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Jingoism and racism rears its ugly head again…
January 29th, 2009

Let me begin this post with with a little of something I wrote back in 2005…

20 years from now history text books will set out Pauline Hanson, Howard, Ruddock, Vanstone and Downer together with their US inspired politics of fear and a jingoistic approach to foreign policy as the background causes for the riots at Cronulla and Maroubra. Ten years of conservative Liberal Party government, the shame that is Pauline Hanson, jingoistic foreign policies, inhumane immigration detention centres, the baby overboard debacle, illegal deportations, and the jewel in the crown… the Cronulla Race Riots.

Historical personalities like Howard, Downer, Vanstone and Ruddock espousing right-wing, nationalistic, pro-individual, selfish policies to the detriment of community and collaborative social values have their parallels in Nazi Germany as well.

Welcome to Australia… only if you are fair-skinned, sandy-haired and blue-eyed of course. You must promise to vote for the Liberal Party as well, just like the majority of Cronulla’s residents. Australians of a caucasian background no longer seem to make immigrants and visitors of other racial backgrounds welcome. I first started observing this in 1996 or thereabouts.

It is so shameful to be an Australian now. This episode and the malaise that seems to be infecting Australia and its people makes me feel angry, frsutrated and sad. It seems to be vote ‘1′ for individualism and selfishness in this country.”

Well, it is January 2008 and things have not improved all that much. Imbeciles not unlike those that run amok in Cronulla in December 2005 have rioted and fought at a variety of towns along the NSW coast this week. It was Australia Day ~ our national day. There was shameful behaviour at Manly, Shellharbour, Kiama, Wollongong and Thirroul. A number of the imbeciles were draped in Australian flags. They were engaged in drunken, riotous behaviour. Asian eating outlets in Manly were targeted by these racists. These racist idiots should be locked up and the key thrown away. As one observer wrote they are all morons.

I was hoping that with the demise of John Howard and the Liberal Party 15 months back that the situation in Australia would improve. It has not.

The Australian flag has become a symbol of racism. Those drunken, pathetic, ignorant and shallow individuals that drape themselves in the flag or paint it on the back of their utes are racists. It has become a symbol of exclusion. It has become a symbol of the bully. They may as well be holding a banner proclaiming “If you are not white and of an anglo-centric background then you are not welcome!” The term “Aussie pride” is a catch-cry for all intolerant individuals in this country. Shame.

Even if these racists represent less than 0.10% of the population of this country then that is 0.10% too many. Morons, imbeciles and idiots. All of them.

Related links:

Brawls mar Australia Day
Manly mob rampages through Corso
Manly ‘morons’ rampage was racist: academic
Riot police called to ugly Oz Day celebrations
Oz Day marred by brawls and booze

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