So the election date has finally been set, and Rudd and Labor are promising us something “new”. Um, but we just had six years of Rudd and Labor (and Julia), so what exactly is he telling us? All he can possibly mean is that the past six years are something he is trying to steer away from.
Well, I am trying to steer away from the past six years as well, which is exactly why I would not vote for Labor. They have had their opportunities, and basically wasted them big time. They have been involved in one debacle after another, and one failure after another.
Why in the world should we give them more time to do even more damage? Consider all the disasters already: the pink batts scam; the asylum seeker mess (50,000 arrivals, 1000 deaths); massive budget black holes and blowouts; growing government debt; more Labor taxes; carbon tax lies; the mining tax; the AWU scandal; the NBN bungle, superannuation bungles; the Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson affairs; internal division and dysfunction; constant leadership spills; etc, etc.
And it seems everyone who knows Kevin the best wants to avoid him like the plague. Consider all of his Labor colleagues who want nothing to do with him. All of them would rather leave Parliament than have to deal with someone they consider to be a megalomaniac and an overbearing narcissist:
That is quite a list. Remember all those big-time Labor figures? They are all now jumping ship rather than have anything to do with this guy. Just how telling is that? If Labor heavyweights are fleeing like rats on a sinking ship, shouldn’t that tell us all we need to know about Kevin?
Julia will go back to her family in South Australia. Peter might go back to his rock band. But all these high-profile polies prefer political oblivion (on a very nice pension for life) than to be part of the Rudd team. Just how much more evidence do we need of what a toxic character this guy is? But wait, there’s more.
According to the press, he has had plenty of his own staff and advisors leave as well, and he is having trouble getting replacements. As one report says, “An exodus of experienced political staffers in Canberra has senior and junior ministers personally calling former employees and begging them to return. News Corp Australia has been told several outgoing press secretaries, chiefs of staff and political advisers have been called by key ministers on Kevin Rudd’s front bench, asking if they would consider returning.”
Begging people to come back to Kevin – just how bad is that? But even his own siblings are against him! Yes, you heard me right. Let’s start with his brother Greg. One report says this: “Greg Rudd says Australian politics needs fewer ‘messiahs’ – like his brother – and should focus on basic government and economic policy. The former lobbyist and Labor political adviser is running as an independent candidate for the Senate in Queensland in this year’s federal election.
“The Brisbane-based consultant suspended his work as a lobbyist when his younger brother Kevin Rudd first became prime minister in 2007 and spent time reflecting on the state of modern-day Australian politics. ‘I’ve come to the view that democracies around the world are not performing well,’ Mr Rudd said. ‘Kevin ’07 set the bar quite high, as did Obama ’08. But political messiahs don’t deliver’.”
And his sister Loree, who is the real deal when it comes to Christianity (something which can’t be said about Kevin), is quite disgusted at her brother’s selling out. His capitulation to the homosexual lobby is a perfect example. He will always go with the political wind rather than stand for what is right and true. Because of this crass political opportunism, putting the activists ahead of biblical Christianity, Loree says she will not even campaign for her brother.
And she thinks the Russian approach to this issue is the way to go: “Loree Rudd – who says she is unlikely to help her brother on election day because she opposes his support for gay marriage – believes the maverick Russian leader’s hardline view on homosexuality is more enlightened than Western leaders. ‘It’s like he (Putin) can see the problem ahead,’ Ms Rudd, 62, who has just returned from a visit to Russia, said.
“‘I think that there should be a law (in Australia) protecting children from the propaganda of homosexuality as normal. They’re trying to build their family life and structure in Russia and people in the West don’t seem to understand our family life and structures are breaking down. I guess the bottom line, if there’s one thing I can say that can’t be challenged, it’s that society needs to protect its children as best they can’.”
It is clear just by this that we have the wrong Rudd running for the top job: Loree Rudd for PM! She has far more sense than her brother, and even more sense than some Christian lobby groups. When Kevin did his back flip, one article appeared with this headline: “Christian vote may punish Kevin Rudd over gay marriage”.
It began: “Kevin Rudd has betrayed voters over his new stance on gay marriage and should be prepared for a backlash from the powerful ‘Christian vote’, churches say. Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians, as well as Catholics, say they have been deeply disappointed in the Prime Minister’s new stance, after he successfully courted them at the 2007 poll.
“The Australian Christian Lobby believes its followers played a part in delivering the Lodge to Mr Rudd in his last bid and have been betrayed as he turned on his values ‘on the whims of pop culture’. A spokesman for the Catholic Church said Mr Rudd was free to change his mind, but so were voters who backed him in last time.”
Sadly some groups were far too cosy with Rudd last time around. They were taken in by the guy, and offered him little or no careful scrutiny and critique. But I was not surprised in the least with his back flip on marriage. I did not trust the guy six years ago, and I still don’t trust him.
He seems like the kind of guy who would sell his own soul if it meant furthering his political career and his power trip. We sadly had plenty of gullible Christians vote for him last time around, and will likely do so again in a month’s time. The utter lack of biblical discernment in so much of the church is just appalling.
Plenty more of course can be said about the Rudd and the Labor fiasco of the past half decade, and why we would be foolish in the extreme to trust our nation and our wellbeing to this guy. But I will have to pen more pieces in the next 33 days to highlight some of these other concerns.
The big government track record of Labor will be one such issue discussed. But in the meantime, a bit of political common sense from two different sources. The first is a quip from Harry Browne: “Government is good at only one thing. It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you couldn’t walk’.”
And secondly, some sound advice from social commentator Mark Steyn. It is a simple but effective test as to how any of us might vote in an upcoming national election:
“If a candidate is not publically committed to fewer government programs from fewer government agencies enforcing fewer government regulations with fewer government bureaucrats on less lavish taxpayer-funded pay, he’s not serious. He’s not only killing your grandchildren’s and children’s future, he’s killing yours – and you will live to see it.”
Oh, and one last thing. It seems that the 7th of September is not just Election Day. It is also National Threatened Species Day. It is certainly hoped that this will indeed be the case with Kevin.