‘Politics’ Category Archives

11
Feb

CORY BERNARDI AND CRITICS: basic beliefs are getting important.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Faith, Family, Modern Church, Politics

Most Australia’s top politicians seem to be Catholics.
Or lapsed Catholics…attending Catholic school, then giving it up.
Prime Minister Turnbull, born non-Catholic, became a Catholic in 2002 — yet don’t his “progressive” views on abortion, same-sex marriage etc. contradict Catholic teaching?
Bill Shorten, who attended Catholic primary school then Xavier College — now likewise supports anti-Catholic policies.
Even Greens leader, Richard di Natale, attended Melbourne’s Parade Catholic College….
Perhaps one reason why Cory Bernardi gets bad media coverage is his cheerfulness about being Catholic — and trying to live accordingly.
In his book, “The Conservative Revolution”, Bernardi identifies “Faith” as number one of the “Four pillars” on which a better Australia must be founded.
He seeks a society based on “that uniquely Christian doctrine that man was ‘created in the image of God’, a principle on which the western concept of human dignity depends….”
The unkind label of “rat” has been thrown at him.
He is perhaps too well brought up to brand his critics as chameleons.

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3
Feb

MR. TRUMP BEING HARSH AGAIN: and getting criticised again, rightly or wrongly.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Justice, Multiculturalism, Politics

President Trump plans to restrict entry of immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries.
Harsh?
There is, of course, a “harsh” side to Islam itself.
The Koran (chapter 2) says about unbelievers: “Kill them wherever you find them….”
And (chapter 47): “When ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, strike off their heads….”
Harsh?
In the countries which Mr. Trump has in mind, pre-teen children are used as soldiers and those at school learn to operate automatic weapons.
Harsh?
In the same countries girls must cover up from head to foot – Western-style female attire being considered degrading.
Harsh?
Or is that one something they’ve got right and we haven’t?
In those countries, school-children even miss out on the West’s gender-fluidity theories and brainwashing….
With the West as decadent as at present, are we in any condition to criticise anybody about anything?
Meanwhile Mr. Trump’s little experiment will be interesting to watch.

26
Jan

UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: UBI’s the solution to all economic woes?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics

Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How are these millions of unemployed and under-employed persons to live?
Governments in various countries are thinking about trialling “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain for example.
Sorry. UBI schemes won’t succeed – they’ll merely cause sky-rocketing taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…he also achieves fulfillment as a human being…work is a fundamental dimension of human existence on earth….
“The Church considers it her duty…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”
A spirituality of work?
That’s something we need to think about long and hard.

25
Jan

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND RUSSIA: did Russia interfere in the US presidential election result?

by Arnold Jago in History, Politics, Recent Developments, Truth

Did the Russians interfere in the US presidential election result?
I suggest that they may have wanted to – but didn’t because they couldn’t.
When voting, US voters had already heard all about the alleged Russian goings-on….
Russians would, however, have been pleasantly surprised to hear that Mr Trump won.
Russia has reasons to be displeased with the performances of Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton interfering with Russian-related world affairs — for example in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Poland….
Now some of these affairs might be sorted out.
Is it relevant that the Russian Orthodox Church holds a place in Russian life that neither the Catholic, nor any other religion has, in recent times, had in the US?
That, too, might change.

20
Jan

UNEMPLOYMENT, ROBOTS AND THE FUTURE: are UBI’s the answer?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Justice, Lifestyle, Money, Politics

Is it true that most (90 percent-plus) of new jobs created are temporary or on-call work?
And that (what with robots etc.) one quarter of lower-skilled jobs will be non-existent in 20 years?
How will these millions of unemployed and under-employed live?
Various governments are considering “Universal Basic Income” schemes — all citizens receiving tens of thousands of dollars annually without any conditions — including Finland, Netherlands, India and Spain.
Obviously these UBI’s won’t work. They’ll simply increase taxes.
Anyway, it’s bad for healthy people not to work.
Pope John Paul II said, “Work is a good thing for man…it not only transforms nature…but also achieves his fulfillment as a human being….
“The Church considers it her duty to speak out on work…to form a spirituality of work which will help all people to come closer, through work, to God….”

A “spirituality of work” — that sounds like something we should think about long and hard.

17
Jan

MAKING AUSTRALIA GREAT AGAIN? good idea, but how to do it?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Politics

Donald Trump was elected largely on the strength of promising to “make America great again”.
Probably no Australian leader could say that and be taken seriously.
Pauline Hanson? But will she ever assemble a team that doesn’t promptly self-destruct?
Perhaps ex-Prime Minister Abbott had what it takes. But will he get another chance?
Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, Barnaby Joyce…they’ve shown they can cope with ministerial responsibilities, but….
Cory Bernardi? Noel Pearson? Bernard Gaynor? All long shots.
Anybody in the world of sport setting a heroic example to inspire the nation?
Neither David Warner nor Destanee Aiava would probably want the role.
There should be somebody suitable in the Church.
If there is, we’ll probably never hear of him/her.
Seems it’s up to us nobodies to just live by what we know is right and offer God our services to at least help make our own family and neighbourhood great.