The vagaries of a “Post-Truth” world.
As the world comes to terms with the fact that, despite belief amongst most political pundits/tragics (Yours truly included) , that the good old boys of the US of A could not/ would not be so stupid as to elect Donald T (party) Rump as the next “Leader of the free world”… They did 😯
Now, we in Australia really shouldn’t be that surprised by this eventuality, as we are seemingly leading the world in “STUPID”, since the unlikely election of firstly, the political thug Abbott and his cronies, closely followed by his political assassin and the morally bankrupt/devoid Malaise Turdball MP (Manic Personality), PM (Prime Miscreant), AKA the Waffling Wanker from Wentworth, and his cronies, including but not limited to the master of stupid, the one and only (Thank God) Bananaby Juice MP (Maniacs Personified) and deputy PM (Prime MORON!)! 🙄
Then, to add insult to injury, the aforementioned Waffling Wanker took us to a DD that resulted in the second coming of The Rambling Rabid Right Redhead from PHON, and her cohort of conspiracy crazes , like Malcolm (I need empirical evidence that he actually has some working brain cells) Roberts , not to mention the head banging Xylophone band, and the human headline, who’s self declared first and only vote was to get himself elected… WTF???
So, here we are in this post-truth world, which is in reality more like a parallel universe, where everything we valued as worthwhile and decent is in fact worthless and indecent; where truth is an expendable commodity, and the real political currency is propaganda and spin; where facts are irrelevant, and the success of a political party is determined not by the number of good policies passed in the name of “The national interest”, but rather the number of lies that can be sold to a majority of totally gullible, unsuspecting and apathetic citizenry; and where a blatantly despicable and corrupt ruling class is accepted as “The norm”! 😡
The sad reality is that after literally months of introspection, this political tragic has come to the undeniable conclusion that I have a palpable anger about the state of the body politic in this country and around the world more generally, that I’ve never felt before.
Now, I have felt anger towards politicians before, like during the Whitlam dismissal of 1975, when Fraser manipulated the system with the help of Joh Bjelke-Petersen and John Kerr, and then many times during the Howard years, but nothing like the anger that I’m feeling towards this current iteration of the rabid right! 👿
For quite some time now, there has been a pervading sense of doom, gloom and ever despairing resignation over politics in this country, and apparently around the world, where those of us with some mental capacity have had to sit back and watch, as the lies, spin and propaganda of the rabid right have invaded the sensibilities of average punters, to the extent that they have seemingly lost the will and/or ability to think for themselves, and are more than happy to be led by the nose, lemming like, towards their own imminent demise. 😦
A classic example is the USA, where after years of trying to dig their way out of the hole that they found themselves in, as a direct result of the excesses of the banking and corporate sectors, they finally start to see some light at the end of the GFC tunnel, and immediately turn that light into train, by electing one Donald T (party) Rump, and giving carte blanche to the Republicans to reintroduce many of the policies and ideologies that dug the aforementioned GFC hole, in the first place! 😯
Likewise here, where we have a mendacious mob of miscreants, allegedly running the show, firstly under the appalling Abbott, who like Rump was elected on right wing myths, lies and propaganda, followed closely by the penultimate “Hollow Man” Malaise Turdball, who got in basically on the premise that he wasn’t Abbott, only to then go about disproving that misconception, by proving that in fact he’s actually worse than Abbott… Just in a better suit! 👿
But I digress 😛
Meanwhile back at my unprecedented anger: 😡
I watched the despicable Turdball in QT during the second last sitting week, waffling on about respect, followed shortly thereafter by a prolonged and sustained attack on the lack of principles of Shorten and the Labor party, and accusing them of everything that he and his LNPee’ers are blatantly guilty of… WTF??? … Talk about Right wing projection! And in an effort to restrain myself from throwing something large at my lovely 55″ smart TV, I let loose with a few choice expletives, and then hit the mute button and started reflecting on why I have so much anger?
And what came into sharp focus was that the the real problem is that it isn’t just anger that I’m experiencing, but a total and complete lack of respect for the offices of government ministers, and the once high and revered office of PM, and that I actively despise them and have nothing but contempt for them! 😯
This phenomenon was instigated by Abbott, as LOTO, where he showed a complete lack of respect for the then PM Julia Gillard, and a total disregard for the rule of law, and the truth, heralding the mainstream acceptance of the “Post-truth” era in Australian politics!
Now, there is no doubt that Little Johnny (Lying Rodent) Howard was the instigator of “Post-truth” politics, in this country, but Abbott took it mainstream, and then the thoroughly despicable Turdball used his mainstream persona perception as an LNP moderate to further exploit the “Post-truth” phenomena to further his own personal ambitions, at the expense of the poor, disadvantaged and the wider Australian community. 👿
And now, he’s quoting “Post-truth”, as an accusation against the Labor party, which is in and of itself “Post-truth”!!! 😛
So, as the uninformed and disaffected, prompted by the lies and propaganda of the rabid right, who propagated “Post-truth”, turn to those very same “Post-truth’ers”, and conspiracy theorists, to deliver them from the ideologies that they, by their votes are re-endorsng; those of us with more than a mere handful of working brain cells, can only sit back and shake our heads in despair at the prevailing levels of stupid. 😦
And as we wind up the dissection of the dissemination of post-truth in politics, Aussie style, we have just been subjected to the most blatant example the aforementioned “Post-truth” in a Turdball masterclass commonly known as COAG, where our illustrious “Post-truth” PM declared that: Despite the overwhelming evidence of our very own chief scientist in his “Finkel” report handed to the LNP this week, along with other corroborating opinions and evidence from climate change and economics experts, including from the CSIRO, stating that The LNPee’ers very own “Direct action” is a croc that will not deliver the targets that we have signed up to, in Paris, and that a market based pricing mechanism will not only be effective in making sure we achieve our emissions targets, but would also put downward pressure on electricity prices, saving us, the consumers billions of $’s; he and his LNP backbenchers know better than all the aforementioned experts!!! W…T…F??? 😯
And so, as sheer bewilderment and frustration turns to raging anger, and a deep and abiding sense of genuine fear for the future of mankind, combined with a complete loathing for the rabid right, who, as usual, totally ignore truth and facts, for the sake of bat shit crazy ideology and blatant self interest, our only options are to sit back, and watch, wonder and ponder;
The level of STUPID that brought us to this point
The slow motion train wreck that is the Muddick/IPA/LNP gov
And… The vagaries of a “Post-truth” world???