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Wow. I mean, WOW.
I have heard some great speeches in my time. Some years ago, I posted on this blog Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech supporting Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. I was personally present at the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1986 to hear Pope John Paul the Great, and four years later to hear Nelson Mandela speak to the Australian people as a free man. In 1997, along with millions around the world, I watched with sadness as Earl Spencer eulogized his recently-deceased sister.
Reporting on the Australian Labor government’s palace coup in 2013 was both instructive for me and jolly good fun. Fun, because I personally loathed many of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd administration’s policies and could not wait for them to be booted out of office. Changing leaders only months out from a federal election all but guaranteed they would be fired by the people in short order. Instructive, because it has made plain that the balance of our system of government has tilted markedly in the past half century.
Happy New Year everyone.
I’m still neck-deep in work at the moment, and might not have time for anything lengthy till the end of the month. But here are some conversation starters, the main issues of the last two months which you are at liberty to pick up on or not.
Sorry I’ve been AWOL folks, but there hasn’t been any time to scratch my nose, let alone blog. I’m involved in a sort of side project that has ballooned, and looks set to become my new full-time career when it’s complete in a year’s time.
Anyway, I’m off on holidays as of today. I have a couple of half-completed articles that I may get around to finishing at my leisure, so if you’d like to be notified when they come out then subscribe to this site if you haven’t done so already.
In the meantime, may you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy, prosperity and freedom.
Federal Senator and former national representative athlete Cory Bernardi is today facing numerous calls for his sacking, after News Limited’s South Australian outlet, the Adelaide Advertiser, this week published a series of explosive e-mails detailing his scandalous misuse of public funds prior to his entering parliament in 2006.
Politicians (of all stripes) are such gifted liars, that you often don’t even smell the BS until someone points it out, say, by compressing years of them into a montage. Credit to this article by Andrew C. McCarthy in the National Review, via Catallaxy:
It’s one pretty much certain way to determine that you have won a debate. Your opponent, having despaired of countering your arguments one by one, having consulted Shopenhauer’s 38 Stratagems, and found nothing to aid him there, finally, in desperation, is reduced to calling you either a Nazi (an abject admission of utter defeat anyway), or…