Monthly Archives: January 2013

How much longer until a full assault against free speech?

Assuming the current trend continues in the West (and in some places it’s more than half way there), how much longer do we have until a full assault against free speech?

Observe the anti-tobacco smoking lobby and the success it has achieved these past few decades, where we have come to the point that the government has enacted laws to ban smoking in certain areas – whether private property or not – where  the government initiates force against private companies and individuals all in the name of a “common good”. Notice how you don’t see any cigarette ads (at least not in Australia, but I’m assuming in any other Western state)? Notice how we’re taught that cigarettes are unhealthy for us in school? Notice how the general public doesn’t seem to mind in the least that the government can exert such power and force over an industry?

For the record, I realise the health benefits of not taking up tobacco smoking, however that’s not the point of this post. I realise the health benefits of not consuming rat poison, but I don’t need the government to tell me that. The point of this post is the gradual erosion of our rights and how anything can be justified so long as the ends justify the means when the government is the one wielding the sceptre of coercion.

Today we can see the signs all around us of a society slowly falling into a censorship spiral, but the crowning aspect of it all – due entirely to the efforts of the Left – is political correctness. The prime goal of this horrifying notion is to stifle any future thought and thus opinion. People are conditioned to give a second thought to something that they want to say, to assess what the consequences might be if they ruffle the feathers of some group, or person, and so to avoid any potential conflict, the thought is suppressed. Someone oblivious to the notion of political correctness will go ahead and honestly say what they want to, but there is always someone standing guard to put them in their place; lest they dare give voice to any future thoughts.

Recently in Australia there was a case involving a Conservative journalist by the name of Andrew Bolt. He wrote a series of articles in which he legitimately questions why a growing number of Australians whose ancestry is predominantly European (and thus their physical features resembling this background) are identifying as ‘Aboriginal’ or ‘Indigenous Australian’. He mentions a number of prominent people who have attained some sort of political footing, or other prominent positions usually granted by some level of government. Andrew Bolt rightly questioned their true intentions; whether their identification as Aboriginal was for  reasons other than having a sense of an ‘identity’.

Keep in mind that a lot of these people had quite diverse backgrounds, where one woman was raised by an English mother, yet her father was of a Afghan and Aboriginal background. He rightly posed the question whether such people selectively choose a specific ancestry for career or political gain. As it turned out, 9 individuals identifying as Aboriginal (in spite of their completely white complexion) were “hurt, humiliated and offended” (The Age), so they decided to sue Andrew Bolt since he apparently violated some “Racial Discrimination Act”.

What they were after was “…an apology, legal costs, and a gag on republishing the articles and blogs or anything else with substantially similar content, as well as ”other relief as the court deems fit”. They are not seeking damages.” (The Age). Eventually they won. I was following the case at the time and I still cannot quite put into words the disgust and anger I feel as to what transpired in this country. I won’t even touch the “Racial Discrimination Act” since it ought to be obvious to anyone who supports individual rights as to why such a law is immoral. But the fact that these people sought to silence another individual because of what he SAID, now that is just unforgivable and something so revolting that it really angers me to know that some people would go to such extents.

Now take a look at the anti-gun lobby and the recent strides it has made in the US. Obama is no doubt doing some serious thinking whilst he reads children’s letters and, along with the media, continues to appeal to the emotions of the general public. How long until the right to bear arms is either severely limited, or outright scrapped? It’s just another check-box for the Left, and one they’re closing in on. If they succeed in their anti-gun campaign, then free speech won’t be too far off; it will be at this point that I would say “The End” to the Western world.


Why Obama will never go away

When Obama’s term as president finally ends, we will not be spared of his empty, insulting rhetoric. Indeed many presidents before him have enjoyed a certain level of enduring popularity after their term came to an end; but with Obama his popularity will be different. Owing to the fact that the media has done a fantastic job in elevating his status beyond a president; to something of a superhero for whom the masses can look up to in awe and gravitate towards in large crowds to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon whilst donning “Forward” and “Obama” badges, scarfs, beanies and other apparel.

He will be cast in countless documentaries for many years to come, no doubt make countless appearances in Hollywood movies, talk shows such as Letterman, Jay Leno, the View, Oprah, as well as make countless speeches at university graduation ceremonies to standing ovations, and he will go on to appear in many other media. Who knows, maybe he will have his own TV show or network.

If the current trend of the US continues, then when he passes away, he will be remembered even more, if not for his sole contribution to nailing in that last nail in the coffin that is the US, then for the sole fact that he was the first black president since we all know how obsessed the Left is with a person’s skin pigmentation. His image will be elevated even more and those of us who saw him for who he really was will be dismissed as being racist, crazy, close-minded, and a host of other catchy words that the Left uses to censor its opponents.

If the current trend continues, then his speeches and oratory skills will be enshrined as something of a divine quality;  never to be matched by another human being. He will become the new benchmark as to what constitutes a “good president”, a writer, speaker, or simply a human being. All future presidents will be matched up against him, where the media will look back on him in a fervorous manner akin to the way religious zealots hold to their faith, and their final judgement will always be “he’s no Obama”.

Expect to see museums opened in his name, detailing his accomplishments and showing video footage of his exemplary oratory skills where he delivers his awe-inspiring speeches. The Founding Fathers will have been swiped to the side by this time, replaced by the likes of Obama, Bill Clinton and co; their impeccable wisdom will have no doubt brought the country to greater heights. People will look back longingly to the “Obama days” as they will be known; maybe he will be re-defined as a new historical epoch where B.C and A.D will be replaced with B.O and A.O (before Obama and after Obama).

I’ll take it even further by envisioning colossal Obama statues akin to those of antiquity, where there will be daily rituals and offerings. The rituals will be in the form of a collective sacrifice where all who strive to rise up above the rest will be brought down to a common denominator, and the offerings will be in the form of their blood; the signification of their effort to carry a world on their shoulders whilst having the means and resources to hold up the world taken away from them.

Not much will change really; those of us who grind our teeth at the mere mention of his name will continue to do so, whilst those who fawn over him will do it even more so. Our intellectual descendants will rightly condemn him – just as we do today of past presidents/prominent figures – where as the descendants of the non-independent-thought crowd will continue to elevate his image.

I can’t help but to wonder whether Obama actually ‘loves’ all the popularity, media approval, and general public adoration that he gets. I also wonder whether he relishes the fact he will go on to become a prominent historical figure, whereas those who actually matter, those who had a genuine quality to them will not. I wonder whether he wants the fame more than being honest – with himself, the American people and the founding principles of the nation he leads. Well, I don’t exactly ‘wonder’ – I know. A proper president would not strive to attain a celebrity status, instead he would see it as a grave failure on his behalf if the people were to be so uncritically and unabashedly devoted to him in any way. No matter their political views – whether left or right – a good president would not insult the intelligence of his fellow citizens by appealing to their emotions.