Let us give thanks to politicians for correcting our failings

Discovering and exterminating the hidden code in words is yet another reason why we lesser people need the wisdom and perspicuity of those we elect to Parliament.  Politicians’ extraordinary intellects see the Big Picture and are able to garnish our incomes to correct our misconceptions.

Most of us will have seen ads like the one where a father watching his son competing in a team sport urges him to “stop playing like a girl!”.  Some old geezer, castigates him by asking “what is wrong with playing like a girl”?  While the father might simply have been urging his son to be more competitive, perhaps misunderstanding that girls on average are just as strong, run just as fast, and jump just a high as boys, he was using language that demeans half of the human race, might lead to discrimination and, as per the cause de jour, sexual malpractice.

Michaelia Cash and Scott Morrison are, therefore, to be thanked for taking our money to correct our behaviour and expurgate the use of language which brings destructive outcomes.

This adds to other Big Picture issues that we cannot resolve without government.  Of course, the biggest is climate change.  This heaven-sent opportunity of a supposed externality justifies actions by politicians and bureaucrats to shift the course of economic development in ways, so they frequently say, that will actually bring benefits in new “good paying” jobs.

We also see the inability or short-sightedness of profit-seeking businesses, which prevents them setting aside sufficient funds to prosper from the technological breakthroughs in hydrogen, and harnessing the sun and wind that our political leaders recognise as inevitable.

Nowadays politicians recognise that they cannot actually run businesses.  Indeed, the Prime Minister’s calamitous intervention in the Holgate-Australia Post management demonstrates they cannot even stay out of businesses that they have established at arm’s length to prevent political meddling. But they can use taxpayers’ money and, through regulation, consumers’ spending to set in train outcomes that correspond to their perceptions of our best interests.

Most politicians have a sense of history that encompasses the framework around which the American revolutionaries developed the US Constitution – the basis of the Australian and other constitutions.  But few share the insights of Franklin, Jefferson, Maddison, and others in recognising that government, even when is leaders were motivated by the nation’s best interests, will end in corrupting freedoms and undermining wealth creation.  Rather than seeing Constitutional restraints on the executive branch as benefits, most modern politicians see them as impediments to be removed when they become inconvenient.

It may be that some Liberals in going full bore in directing their constituents’ lives see this as a tactic to “dish the whigs”, Zak Kirkup style, by outflanking their political opponents from the left.  That tactic in itself has a poor record.  But for the most part we have an elite political class encompassing politicians, bureaucrats and the media that has abandoned or never understood that limited government offers the key to prosperity and freedom.   That class is firmly in the saddle.

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20 Responses to Let us give thanks to politicians for correcting our failings

  1. Baa Humbug says:

    I’m not sure that its the politicians with these ideas, they’re too dumb to even come up with dumb ideas.
    I think it’s the bureaucrats who convince the politicians (a la Yes Minister style). That’s why the leftward drift in a hurry.

  2. Mother Lode says:

    After the (mostly phantom and mostly confected) furore surrounding ‘misogyny’ in Canberra it is we plebs that are being scolded.

    Reminds me of a line from Monty Python or some such along the lines of:

    “What happens when Prince Charles gets sick?”

    “Oh, he probably has someone who gets sick for him.”

  3. H B Bear says:

    Every day I fail in so many different ways. I don’t know what I would do without Kate Jenkins to correct me.

  4. H B Bear says:

    Where should I send the cheque?

  5. H B Bear says:

    Sometimes my failure is that I don’t even know I’m failing. That makes it hard.

  6. rickw says:

    While the father might simply have been urging his son to be more competitive, perhaps misunderstanding that girls on average are just as strong, run just as fast, and jump just a high as boys, he was using language that demeans half of the human race, might lead to discrimination and, as per the cause de jour, sexual malpractice.

    Huh?

  7. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    That class is firmly in the saddle.

    And regrettably will remain so until the long overdue implementation of HOP Time.

  8. Cynic of A says:

    What was that bit about the US female running champ? Not sure if she was skiting, or someone else was, but she’s apparently the best of the bestest female runner in the universe or somewhere.
    Two or three hundred fifteen year old high school boys can beat her record.
    I don’t mind a bit of hyperbowl when it comes to comparison between F and M, but FFS, let’s be real about it!

  9. Strayan Drongo says:

    I’m from the government and I’m here to help….

  10. min says:

    One of the latest ideas is to put politicians , possibly others who have behaved badly towards others , through Empathy Training so I thought I had better check out what this involves . Already someone with no credentials given, has set up a business in this area and has on her web an empathy test which I am sure has been validated and reliability tested . I wonder also if after the training she measures outcomes , probably with same test .
    Now we know empathy is learnt but what could impede learning ? What about all those small amygdalae found in psychopaths , child molesters , rapists and domestic violence perpetrators . Perhaps a PET scan , MRI or something and send them where? if they don’t measure up . I can remember one researcher in Britain who gave one to one therapy daily for years to one in prison as he thought that the prisoner’s upbringing had caused his violent behaviour , to no avail.. Well we know now there is a genetic influence . One neuropsychological researcher compared parenting styles in families after he discovered his great great something was Lizzie Borden and he showed some tendencies , eg easily aroused to anger , whilst his cousin was a psychopathic criminal
    Psychometric testing on all potential politicians maybe the way to go at least that would save some money but what to do about the general public with no or low empathy .

  11. Bad Samaritan says:

    rickw (10.02am) Alan is “voicing” the implication of the ad.

    The old geezer is pretending to not know that sheilas are slower runners etc: pretending they are just as strong etc, so Alan is mocking the ad.

  12. Terry says:

    ‘Two or three hundred fifteen year old high school boys can beat her record.’
    Fear not, at least one of those ‘Two or three hundred…’ will eventually decide to “identify” as female, proving once-and-for-all ‘that girls on average are just as strong, run just as fast, and jump just a high as boys’

    Who needs reality when we need only bend the language to fit our own preferred delusions.

  13. MACK says:

    The socialist politicians in Canberra, obsessed with buying votes, simply don’t understand human nature: “A new study out of the University of Michigan found that children as young 5 already had distinct emotional reactions to spending and saving money, and that these translated into actual, real-life spending behaviors. The findings also suggest that these emotional reactions and spending behaviors weren’t modeled after their parents.”
    https://news.umich.edu/spendthrift-or-tightwad-children-form-attitudes-about-money-at-young-age/

  14. Roger says:

    It may be that some Liberals in going full bore in directing their constituents’ lives see this as a tactic to “dish the whigs”, Zak Kirkup style, by outflanking their political opponents from the left.

    It began when John Howard decided law abiding citizens of good character couldn’t be trusted to keep a firearm in their house because of the murderous actions of a schizophrenic who – if government had been doing its job properly – would never have had access to a firarm to begin with.

    Fraser wasted a mandate to roll back Whitlam’s disastrous experiment and added ill conceived actions of his own to the mix, such as the “Lebanon Concession”, more money for multikulti and a second national broadcaster to boot.

    We haven’t had a decent liberal-conservative government in this country since Menzies and with the Liberals now nothing but a vehicle for unprincipled careerists we probably never will.

  15. Bad Samaritan says:

    Cynic of A. Example: Cathy Freeman’s best time over 400m is 48.63 seconds while the women’s world record remains 47.6 seconds set 35 years ago in Canberra by Marita Koch ( probably drug-assisted: East Germany at World Cup Finals). From Wiki… “That time is considered far out of reach of even the best of today’s athletes.

    Meanwhile the Aus Junior Men’s record (under 20) is 44.75 (!) and the under-18 45.96 (!!).

    The best Aussie “boy” would beat the best ever woman in the world by 30-40 metres FFS! To be beaten by them he would indeed need to be running like a girl.

  16. Damon says:

    I have never heard any politician (Australian or American) quote wages for these new ‘good paying’ jobs.

  17. a happy little debunker says:
  18. Scott Osmond says:

    I was walking through the lounge room a day or so ago and the olds were watching one of the propaganda channels or other. I asked them if Scotty from marketing ever stopped apologising unreservedly for anything? If there were a ministry position for apologising unreservedly our Scotty would be the perfect candidate for the job.

  19. Kneel says:

    “…perhaps misunderstanding that girls on average are just as strong, run just as fast, and jump just a high as boys…”

    Cool – no need for separate girls/womens sport then. Glad that’s settled.
    Time to Alinski rules them…

  20. John A says:

    Most of us will have seen ads like the one where a father watching his son competing in a team sport urges him to “stop playing like a girl!”. Some old geezer, castigates him by asking “what is wrong with playing like a girl”?

    What’s wrong? The context, which determines success will require playing harder, more aggressively and with less caution than girls at that age tend to do (on average).

    Get off your woke high-horse, old geezer!

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