If I was writing to Bronwyn, Tony, and Joe, the below is what I'd write. At this point in time, the Send button doesn't want to send, but I'd like to send the email below this weekend. Saturday will be busy, but I'll try again Sunday. Monday is going to be an interesting day in Australian politics.
I’m writing to you as my local member to express my disappointment in the apparent self serving opportunistism that seems to be enveloping the Federal Liberal Party of Australia. A party which is unwilling to believe that it was routed on 24/11/2007, and for whom I vote regularly.
I approve of the way the Liberal Party was routed on 24/11/07 because I didn’t like the uncaring, homophobic, mysoginist, racist, nasty policies of its former leader, who lemming like many chose to follow.
The party has already turned its back on one leader who had the decency to nominate when the pre 24/11/07 leader found that even his own electorate rejected the extremism of his ideas and realised it was the 21st century but its member was entrenched in the ideas and ideals of 5 decades earier, if not more.
Another leader steps up, realises that we can’t keep blindly going along wasting/using energey resources without irrevocably damaging the planet and the hard heads, the rats, say, that’s not good enough, we expect our leaders to be neocon, hard heads and who gives a damn about the planet and the future, it's about the now.
Let me tell you, the electorate doesn’t expect leaders of political parties to be neocon hard heads, people who mock citizens dying of asbestosis, people who don’t give a tinkers cuss about people who may not necessarily be absolutely monarchist but who may hold out dreams of an Australian model for an Australian head of state, solely responsible to the people of Australia, not necessarily the parliamentarians or some foreign figurehead, people who patronise a half of the population because of their sex, people who are blatantly homophobic, who don’t understand that we’re in the 21st century, not the 8th century, or people who see nothing wrong with knife wielding ratbag politicians, as long as they’re politicans from their own party.
Yesterday the Manly Daily said one of these opportunists supports his current leader but today, less than 24 hours later, the Seinfeld of Australian politics, the person who stands for absolutely nothing, wants to run against the leader his peers elected.
The Liberal Party as it stands at the moment makes my stomach churn, and I can’t see myself voting Liberal in future unless there is a radical change in the thinking and ideology of some of these ratbag hard-heads, who say they’re nice people. Nice people don’t turn on their own.
I hope in the future we might get to see a small l liberal conservative party, and think that the idea of a "broad church" is meaningless spin. If small l liberalism is an anathema to the Liberal party, bring on small l liberalism.
I’m cc’ing at least two people within the Liberal party who have chosen to stand against their leader. People who 48 hours ago didn’t say boo, didn't put their hand up as an alternative choice, people who were prepared to watch someone with the apparent courage to nominate against his leader, fall on his sword, but who because their leader expressed a sense of moral fibre and said “I’m the leader, I believe that we need to support a policy that won't pollute the planet into a state of non-existance, and I’m standing up to hese hardhead ratbag rebels in my own party who disagree just because the ideas are coming from their political opponents” people who expressed outrage and disbelief that their policies and opinions might not be shared by the majority of Australisn who have voted for them in the past. What happens when maybe the other political party might be trying to set things right. Does the alternate political party stick its head in the sand and say "we oppose". Not if they are a senisible party, but apparently the Liberal Party of Australia, or most of those who choose to speak publicly are indeed lacking sense, because they want to send their leader to Coventry because he agrees with his political opponents.
Where is the Liberal Party of Robert Menzies? When did it turn feral? When did it turn against people who choose to walk the middle ground. Does it think that concensus and compassion are weaknesses? Would it rather have the well publicised politicians of its party inciting hatred and tension against any ideas that it may not agree with? What is wrong with the Liberal Party.
I’m writing to you as my elected representative, and as an elected member of a party that’s clearly in turmoil, asking you to try to sow some leadership in this Rabelasian ratbaggery,
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A supporter of yourself, but a disappointed, disillusioned supporter of the Liberal Party.