Rudd: Is it clever to call back an angry mob?

Rudd quickly made the call out to Australians, most notably, young Australians, urging them to again be politically engaged.

From my discussions with others in recent weeks, I must conclude that this will largely fall on deaf ears. People that generally share similar views to myself are, put basically, over it. Without doubt the media circus of the past year has stirred up the pot to boiling point and, just like any mob, reason is left somewhere overshadowed by the desire for blood.

Not only are many people resigned to an Abbott government post-2013 federal election, but increasingly, I’m finding people defending it. Why? From the best I can understand, simply because it’s all they feel they have.

Apparently, the ALP, in the public eye, has done nothing but carry on in a like fashion to Neighbours since 2007 and the public seem only too happy to parrot off Abbott’s point about Gillard bringing in a carbon price after saying she wouldn’t (what’s the bet Mr Abbott will now go on and on about Rudd saying that he wouldn’t run against Gillard, only to be repeated by such faithful parrots). Equally, people seem to forget the 2010 election when repeating Tony again in complaining that Australian’s have been denied the chance to vote for their PM twice (obviously incorrect – we voted in 2010 and will so in the coming months).

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

The truth of the matter has been that in recent years, the current political arena has been largely successful. Even with a wilfully ignorant, if not intentionally hostile media base, more concerned about personalities than policies and in a hung parliament, Gillard’s era saw in 485 new bills, which included the controversial carbon pricing. In such a hostile environment, Gillard did more than most people could.

The type of criticism I’m hearing reminds of that cliché image of the overweight spectator screaming advice at athletes out on the field, spitting out chewed fragments of hotdog along the way.

The inconvenient truth here is that such commentators hold an unreasonable and uncritical distaste for the ALP in general which has done little but inspired a loathsome character to be seen as the lesser evil – about the best he could hope for.

Which brings me back to the point of this piece; the mob is out for blood – ALP blood. I’ve found that people shy away from critically reviewing Abbott’s position or rapidly foam at the mouth when forced to face it.

I’ve come to the conclusion that, with so many abandoning the ALP, they choose to stubbornly support the Coalition… No matter what. To face up to the truth – that Abbott is no Messiah – leaves them in a political void. Where does one turn if they have rejected the apparent wreckage of the ALP and the decidedly unAustralian policies of an Abbott led Coalition?

A sense of unity may help Rudd in his appeal… but then again, it may not. The townsfolk have their torches lit and are sharpening their pitchforks for whatever date this election ends up being held. The print nailed to every door whispers a more tantalising story to reality and could lead us to being the first country in the world to genuinely try to run the economic model of the liberatrians, failing on each step to improve the lives of the majority in favour of the wealthy minority. Only then may the public realised that they were duped by self-serving interests and be forced to own up to the type of parliament that their blind rage voted in.

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4 thoughts on “Rudd: Is it clever to call back an angry mob?

  1. Well said! The mob will have blood on their hand and the media has a lot to answer for. However, maybe the population needs to vote for Abbott to discover how lucky they were in a real sense under Labor. The Labor brand is probably tainted beyond repair at this time much to the detriment of the people it would most benefit.

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    1. The only problem is, if Abbott comes in, with a significant majority, the damage he could do – especially if he develops the north – could cost us, the tax payers, for a long time into the future, while rich private enterprise gets richer; increasing the level of inequality further. The type of damage he is capable of, without a sane counter-weight, is deeply troubling.

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    2. Finding it increasingly hard to watch TV current affairs even abc news24. Disrespectful and ignorant commentary- inaccurate immature Latika Bourke one repeat offender- like others is plain inappropriate in some comments statements- the media are failing and the whole model is a mess -many like Latika lack maturity and depth of understanding
      This is a critical social issue and augurs general dumbing down I have refused to watch 9 for years since they used to have the dreadful rabid feral Alan Jones. Only to discover recently he is close friends with Tony Abbott! Poison.

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      1. I’ve avoided news from commercial stations for years – both radio and TV – and almost all papers. I was disgusted with a lot of the environmental reporting I came across. This was largely the motivation for NewAnthro in the long. I agree with you about ABC also – it’s going down hill in trying to keep up with the commercial media. Their guest article on wind farms was beyond the joke; https://newanthropocene.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/abc-paying-the-price-for-disingenuous-articles-giving-air-to-anti-wind-farm-ideologs/

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