What's up with these Aussies?
A lot of us patriotic 'Muricans are sort of shocked by the authoritarian tack the Australian government has taken of late in response to the dreaded Wuhan Chinese Killer COVID Coronavirus.
Authoritarian in the extreme.
I used to think of our down-under brothers and sisters as good-natured, sort of warm and fuzzy, American-loving Brits, with shorts. And Kangaroos. And digeridoos. And folks who say, "That's not a knife! This is a knife!"
But no, fellow Patriots. Our folks "down under" have gone quite nuts. They are hunting down and locking up people who just go outside for a stroll, in contravention with their draconian anti-COVID lockdown orders. Having a smoke and a stroll outside against the rules of the State got one guy 10 days in jail.
And we all witnessed the slow-motion train wreck that was the however-you-pronouce-his-name, unvaccinated Serbian tennis star that OZ whipsawed into and out of detention in advance of his quest for a 21st Australian Open Championship. Can you say P.R. nightmare? Yes, this bozo shouldn't have lied about being vaxxed on his visa app. And yes, the Australian government shouldn't have issued him a valid visa. And yes, the Aussies should have presupposed such a problem and taken steps to avoid it before it blew up in their faces. And no, the Aussies should not have revoked his visa and sent him packing. Just in time to watch the Australian Open from his home in Serbia.
I'm betting the Chamber of Commerce in Koala-land is recommending they adopt a change of messaging PDQ ("pretty damn quick")...
So how did our almost-Brits get so out of control handsy? Well, I'm give you my opinion, fellow Patriots. And one I believe to be more than probable. Here 'tis...
Port Arthur, Tazmania. That's the answer. A guy took an AK-47 and went on a killing spree in a campground in this quaint village back in 1996. He killed 35 and wounded another 32 over a 12-hour period. It was a slaughter, plain and simple. And since nobody else was armed, nobody could stop him. That was the lesson I took away from this mess. If you want to prevent somebody from picking up a gun and killing a bunch of folks, it's a good idea to make sure there are armed folks nearby to stop it before it can get started.
That was not the lesson the Australian government took away, however. This bunch of commie pinko dumbass liberal weenies decided to blame the tool, not the user. They went on an all-out assault on firearms. Within 9 months they had forcibly confiscated 699,000 guns, of all types, from all over this, the only country that's also a continent. And considering their relatively small population at the time, and even now, that's a lot of firepower.
But think about it for a minute. An entire country is now unable to protect itself from all foes, foreign, and especially domestic; as in their politicians and police. Just like in Cuba and North Korea and China and Germany and France and Venezuela and Mianmar, and so very many other countries whose citizens have been unilaterally disarmed, they've now discovered they are at the mercy of any authoritarian government that happens to come along.
And one just happened to come along. They just deported what's-his-name because they said "He could cause others to disobey our vaccinations mandates." While they're holding people against their will in solitary confinement in converted-motel prisons, replete with armed guards and meals delivered twice a day. Just like we hear the Chinese commies are doing to their problem citizens in Wuhan. How quickly they went from "warm and fuzzy" to "Gibt meir deine papieren!"
That's my pretty tolerable G.I. German for "Show me your papers."
Watch it unfold, America. Watch what could be your destiny if you permit smooth-talking politicians to romance any of your less-than-bright neighbors out of your firearms. It won't work for me, I'm quick to say, please don't let it work for you.
Otherwise, we may both have to prove to any authoritarians we aren't to be trifled with.
Elsewise, you may find yourself in a country so afraid of its shadow and so afraid of its leaders that it locks up a multi-millionaire, foreign tennis star so he can't compete for your country's top prize in an international sporting event. Even Hitler didn't do that to Jesse Owens...