Cory Bernadi- The Whisper Zone

I read an article some years ago that jarred me awake to how the cultural Marxists worked their system. The article was called “Doing the DC Bob”, the DC being Washington DC and how one needed to follow a process if one wanted to voice an “unapproved” opinion amongst the political corridors of Washington. One had to bob one’s head and check just who was in earshot. Getting caught saying the wrong thing could have a big impact on one’s career and social life.

This is an attitude so Stalinist in its nature I found it utterly revolting and it is why the Redbaiter persona I blog under has always been so focused on challenging cultural Marxism. I think it is an evil that we must all confront whenever there is opportunity.

Yesterday Australian Senator Cory Bernadi wrote a simlar piece. He called it “The Whisper Zone”. An excerpt follows. You can read the full article here– If you go there, subscribe to his newsletter. Its excellent value.

What is the “whisper zone”? It is a product of political correctness. Those who speak publicly—normally these are people of a conservative or traditional viewpoint—are too often shouted down, mocked and derided simply for expressing a point of view that does not align with the prevailing PC orthodoxy. This has the effect of silencing people because they are afraid of being intimidated and ridiculed. In effect, they are reduced to whispering their views to others.

I have consistently defended the Australian way of life, including freedom of religion. I have also questioned the public indulgence of practices and ideologies that I do not agree with, and I have endured all sorts of abuse for simply voicing that opinion.

As a politician, I am not precious; I do have a very thick skin. I can handle the insults that are aimed at me and, indeed, exposing the hypocrisy of others is strangely empowering. But somehow it seems okay for other members of this parliament, including Senator Xenophon, Senator Bob Brown, the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Senator Chris Evans and more, to voice their concerns about particular groups, but it is not okay for me to express my own concerns.

These are concerns that have been expressed right around the world — in many cases they have been aired too late to have done any good. While words of abuse from this government, which demonstrate to me just how out of touch they are with mainstream Australia, do not bother me, I do worry about the effect that their actions have on the wider Australian community.

How many people have witnessed the personal slurs and illogical charges of racism and bigotry towards me and are now too scared to voice their own opinions for fear of being vilified too? Every time I speak out in defence of our values I receive a wave of support from everyday Australians who share my concerns, but they tell me they are too afraid to speak publicly.

Time and time again we hear conservative voices—voices that seek to protect our traditions and way of life—shouted down by those who simply do not have room for another opinion. The important issues are lost in a blitz of character assassination, vitriol and misrepresentation.

I say: no more. It is time for us to break out of the whisper zone because what is at risk if we stay silent is simply too precious to lose. We cannot afford to lose our culture or our guiding principles. We cannot afford to lose the unity that comes from our shared values and sense of community. Compared to a financial balance sheet, a cultural balance sheet is almost impossible to restore once it is lost.

We have to take a stand; otherwise we risk going down the same path as some other Western nations. Of course, we can continue to celebrate diversity but when uncritical tolerance undermines that which unites us, we cannot and we should not stay silent. As David Cameron said:

At stake are not just lives, it is our way of life.