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Stick with this. An interesting read — Progressivism takes its place among the major religions — American Thinker
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all profess an all-knowing and all-powerful supernatural being: God. Progressives may say they do not belong to a religion because they do not believe in God. But Progressivism professes an all-powerful State. The State is Progressives’ god and determines what is moral and immoral and has the power to destroy whom it wants. Just as Muslims believe that the whole world should be converted to Islam, Progressives believe that the whole world should be converted to their leftist agenda.
So where was Downer’s wisdom when Turnbull was white-anteing, sniping and undermining Abbott between 2009 and 2015? And before him, Brendan Nelson? And before him the Member for Wentworth Peter King?As opposed to Abbott, I don’t recall Downer writing any books or original columns for the op-ed pages or delivering any insightful, intellectual landmark speeches or original thinking on policy or leading the Libs to a landslide victory in just two electoral cycles with a net gain of 25 seats.
A good start, by way of making a mark, burnishing his credentials and demonstrating his commitment would be to dust off the 1938 Bradfield plan whereby the Tully, Burdekin and Herbert rivers in North Queensland, fed by the annual monsoons are diverted west of the dividing range into the Thompson River and into the Murray Darling Basin to drought proof western Queensland and NSW. In a country with the technology of the time to create the Snowy scheme in the 1950’s and thought nothing of dreaming up the $50 billion NBN on the back of a serviette or beer coaster, the Bradfield scheme and the NSW Beale scheme for diverting water from the Clarence River Basin in to the Murray Darling Basin, in 2018 should be a doddle.
You can only get away with the John Howard broad church idea for so long because sooner or later, as Richo says, “the mob will eventually work you out” and they have. You actually have to come down on one side of an issue or another.
I imagine Labor is sitting back feeling pretty smug at the moment as they watch the conflagration and implosion of the Liberals but they too better be careful and understand that this entire debacle foundered on the rock of climate and renewables and the spiralling cost of an essential service and therefore the treacherous shoals of climate politics and energy applies equally to them. Many people were prepared to go with the flow on the boutique renewable fiction so long as it didn’t effect their hip pocket but now with each electricity bill they are starting to come to the realisation and understand that this climate wet dream comes at a brutal cost to family homes in the burbs and the boonies.
“..When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle class perverts stop using the Labor Party as a cultural spittoon?” With his laser like and piercing observation of Labor then, Beasley could well have been talking about the Liberal Party in 2018 under Malcolm Turnbull
If we don’t use OUR coal to provide cheap energy to drive OUR economy, other nations will use OUR coal to provide cheap energy to drive THEIR economies.
Which ever way you slice it, Australia is the loser. How dumb is that?
According to the UN’s own climate model, the difference between a world with all the promised Paris cuts and one without them is just 0.05C. Even if every nation including the US extended its carbon cut promises past 2030 and kept them going throughout the century, temperatures would drop by less than 0.2C
“..Suggesting that renewables will let us phase rapidly off fossil fuels in the United States, China, India, or the world as a whole is almost the equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy..”
James Hansen, a former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies who was one of the first scientists to raise concerns about global climate change, spoke at MIT Tuesday in the biennial
I’ve never been a big fan of Alex Jones and his tin foil hat, conspiracy theory style of broadcasting but his banning by Apple, YouTube, Facebook and Spotify reminds me of the Martin Niemoller quote at the end of WW2.
“….First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist…”