You have to hand it to the ‘progressives’. Logic might not be their strongest point, but they are, at least, consistent.
Predictable. And very, very consistent.
Take yesterday for example. Linda Burney made some offensive and insulting statements about white males. So I lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission. And then a volcano went off on Twitter. That’s the place where journalists take their cue for ‘news’ these days. It probably explains why pretty much all of them got Brexit wrong. And Hanson wrong. And Trump wrong too.
That’s because Twitter is basically an echo-chamber of the ‘left’ where normal, ordinary folk with normal, ordinary and common-sense views should tread warily. Venture onto Twitter and say something like, ‘I’ve lodged a complaint against Linda Burney due to her offensive and insulting remarks about white males’ and you’ll unleash the hate.
We’ll start with the PG responses and then jump into the gutter from there.
First of all there were the memes. And, I admit, they were even mildly amusing:
— Disturbed Woman (@Lisabiartch) November 10, 2016
— Giovanni Torre (@GiovanniTorre) November 10, 2016
White males. Always doing it tough.
So free speech but not against white males!
Hypocritical doofus. pic.twitter.com/P3fPpS7OCW
— kezz (@kezhall) November 10, 2016
— Close Manus & Nauru (@I_stand_for) November 10, 2016
Now, I can take a joke. But the problem with these tweets is that they demonstrate the hypocrisy of the ‘progressives’ even at their mildest. That’s because ‘progressives’ support the ‘Thought Police’. And the ‘Thought Police’ are the ‘Fun Police’ too. These guys tut-tut seriously about jokes as you can see from this government-funded campaign to stop racism, run from on high by the Australian Human Rights Commission:
In a nutshell, according to the ‘progressives’ all of the tweets above, funny as they may be, are casually racist because they mock an attempt to stop racist remarks. Further, can you imagine the outrage if the situation was reversed? Imagine if I had used Linda Burney’s language to describe Aboriginal persons, she lodged a complaint and then was bombarded with such Twitter commentary? The police would be called. It’s happened before…
And then there’s the mild abuse that came through:
— Doc (@docpcwmh) November 10, 2016
.@BernardGaynor Do you ever get tired of being a sooky cry baby or is it more of a vocation for you?
— Sonia (@soniaahhh) November 10, 2016
— Mike S (@Mikes0909) November 10, 2016
— Paul™ (@Shear_Gold) November 10, 2016
@BernardGaynor White man to white man: you are little cry baby. A tiny human, testimony to the inferior nature of your type.
— Kristian Stupidness (@KristianStupid) November 10, 2016
I particularly like the tweet below. I think it’s having a go at me because I took action against a politician dividing the people into ‘us’ and ‘them’ by using words that some would describe as intolerant hate speech against white males. It also goes onto complain about the ‘desensitised’ and ‘mindlessly obedient’ masses who turn a blind eye to such behaviour. So, in effect, Gary Fitzgerald is really venting his anger by tweeting about himself. Well done Gary!
— Gary FitzGerald (@gjfitzgerald) November 10, 2016
It got worse from there:
What a tosser https://t.co/8DnSHWhvdv
— BevJ (@BevJohnst) November 10, 2016
— squig (@squig_) November 10, 2016
You are an utter, dead-set dickhead. https://t.co/UrEkL4BRno
— Sebastien Maury (@sebasu102) November 10, 2016
— Liam Cooper (@LiamMCooper) November 10, 2016
— Shoveit Upyourarse (@shoveupyourarse) November 10, 2016
— tony allison (@ecodigitography) November 10, 2016
Just in relation to the last tweet, I’ll let Aunty ABC do the talking. This comes from an article written by Andrea Ho in 2013:
“Harden up, it’s just words; get over it.”
I’ve spent my life hardening up so you can have a soft time making easy jokes and engaging in comfortable, casual bigotry.
But I’ve got over a great deal this week, including the hurdles of politeness that made me hold my tongue to keep the peace, excused your ignorance so as not to offend you, cried in the toilet rather than stick up for myself.
I’ve had so much practice at being hard, I’m now prepared to reciprocate with some hard words of my own.
Here they are: you are racist.
Thanks Andrea. I think you just said everything that needed to be said about the progressive left. And whoever could have guessed that it would be from a platform carried by the ABC?
Some of the ‘feedback’ I received about my complaint was simple, blatant anti-white racism:
— Amber (TimTamHeda) (@Uberstooks) November 10, 2016
— Wampy (@AussieRock) November 10, 2016
— California Games (@calcalgames) November 10, 2016
Whining white privilege. You are a white supremacist dick Bernard. https://t.co/mbeD3sBlLQ
— Really Nasty Sheep (@noplaceforsheep) November 10, 2016
Bernard is one of those white dog poops. All dried and shrivelled, but still totally gross. And white. Poopy white. Whitey McPoopface. https://t.co/SIPFe1vETV
— _ (@pewpewmcgoo) November 10, 2016
— Pat Orr (@conky1986) November 10, 2016
The tweets from @nitmarluk really stood out. Yesterday he was attacking my 18C complaint on the basis of ‘free speech’:
— lord nitmarluk (@nitmarluk) November 10, 2016
However, this articulate warrior for ‘free speech’ has not always had the same priorities. It seems his love for the idea of unfettered expression was only developed recently and he has previously strongly opposed any change to 18C:
— lord nitmarluk (@nitmarluk) August 8, 2016
Of course, some responses were more helpful. For instance, I received a fair deal of cheap, free and easy legal advice about S18D (the clause that’s supposed to ensure 18C is not used as a tool of political suppression):
— Nick Schadegg (@nickschadegg) November 10, 2016
— Dame Vanessa (@vanessa5_young) November 10, 2016
— Avril (@DocAvvers) November 10, 2016
I thank these experts and simply ask why Gillian Triggs and the Australian Human Rights Commission haven’t read this section that allegedly protects fair public comment? After all, over $500,000 in ‘go away’ money has been paid in the last few years to complainants, including for complaints that are based on zero evidence, as found recently in the case against three uni students from QUT.
And I also offer this response: the failure of Gillian Triggs is not so much based on the fact that she administers an inherently bad law, but that she also administers it in a completely biased manner. She, and her team of activists, decide at a very early stage what is fair and reasonable and it differs completely from the commonly understood meaning of those words held by the rest of the English speaking world.
Others were a little more concerned that this complaint was a waste of taxpayer funds and that the Australian Human Rights Commission should dismiss what they deemed as a ‘vexatious’ complaint:
@BernardGaynor vexatious taxpayer waste, suppression of free speech, and perverse victim mentality from the deeply unserious right wing
— Don’t like Trump Guy (@maxuthink) November 10, 2016
— Lord Martin Rich☠ (@richotheman) November 10, 2016
Now, I tend to agree but would go much farther. Gillian Triggs and her entire circus is a waste of taxpayer funds, but we’re lumped with them. So I don’t see why ordinary, conservative and common-sense people should simply let the Australian Human Rights Commission be used as a tool of oppression against them anymore. Hence my complaint which I expect to be taken seriously.
Besides, here’s what these same people have had to say about the complaint against Bill Leak and calls to ‘reform’ 18C:
Maybe… it’s a bad thing that bill leak can’t be prosecuted for that cartoon
— Don’t like Trump Guy (@maxuthink) August 3, 2016
— Lord Martin Rich☠ (@richotheman) August 31, 2016
The media also got involved, expressing their outrage at my complaint. Allan Clarke is the ‘Indigenous Affairs’ reporter for BuzzFeed. He seems surprised that ‘white men’ would lodge an 18C complaint, as if somehow this law is only supposed to target people like me:
Two white men, Bernard Gaynor & Paul Zanetti, have lodged a racial vilification complaints against Aboriginal Labor MP Linda Burney. pic.twitter.com/vwlmXOObin
— Allan Clarke (@AllanJClarke) November 10, 2016
Actually, I can understand his astonishment: this law was designed for precisely that reason and it is just another reason why it should go.
Other media figures expressed their usual condescending contempt for anything that that disturbs the PC bubble:
Oh good. https://t.co/HCGSE6EvRJ
— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) November 10, 2016
Free speech man doesn’t like free speech https://t.co/N3IJbOU9Fh
— Dee Madigan (@deemadigan) November 10, 2016
— Mohamed Taha (@Mo_Taha1) November 10, 2016
Just when you think there’s no room left under the Big Top the Gaynor troupe enter https://t.co/9TkifNt7vw
— Malcolm Farr (@farrm51) November 10, 2016
They are a perfect representation of a wider media class that is still struggling to understand how millions of people just voted Donald Trump to be the next US President. See:
If Michael Moore thinks Donald Trump will be president it’s definitely not going to happen. Glass half empty guy https://t.co/5wNB94DJ7V
— Samantha Maiden (@samanthamaiden) July 24, 2016
The good thing is we can now end every sentence with ‘at least we’re not America’ #silverlinings
— Dee Madigan (@deemadigan) November 9, 2016
No real surprises there https://t.co/pqqu39ZCe7
— Mohamed Taha (@Mo_Taha1) November 2, 2016
Cory drops any pretence. He’s with The Groper. https://t.co/L77vNl7Rdc
— Malcolm Farr (@farrm51) November 6, 2016
Here’s a tip: ordinary Americans are sick and tired of the sanctimonious, condescending and patronising moralising from the self-imposed elite. And so are Australians.
Perhaps the strangest of all comments from the media ‘elite’ came from the Bernard Keane, that bastion of enlightenment. This is what he had to say:
— Bernard Keane (@BernardKeane) November 10, 2016
Now I don’t know what’s going on inside poor Bernard’s head, but it seems to me that he rather hates himself. And so, in order to gain some consolation, he condescendingly moralises to others in order to achieve some small internal feeling of warmth and superiority. It’s all rather sad really but it’s clear from his tweet that Keane has lost all civilisational pride in the West. And with people like him setting the progressive media agenda, it’s no wonder the mainstream press has lost the ability to see what’s great about our culture and heritage.
It’s also no wonder that ordinary men and women are revolting all over the Western world against this type of despair and defeatism.
Finally, there were some real weird tweets sent my way.
For instance, I think @LittleBertie01 and @MSMWatchdog2013 will be a little shocked at the fact that they actually seem to be endorsing sexual assault (and then joking about it). But then again, maybe they’re not shocked at all:
— Cat Bert (@LittleBertie01) November 10, 2016
— MSM Watchdog (@MSMWatchdog2013) November 10, 2016
Then there was this:
To lodge this complaint against an aboriginal woman is despicable. You miserable disgusting fragile inadequate lowlife. https://t.co/SVUprAXVFS
— Private Modil (@pteModil) November 10, 2016
Thanks @pteModil for making it blatantly obvious that you think 18C only works one way. I have lodged a complaint against an Aboriginal. And a woman. And it was after she made offensive and insulting comments about white men. Either this law works to protect us all, or it should be scrapped altogether.
And last, but not least, came this doozy:
This is what you get when you allow the debate to be framed by dodos. Australia not mature enough for race discussion. How petulant. https://t.co/IS9T6C0aCf
— Lou (@MsLou27) November 10, 2016
Now, I almost agree entirely with Lou’s statement. But it’s not ordinary Australia that’s immature. It’s Australia’s ‘elite’ and twitterati who not mature enough to discuss racial issues. So they have lumbered the rest of us with 18C and then labelled anyone who wants to remove it ‘extreme’. It makes any debate impossible.
It also means that if you are kicked out of a computer lab because of your race and make any statement about it you’ll face years of legal action. But if you make a complaint about blatant and offensive statements regarding white men, then you’ll cop vitriolic abuse from hateful ‘progressives’.
18C and other equally woeful anti-discrimination laws have been imposed on us by the political class, they’re administered by activist bureaucrats and they’re protected by a condescending media. Ordinary Australians don’t need these laws and we are mature enough for this debate. And we’ll have it as soon as the moralising elite let us.
I’m not sure if the government has launched helpline yet for ‘progressive’ bullies who have been called out on social media. However, I bet it’s on the way. In the meantime, if you have found one of your tweets on this page and are feeling bothered, you may like to visit this helpful webpage hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission. While you’re there, say g’day for me and ask them when they’re gonna get around to acknowledging my complaint.