The cherished self-image of Australians as tough, rangy, boundary-riders resistant to authority, government, and brainwashing has taken a dive.
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“Well, the point of this whole thing is to say to ourselves the truth, which is we are big emitters of carbon pollution by world standards. Per capita, per head of population, we are the biggest emitters of carbon pollution in the developed world.”
As with all such matters, the first question to be asked is: who benefits? The answer is obvious; Government bureaucrats who will have careers created policing the new tax and flying to endless international conferences, plus the Greens who, in addition to being able to pander to their own fanaticisms, are looking forward to a chance to prove it is they who really run Australia. There are already hate-campaigns being stirred up against opponents of the tax as “deniers” who allegedly want to see Australia converted into a flooded wasteland.
The government and the Greens along with their Ovine supporters do not, however, seem to be having it all its own way. Popular demonstrations against the proposed tax are springing up and in them it is possible to see the beginnings of an Australian Tea Party.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?