Noticed how so many on the left are, understandably, pleased about the imminent downfall of the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt, but completely nonchalant about whether it becomes an Islamist dictatorship?
How the rhetoric and thinking, almost childlike in its simplicity goes like this:
What government does Egypt have? A dictatorship
Where does most of Egypt’s aid come from? US government.
That means the US supports dictatorship. Dictatorship is bad.
What should Egyptian have? Democracy, like “we” in the West have. Egyptians deserve the same rights we do.
Do you believe in human rights? Yes
Do you believe women, gay and lesbian people, ethnic minorities and religious minorities deserve equal rights to everyone else? Yes
OK so far but then…
Does it matter who gets elected? Up to Egyptians.
Does it matter if Islamists arm and fund terrorists to wage war against Israel? Silent (but we think Israel deserves it).
Does it matter if Islamists arm and fund terrorists to wage war against the West? Yes, but it would be our fault for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, backing Israel. They will stop when they have justice.
Does it matter if Islamists get elected who then restrict democracy to be the same sham it was under Mubarak? Silent
Does it matter if Islamists suppress free speech, shut down competing media, arrest protestors, use the police and army to suppress dissent? Silent
Does it matter if Islamists execute political opponents, adulterers, rape victims, gay and lesbian people? Silent
Does it matter if Islamists institute laws and enforce laws discriminatory against women? Silent
Does it matter if Islamists get nuclear weapons? America has them, so what?
See in a blind leftwing hatred of the USA, there is a total blindspot about Islamism. For people who apparently espouse a love for women, desire for equal rights for gay and lesbian people and who hate torture, suppression of free speech and the like, their willingness to tolerate and appease Islamism is absolutely disgusting.
THE newspaper-reading public will be familiar with Kim Beazley snr’s line “when I joined the Labor Party it contained the cream of the working class; now it contains the dregs of the middle class”, which is unfailingly repeated during the party’s bouts of soul-searching.
The ALP’s identity crisis is rooted in the party’s social democratic tradition; it has long been animated by a belief in the use of government power to improve the lives of Australian citizens.
Housing affordability seems to also be a white middle class issue. Island and Maori lobby groups don’t seem so hell bent on it. Just like finance company bailouts are also the domain of white middle classes. The poorest New Zealanders will never be able to buy a house. And kudos to them over middle class persons – the poorest New Zealanders actually accept that they are too poor.
There’s no point poking about the issue of housing affordability. Taxes, duties and other measures do not work.
Either do nothing and be honest about that, or turn the tap off of credit that’s ruining not only the affordability of housing but growth that otherwise could occur if that cash was freed up and lent to small and medium sized businesses and increase incomes.
New Zealand must change its psyche that it is somehow special insofar that New Zealanders all want and therefore need to own their own homes.
EVERYWHERE in the world people dream of owning their own home.
Just as I am probably never going to be able to afford a Gulfstream and a superyacht both parked next to my 5 bedroom house in Monaco, these people have to accept that their dream is just that, a pipe dream.
Is this guy the worst skater ever? Perhaps not.