The hoo hah continues over John Key’s “brilliant” Steven Joyce engineered election victory.
Left out of the equation is the dismal defeat of the proposition to review the MMP voting system. Failure to change this system will have dire consequences for future governments, the Nationals in particular.
Key and the Nats should have campaigned more visibly and enthusiastically for change. That they did not must have been a strategy decision by the Nats’ tactical team. Primarily I would guess Steven Joyce and John Key.
They obviously thought that pushing any viewpoint on MMP would distract from the election campaign.
IMHO, a stupid and short sighted decision. MMP is a senseless and destructive voting system and will bog NZ’s governments down in unworkable coalitions for decades. It should have been replaced and almost any of the proffered systems would have been better, even FPP.
In fact National will be hard pressed to find any coalition partner at the next election.
Joyce and Key’s poorly chosen strategy has locked NZ into decades of political uncertainty and will hamper the survival of the National government. Key might have changed that if he had had the nerve to push the issue during the campaign.
Not clever. Just real dumb I reckon.
(Note: This appraisal based on current voting. I don’t expect any big changes in the final tally.)
Further to recent discussions about the Conservative Party, its timely to consider a piece by the well known Libertarian (American) writer Charley Reece.
Charley recalls that some of the civilised communities he has lived in have been Christian communities, whereas the most barbaric places he has lived have been dominated by secular progressives.
I agree with Charley, for in NZ, and in my travels around the globe, where I have actually lived (not holidayed) in other cultures and countries, I have noticed exactly the same features.
The basic thing that protects our persons, our property and our liberty is the morality that individuals possess in their own hearts. The law cannot be a substitute for that. No law can protect you from a dishonest merchant or a thug because the law is always, of necessity, applied after the fact, and then only on a selective basis. Furthermore, as we have seen, the law and the system of justice often degenerate into a tragic farce.
The bottom line is that if we become an immoral people, we will eventually lose both our prosperity and our liberty. A free society cannot exist without trust, and it is morality that cements that trust. We are drifting toward the abyss, and we had all better think seriously about why this is happening.
Colin Craig has said his party is not Christian. The smearers are saying otherwise. Even if it were so, and the Conservative Party was in fact Christian based, would that really be so bad?
Historically, I’m a National Party supporter. But I can’t support that party today, when it has betrayed so completely the principles it was founded upon.
The NZ National Party has emulated the Liberal Party of Canada. Or the Conservative Party of the UK. Or the Republican Party of the US. All have become shadows of the parties they once were as they have one by one fallen victim to the cultural Marxism that has swept the West.
As our cultures have been radically altered, so has this change filtered into our political parties, pushed by a liberal/ progressive political class that can now be seen to have slowly and steadily undermined everything those parties once stood for.
In NZ, the National Party is not the only organisation destroyed. ACT has been destroyed. The Libertarians have been destroyed. Even the Labour Party has been adversely affected.
In Canada, the Conservative Party grew due to popular demand for an antidote to the poison that was destroying Canada’s traditional culture. Electing Stephen Harper as its leader in 2004, it snatched power from the Liberal Party (Canada’s National Party) just two years later. Harper has been Canadian PM since 2006.
NZ’s “liberals” are wary. Maybe they feel the contempt rising in the populace. Whatever, something has spurred immense resistance to Colin Craig’s Conservatives among the progressive political class.
The left controlled mainstream media has mostly ignored them or smeared them. However this disdain is nothing compared to the campaign of hate being carried out by the so called “liberals” of the established minor parties and National.
Colin Craig doesn’t go to church, but topping the smears is the lie that the Conservative Party is dominated by “Fundamentalist Christians”. That Craig is a “Pakeha Brian Tamaki“. Here are Colin Craig’s own words on a Q & A session with the Omaru Mail about a month ago.
Question from George- “do you base your policies on good Christian principles?”
Colin Craig- “Hi George. Not a Christian party. Common sense is my main thing and the basis of our policies. Practical results more important than ideology.”
That won’t stop the Progressives. They’ll continue their hate campaign of smears and lies as they feel the political ground slipping away under their feet. My advice is confront them if you have the time, but in the main leave them to the squalor of their putrid condition.
They’ll go the same way as the Liberal Party did in Canada and become relics of history. The Conservative fight back has started. The battle won’t be won today, but in the future.
When I observe these cowardly attacks I am reminded of Charley Reece’s words from a piece written at a time that seems so long ago, when I first started advocating Conservative Politics on usenet in the late nineties, and was forced to deal with an unbelievable level of hate and scorn and intolerance.
With 55,000 votes for NZ’s own Conservative Party over the weekend, how things have changed since then. Charley’s words-
“The pseudo-liberal closely resembles the professional communist. He preaches tolerance while practicing intolerance; he condemns bigotry while being a bigot; he purports to be for open debate while silencing all of his opponents; he says he is for religious tolerance while routinely slandering Christians; he purports to be for multiculturalism while viciously attacking our traditional European culture.
These pseudo-liberals should be recognized for what they are: authoritarians, wearing a disguise, who are the mortal enemies of a free society.”