Media, politicians obsessed with trivia

Mimes throwing spear at crowd, then thinks booing is racist…

Mimes throwing spear at crowd, then thinks booing is racist…

I don’t know if the rest of the Australian population is as thoroughly sick of the trivia that currently makes up the news as I am, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Standards have dropped so low that everything is reduced to either rank hypocrisy or victimhood, and trivial stories of this kind fill up the news reports for weeks on end. All the while, Iran is planning to obliterate the West with nuclear weapons (which Obama has just green-lit), Russia is flexing its expansionist muscles again, and the US has disappeared as the beacon of freedom it has been in the world for the past 200-odd years, leading to a period of world instability the likes of which hasn’t been seen for generations.

But here in Australia, all we care about is the little things, and glad the media are getting the priorities right!

In the good old days, no politician would dare to hammer away at another’s expenses claims, because it was a always a zero-sum game. Shining a light on MPs’ expenses would be like opening Pandora’s Box, as almost every politician will have a few skeletons in that particular cupboard. Not that such conduct should be condoned, but to single out one particular victim for the lynch mob is hypocrisy of the highest order.

Now of course, it seems hypocrisy is an acceptable character trait for those on the Left, as the shrieks from the Labor benches about Bronwyn Bishop’s $5,000 helicopter trip grow ever louder. Tony Burke, one of the most vocal critics of Bishop, doesn’t even seem to understand what the word ‘hypocrisy’ means, having been revealed as taking a family trip to Uluru at the taxpayers’ expense. The trip conveniently coincided with school holidays, but Burke, as is typical of Labor, perhaps sets different standards for himself and others.

Alternatively, maybe someone diligent could look into the travel expenses of former Labor PM Kevin Rudd. Strangely the ABC and Fairfax didn’t think that was enough of a story to continue pumping it out every day for weeks on end. Rather than haul him over the coals, they even christened him with a jolly, back-slapping nickname, based entirely on his excessive globe-trotting, like he was just being a bit of a naughty boy. Double standards, anyone?

But as I said, this is all pointless. Labor cannot attack the government on any policy issues, having backflipped on boats, caved in to the far-Left on climate and gay marriage, and haven’t got a clue about anything else. So they take something essentially trivial (although unfortunate, and a clear error of judgment) and blow it out of all proportion. So when the inevitable enquiry into MPs expenses is called, Labor will suffer as much (if not more) than anyone else.

Moral of all this, don’t poke a sleeping dragon.

The other ‘story’, if it is even worthy of that moniker, is the ‘booing’ of aboriginal AFL player Adam Goodes, which the progressive media have latched onto as evidence of Australia’s endemic and widespread ‘racism’. Of course. Everything is ‘racist’ these days. Our ‘Race Discrimination Commissioner’, Tim Soutphommasane, gets on his high horse to brand the boo-ers as ‘racists’ and the boo-ee as a victim:

With each match, each week, that this booing is tolerated, more and more people are being given licence to degrade, humiliate and intimidate; to believe that they can hound someone who speaks out about racism into silence.

But whereas the Race Discrimination Commissioner sees racism everywhere (that’s his job, s’pose), the reality is that Goodes is just a rather unpleasant character, who traumatised a 13 year old girl by calling her ‘the face of racism’, has made a number of divisive comments regarding Australia Day, and is generally acting like a spoiled twit.

It’s simple really: the boo-ers are boo-ing the boo-ee because the boo-ee is a boor.

In the good old days, people thought that it was a sign of weakness to play the victim: to whine that someone called you names, or complain that you had been ‘offended’. Twenty, thirty years ago, it would be unthinkable for anyone in public life to use such tactics, but now, victimhood is rewarded and even celebrated. What better for career advancement than to be branded a victim of racism or homophobia. And of course, if you things don’t go your way, you can always claim ‘racism’ which immediately catapults you into the preferential treatment zone of victimhood.

Nobody dares say what we are all thinking—’just get over it and move on’—any more, because the ranks of the perpetually offended will brand them racists too.

But seriously, stop playing the victim and get on with life. It’s pathetic.

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