Conservatives are everywhere

Another completely dense article from Janet Albrechtsen, this time on Where have all the conservatives gone? Her first half sentence: “It is premature to read the last rites to Australian conservatism”. As if she’d know. Oddly, just the other day this same issue came up in a letter I was writing, in which I wrote in reply to someone else:

“Conservative” is not a list of policies but a state of mind that values the past and wishes to preserve what we have learned by heart so that it can be passed on to future generations. Border protection is the single most conservative policy of the present day. Lose on that, and everything else disappears. Zero tariffs is not a “conservative” policy in any sense I can think of.

So here is Janet going on about the same thing, but with hardly a sense of what that elusive thing called conservatism is. I will come to the comments in a minute, but first will take you to her last para:

Just as Ronald Reagan was once described as an optimist in a party that had acquired a habit of pessimism, Australian conservatives need a good dose of optimism before they can man up for a long battle over ideas that still matter today.

Missing entirely in her empty screed is mention of Donald Trump, the most conservative political leader of the past thirty years anywhere in the world, and a living example of what a conservative looks like and does. And then these, from the top down, in comments on her article at The Oz.

Mandy

For a prime ministership cut short by Turnbull, the Labor way, Abbott’s legacy is impressive :

stopping the boats, beginning budget repair (getting regulations & spending down), completing beneficial trade deals with Japan, South Korea and China, scrapping the mining and carbon taxes, agreeing to a second Sydney airport, ending wasteful corporate welfare, reducing the public service by 12,000, and abolishing hundreds of unnecessary government boards and agencies.

And, he has said he’s sorry for reneging on the pledge to repeal 18C. He’s acknowledged the wall of opposition he faced at the time – within the parliament and the lobby groups outside of it.He’s said he’s sorry for reneging, what more do you want?

Cultural leadership, no other contemporary parliamentarian can top this -Abbott’s memorable speech, self-penned, for the 2015 dawn service at Gallipoli.  A snippet, “So much has changed in one hundred years but not the things that really matter.  Duty, selflessness, moral courage: always these remain the mark of a decent human being. They did their duty; now, let us do ours.They gave us an example; now, let us be worthy of it. They were as good as they could be in their time; now, let us be as good as we can be in ours”.

And he’s still providing leadership to this day.From the backbench.Raising the parliamentary bar with contributions via interviews, self penned newspaper articles and speeches such as the Sydney Institute speech on immigration levels (and energy) and his “Daring to Doubt” speech for Global Warming Policy Foundation in London. And the toxic Turnbull and his Team’s reaction to Abbott speaking the truth? They attempt to shoot-the-messenger Abbott, because as Richo has noted, many resent the man they have already knifed, Tony Abbott, because he dares to demonstrate, day after day after day, that the man they chose to replace him as prime minister is a political dud.

sue

We had Abbott and you Janet worked against him in favour of Turnbull.  If you have done some research and changed your mind, how about you say so.

Susan

Abbott did not walk meekly away from reforming Free Speech. You omit to tell what we all now know and that it was voted down multiple times in the Liberal Partyroom by your mate Malcolm and his Black hand gang. It was just another little game out of their long planned play book to undermine their PM (Abbott).  You still refuse to give any credit to Abbott but it sticks in your craw Janet that Turnbull turned out to be such a vindictive dud, however had he not screwed you over in regards to the position on the Board over one article where you didn’t act as his cheer squad , I wonder if we would be hearing as much criticism of Turnbull from you as we do now?

I’m surprised you too are not making excuses and blaming Abbott, BJ and everyone and everything else for Turnbull’s bad polling. Fact is the man has no Political Judgement, has well and truly alienated what was once the Liberal (Now Turnbull Party) base and seems comfortable and happy for being responsible for driving up power prices, on steroids, now out of the reach of many struggling Families. Young kids and their parents in Australia, not a third world Country (yet), Australia in  2018 who are living without electricity thanks to Malcolm, Bishop, Frydenberg et al’s signing/ratifying the UN Paris agreement.

This is what happens when both Major Parties in Australia are left of centre and it is NOT in the best interest of Australia and its citizens.

Jon

Well Janet it looks like your push to depose Abbot has backfired. I’m pleased you have the grace to cover Turnbull as he is now and not as you hoped he’d be.

Unfortunately Abbot has been trashed so badly it is difficult for him to make a comeback. Who will you anoint this time?

Brian

Cory Bernardi obviously concluded, fighting for Conservative/Christian values within the LP was a pointless exercise.Without conviction at the top, nothing can be achieved. While Turnbull remains, nothing will change. I have concluded that unless a messiah appears on the horizon, (to lead us out of the moral & political wilderness) the abyss is beckoning for Australia

Glencoe 

As everyone knows Tony Abbott is the best fighter the Conservatives in the Liberal Party has but Turnbull is too hateful and paranoid to let him loose and people like you, Savva, Van Oneselen and media have hounded him to death each time he starts a topic or comments on poor government policy. If let loose he would be eating Shorten and the Unions but making Turnbull look weak and we cannot have that.

Michael

I attended Jordan Peterson’s excellent event in Sydney last night.  We oldies were well and truly outnumbered by young people, particularly young men.  When he made a joke about ‘safe spaces’ at universities, the kids erupted with applause.  There is hope yet, Janet.

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54 Responses to Conservatives are everywhere

  1. struth

    Just as Ronald Reagan was once described as an optimist in a party that had acquired a habit of pessimism, Australian conservatives need a good dose of optimism before they can man up for a long battle over ideas that still matter today.

    Man up.

    What utter sexism.

    Anyway, if women had stayed in the Kitchen, we wouldn’t be in this mess.
    Statistics prove it.
    Man up,………………………………my god.
    When it suits, but not when it doesn’t.

    You’re like the women who wants to be equal except when it comes to paying the bill.

    Most of what these women write, even when from our side, aren’t worth the pixels they use.

    Please get out the road, so we can man up.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    A tad unfair to Janet – she is responding to a series of articles in Weekend Australian.
    More importantly she does make the excellent point that there are few, if any, conservatives making a fist in public debate.

  3. stackja

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2660496, posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    IPA Campus Coordinator Renee Gorman is trying but little assistance.

  4. tgs

    I generally already read the comments on the Oz. Not sure that copying and pasting them again here adds value to your posts.

  5. steve

    Please can someone tell me a way of voting where the Libs, Labor, the Greens and every other left of centre party does not get my preferences……..ee-aw…ee-aw

  6. struth

    Yes, but it’s stupid evaluation of conservatives.

    People being attacked are generally not optimistic.
    They are defending what they hold dear.
    Hard to be happy and optimistic when you are the ones fighting the MSM, political elite and international socialist on both sides of out border, that they are trying to tear down.
    Many weren’t optimistic going to war, and were shitty that they had to.
    They still won.
    So it’s just waffle.
    From what I’ve read of her, she’s all over the shop.
    Anyone who has supported Turnbull, I think you can safely discredit.

  7. Mark A

    tgs
    #2660502, posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I generally already read the comments on the Oz. Not sure that copying and pasting them again here adds value to your posts.

    Lucky you!
    We didn’t for some reason or other.
    Appreciated Steve.

  8. Herodotus

    Janet and Miranda both deserve to cop a pasting in comments most days.

  9. Herodotus

    Quite so. Not everyone has access.

  10. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    A tad unfair to Janet – she is responding to a series of articles in Weekend Australian.
    More importantly she does make the excellent point that there are few, if any, conservatives making a fist in public debate.

    Exactly.

  11. Dr Faustus

    More importantly she does make the excellent point that there are few, if any, conservatives making a fist in public debate.

    This is true enough.

    One other problem is that the public debate is strongly framed around a two party discussion. At the moment, because both major parties are following pretty much the same ‘big state’ spending and regulating path, the conservative voice is easily marginalised as ‘extreme rightwing’ reaction.

    Sadly, it looks like Australia will have to touch economic bottom before it rediscovers that conservative politics “still matter today“.

    And I’m not looking forward to watching the social issues that will flow from that…

  12. Irreversible

    No surprise that Steve Kates has a very narrow, limited and unproductive view of conservatism. His lover, Trump, is a foul, indecent, lying, lowlife with an abusive character and who preys on people who’ve engaged in commerce with him and parades his contempt for women. Trump is everything a conservative despises.

  13. None

    Albrechtsen is not a conservative. Never hs been. Old school lefties once banged on about free speech. Albrechrsen is a lefty, bangs indiscriminately and occasionally moans about free speech.

  14. Confused Old Misfit

    Trump is everything a conservative despises.

    Wrong!
    None of the descriptors you have used disqualify him from being a conservative. There are no directives that require conservatives to either aspire to or conform to your particular standards.

  15. None

    No surprise that Steve Kates has a very narrow, limited and unproductive view of conservatism. His lover, Trump, is a foul, indecent, lying, lowlife with an abusive character and who preys on people who’ve engaged in commerce with him and parades his contempt for women. Trump is everything a conservative despises.

    I don’t think Steve is Trump’s type. Trump’s a boobs man. Steve is a legs kinda guy.

  16. struth

    Trump is everything a conservative despises.

    wow…………………………….who knew?

  17. Entropy

    I also don’t think a trump is a conservative. He is a deal maker.

    I don’t think Janet has anything to say on the matter though, too closely associated with the waffling cause of our malaise.

  18. classical_hero

    A Libertarian trying to describe what Conservatism is. Pointless because they don’t understand Conservatism.

  19. Entropy

    A conservative is the type to preserve institutions, unfortunately well past their use by date, because they served well in the past. Thus dunces like Abbott, for example, promise to leave the ABC alone.

  20. Cynic of Ayr

    Shorten, is a foul, indecent, lying, lowlife with an abusive character and who preys on people who’ve engaged in commerce against him and parades his contempt for women. Shorten is everything a conservative despises.
    There! Fixed it for ya!

  21. struth

    A conservative believes in small accountable government, rule of law, low taxes, free trade ,secure borders and believes without such, you won’t have democracy.
    No borders, no nation, no democracy.
    It’s called basic common sense, and that’s why the majority in the west are conservative.
    Trump is very definitely conservative.

    A libertarian sees all government as the enemy, wants low taxes, free trade no matter who with, or how corrupt they are, and open borders, because…..moonbeams, unicorns and gingerbread.

  22. A Lurker

    In the last fifty years I don’t think Australia has ever had a Federal Government expounding true Conservative principles.

    What Australia has had is Big Government Socialism of various hues.
    Poor fella my country.

  23. Chris

    ‘Conservatives’ today means ‘classical liberals’ and everyone who doesn’t believe emotion and tribe supersede objective reality.

    Steve Kates ambition to restrict it to ‘People who Read Mises at Bedtime’ or ‘Reincarnations of Santamaria and Menzies’, or some such tiny subset of non-leftists, is doomed. ‘SPLITTERS!’

    I prefer classical liberalism – interpreted by me. Intellectual honesty, intellectual charity, Christianity and small government. Suspicion of Libertarians as radical and incoherent. And having the Liberal Party nuked from orbit.

  24. Chris

    Scrolly trolly tra la!

    Troll on byyyy
    Troll on byyy
    The tears n incoherence of leftist nongs
    When you spit their eye!

    (Sorry folks, I am goin’ home soon.)

  25. Iampeter

    Conservatives are everywhere

    That may be the case but as conservatives are struggling to distinguish themselves from any other leftist or even as a political ideology of any kind, this doesn’t really solve any problems.

    “Conservative” is not a list of policies but a state of mind that values the past and wishes to preserve what we have learned by heart so that …blah, blah…

    So we agree? It’s interesting how often conservatives themselves concede that what conservatism isn’t is a coherent set of ideas that amounts to a political ideology. If we need someone to fight the Sith we’ll call you conservatives with your “state of mind” or whatever, but those of us who want to fight the left need individualists and capitalists and advocates of rights protecting government, not confused traditionalist and religious leftists who don’t really know what politics is even about.

    Missing entirely in her empty screed is mention of Donald Trump, the most conservative political leader of the past thirty years anywhere in the world

    If you believe that and I assume you also think similarly highly of guys like Abbott and Howard then what exactly is your issue with Turnbull? Or for that matter with Bill Shorten or even Bob Brown?
    These guys might all disagree on this or that technical matter but in terms of principles they are all big government, rights violating, statists and leftists.

    THIS is the real issue not getting any coverage today. It’s the fact that there is no actual alternative to the left in mainstream politics and people talking about politics even as a profession haven’t the faintest idea what that would even look like theoretically.

  26. armchair spaceman

    In the words of the late (lamented) John Clarke: “they” are simply an “us” that doesn’t include anyone here.

  27. struth

    That may be the case but as conservatives are struggling to distinguish themselves from any other leftist or even as a political ideology of any kind, this doesn’t really solve any problems.

    No the Liberal party are struggling to distinguish themselves from any other leftists……..
    Conservatives are not.
    Conservatives are not the Liberal Party.

  28. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The best definition of conservatism I’ve seen is this:

    “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”

    ― G.K. Chesterton

  29. struth

    So we agree? It’s interesting how often conservatives themselves concede that what conservatism isn’t is a coherent set of ideas that amounts to a political ideology. If we need someone to fight the Sith we’ll call you conservatives with your “state of mind” or whatever, but those of us who want to fight the left need individualists and capitalists and advocates of rights protecting government, not confused traditionalist and religious leftists who don’t really know what politics is even about.

    This was explained poorly in my opinion and you have used it to twist it into another crock of shit that all conservatives are religious leftists.

    What the writer is saying, is that we are pragmatic, and not viciously tied to a theory in place of all common sense.
    So we believe in free trade.
    But not with criminals.
    You believe in free trade at all costs, flying in the face of all common sense and ignoring the reality of the situation at hand, even id dealing with criminal communists not playing by the rules.
    Because the theory book told you what to think.

    Pragmatism and an understanding of what a great culture ours is, that needs to be conserved is not religious leftism.
    It’s common sense, evidence based common sense, and an open, pragmatic mind is neaded.
    Not a libertarian calling everyone names and getting excited because we don’t automatically follow your bow tie wearing economic priests of your theory religion.
    The truth is, you guys are the religious zealots, but your gods are academics and their theories.

  30. struth

    Missing entirely in her empty screed is mention of Donald Trump, the most conservative political leader of the past thirty years anywhere in the world

    If you believe that and I assume you also think similarly highly of guys like Abbott and Howard

    You assume wrong.
    I think highly of Trump and poorly of Abbott and Howard.

    Why do you collectivists always try to put everyone in boxes?

  31. struth

    These guys might all disagree on this or that technical matter but in terms of principles they are all big government, rights violating, statists and leftists.

    Yes they are, but they are Uniparty politicians, they are not conservatives.

    Trump has lowered taxes, substantially reduced red tape and regulation, he has left the Climate scam, and he is fighting corruption in trade with China that does not allow for true free trade competition.
    He doesn’t believe in open borders, but believes in sovereign nations and free trade if it’s free of corruption and fair.

    He is as conservative as anyone we have seen for many years.

    Iampater do you get that we know who we are and what we stand for, and when the party that was supposed to represents us falls to the left, we leave it.
    Do not lump us in with them.
    Conservatives have gone to Bernardi and truth be known, he’s probably not as conservative as he needs to be.

  32. Sean

    A conservative who sleeps with pornstars

  33. Iampeter

    A conservative who sleeps with pornstars

    I would call that a “Bestservative”.

    But I don’t it actually happened, isn’t she just doing this for the 5 mins of fame?

  34. struth

    A conservative who sleeps with pornstars

    Terrible.

    You speak like it matters to her, him, or me.

    Unless he’s raping people who gives a shit what these people do in their bedrooms?

    He probably grabbed her on the pussy, even.
    He wasn’t shoving cigars up her in office hours on the taxpayer’s dime, disrespecting the oval office.

    He wasn’t flying to a certain Island to play with children.

    He didn’t have to get his missus to shut his rape victims up.

    Hey, rooting a porn star, while married isn’t great.
    It hasn’t affected his job performance and it’s not a crime.

    The gold digging women around him, have a great life and probably couldn’t give a flying f..k.

    Think about the women around him.
    Is it quite possible they all just love the man and his combover,………………………..?
    Let’s get real here.
    As someone who has had groupies, I kid you not, it’s another world and gives you a unique insight into what makes many women tick.
    They aren’t angels either.
    Especially around men like him.

  35. EvilElvis

    A conservative believes in small accountable government, rule of law, low taxes, free trade ,secure borders and believes without such, you won’t have democracy.

    In a nutshell, struth. It’s a nicer way of saying ‘ffs leave me alone, I’m a big boy who doesn’t need to be ruled over by an unending bureaucracy and can make my way through life following basic laws of this land to take care of me and mine.’

    It’s hard to get the ever reliant on handouts into a mindset that nature equips them to deal with life, not the fucking government!

  36. Chris M

    Albrechtsen is not a conservative.

    Indeed; she is socialist. It’s most likely here German heritage – they like a strong government that regulates everything and tells them what to do. Big daddy!

  37. H B Bear

    Big daddy!

    I bet that is what Kroger makes her call him too.

  38. classical_hero

    I like this quote from Civilization 4 when you research the technology.
    Bureaucracy, noun. Ever expanding to meet the ever expanding bureaucracy.

    This is why so many people are against Donald Trump because he wants to limit the government, like any good conservative.

  39. classical_hero

    Tony Abbott could have been a good leader but you’re only as good as the people around you.

    The trouble with Libertarians is they demand ideological purity. Sounds like a leftist to me.

  40. H B Bear

    In the last fifty years I don’t think Australia has ever had a Federal Government expounding true Conservative principles.

    Correct. From the moment the First Fleet arrived Australian’s have largely had a paternalistic view of government and for most of its history have had the resources and incomes to support this approach. I suspect those days are coming to and end, if they are not already upon us.

  41. Iampeter

    What the writer is saying, is that we are pragmatic, and not viciously tied to a theory in place of all common sense.

    Good theory and common sense go hand in hand but you guys have neither.

    So we believe in free trade.
    But not with criminals.

    That doesn’t make any sense. Trade is you going to the shop to buy something. This shop can be located in a geographic location that places it in another country but that doesn’t change what the action of “trade” is.

    You believe in free trade at all costs, flying in the face of all common sense and ignoring the reality of the situation at hand

    No, I just believe in free trade while its not clear you even understand what “trade” means.

    Not a libertarian calling everyone names and getting excited because we don’t automatically follow your bow tie wearing economic priests of your theory religion.

    Now you’re just projecting as this is what you do in many threads here and many of your posts are profanity laden attacks on people you disagree with. You can certainly dish it out but when someone points out you’re being an idiot its all “stop name calling!” and “logical arguments” and “waah waah hurtie words”. It’s pretty weak.

    Yes they are, but they are Uniparty politicians, they are not conservatives.

    There’s no principled difference between them and Trump. All of them will fiddle round the margins at best (what you and Steve K seem to think are paradigm shifts in policy) but in the end we will just have bigger and more intrusive government.

    You’re kidding yourself.
    We need an actual, coherent alternative to the left and today’s conservatives are not it. They are to politics what keynesians are to economics in that they don’t even grasp the fundamentals of the subject matter.

  42. tgs

    Show me where on the doll the libertarian touched you, struth.

  43. Chris M

    As someone who has had groupies

    OK I have to ask…. Monty?

  44. Trump is a Kennedy Democrat.

    Mainly the JFK type of Kennedy.

  45. Anita

    tgs
    #2660502, posted on March 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    “I generally already read the comments on the Oz. Not sure that copying and pasting them again here adds value to your posts.”
    Not everybody has the time to read all comments in the Oz. Good on you Steve for the copy and paste of the pertinent comments. They are excellent rebuttals to Janet’s op ed.

  46. Anita

    Sean
    #2660689, posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm
    “A conservative who sleeps with pornstars”

    Hey this is not 1887. He didn’t rape her, neither did she accuse him of rape. She is a professional at the game and she got paid handsomely. So what is your problem? If thinking of sex is evil and amoral, we could not and would not have children.

  47. struth

    Good theory and common sense go hand in hand but you guys have neither

    Brilliant rebuttal.
    Can’t argue with that.

    That doesn’t make any sense. Trade is you going to the shop to buy something. This shop can be located in a geographic location that places it in another country but that doesn’t change what the action of “trade” is.

    Purposefully and wilfully not wanting to talk about trading with corruption and criminality.

    Not a libertarian calling everyone names and getting excited because we don’t automatically follow your bow tie wearing economic priests of your theory religion.

    Now you’re just projecting as this is what you do in many threads here and many of your posts are profanity laden attacks on people you disagree with. You can certainly dish it out but when someone points out you’re being an idiot its all “stop name calling!” and “logical arguments” and “waah waah hurtie words”. It’s pretty weak.

    I am suggesting that your actually more religious in your idolatry of a theory over any pragmatic assessment of the situation in it’s entirety, yet like lefties, you project your religious zealotry onto others.

    I have never wha wha’d about what anyone has said in response to what I have said, ever.
    I just give back what I get.
    If you want to talk shit, expect shit back.
    I always have a point to make WITH my abuse.
    Very big difference.
    I’m just pointing out that you call people shit you have no proof of, don’t bother to explain what makes you come to those conclusions, just you decree it therefore it is so.
    As this next bit of opinion minus example proves.
    You’re kidding yourself.

    We need an actual, coherent alternative to the left and today’s conservatives are not it. They are to politics what keynesians are to economics in that they don’t even grasp the fundamentals of the subject matter.

    You say nothing Iampeter.
    Indeed you are the one kidding yourself.
    Your religious zealotry for a mythical theory based utopia is much worse that people you call left wing religious nuts, and your lack of an ability to rationally debate and say anything except arrogant self righteous insults makes you quite nearly the troll.

    However, I believe you could be young and just full of yourself, and that’s why I bother with you at all.
    You may one day stop with the abuse and try and articulate an argument.
    When you tried before, although it was a shit argument and didn’t cut it for a second, we were all glad you decide to contribute, instead of just name calling.

  48. struth

    Show me where on the doll the libertarian touched you, struth.

    If the pain in my ass is anything to go by…………………………….

    (O)

  49. Warty

    Janet (was?) an inveterate disliker (perhaps an understatement) of Trump. Her antipathy towards Abbott still has me scratching my head; and in the lead up to the vote on SSM her 20 year old daughter persuaded her of the virtues of sodomy, dildos and other delights . . . the wisdom of a 20 year old.
    Now one might forgive her for a distancing disdain of the big American’s brashness and his locker room banter, but not for overlooking the underlying substance: his Warsaw speech and UN address alone ought to have caught her attention; but Steve quite rightly points to the Trump omission. Yet still, her antipathy towards Abbott has me scratching my head.
    The resulting catastrophe is one that is leading us inexorably towards a Labor landslide, and perhaps we’ll find the conservative leader we need in the midst of dystopia. But the piggy bank will be smashed, our armed forces bulked up on oestrogen, our legal system, universities and schools directed by Brussels.
    Perhaps Janet will by then be thinking nostalgically about the days of the short-lived Abbott Government.

  50. Iampeter

    Purposefully and wilfully not wanting to talk about trading with corruption and criminality.

    Why would you trade with corruption and criminality? Again its not clear you understand the meaning of the words you’re using. You certainly don’t seem to be clear on what “trade” even is.

    I am suggesting that your actually more religious in your idolatry of a theory over any pragmatic assessment of the situation in it’s entirety, yet like lefties, you project your religious zealotry onto others.

    So we agree? You don’t support free trade or capitalism or small government like you claim because it’s religiously zealous to do so? What are you even trying to argue here?

    I have never wha wha’d about what anyone has said in response to what I have said, ever.

    Every one of your responses to me is having a cry about name calling which you are the master of here and I’m not even name calling. You are literally being offended by being proven wrong. I’m not trying to attack you though but like many Cat posters you can’t tell the difference.

    I just give back what I get.
    If you want to talk shit, expect shit back.

    No, that’s what I’m saying to you lol.

    Your religious zealotry for a mythical theory based utopia is much worse that people you call left wing religious nuts, and your lack of an ability to rationally debate and say anything except arrogant self righteous insults makes you quite nearly the troll.

    This is just more projection and support of my argument that you don’t support small government, capitalism or free trade because its now “utopian” and “mythical theory”.
    As to “rationally debate” I mean I have to assume you’re trolling at this point. No one can actually be this clueless and lacking in self awareness.

    However, I believe you could be young and just full of yourself, and that’s why I bother with you at all.

    The sad thing is that you are not young and yet you are more ignorant of even basics and have no ability to even string together coherent positions at a level I don’t even see from some of the silliest teenagers, yet post endless walls of text of incomprehensible gibberish with a hilarious air of authority.
    It’s sad that this confused, leftist crap from grown men is what amounts for most of the discourse at Australia’s leading centre-right blog.

  51. Speedbox

    As someone who has had groupies, I kid you not, it’s another world and gives you a unique insight into what makes many women tick.

    Ok, I know I’m a bit late to this game but Struth!! Really? C’mon you can’t drop that bomb and walk away. Give us a snippet.

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    You’re kidding yourself.
    We need an actual, coherent alternative to the left and today’s conservatives are not it. They are to politics what keynesians are to economics in that they don’t even grasp the fundamentals of the subject matter.

    How many millenials have you converted to your one true brand of conservatism?
    How many conservative children who have gone on to become politicians of your own have you raised?
    Why haven’t you saved us?
    Or is it all someone else’s problem?

  53. Felix Kruell

    Hilarious.

    “Conservative” is not a list of policies but a state of mind that values the past and wishes to preserve what we have learned by heart so that it can be passed on to future generations.

    Missing entirely in her empty screed is mention of Donald Trump, the most conservative political leader of the past thirty years anywhere in the world, and a living example of what a conservative looks like and does

    So what past learnings has Trump embodied? Respect for our institutions of government? No. Respect for democracy? No. Separation of powers? No.

    We learned over many hundreds of years why these things are important. A true conservative would understand that and respect them. Trump doesn’t.

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