You and your band of merry members have recently taken to pushing the ‘Australian values’ line. And using the word ‘patriot’ a lot.
Jeez, it’s all a bit American, isn’t it, Mal? Should we put our hands on our hearts when we sing the national anthem? (Not that I will sing lies, Mal – we are not young and free. We are old and, according to multinational miners, cheap.)
Mal, I am not one of your patriots. I do not accept your Australian values. I am a citizen of this ancient land.
And it is ancient, Mal.
You and your ilk have poured millions of dollars into perpetrating the myth that Australia was born in war a hundred years ago. You have deliberately ignored the majority of Australia’s history. One day, you’ll have to acknowledge the historical reality. You’ve got to man up sometime, Mal.
Australia was born tens of thousands of years ago, and was a place of peace – until the illegal European occupation beginning in 1788. Australians resisted this violent incursion. They defended their land against invasion, making them true patriots.
Where are the monuments, Mal?
Before the brutal European settlement, Australians of 400 different nationalities lived in harmony, united by an understanding so obvious that it beggars belief that you don’t get it: You’ve got to look after the land, Mal. It’s basic stuff. Commonsense 101.
You and your ilk siphon billions of taxpayers’ money into continued warmongering and glorification of war to distract from your homeland negligence. So many Australian deaths in foreign conflicts that had nothing to do with defending Australia.
Oh dear, Mal.
And don’t prattle on about Australian values which include the environmental trashing of this sacred land. Don’t lie through those perfect teeth (not available under Medicare) about the ‘trickle down’ benefits of helping the rich help themselves to our common wealth.
There is no trickle down effect, Mal. As you and your accountant know, the buck stops with you and your mates.
Maybe you should look to those real patriots, whose history you choose to ignore and whose culture you try to obliterate, for some insight into good governance – sustainable governance which lasts for more than a hundred years. Maybe, 25 years after Mabo, you should start treating the landlords with a little respect, Mal.
Maybe you should listen to these Australians, rather than forcing on them your own chauvinist ideas of what’s good for them.
Maybe you should ask these Australians about how to care for country, rather than abnegating that responsibility and gifting it to corporations, allowing money to rule where people should.
Let’s face it, Mal, you have no idea how to govern for a sustainable future. The sounds you make are out of tune. With you there is no song of progress, liberty and tolerance, only a dirge of racist, undemocratic and jingoist bleats.
The patriots you are calling for will need an enemy. And you can provide that, can’t you, Mal?
Muslim extremists will kill us. (Well, Mal, you did bomb Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria…) Immigrants will take our jobs. (Actually, technology took mine.)
Greenies will, um, take our jobs.
Create the fear, and your panicked patriots will wave a flag while you snatch away their rights as citizens. To protect them, right?
That way you can silence protest; you can shape native title to suit corporate deals; you can continue to kill in foreign lands; you can drill, dig, and clear this great southern land to a chorus of ‘oi, oi, oi’ until there’s nothing left but a dribble of toxic rivers and faint echoes of what could have been.
Actually, Mal, it’s you and your mates who are a threat to Australia.