Friday, July 18, 2008
Australia, you believed all his campaign promises and elected him.
Already, the disappointment is thick - except in the thick. But I’m sure they will catch up eventually.
Maybe you didn’t like Howard’s ideas. Maybe they scared you. After all, Aussies have a pretty sweet deal here at home.
But things can’t stay as they are if you want to (continue?) (better?) play on par with the rest of the world.
And you do, don’t you? If you didn’t, you wouldn’t all have (or want) cable tv, iPhones, multiple car households, a McDonalds in every suburb, and “Sex in the city“ box sets.
Naysayers, shut yer yaps, you know I’m right. I’ve heard plenty of anti-American sentiment, and have come to understand that a great many people -worldwide- greatly dislike America. Just not enough to shun its consumer goods and ‘culture‘. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Whether you liked him or not, John Howard saw that substantial changes were necessary to help Australia become competitive with other dominant global economic powers. And you voted him out for it. Myopic!
My bet is: Unlike his predecessor, weasel boy will get absolutely nothing of value done toward Australia’s greater good. There’s going to be a lot of lip service, slick used car salesman showmanship and hair styling products on show while he extracts more money from your pocket, and vigorously campaigns to win the next election.
Australia, if you allow that to happen, you will only get what you deserve.