With apologies to Sir Robert Gordon Menzies. 3 September 1939.
Sergeant Gordon Ayre MM assists wounded mate, Private Wally Johnson; PNG 1943.
By Mike Canavan.
I cannot help but wonder if we are not at the precipice of something far greater than the idiocy of furious cancel culture; and those that wish to retro-cast our history to fit within their own perverted social agenda. Sadly it seems to me now they wish to reshape our entire psyche and culture in their own sorrowful and myopic cultural vision.
Make absolutely no mistake we are a World at War.
In past years, wars were much easier to identify and understand. The enemy was clear and present — they provided a completely discernible actual physical threat to our Nation and our way of life.
Today unhappily our enemies lurk within. They are a far greater danger than the Nazis or the Japanese invaders of the 1930s and 40s. Our enemies stork us from within the shadows of our own borders. They hide in plain sight — they lurk within our suburbs, our schools, our churches, and communities.
This may sound some-what alarmist or perhaps unwarranted, yet within the past fortnight some of the most sinister changes that have been demanded by these revolutionists, desperate to sculpt history into their own selfish vision. Their actions can leave us with no other option than to believe that the war we face today is being fought on the keyboards of our computers within our homes. The revisionist wokes are determined to attack the fundamental fabric of our community as we live it today.
When they came for statues and monuments I was concerned. The lack of their understanding of history is so terrifying that it warrants putting our education system on trial for abuse of the young and its neglect of their first duty of care — to protect and educate the most vulnerable and impressionable in our community — our children.
Recently in Minnesota, US, rioters tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus. After doing so, they danced and spat on it.
In Ottawa, Canada, students at Carleton University, citing racism and misogyny, have demanded the removal of a statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi. How in God’s name could Gandhi be considered either racist or a misogynist. The Indian lawyer was a fervent anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Colonial Rule, and in turn, inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. One seriously has to wonder what these idiots are taught in the higher institute of learning. Sadly it is definitely not historical truth.
In London, a statue of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the nemesis of fascists, was defaced and is now boarded up for its own protection. As his granddaughter Emma Soames lamented “We’ve come to this place where history is viewed only entirely through the prism of the present.” I am sure Churchill himself would have been proud of her insight and courage in saying what she did.
A protective screen put up around the Churchill statue.
Yet here in our country some ill-informed commentators have effusively welcomed these anti-social toxic events. “The recent, ferocious challenging of public forms of history, I have to admit, has thrilled this historian’s heart,” wrote Sydney Morning Herald columnist Julia Baird last weekend. Admitting that she considers herself an historian carries with it a heavy burden of responsibility to the truth. Sadly a commodity Ms. Baird has little acquaintance with. She continued:
“What has happened to statues – rolled into harbours, set aflame on their plinths, defaced with graffiti, hung with signs – is merely the visible form of what historians, buried in archives, wrestling with raw material, have been quietly doing to the myths of the past for decades, uncovering and tapping into computers – documenting a more complete account,” she said.
Baird either is ignorant to, or oblivious of the fact that many protesters are motivated not by historical integrity or truth — but a sinister authoritarian ideology. To equate iconoclasm with scholarly refutation is casuistry. Moreover, should the tables be turned, I doubt Ms. Baird, who among her dubious accolades is also the co-host of ABC current affairs and so called news program: ‘The Drum’. I wonder if she might be so understanding of people taking the law into their own hands to correct inaccuracies espoused on her own sadly public funded program. As far as I can determine their mantra is overwhelmingly left-wing. For the past two years she has black-listed (whops can I say this now) representatives from the conservative think-tank ‘The Institute of Public Affairs’.
Would not Baird – who stresses that people should engage in “respectful conversation” on The Drum’s social media site — prefer viewers that dispute the wild assertions from GetUp panellists? Perhaps she might ask the ABC Fact Check unit to investigate their woeful inaccuracies? I wonder what she might say if conservative protesters stormed her studios and spray-painted her set protesting her views and values?
Not satisfied with these other idiotic demands, and encouraged by an ever out of touch leftist ABC, the broadcaster James Valentine turned on chess. Chess is apparently racist; he touted. The white piece moves first. What an outrage. Most thought who cares, but we must take care for it is not an assault on chess, it is an assault on our culture and the fabric of our society as we know and live it today.
In what is still remembered as one of the most cringe-inducing statements ever uttered on ABC’s Q&A, some time ago. Peter FitzSimons told a haunting story about playing chess with his son.
“And with my son, not long ago, I was playing chess and I was white and he was black and I was winning and he started crying”, Fitzsimons recalled.
“And I said, `Why?’ And he said, `Because this reminds me of what happened to the Aboriginal people.’
Just as an aside supposedly black is the lucky colour, and it has been said it would be too much of an advantage for a player to have the lucky colour (black) AND move first! … In 1857, Lowenthal (an English Master) recommended to the First American Chess Congress that the player with the White Pieces always move first.
However more importantly one has to wonder what ever happened to the innocence of childhood?
What could possibly justify burdening our children with this historical guilt. At best it is cruel and inhuman — at worst, a strong case for child abuse could be made. Sadly it would appear that it is an axiomatic mirror of the state of our education system as it is today and the dangers these wokes present.
Original sin is something best debated within the hallowed halls of theological studies or indeed ecumenical councils. It is hardly something that we need to burden our children with. (Augustine Christian doctrine teaches that everyone is born sinful. This means that they are born with a built-in urge to do bad things and to disobey God. The concept of Original Sin was explained in depth by St Augustine and formalised as part of Roman Catholic doctrine by the Councils of Trent in the 16th Century.)
John Stuart Mill
It was John Stuart Mill, the nineteenth century English poet, philosopher and politician who said: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
Certainly no one has ever been so right about so many things so much of the time and ironically today as he.
It is this very powerful statement that gives us reason and an imperative to act — and act now. The Barbarians are at our gates, and we will only have ourselves to blame if we do nothing, for they will succeed with their odious manifesto.
We must turn the very weapons that they used to undermine us against them. We must mount a retaliatory campaign that will call to account the outrageous and wicked diatribe these faceless trolls are peddling through their social media platforms.
We must use our intelligence reason and truth together with historical fact — not the anti-racist emotional claptrap that they hide behind, to defeat them.
The cancel culture when put under any form of forensic examination falls apart. It is a culture based on derision and hate speech. It is designed to set brother against brother and race against race and Nation against Nation.
For their fuel they set about selectively looking in every corner; under every rock to seek out trouble under the guise of race discrimination or problematic thinking.
They endeavour and need to rewrite history in their own view and pollute the minds of the most impressionable. They never allow the truth to get on the road of their cause nor do they worry who they might harm, dispossess or damage in their mindless endeavours. They are the ultimate expression and example of bullying. When they don’t get their own way, they anonymously set about to destroying any and all who defy their manifesto.
The single greatest failure of this cancel culture is that they fail to take into consideration at the time that the monument, or park was erected what was the law or sentiment of the constituents of the community was at large. I have written often about the peril of rewriting history to suit our lifestyle today, and the dangers associated with destroying our past. But never before has there been such ignorance and arrogance associated with our nation’s culture and heritage.
Great or good political oratory today is rare. Historically there have been many great political speakers, but in this world of the 24-hour news cycle courage is considered a contempt, and strength of values are considered to be a foe rather than a beacons of hope.
In an almost Churchillian oration, a most unlikely candidate has stood head and shoulder above the rest. In an unexpected yet stoic patriotic address Donald Trump used his fourth of July independence Day speech to stand for historical perspective and decency of value. To quote a small part of it:
“The commitment made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: “…all men are created equal.”
These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven. And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever.
He Continued: “And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure.
Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.
Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.
One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life.
In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.
Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.
He continued: “The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets of cities that are run by liberal Democrats, in every case, is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions.
Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.
His full speech can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXD4zPY4Ai0
Historically we have seen on far too many occasions totalitarian regimes of the most vicious and inhumane dictators. They have endeavoured to subvert our human dignity culture and values. Hitler’s racial “purity” and in the superiority of the “Germanic race”— which he called an Aryan “master race”. Stalin’s with his Soviet Russia oppression. Mao Tse-tung, with the Chinese Marxist Nation’s Cultural Revolution. Pol Pot Khmer Rouge killing Fields saw the most appalling abuse of human rights and public decency.
Many countries have suffered under these types of totalitarian regimes; all of course published in their manifesto were for the benefit of the population at large. It was those that gave in and not fought these oppressors who were the worse of in an historical context.
We would all do well to take to heart the immortal words of one of history’s greatest statesman Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi when he said: “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”
It is here and now that we must make our stand. We must show we will not cower to these wanting despots. They will not divide nor diminish our ANZAC spirit. A spirit that was forged on the shores of distant lands, with our brave young men’s blood spilt to secure our very freedom.
All their wokish actions will do is to steel us for the fight ahead — confident in Mohandas Gandhi’s wisdom, that our courage will sustain us and serve as a beacon to our freedom.
It is up to our political masters to take heed of these cogent words and act accordingly in the fight for our democratic survival and our enduring peace and security.