"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Australia: An Example of the Government They Deserve

As the saying goes, we get the government we deserve.  More accurately, we get the government that most of us deserve, or at least many of us   The rest of us just have to suck it up. When our neighbors don't value our rights and don't question corporate media lies then we can be sure any liberty we enjoy will be short lived.  We have seen this in America and of course we are seeing it in Australia.

About eight years ago I was doing a couple week assignment in Hawaii with the military for an exercise.  That exercise included a couple dozen members of the Australian Air Force.  I really enjoyed chatting with these fellas.  They flew a variety of aircraft from F-18s to C-130s and all had a great sense of humor.  Amidst beer and brats, or lulls during the exercise, I had an opportunity to chat with them at length about a variety of topics including racism in Australia and, of course, gun rights.

I was amazed how every single one of these members of the military of Australia were adamantly against the right of people to keep and bear arms.  Australia, of course, effectively banned firearm ownership in the late nineties.  I brought up the tendency of governments throughout history to abuse the citizenry and the unanimity of the response I got from these blokes was remarkable.  The response was something along the lines of "conspiracy theory" and "tin foil" and "you can trust government" and "that will never happen."  The endearing accent, delivering these incredibly naive talking points, was novel but the programmed responses were anything but and made clear that social media and corporate media were truly global.  I'd heard these same lemming responses from many Americans who also got their dose of "information" from the same propaganda outlets so they weren't noteworthy.  What was remarkable, however, was the sheer conformity of the group's responses.  All of these Aussies, to a man, were on the same page.

It was amazing, and creepy, how uniform and lock step these responses were from every single Australian military officer.  And while on an American base (famous for being bombed by the Japanese no-less) these Aussies were quick to laugh at the idea of Americans and their silly gun rights.  Pew pew pew, open laughter, and caricatures of "cowboys" and such, they didn't hide their contempt for America and the idea of people having the ability to defend themselves against a wayward government.  At least in the American military there would be a debate on the issue.  Not so with the Queen's Air Force.  They were all singing the same authoritarian tune.

Of course not all Aussies are so mindless and programmed.  Some are rational human beings who love liberty and are simply oppressed by their government comprised of people of low character.  I feel bad for rational Aussies who have to suffer through the government so many of their countrymen deserve.  Several of them can be found in the comment section of the video posted above.  It's sad to see and my heart goes out to them.

God save Aussies from the Queen.