Colin recently made the following comment on my “John Howard’s Lies” post from back in March of this year. He had some very interesting things to say on terrorism and our lying leadership. Colin does not identify the regime he previously
lived existed under, but I am guessing it was somewhere out in the wilds where there are lots of bushes.
The biggest lie that John spews forth is that the government is responsible for the healthy economy. Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of macro economics and a little common sense can work it out for them selves.. We have this government because the global economy has been good. We have this government because people in the early 1990’s had more disposable income than they had before and became comfortable. When people think they have something to lose or feel threatened they sway to conservatism. In bad economic times and where people feel they have nothing to lose they become more social/left in their thinking. Economics and safety lead to which government we have, not the other way around. We don’t have this economy because we have this government, we have this government because we have this economy.
Fear is central to a conservative party’s power base. I came from a country where that fear was experienced every waking hour.. not because it was dangerous but because our government told us everyday to fear. A government that came into our living rooms every evening on television and told us to be fearful of terrorism.. Sounds familiar.. Real terrorism is the person reminding you every moment that there is something to fear.. it isn’t the guy with a bomb strapped to his chest. In real terms he is a soldier. It is the government that is the terrorist. When we are at war we are not told to be scared, we are told to be brave and strong. So what is the truth.. we have more chance of being struck by lightning twice than being a victim of a bomb blast, but the government doesn’t tell you everyday to be fearful of lightning strikes.
(In writing this comment I am frustrated that i cannot use the word liberal in the context of the way a party/government thinks… perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Howard lies.. after all his party is committing one of the biggest public frauds in “western” political history.. A conservative party calling itself liberal.)