During an enforced hiatus of this site so much has been happening in Australia and the world that it will take some time and multiple posts to present some analysis of it to anyone who wants to see another view rather than the mainstream media outlook from the self-appointed gatekeepers. As will be generally known and as I intend to point out in forthcoming posts, these gatekeepers can be totally off centre, not only about Australian attitudes but, woefully so, also about America, Brexit, and the EU.
There is a long and complex history of decline of our democracies, mainly due to the entrenchment of a political class that operates regardless of the will of the people expressed at elections. In fact, the arrogance of that class is such that it seems increasingly obvious that the presence of voters is a nuisance to them and that over decades they have grown determined to rule without the voters being too involved.
Detailed analysis of this new Ruling Class will be made in forthcoming posts, but reading of the superb 2010 work by Angelo Codevilla about it is a perfect place to start. There is a very necessary urgency to discuss what is happening in the US and Australia because our very future as a democratic country is at stake unless the increasing concentration of power in the hands of a few is not exposed, understood and challenged in a meaningful way.
There are commonalities in these changes to the political rule of many countries and these countries are all in a dangerous period of their history. Australia is not least at risk, with two often-lookalike major parties, a supine, monolithic political media producing a single-Narrative. More worrying is that there are current (and increasing) attempts to censor opposing views, even by utilising government powers to do so. Only a relative few columnists and social media voices provide alternatives to the prevailing narratives.
So far the internet has allowed independent voices and investigators to break free from the information straight jacket which organised legacy media and the political class have deemed necessary for us. However, as many now know and can see, the political forces behind the major media utilities, Google, Facebook, Youtube etc are under pressure from an uneasy political class to see the internet made to conform to the old legacy media model which they have controlled for decades. Recent moves to cramp the freedom on the internet, whether it be by straight censorship of social media voices, to denying publication to “non-permitted” narratives or having a media braying the same political message in unison risk recreating new versions of the rigid ”gatekeepers” they once were.
Never was the shallow response more obvious than with respect to all things Trump.
Nothing like this has been happening in the United States, not just in our lifetimes, but for over 100 years. Not seen since the first “Progressive” era (culminating in the Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson presidencies) turned US politics upside down, has its elitist core modern day twin become wedded to the progressive idea of superior classes. Seemingly anchored in the early 20th century version of “populism” the elitism of that day did not cause anything like the massive upheaval we see today. We have – thankfully – not seen the blatant “superior races” theme common in those days (The KKK factor in Democratic Party politics and American culture – the Birth of a Nation aka The Clansman era or the re-segregation of the US civil service).
Trump, as we all thought we knew him, is not the ideal person we could ever see taking over as a US president. Not just that he was a person from business who had a mixed-success personal and business life (and that’s a polite way of putting it), but also because he would be the only person ever to achieve the presidency without ever having held public office or to be a senior military officer.
What with Hillary Clinton being the other candidate, the “choice” seemed terrible to non-partisans. The rough diamond newcomer with a chequered personal and business life, making sometimes outlandish claims against both his Republican opponents and the Democratic Party opposition, making edgy statements about immigration which bordered on prejudicial in that they made sweeping claims about them as a class. The only saving grace was the idea amongst some that they were for effect during the campaign and that they would never be carried out in practice.
Then there was Hillary Clinton, a severely-polarising figure anyway but, with husband Bill, had been accused of every sort of financial wrong doing from their days in Arkansas and the Bill Clinton stint in the white house, campaign cash allegations etc. Hillary had become a polarising figure, a hero to many women and had the strength of the Clinton political machine and its control over the Democratic Party behind her, but a target of seemingly each and every Republican. With her stint at the State Department and allegations of conflict between her role there and Bill Clinton’s highly-paid speeches amongst the countries the US was dealing with, it was bound to lead to severe political attacks. The farce about the disaster at Benghazi where Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed and a video was blamed, caused severe polarisation but when it was also found that she had, for years, been using an unauthorised computer server while Secretary of State, all hell broke loose. Much more to be said on that 2015/6 electoral race.
Taking a snapshot of today, the mass Trump-based hysteria of the political classes in the United States, mirrored in Australia and Europe/UK, is a matter of huge seriousness, with Trump as the target of many who have the loudest voices. After wall-to-wall allegations of Russia collusion and an attack on the American democratic processes and institutions to “stop Trump” was first aired, the Russia Collusion narrative is now faltering. As news fades, the angst and fear of the perpetrators of the opposition to Trump becomes more loud, even shrill, as time goes by.
The depths of this conflict and the reasons for it will be explored in later posts. Suffice it to say that the closer it all comes to total exposure, it seems to some that the very future of the constitutional republic known as the USA is at risk.
Serious future topics will include the following:-
* American and Australian media and their interpretation of all things Trump.
* Does Trump have reason to doubt the 2016 Campaign integrity of his intelligence services or the FBI?
* Was the Alexander Downer involvement by chance or does it carry any implication of similarity to the now-suspected involvement of British security services? Was Downer the only Australian government official involved in the anti-Trump investigation and was the Australian government at all times unknowing of his involvement?
* The Clinton family and its Clinton Foundation’s connection to the Australian political class and the continual transfers of multiple $millions of Australian taxpayers money to sometimes questionable Clinton-linked campaigns.