Imagine if, in Canberra… more than a thousand people marched down Commonwealth Avenue, ascended Capital Hill, broke into the public entrance by smashing doors and windows, roamed the halls and invaded the Senate chamber, took over the desks and the presiding officer’s chair, and attacked the House chamber only to be stopped by guards with guns drawn and aimed at the chamber’s door.
You tell me whether the full force of the law would be brought down on these people through trials in Commonwealth courts.
OK, I will tell you, Bruce. But not before you watch this contemporaneous ABC news report about a violent assault on a legislature that makes ‘Jan 6’ look like Joe Biden wandering around lost on a rostrum. Of 49 people arrested after the insurrection, only two were charged with assault and two others were charged with trespass. This was despite the fact that 90 AFP and security officers were injured in the attack. Before the bloodshed began, the large crowd of unionists listened to speeches given on the rally’s official stage. Then Opposition Leader Kim Beazley told them John Howard’s LNP government “hates workers, it hates students, it hates Aboriginal people, it hates women.” This was a green light. The classic rhetorical device in genuine incitement is dehumanisation of the enemy. Beazley was saying that Coalition MPs and supporters were so monstrous that they were not entitled to the conventional protections of law and morality. He was never charged with an offence and has never apologised.
I would leave it there but for the fact that Wolpe’s embarrassing analysis has come to the attention of Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog. Understandably so. But more interesting than a lifelong servant of the Democratic Party and one-time chief of staff for Julia Gillard butchering the truth – unsurprising for a man in whose head Donald Trump lives gratis – is that he and Henderson share an interest: dear old Ukraine. Wolpe dishonestly links Trump to the “nazis” of Charlottesville while glorifying Europe’s last open range zoo for brownshirts. His love for Volodymyr Zelensky verges on homo-erotic. Naturally, he’s also a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre – a lightweight neocon ‘think tank’ whose mission is endless war.
This matters because Wolpe’s support for criminalising Trump’s campaign is actuated in large part by Uniparty fear that the Republican frontrunner-phenom, if re-elected, will shut down its already lost proxy war against Russia. There is no coincidence in Wolpe’s one-liners being identical to Dick Cheney’s. It also matters because the neocon right’s non-aggression pact with neo-con communists for the sake of Ukrainian ‘democracy’ has enabled extremists in Washington to turn America into a lawless toilet in just three years. Can you bear it? I can’t.