Everyone in the country knows that Julia Gillard is dead meat, and that she and her party will be ferociously booted out of office at the next election in around 94 days. But Julia still thinks she is invincible. She refuses to budge, and she actually has embraced so much illusion that she still thinks she is the best person for the job.
But what we are really seeing is a really desperate Julia. You can tell when she is getting desperate: she runs back to the old card trick of the secular left and starts playing the gender card. She thinks this will somehow trump matters, and turn the election around. She is of course dreaming.
Her ugly and reprehensible remarks about Tony Abbott show just how out of touch and desperate she is. And the fact that she went to a Catholic school to attack Abbott on gender, and even raise the old abortion scare tactic is really quite amazing.
Running with the gender card and the abortion card is a shallow and empty ploy, and even some of her own party members think she needs to get real here. As a piece in today’s Australian said, “Earlier, Sydney MP Ed Husic became the second Labor backbencher to criticise Ms Gillard’s decision to raise the issue of abortion in attacking Mr Abbott.
“He said he echoed the comments of fellow backbencher Stephen Jones, who yesterday branded the comments unwise. ‘I think that there are other issues that do have an impact, particularly in terms of healthcare or superannuation, that … legitimately would have an impact on women and should definitely be discussed in the political arena,’ Mr Husic said. ‘But I’m not so sure about whether or not we talk about the issue of abortion’.”
Her idiocy about ‘men with blue ties’ was equally moronic and unhelpful. An article in the Brisbane Times put it this way: “An attempt by Julia Gillard to put gender at the centre of the election by suggesting women would be marginalised under an Abbott government has drawn fierce criticism from opponents and has even been questioned by her Labor MPs….
“Australia’s second-most powerful female politician, Julie Bishop, accused Ms Gillard of creating a distraction to save her job. Prominent feminist commentator Eva Cox also weighed in, saying it was an attempt to ‘insert an anti-Abbott element into her political message to women’ on an issue that was essentially one for state governments. Labor’s Left faction convener, NSW MP Stephen Jones, also expressed concerns about the abortion comments. ‘I fully support a woman’s right to choose, [but] feel a little bit uncomfortable about it being an election issue,’ he said.”
While Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop said that Julia ought to apologise for her “offensive claims,” she said the Coalition had no plans to change abortion laws if it were to win government. And that is the real problem here. The Coalition is not going to get into silly gender games, but it is also too afraid to tackle the abortion issue.
Social commentator Mishka Gora weighed into this with a piece on “Cowards and Hypocrites”. She writes: “It is fairly self-evident that men are cowards when it comes to abortion. Most men either avoid the topic completely, sometimes claiming that they aren’t qualified to comment given that they’re the wrong sex, while others kowtow to women saying things like ‘I fully support a woman’s right to choose’ (MP Stephen Jones). Men have been relegated to rubber-stamping the views of women, hiding behind their skirts, meekly accepting the monstrous regimen.
“The hypocrisy of women is slightly more controversial, if only because of the cowardice of men. Women say they want to be treated as equals in one breath, but demand special privileges in the next. They say they ought to be accorded respect, but then disparage men as sexists who consider abortion a ‘plaything’.
“The Prime Minister, however, is an extreme example. Ordinary men and women play into her hands with their cowardice and hypocrisy. Julia Gillard is merely an embellished reflection of what goes on in everyday Australian life. When she lambasts men in parliament, she is representing what women do every day with snide self-serving remarks. When Julie Bishop responds by saying that the Coalition will not change abortion laws, she is merely parroting men who say abortion is none of their business.”
She continues, “At the end of the day, we collectively bear as much responsibility as those who lead us. In a democracy, we get the government we deserve. Unless there is a radical change to the sheep-like voting habits of the Australian public, we will find ourselves with either a female hypocrite or (come September) a male coward as Prime Minister. That said, cowardice may be overcome with encouragement. Courage is something we all lack at times, that can be cultivated. Hypocrisy, especially when it is grounded in the irrational ideology of feminism, is another matter. This is something that requires fundamental change in the way women speak and act all over the country. And it must start at the grass roots.
“We must all embrace responsibility once more. Women, in particular, must put an end to the double standard that absolves everyone of responsibility. When it comes to ‘women’s issues’ like abortion, women must stop telling men to butt out, that it’s none of their business. They need to accept that men have valid opinions, and that women cannot pick and choose when men are allowed to express that opinion. They need to recognise that the men they take into their beds remain the fathers of their children when they subsequently cast them out of their beds. Abortion isn’t about women; it’s about children.”
On a whole range of fronts, a Coalition government is to be preferred to another term of Labor. The latter would just about destroy this nation. While abortion on demand is official Labor policy, that is not the case with the Coalition. As Mishka writes, we must encourage some of these spineless wonders to get some backbone and start doing right by our children.