A Tale of Two Downfalls: Finn and the Libs

The despicable treatment of Bernie Finn will not be forgotten:

Two giants have fallen today. One has been falling for quite some time and looks like it will be broken and derelict for years to come. The other has taken a king hit, but will go on from strength to strength. I refer to the Victorian Liberal Party and their champion conservative MP Bernie Finn whom they just booted out of the party!

Because Finn is an outspoken prolifer, that was just too much for the woke, spineless wonders in the Liberal party. From Matthew Guy on down, most of these pathetic Libs could not stomach a real-deal conservative standing strong on core conservative values and principles, including the right to life.

Finn was showing up these left-leaning and unprincipled Libs, demonstrating what genuine conservatism is all about. And they just could not handle that. So this morning they pulled out their long knives and stabbed Bernie in the back. Some 23 years of fierce loyalty to the party did not mean beans to these cowards and fools who make up today’s Victorian Libs. Their loss will be our gain.

For the details on all this, see my previous two pieces which explain in detail how all this came about: billmuehlenberg.com/2022/05/17/dying-political-parties-and-dying-babies/

And here: billmuehlenberg.com/2022/05/05/this-is-a-politician-we-can-fully-support/

As to his expulsion, the gutless Libs are even more to be condemned: the party was to have decided on this matter at 10 am today, but pro-Bernie protests were planned for then outside of Parliament House, so the weak as water Libs moved the execution to 8:30 to avoid the crowds. Here is how one media outlet covered the story:

The Victorian Liberals have voted to expel controversial MP Bernie Finn from the party. The upper house MP has been a Liberal politician for nearly four decades, but has caused outrage within the party after a series of inflammatory social media posts. Victorian Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy said the vote was not about the party “naval gazing from the federal election” but “being a sensible alternative government”. “It is disappointing that it has come to this, but I expect discipline from all members of the parliamentary party and I expect people to uphold respectful discourse,” he said.

 

Speaking outside Victoria’s Parliament House after the motion, Mr Finn said he originally joined the Liberal Party because “it was the party of freedom”. “What we have seen today is a statement from the leader of our party that the party I joined over 41 years ago is dead,” he said. “The party of Menzies and Howard is no more — not in Victoria. “I will continue to fight, not just in this parliament, but in the next parliament as well.” www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-24/controversial-mp-bernie-finn-expelled-from-victorian-liberals/101093478

Imagine being called “controversial” and being kicked out of a ‘conservative’ party because you think killing babies is not a good thing and is not how any civilised society should operate. What does that tell us about the value-less Libs who seem to think that brainlessly imitating Labor and the Greens is the way forward?

What utter and contemptible fools they are. The Vic Libs deserve to remain in the political wilderness for decades to come. What true Christian and conservative would ever consider voting for this miserable bunch? They need to be given a wide berth.

The Federal Libs are little better

We just had a federal election in which the Libs were trounced. You can see my detailed discussion of this here: billmuehlenberg.com/2022/05/22/on-the-albanese-labor-win/

But a few points stand out. As ScoMo and the Libs sought to become a lighter shade of Labor pale, they lost big time. The Libs tend to lose when they try to out-Labor Labor. Voters can vote for the Greens and Labor if that is what they want. They do not need the Libs to be fake lefties and faux Labor.

The Libs tend to win when they stay true to conservative principles and values. They lose big time when they renounce them. Voters want a conservative party (or centre-right party) to actually act like one, and not seek to become a bunch of woke lefties. When will the Libs ever learn this lesson?

About the only good news about all this is some forced house cleaning has taken place. Of the 19 Libs that look to have lost their seats, most were ‘moderates’ or lefties. ScoMo himself was never a true conservative. And other woke wonders like Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, and Dave Sharma were also booted out.

Even Josh Frydenberg, who also pushed the net zero nonsense, lost his seat. So there is a silver lining here. Plenty of the dead wood or left wood has now been cleared out. That’s a good thing. With a conservative like Peter Dutton almost certain to take over the leadership of the Liberal party, there may be hope yet for its future – but only if it learns the lessons of its past defeats.

We discuss all this much more in a brand new video on the election fallout: www.youtube.com/watch?v=euI7a5XCRdY

Whither Bernie?

In Matthew 5:10 we read these words of Jesus: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Bernie Finn has been persecuted big time for his stance on conservative values in general and his defence of the unborn in particular. For that he is now persona non grata with the Libs. Tells us all we need to know about the modern day Libs. Shame, shame, shame.

But Bernie has said he will stay in politics. So he is not down and out, unlike his former party. Indeed, he said he will ‘form a new movement, if that’s what’s needed.’ Whether he stays in as an independent or joins a smaller party that does appreciate his talents, his faithfulness and his commitment to life and freedom remains to be seen. So he has a future. The same cannot be said about the dead in the water Liberals.

So please keep Bernie in your prayers thanks. He would be grieving right now. His decades of faithful support and service to the Libs has all gone down the drain. But all the good that he has done has not been wasted. And as a young and sprightly 61 year old, he has many good years left in him yet to serve Victoria and the nation. And especially to serve the unborn.

God bless you Bernie Finn. We salute you and we honour you. You are a good man who has been treated like dirt by your own party. But as Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:14).

There are greener and better pastures for you Bernie. We wish you all the best and we will keep praying for you.

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14 Replies to “A Tale of Two Downfalls: Finn and the Libs”

  1. More significant even than Saturday’s federal election result are two calamities: a) the NSW parliament’s vote last week to legalise euthanasia, despite the opposition of both NSW Liberal premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor opposition leader Chris Minns; and b) the Victorian Liberal parliamentary party’s decision today to expel pro-life stalwart Bernie Finn from its ranks. These are dark days indeed.

  2. Bill, you rightly say of the Victorian Liberals in your post above: “What utter and contemptible fools they are. The Vic Libs deserve to remain in the political wilderness for decades to come.” Leon Trotsky’s sneering words about the Mensheviks in October 1917 seem to be a surprisingly apt description of the gutless Vic Libs: “You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupts. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on – into the dustbin of history!”

  3. May Our God Bless & Strengthen Bernie in ALL his endevours; What a Hero he has been!
    Does this irrelevant Liberal Party (!?) mean we will be guaranteed another term of Tyrany Dan?!
    Heaven Help Us!

  4. Thanks Bill, you really nailed the situation of why Dan Andrews is in power, its because the opposition is no better. Let’s hope righteous people see this before your state election in Nov 22 and start supporting the minor parties and independents like Australia One Party (a moral party) who hasn’t been able to register as a party yet – apparently the AEC or govt departments have stretched it out for over 2 years for whatever reason.

  5. The message of the election is that the brainwashing of the youth in schools and university has been extremely effective. It has led to the further drift to the left of the wealthy as seen in the inner city voting patterns. It is the victory of seeming rather than doing, e.g. climate change action – none of which makes any difference globally.

    All the descriptions of conservative values as vile, out of touch and -phobic has been effective in sidelining truth and morality. Perhaps only when it is darkest will the light shine brightest, maybe there will be countercultural shift back to the right in days ahead.

    Thanks for standing up for Christian values Bill.

  6. I know Matthew Guy personally as we were in university together. We routed the Trotskyites and took over the Student Union for the first time in the uni’s history.

    I wrote to him about Bernie and said that if he gets rid of Bernie he is dead in the water and will never be Premier.

    So more of Diktator Dan.

  7. 23 years of “fierce loyalty to the party” should not be rewarded with expulsion. In my experience and many of those I served with loyalty to the party is paramount. After all we got elected under the party banner. I and others who chose to leave the party and go for reelection were usually not successful. Craig Kelly is the latest example. The Liberal Party is actually more tolerant than the Labor Party is. Bernie Finn may find the going tough. My advice to anybody who asks me, as it was to Bernadi was to stay in the party and fight. It seems Mr Finn did not have that option. In NSW if my recollection is correct they have a Deputy Leader of the party who is way to the left. But somehow he stays put.

  8. Thanks John. Yes, Finn was an MP for 23 years and a member of the Liberal party for over 40 years. During that time he certainly did stay and fight, especially for that which is right, including seeking to protect the unborn from slaughter. For his efforts he was booted out of the party.

    When a party starts to go bad, there is no ‘one size fits all’ response. A person must do what he considers to be the right thing, and that may differ from person to person. Some will feel led to stay and fight. Good for them. Others may feel led to flee a sinking ship. Good for them.

    This is not unlike when a church or a denomination starts to go bad. Some will be called to stay and fight. Others may be called to leave if apostasy is clearly occurring. I speak to this matter in more detail here: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2008/10/03/when-churches-go-bad/

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