Well we seem to have survived another few weeks of progressives of the left demanding that we change the date of Australia Day from January 26. The fact that this was the date in 1788 that the British arrived in Sydney Cove with their load of convicts to build Australia, is seen as dispossessing the local Aborigines of their sole occupation of the land, which they had had to themselves since they arrived some 50,000 years before.
Such arguments will never be satisfied, but for the sake of certain percentage of the people who identify as indigenous, the idea that we can’t all celebrate the advances since 1788 on January 26 has been brought up regularly over many decades. It is as regular as clockwork for some.
While many Aborigines accept and commemorate all sides of their heritage, including many with some European forebears, others are really against the date. Aided by clusters of whites, many of whom seem to “know” what all our indigenous people want on this issue – in spite of much pushback – they aim, as always, to dominate the public square. They have as much contempt for the views of the “People” as any progressive does and target their arguments to those who can impose decisions from above. Thus we have seen local councils in rich areas argue that they will not celebrate anything on the 26th January because “they” decided that it should be changed, no matter what their constituents think. So far, a supposedly conservative government has held them at bay, but with the high prospect of a left wing ALP government after May 2019, that barrier will probably be the first to fall.
There is a culture war being fought here (as elsewhere) and, as the late Andrew Breitbart enunciated it quite accurately, politics is downstream of culture and that battle is key, is engaged by the left and must be won to reverse the cultural tyranny the left will try and impose on us.
Australia Day, Anzac Day, and all other culturally traditional celebrations of our history are under attack from these left/progressive activists. The battle must always be joined or defeat will be the option.
Australian of the Year Award comes back to the people
At least it looks like the current Australian of the Year Award committee has determined that the award cannot continue to seem like some plaything for all the personal choices of a “progressive” class alone. With this year’s choice and the past two also, they have possibly aimed to make it representative of the aspirations of all Australians.
This year, as in 2018, they selected real role models, the men who had played major parts in the international efforts to free the children trapped in a Thai cave last year. Craig Challen and Dr Richard Harris were role models for everyone, and their efforts and skills showed what sort of example such winners could set to all Australians.
The award was like that for many years, the winners inspiring people by their example, with nationally known artists and sports people also selected. Of course, the selection of many sorts of people offended some (especially those who hated sports) but they had united millions of Australians.
The critics had half a point, of course, because a lot of people did object. However, when the insiders took over the process and got to help dominate the selection, their ideas resulted in an Australia of the Year Award that seemed to suit their view of it and nobody else seemed to matter. The results of their involvement was self-evident.
They might have finally learned their lesson with the appointment three years ago of David Morrison, the army General (former Chief of Defence Force) whose claim to fame seemed to be pushing for gender identity in the Australian Defence Forces and gaining much applause for it by the left mainstream media lackeys who push those narratives. A strange falling out with a leading transgender person who had also been in the army and who was a fellow candidate for Australian of the Year, Cate McGregor added to the controversy.
When Morrison started criticising Australia and Australians on so-called ”progressive” grounds, “identity” politics etc – he even demanded that the word “guy” be no longer used – he finally brought to wide attention the extent to which he was the exact opposite of any kind of “Australian” role model. His early months of criticising Australians soon led to him seeming to go into hiding until his era was over. Morrison was (hopefully) the end of an era in which selections were of people who spent their next year criticising Australia (or so it seemed).
Now we have had a few years where selections have been genuinely inspiring for all Australians and the Morrison types are a memory, albeit a vivid one.
All we can do is hope that it continues, but with the constant pressure to change the date of Australia Day, they won’t give up without a fight and there are always more cultural battles to come.Follow