Well, the King is not dead, but he has been put to rest. Even as he was on the way out, Turnbull revealed he still held left-wing views when he described Australia as a very successful multicultural society.
He didn’t say it was a democratic society, because he couldn’t. There are after all two houses of parliament and only one elects our representatives in proportion to the relevant population. He could have called Australia a republic. Except as the ex-President of the Australian Republican Movement, he couldn’t; not without contradicting his most fundamental weltenschauung, that Australia was not a republic because its head of State was a monarch. And given his hubris, one starts to wonder if his involvement in the republican movement wasn’t merely opportunistic: President Turnbull, anyone?
James Madison, one of the United States founding fathers, was a man who knew a thing or two about republican government as anyone who has read The Federalist Papers would know. Madison described a democracy as one where the whole people assemble to govern a small number of citizens. But he described a republic as “a government in which the scheme of representation takes place.” Ergo, Australia, according to someone who knows, is a republic.
If Turnbull had been minded to describe how our people come from a great variety of different lands, he could, as Eleanor Roosevelt did when she addressed the arch-conservative Daughters of the Revolution, say: “my fellow immigrants.” By speaking of us as immigrants, Turnbull would have shown respect for the nature of our scheme of representative government and the liberty it grants to its people. After all, whether he called it a constitutional monarchy or a republic, it is the prospect of liberty that calls so many people to our shores.
But not for Turnbull. His immigration policy was just a matter of adding even more exciting culinary experiences to an already multicultural continent. Since these people were willingly bringing their cultures with them, and since he and the rest of the left were infatuated with culture, there was no need to teach the new arrivals how to be citizens or residents in a nation whose fundamental principle was the liberty of the individual.
Unfortunately, Turnbull’s and the left’s “They’ll pick it up quickly enough” isn’t all that different from “Help yourself.”
As Turnbull departed he had some harsh words for Tony Abbott; as do so many others. He had harsher words for Dutton and the unnamed few whose machinations eventually denied him the confidence of the parliamentary party. In fact, he went because he had lost the support of a majority of the people for whom increasing costs and stagnant wages were a burden. And, suddenly, he looked to sell out electricity price regulation to a Paris agreement whose only Australian supporters voted Green or (occasionally) ALP.
The fact that the ABC (cue music, Faith Hill, This Kiss) lamented his departure while describing his successor as no change middle of the road, signals clearly that Malcolm Turnbull was out of step with everyone but the Greens, the ABC and the man he shook hands with across the Despatch Box just a few days ago.
Scomo, if you are listening, apply the pub-test to every crazy theory that comes across your table and when, on bended knees you say your prayers this night, finish up with:
Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from the renewable energy and the evils of climate change, high electricity and healthcare prices and protect our children from the seriously left-wing education that they are receiving from Marxist academics. And, please, dear God, deliver us from excessive immigration and multiculturalism and restore our natural right to worship as we please. Amen.
If you can accomplish these few tasks, the rest of us will not have to endure Bill Shorten for at least a few more years, if at all.
Got something to add? Join the discussion and comment below.