Thrashed in elections, seriously wounded in the cultural wars and exposed as delusional hypocrites, the pseud-intell left is now copping that most painful of punishments, ridicule.
And it’s all because they can’t help themselves. Whatever happens, whether it’s a bloody violent act of God or the enforcement of responsible migrant-refugee policy, it’s linked by the loony-left to crazy theories about dangerous neo-Hitlers plotting humanity’s enslavement from enclaves in Washington and Canberra. Given that political prisoners are pretty thin on the ground in both cities it seems a rather off-beam conclusion.
Yet on they babble, with their conspiracy theories, doomsday fantasies and self-hatred projected onto political foes.
But now, even the non-political are cracking up at silly lefty green attempts to link the Asian tsunami to the unproven theory of manmade global warming. And even some left-leaning journalists are prepared to admit the litigation-exhausted and truth-challenged Bakhtiari family have been used and abused by the mad left.
Most importantly, intellectually powerful commentators are having a wonderful time ridiculing the conformist commentariat. Not sneering in the fashion of their opponents, merely enunciating amused bafflement at the stupidity paraded before them.
Gerard Barker exposes and demolishes the latest pathetic anti-US hysteria:
In the past three days I have been impressed by the originality of the latest critiques of the evil Americans. The earthquake and tsunami apparently had something to do with global warming, environmentalists say, caused of course by greedy American motorists. Then there was the rumour that the US military base at Diego Garcia was forewarned of the impending disaster and presumably because of some CIA-approved plot to undermine Islamic movements in Indonesia and Thailand did nothing about it.
Adopting a similar tone, Derek Parker, also in today’s Australian, suggests the rabid left hate Howard so much because his life is pretty much an open book. Parker has waded through tired old lefty scribbler Mungo McCallum’s recent anti-Howard tirade, Run, Johnny, Run: The Story of the 2004 Election in which the PM is branded a “sluggish and rather stupid predator” and “an unflushable turd”.
This leads one to ask: Is this it? Is this what the Left has come to? Schoolyard insults and self-indulgence? So it seems. It is difficult to know what the Left is trying to achieve with this sort of rhetoric. Certainly, Howard himself is unfazed, wearing such attacks as a badge of honour. Equally, the electorate is unmoved — one might even say that as the language employed by commentators such as Phillip Adams, Bob Ellis and Margo Kingston gets nastier, support for Howard increases.
The tone of these letters to the Australian suggests Parker has nailed it:
MY experience as a new refugee has shown me how kind and compassionate Australians are at home, and their quick response to the tsunami relief appeal has made me realise how humane and generous they are towards people elsewhere.
MANY correspondents to the press during 2004 have described themselves as ashamed to be Australians, for various political reasons. Even during the past few terrible days, there have been some who have used our sterling aid efforts as an opportunity for Australia-bashing. Yet Australians surely can take pride in our Government, our NGOs and ourselves for our wholehearted, generous response to thise horrendous disaster.
NOW the Bakhtiyari family has been finally sent home to where they belong after trying to pull the wool over our eyes and costing us millions of dollars, can the “limousine Left” please shut up and worry about the thousands of people who really need our help after the tsunamis.