheers.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Hey Brickbob, 😀

      Mate I’ve also been keeping up with your comments around the traps 😎

      Yes you can just imagine what Abbott’s poll numbers would be, if the media started telling the truth? 😯 and I agree about Shorten, but I suppose he’s all we’ve got to work with; at least in the short term… I just realised that Shorten and Short term are very similar… Maybe it’s an omen for him? We live in hope! 😉

      Cheers mate 😀

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    • Caz2 says:

      My sentiments exactly BB. A well thought out asylum policy could save us billions and improve our standing in the global community. Australia used to lead the world in innovation. The main problem is getting the message out through an indifferent or muzzled media. When I started to read Truthie’s article, my first thought was that the electorate would probably wake up long before the MSM,whom I see as the biggest stumbling block to changing this government.

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      • brickbob says:

        Could not agree more Caz2,the public is way ahead of the media on a lot of things.

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      • Truth Seeker says:

        Caz2, thanks for your comment 😎

        Yes, I have to agree, the MSM will only come to the party, when they have no choice, as they were and still are a big part of the problem, and for them to start telling the truth, would mean accepting some level of culpability for the mess they’ve dumped us in 😡 whereas the electorate is already on the move, according to the polls 😀

        Cheers 😀

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  6. SF says:

    Excellent article – It’s true that politicians act in a conflict of interests considering their prime motivation is money – after government the next most lucrative career options will be found in the corporate world – depending on how cooperative they were during their time as public servant will reflect on the appointments received.

    Look how Bush and two former British PM’s became highly paid advisers to a privatized defense contractor – which is rather odd considering the advice they offered for going to war in Iraq were later on admitted to have been based on a series of lies – why would a defense contractor pay someone with a reputation for offering bad advice 50 million in his first year alone.

    A pittance compared to the profits made from wars that were started under false pretenses.

    A new economic system is needed – perpetual economic growth is simply not possible on a finite planet as this has seen environmental standards and civil rights being scrapped in order to enable corporate profits.

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