Here’s the problem. This time round it’s a plebiscite on same sex marriage. If the people are denied a plebiscite on such a bedrock social issue then next time round on another issue the same Orwellian methods of vilification, bullying and framing of the debate with appeals to emotion and “equality” will be deployed.
This is just a trial run for the future…
Jennifer Oriel in The Australian highlight the disturbing trend…
“…There’s something rather dangerous about the gay marriage debate — and it is not homosexuality or marriage.
It is the view widely held by our political Left that liberal democratic precepts can be overridden whenever they interfere with politically correct ideology.
Not content merely to deny the democratic mandate of millions who endorsed the same-sex marriage plebiscite by voting the Coalition into power, Labor is sowing civil hatred as social order.
The abysmal and divisive new ethos of Labor is the audacity of hate.
Having lost its election campaign to deny people a vote on marriage reform, Labor has swung into attack.
It is reframing the plebiscite debate by exploiting fear and manipulating emotion. In one short week, Labor has succeeded in reframing the founding principles of liberal democracy as manifestations of hatred — all in the name of love, of course.
Increasingly it is the case that whenever a question of social reform arises, the political Left reverts to the audacity of hate to coerce people into conformity.
Its default position is to mob and vilify dissenters.
The tendency of the political Left to contort democracy whenever it conflicts with politically correct ideology is evident also in its main counter-argument to the plebiscite, which actually constitutes a rationale for it.
Anti-plebiscite politicians and commentators believe they can relieve Australia of the people’s will by appeal to representative democracy.
Yet the zenith of representative democracy — the popular democratic election under a system of universal suffrage — yielded a yes vote for the plebiscite as a central feature of the Coalition’s election platform….”