David Leyonhjelm. Don’t let the terrorists and supremacists win

If it is the right thing to locate Australia’s embassy in Jerusalem, we should do so even if terrorists threaten violence in response.

And if it is ok to be white, we should be able to say so even if white supremacists say the same thing.

Our governments and citizens should say and do what is right, regardless of the reaction of terrorists and supremacists. We must never let the terrorists and supremacists win.

Imagine if we decided against locating our embassy in Israel’s capital city for fear of terrorist violence. This would be akin to women deciding against walking home at night or not wearing a particular dress or swimsuit for fear of being assaulted or raped.

Of course, we should take precautions in light of our decisions. Before the Government announced it was considering the embassy move, ASIO warned our agencies to prepare for potential violent protests. And if the Government went ahead and moved the embassy, we would all need to be on high alert for potential violence.

I made a related point in June when I argued that women should be allowed to carry pepper spray if they wish, as this would be a reasonable precaution when making the perfectly legitimate decision to walk home at night.

Whether it is the right thing to move Australia’s embassy to Jerusalem is a complex issue and reasonable points can be made on all sides.

My view is that moving the embassy should occur. For a start, Israel’s capital is in fact Jerusalem. Furthermore, moving it would be an acknowledgment that Israel controls Jerusalem, and acknowledging facts is an important prerequisite for successful negotiations.

I also hold the radical view, perhaps not consistent with the mantra of a ‘two-state-solution’, that Arabs and Jews might be better off if the territory Israel won in response to external aggression remains part of Israel permanently. After all, Israel is the only democracy that respects human rights in the region. Journalists don’t get carved up in Israeli embassies and homosexuals don’t get stoned to death.

But whatever is the right thing to do about our embassy in Israel, the threat of terrorist violence in response should play no part in the decision. Any threat by Indonesia of withdrawal from a trade deal should play no part either. Principles matter.

Saying and doing what is right, regardless of the views of malevolent forces, is not just important in relation to highfalutin government decision-making. It also matters in the more ho-hum, day-to-day choices of everyday Australians.

For instance, because it is ok to white, everyday Australians should be free to say that it is ok to be white. Just as it is ok to be black.

Just because white supremacists say it is ok to be white does not make the statement incorrect or unusable. We shouldn’t reject this truth just to ensure we are always disagreeing with white supremacists. It would still be fine to say “Have a nice day” even if it had been Hitler’s favourite saying.

To do otherwise leads to poor outcomes. For example, labelling the vote of Craig Thompson, former Labor parliamentarian and Health Services Union official, as a tainted vote led other parliamentarians to cast their votes in the House of Representatives not according to principle, but according to whatever side Craig Thompson wasn’t on.

We shouldn’t spend our lives fearing spurious associations with bad people or thinking that bad people are never correct. A broken clock is correct twice a day.

When major party politicians vote down the suggestion that it is ok to be white, they come across to a lot of Australians as weak and stupid. This is a win for white supremacists.

We need to stop interpreting people’s words beyond their plain meaning. If I agree with the suggestion that it is ok to be white, this means I think it is ok to be white. It does not mean that I believe all white people are oppressed, or that all people of different races are not.

But we also need to hold people to account for what they say. If people slander men in general as out-of-control pigs, we shouldn’t excuse this as if they just meant ‘some’ men.

Politicians, and the rest of us, should be free to act with principle and speak truth, and to stop boxing with shadows.

David Leyonhjelm is a Senator for the Liberal Democrats

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31 Responses to David Leyonhjelm. Don’t let the terrorists and supremacists win

  1. .

    We need to stop interpreting people’s words beyond their plain meaning.

    To do so is to engage in the quagmire of postmodernism. I am pretty sure that Foucault did not even like what his theory of criticism had become by the time he passed away.

  2. rickw

    And if it is ok to be white, we should be able to say so even if white supremacists say the same thing.

    Do white supremacists actually exist outside of the lefts inventory of bogeymen?

  3. AussieMAGA

    white supremacists exist in the mind of libertards who want to virtue-signal while cucking for the Left’s framing of their opponents as such. basically: libertardianism = cuckoldry. discuss.

  4. Snoopy

    Well said, DL. The tragedy for this nation is that this needs to be said at all and worse, your sentiments will be, at the very best, ignored by our elite opinion makers.

  5. Leo G

    And if it is ok to be white, we should be able to say so even if white supremacists say the same thing.
    Our governments and citizens should say and do what is right, regardless of the reaction of terrorists and supremacists. We must never let the terrorists and supremacists win.

    Logically incompatible statements, unless DL means to imply that (1) it is not OK to be white, or that (2) white supremacists do not say it is OK to be white, or both (1) and (2).
    Committing to never say or do anything in agreement with terrorists and supremacists is not to be regardless of their reactions, but implies that we regard their reaction so as to ensure disagreement.

  6. CameronH

    I would have thought that White Supremacists would think that being white is more than just OK. How easily cowed are our so called conservative politicians and they wonder why nobody votes for them.

    I hope that the Aboriginal supremacists who believe that the whole of Australia belongs to them now get called out. Would be have a vote in the parliament that it is not OK to be black?

  7. zyconoclast

    I thought DL was a low taxing small government type of guy.

    Moving the embassy is virtue signalling and a waste of money.
    There is no real benefit in doing so.

    Should we base our policies on someone getting chopped up in an embassy in Turkey?
    The policy of open borders the last time a body was found on a Turkish beach turned out really well.

  8. jupes

    And if the Government went ahead and moved the embassy, we would all need to be on high alert for potential violence.

    Starting to see the problem with Muslim immigrants now DL.

    Good. Now see if you can manage the next logical leap.

  9. Jannie

    Wether its a good decision or not is something we decide on its merits. It is the usual thing to locate an embassy in the capitol of the host nation, and something of an affront to them if we locate it elsewhere. If we refrain from doing what we think is the right thing because of fear, we lose, and are marked as appeasing cowards. Good stuff David, never give in.

  10. tgs

    Great article, DL.

    white supremacists exist in the mind of libertards who want to virtue-signal while cucking for the Left’s framing of their opponents as such. basically: libertardianism = cuckoldry. discuss.

    That’s some real Poe’s law shit there, fella.

  11. Herodotus

    That renowned expert on foreign policy, Paul Kelly, says it’s the wrong thing to do.

  12. Fred

    We should be cutting the Foreign Affairs budget, not dreaming up new ways to spend more money.

  13. Texas Jack

    Yes, we do need to stop interpreting people’s words beyond their plain meaning. Especially in our courts where to claim you “probably felt very trapped” or “frightened” should be laughed out dismissed the nanosecond they’re uttered.

  14. Tel

    The word “racist” got flogged so hard it started to vanish into irrelevance, so they needed new words, even more implausible, for smearing people with.

  15. Crossie

    That old saying how common sense is not common should be changed to how it’s now almost extinct. It’s good to read that some evidence of it has been detected in Canberra.

    How can our leaders maintain their positions and our respect when the average person can plainly see their stupidity on almost every issue facing the country?

  16. stackja

    Leftists/ABC/SMH insist words are a problem.

  17. Boambee John

    It would still be fine to say “Have a nice day” even if it had been Hitler’s favourite saying.

    Hitler was an environmentalist, anti-smoking non-drinker. He was also a vegetarion animal lover.

    Strangely, our hysterical fascist leftists have not rejected all of these practices because Hitler favoured them.

    The “supremacist” slur is just an attempt to cut off debate.

  18. destroyerD69

    Too late mate. The terrorists are already past the last turn and have the finish line in plain sight. Why else would it be the case ,that, we now have massive security delays at airports. police armed like extras in a hollywood police academy movie, no go areas in our capital cities because of a fear of reprisals if a normal person wants to enter the “zone”. exposure to criminal charges if you dare to express your own opinion(its called free speech mate},and probably the fastest growing industry in the country is the manufacture and installation of bollards and their ilk that prove that we are not afraid and will not let terrorists change our way of life Etc. Etc.

  19. Tim Neilson

    And if it is ok to be white, we should be able to say so even if white supremacists say the same thing.
    Our governments and citizens should say and do what is right, regardless of the reaction of terrorists and supremacists. We must never let the terrorists and supremacists win.

    Logically incompatible statements, unless DL means to imply that (1) it is not OK to be white, or that (2) white supremacists do not say it is OK to be white, or both (1) and (2).
    Committing to never say or do anything in agreement with terrorists and supremacists is not to be regardless of their reactions, but implies that we regard their reaction so as to ensure disagreement.

    Logic fail. Saying that we should say what’s right “regardless of the reaction” of terrorists et al is NOT saying that we’ve got to “never say or do anything in agreement with terrorists” et al.

  20. Dr Fred Lenin

    Nothing wrong with white supremacy, whites are superior ,create the wealth that pays for giobal communists to abuse the creators of the wealth and demonise them, treat the taxpayers like shit and demand they vote for them to administer more of the same. Whites Suoerior? You say look at aboriginals and imagine where they would be without white crested welfare? Look at muslim countries nearly all basket cases full of violence and corruption . Look at Africa a complete bloody mess ,South America not a lot better ,and we have politicians forcing us down the path to the lowest common denominator the only achievement communists ever manage to create, so don’t tell me whites are not superior ,refute the facts above .

  21. bollux

    Brings to mind something from Ship of Fools.
    “Men posing as female weight lifters isn’t the biggest problem Western Civilisation faces, but it’s an ominous sign of deeper rot. When the people in charge retreat into fantasy, and demand everyone else join them there, society itself becomes impervious to reality. The entire population develops the habits of fact avoidance and lying. After a while, nobody can see a crisis , or even admit one exists.”
    Isn’t this Australia to a T.

  22. Ellen of Tasmania

    Sadly, though, there are a growing number of white supremacists. You could see it would happen as a backlash to all the whites-are-dreadful-and-to-blame-for-everything narrative.

    It’s the culture, stupid. And if you were to ask me (which I realise you aren’t) – it’s the religion, stupid, which creates the culture. We become like what we worship.

    Ironically, I can’t think of anyone who nails this better than Thomas Sowell. (For example, see Black Rednecks and White Liberalshttps://www.bookdepository.com/Black-Rednecks-White-Liberals-Thomas-Sowell/9781594031434?ref=grid-view&qid=1540946707337&sr=1-1)

  23. Roger

    I wonder if the J3wish voters of Wentworth are having second thoughts about their erstwhile representative after he threw Israeli under a bus to appease Indonesian militants and score a point against the Liberal government? His successor’s views are lukewarm, at best.

    Something to ponder come the general election.

  24. .

    AussieMAGA
    #2852841, posted on October 30, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    white supremacists exist in the mind of libertards who want to virtue-signal while cucking for the Left’s framing of their opponents as such. basically: libertardianism = cuckoldry. discuss.

    What a pathetic loser.

    Is that you, Darrin Hodges?

  25. Roger

    Moving the embassy is virtue signalling and a waste of money.
    There is no real benefit in doing so.

    Tel Aviv is a very expensive place.

    If the transition was managed prudently we’d probably come out ahead.

  26. Leo G

    Sadly, though, there are a growing number of white supremacists.

    More sadly, there is a growing number of Critical Race Theory supremacists with inordinate influence on government and the media.

  27. Vagabond

    Unfortunately considering likely timelines the embassy will never get to Jerusalem so there’s no point in even proposing it. It needs to be moved there to show the barbarians that their behaviour as the world’s delinquents is only bringing undesirable and unintended results for them. The unpleasant reality however is that in a few months the liars party will be in power and will not only not move the embassy but possibly even close it altogether if the green lefties have their way.

  28. Ellen of Tasmania

    More sadly, there is a growing number of Critical Race Theory supremacists with inordinate influence on government and the media.

    Yes, it is sad, but it’s more sad if we fight the wrong with yet another, equally troublesome wrong. The response should be one that fixes the problem, not just replaces it with another problem.

    White is irrelevant. They care about the colour of our religion. Look around. They hate Christians and conservatives, regardless of colour. Critical Theory is their weapon. We should ignore the whole skin colour thing and defend the religion, the worldview and the culture it gives us. White supremacists just make things worse.

  29. AussieMAGA

    further, the libertard is beholden to slave morality in his pursuit of liberty.

    this pursuit is negative though; he does not seek the good, rather freedom from constraint. like a slave, he has no virtue of his own to pursue. he is but a gimp yearning to be free.

  30. LBLoveday

    Mr L doubles down on his June comment “I argued that women should be allowed to carry pepper spray..”
    Is there any logical reason that men should not be allowed the same right? After all many more men than women are assaulted “when making the perfectly legitimate decision to walk home at night”,; rape is terrible, but so is being bashed and robbed.

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