Sunday, 27 November 2016

"Rampant political correctness" = sanctimony, bullying, abuse - Abbott

Abbott has stuck his festering little head up again in a discussion with Andrew Bolt. In talking about the Trump victory they use the opportunity to put the boot in to people like me daring to speak up and call out racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic behaviour. Apparently in Abbott's world this is tantamount to oppressive and sanctimonious bullying and abuse of people behaving in such a way.

Oh the poor precious dear. How dare we want equality! How dare we accuse people of being homophobic when they're against equality! Oh the humanity!

This is from a man who feels "a bit threatened" by gays. Yes, big strong highly educated toughy ex PM is threatened by us. This from the far right of the Lieberals who want to change 18c of the racial discrimination act, but says they're being bullied by political correctness if someone calls them racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic. Complete hypocrisy.
Andrew Bolt: “I’m laughing at the rage. Doesn’t the rage expose exactly what a lot of people were against? The sanctimony, the bullying, the abuse…

Tony Abbott: “Yes, Andrew. This is, if you like, the revenge of the deplorables. All of the people who are sick of being called racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic because they don’t comply with the cannons of political correctness. All of those people saw Donald Trump as – in some way – their champion. Whether they agreed with everything he said or not, they thought he was least someone who was standing up for a measure of common sense, against the rampant political correctness that has held sway through much of the western world for too long.” 

Abbott was the Prime Minister of Australia. A man who has spent his life and career in positions of privilege and power. And he can, in all sincerity, rally not for the people who suffer because of racism, sexism, homophobia or Islamophobia, but for people like him who feel stifled by the expectation not to be sexist or racist or homophobic. He can, in all sincerity, speak on a television program broadcast around the country, as if his ability to speak out is under threat. As if he and the host Andrew Bolt are at risk of being silenced or marginalised. As if they are the victims of sanctimony, bullying and abuse. Women's Agenda
The very definition of homophobia finds itself expression by the behaviour of the far right Lieberals, who are currently holding Turnbull over a barrel to stop marriage equality. To go out of one's way as they all have, to launch court action as they did in Canberra to have gay marriages annulled, to redefine marriage as Howard did in 2004 specifically to exclude gays, is surely homophobic behaviour. 
Definition of homophobia
 : irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals websters 
 Yet getting called out on it is all a bit too much for them apparently.