Not special after all

Not special after all. By Nick Cater.

The emphatic result of last weekend’s Voice to Parliament referendum has left the intelligentsia struggling for words. Nothing short of profanities could express their fury at the voters who had sabotaged their latest project. ‘Fuck today. Fuck this racist country’, posted writer and TV producer Kara Schlegl, warming up for a display of moral acrobatics. ‘I have never felt more ashamed to be an Australian.’ …

The emotional response displayed by the cultural elites on social media came from a deep place. The Yes supporters’ image of themselves was suddenly at stake. These are people who pride themselves on having the judgement and wisdom to diagnose social ills and prescribe solutions. The No result was as much a rejection of them and their worldview as it was of the Voice proposal itself.

As we have seen following similar acts of popular insurrection, like Brexit and the 2016 US presidential election, the elites reacted like cornered cats. ‘Fuck Australia’, wrote ABC broadcaster Jonathan Green. ‘I mean seriously. What the fuck? How can you say No?’ …

Do they understand equality of opportunity? Equality under the law? No special rules to be handed out to favored identity groups? Tribalisation?

As the referendum result became clear on Saturday, a Sydney Morning Herald headline read: ‘Australia tells First Nations people “you are not special”.’ In fact, what Australians were saying was that they wouldn’t allow themselves to be divided by race. This is a nation that believes every human is unique, but that no individual or group is more special than any other.

For many Aboriginal leaders, the challenge to their position as exceptional citizens was more than they could stand. The enhanced moral rights they already enjoy, which provides billions of dollars in grants and sinecures to run mostly ineffective programmes, were suddenly placed in serious doubt. …

Dissenting from the Tesla zone:

Yet, while dissent is pushed underground, it cannot be extinguished. Last Saturday, in the privacy of the ballot box, Australians had a rare opportunity to speak their minds.

Their answer came as a rude shock to the Australians living in the coastal, metropolitan Tesla zone. Their narrow circle of acquaintances had lulled them into thinking that only a handful of dimwits or right-wing nut jobs thought any differently to them. For people who have led such sheltered lives, the referendum result left them lost for words.

One of the key advances that made western civilization great was to treat people as individuals rather than as members of a tribe. That allowed large and effective coalitions that united disparate people, with trust on a wide scale. Now the communist left is doing their best to reverse that, under the banner of “progress.” (Is there anything they don’t get everything bass ackwards?)

We, the quiet Australians, do not care to be treated as second class citizens, behind first-nations people.