I get mail


So, I received some forwarded mail of a political slant from a family member. It purports to be from Bob Katter, but is clearly american tea-party nonsense with some of the nouns changed. It’s always a little disappointing to get something like this from someone who you thought should be capable of better.

While I do have some attitudes symapthetic to the piece (eg: lets start sinking “asylum seekers” who come through Indonesia and don’t seek asylum there), in general I’m pretty much a leftie. Even a greenie.

I did send a reply to the family member in question, but for giggles I’ll go into a little more detail here.

Kindly note that the comments are directed at the author of the piece, not the family member who sent it 🙂


“I am the Labor Party’s Worst Nightmare. I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, God fearing Australian.

Yeees. You’d be working even longer hours without sick leave or overtime pay if it wasn’t for the labour party and unions.

I am a hard working Australian and I work long hours to earn a living.

Except when it comes to foisting chaplains on schoolkids, or picketing planned mosques.

I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others. I drive Australian-made cars, and I believe in Australian products and buy them whenever I can.

Needless to say, the family member that sent me this works for the NSW government. I work for the federal government. Like many Australians, I feel that bloody governmental functionaries are the difference between having a country and not having one.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some bloody governmental functionary, Labor/Greens or Liberal, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!

I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!

Correct. A capitalist is someone who makes money by having money and renting it out to people. The opposite of working for a living. The banker who will charge you twice the value of your home in interest on your home loan is a capitalist.
No – being denied accommodation, passed over for jobs etc is what makes you victimised. Oh: and also the bashings, if the “minority” you happen to belong to is poofter.

I think owning a home doesn’t make you a capitalist; it makes you a smart Australian. I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!

This is, of course, a whinge about spanish becoming commonplace in southern USA.

I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English. I believe there should be no other language option.

So much for this person’s commitment to “freedom” and government non-interference: the government should leave me free to not serve black people; but should make it illegal for other people to serve their customers in spanish. The hypocrisy of these people! The self-deception! They like to think that they are governed by “principles”, but the truth is they are not. Government non-interference is a principle, right up until they see something they’d like the government to interfere in. These are people who will write long screeds against “judicial activism”, but the moment there’s a law or regulation that they personally dislike – straight to the courts. To understand these people, watch that movie “Jerry McGuire” and listen for “I give you my word, and it’s solid as an oak”.
This is an Americanism: the “school prayer” issue. Everyone tries to explain to these people that it’s perfectly legal for you to pray in school, but not to get government-employed teachers (aka: “government functionaries”) to require other students to do so. But the christians just don’t get it, or pretend not to. Keeping them from calling school assemblies where all students have to bow their heads and thank Jesus (or be ostracised) infringes their religious freedom: probably because their religion is precisely about pushing that religion on others.

I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

My heroes are, fellow Australians like Don Bradman, Steve Waugh, Alan Langer, Slim Dusty, Fred Hollows and the Aussie scientists who invented the bionic ear – missed a few I know.

These people have the most amazing servility when it comes to the rich: “I never got offered a job by a poor person!” They also fail to understand that the rich get rich mainly by leveraging government-granted monopolies: whether it’s mining resources, squatting on IP, or things like rail rights-of-way.

I don’t hate the rich, but hate the way they always find ways to pay less taxes. I don’t pity the poor, I hate the way they are always crying that they are hard done by!!

I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.

I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!

Yeah, because the 50s (when this person was a child, coincidentally) were a fucking golden age. To be fair: in many respects they were. The thing that made them so was taxation that soaked the rich. Australia in the 50s and 60s was it its most equitable (in terms of wealth) ever.
“Socialist” is an american scare-word. The people that use it usually don’t know what it means. Another clue that this piece is american. There’s nothing more “socialist”, BTW, than Australian medicare. Shall we do away with that, oh family-member-who-sent-me-this?

This is AUSTRALIA….We like it the way it is and more so the way it was…so stop trying to change it to look like some other socialist country! If you were born or legally migrated here and don’t like it… you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.

Cool! Do it! It’s a democracy: vote them out! … What’s that, Skip? Your mob lost the last election? Boo-hoo. The “natural ruling class” just can’t deal with that, you know. It offends their sense of right.

(And take Julie Gillard and her group with you.) I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the Lodge, the seat of our biggest problems.

This scores a “Huh?” on the huh-ometer. Presumably the person who wrote it had something specific in mind.

I want to know exactly, where the “Do Gooder’s” get their money from, and why are they always part of the problem and not the solution?

Yeah: Bob Katter totally wrote this.

Can I get an AMEN on that one?

Google “Rodney King” before nodding in agreement with this one.

I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what race, color or creed you are, but not just because you happen to be an illegal alien and scream that they are “RACISTS PIGS”. And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license. I think it’s good….

I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause….Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!

Got anti-intellectualism?

I believe that it doesn’t take all the intellectuals to raise a child, it takes two parents….

I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!

Another Americanism – this refers to “illegal aliens”, whom the amrican right wing are simply calling “illegals”. Once you do that, you don’t have to think anymore. It’s the same argument as that against the decriminalisation of cannabis: “It shouln’t be legal, because the people who want it legalised want something illegal to be made legal, and that’s wrong, because it’s illegal!”.
God, if only every american with a confederate flag on their SUV were hanged for treason. The whole world would be a better place.

I believe the Australian flag should be the only ones allowed to be flown in Australia !

If this makes me a BAD Australian, then yes, I’m a BAD Australian. If you are a BAD Australian too, please forward this to everyone you know….

I wonder what the american indians think of this?

We want our country back!
My Country…..
I hope this offends all illegal aliens.

Really? Watched as they died? This type of person usually has never actually seen combat. Served in Vietnam, East Timor and Desert Storm? Amazing. Of course, it’s not meant to be taken literally. The “writer” of this screed is a mythic composite of all decent, right-thinking people.

My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Boer War. My grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in World Wars 1&2. My grandfather watched as his friends & brothers died in the Depression of 32. My father watched as his friends died in Korea. I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, East Timor & Desert Storm. Our son’s and daughters watched & bled as their friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

None of them died for the Afghanistan and Iraq Flag. Every Australian died for the Australian flag.

ROFL! What, exactly, is Australia’s national interest in Afghanistan and Iraq? Isn’t the stated reason to “bring stability to the region” or some hogwas like that? Isn’t this “dying for the Afghani flag”? Delightful, by the way, that the writer is unable to use the adjective “Iraqi” and has to say “the Iraq flag”. Yes, Janice, these people really are that fucking dumb. Whinging about people who can’t speak english, when they can’t speak it themselves.

And the Boer war? Australian involvement in the boer war started before federation – there was no “Australian flag” at the time. Our boys died for the Union Jack: died to keep Africa British, and out of the hands of the hated Dutch.

At a Victorian high school foreign students raised a Middle East flag on a school flag pole. Australian students took it down. Guess who was expelled…the students who took it down.

Almost certainly a lie. These people simply make shit up and repeat it amongst themselves, exactly the same mechanism by which religions accrete miracle stories. The religious don’t care about the truth of any particular story, because they know that even if some particular story isn’t actually true, “that kind of thing” happens all the time, so the story might as well be true. How do they know that “that kind of thing” happens all the time? Why: all the stories! They cant all be false!

But the fact is: they are.

West Australian high school students were sent home, because they wore T-shirts with the Australian flag printed on them.

Another americanism: aussie schoolkids wear uniforms (the main purpose of school is to create social homogeneity. Private schools are an attack on this and are un-australian.). Even if it were australian: just because your “Fuck off, we’re full!” t-shirt has an australian flag printed on it, doesn’t make it ok as schoolwear.

Enough is enough.

This message needs to be viewed by every Australian; and every Australian needs to stand up for Australia. We’ve bent over to appease the Aussie-haters long enough. I’m taking a stand.

I’m standing up because of the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the Australian flag.

ROFL! A smoking gun that this is american – Australia just isn’t big enough or been in existence long enough for “hundreds of thousands” to have died in wars. What – one in 100 Aussies, one in 50 Aussie males, died in war? I’ve been to the national war memorial (You should go too, by the way. At least once on your life. And take the kids. Stay for the closing at dusk.) and there definitely aren’t “hundreds of thousands” of names on the wall. The thousands there are enough – too many.
Given that this is American, this figure of “hundreds of thousands”, BTW, includes the deaths in the american civil war. Which is ironic considering that half of them died for the wrong american flag.

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

AUSTRALIANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS !

THIS IS OUR COUNTRY !

This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration !

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:

1. Get a sponsor !

Australia actually gets immigration right. Adult migrants are sent to english classes at taxpayer expense precisely because every australian ought to be able to speak the language our laws are written in. I’d bet the write of this would find that appalling. They are nothing if not inconsistent.

2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!

Stubbies and knee-length white socks? Budgie smugglers on the main drag at the Gold Coast?

3. Live by OUR rules ! Dress as we Australians Do
4. Get a job !
5. Pay YOUR Taxes !

Yet another americanism – they have a system whereby social security is done as insurance via specially issued government bonds. The advantage of that and of aussie-style superannuation is that the well-off know that they will be getting more than the poor at retirement. The whole point of being wealthy is being wealthier than someone else.

6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it !

Yeah. Nothing says “Australia” quite like simply dumping immigrants on Pitt st and telling them to make a living or starve.

7. NOW find a place to lay your head !

If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !

We’ve gone so far the other way…bent over backwards not to offend anyone.

Only AUSTRALIANS seem to care when Australian Citizens are being offended !

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA ! ! !

If you do not Pass this on, may your fingers cramp !

A final little irony, considering that this whole message is a servile parroting of the approved talking-points of today’s US conservatives. Well done. Idiot.

Made in AUSTRALIA & DAMN PROUD OF IT!!!!!”
AMEN

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