Sunday Morning Mental Floss — The Forgotten People
The problem with the Sir Robert Menzies, 1942 “Forgotten People” speech reference, when viewed through the rear vision mirror of 2020, is that we’ve over-corrected to the extent that no one is forgotten at all any more.
With the politics of disruption, division and identity, there’s a government grant, pension, payment, allowance, subsidy or deduction for just about everyone for anything and everything.
Everyone has been carved out by the political class for special attention and made to believe that somehow they’re a victim and worthy of government largesse, right down to a UFO group on the NSW Central Coast with grants (plural) amounting to $6000 between 2013 and 2017.
Over the last four or five decades the John F Kennedy exhortation of asking “what you can do for your country” has been totally trashed, traduced and turned on its head and the idea of “what your country can do for you” has become so entrenched and embedded.
As opposed to Menzies’ reference and time-line of 1942, in 2020 we need more forgotten people not fewer.