Nationalists have for years regarded the ideological opposition that is typically lumped together and called “the Left” as irrelevant compared to the threat of civic patriotism. None typifies this menace to genuine nationalism more so than Pauline Hanson and those who bang the drum for her.

The danger of civic patriotism is far worse because it is false in its representation and preys upon the politically naïve: those who would be nationalists.

Pauline Hanson needs but a handful of nebulous statements and promises such as “I will ban the burka” to channel the sincere energy of otherwise patriotic Australians into support for a system that exists in antipathy to them.

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Pauline Hanson with a token Asian candidate she dumped from One Nation for writing mean things about homos

We are, of course, being polite by describing her ardent support base — other than the cynical conservatives who fully understand her measure — in such terms. In fact, her grassroots supporters are a thorn in many a political craw because they are, putting it bluntly, stupid. There is no cure for stupid as much as there is no law against it. But the painful truth is that these people just get in the way when they try to be serious.

Once upon a time, this great ‘lumpenproletariat’ would have, by dint of class and location, voted Labor. These are the battlers, whose interests are not represented by men in blue ties who broker deals with the big end of town to ensure handsome wedge for their party coffers and sinecures when they leave politics.

The prejudices of the aspirants and middle-class who forced the conservatives into a coalition stood as an anathema to the Aussie worker. One has to grasp that essential quality of greed as the motivating factor behind conservatism to fully comprehend the holistic nature of conservatism in all its inherent meanness.

The danger of civic patriotism is far worse because it is false in its representation and preys upon the politically naïve: those who would be nationalists.

It was the Howard government that learned the political traction that was to be gained from deceiving the working class. The party that introduced ‘work choices’, the first serious assault on workers’ pay and conditions, hypnotised the battlers with flag waving and patriotic noises.

It was usual to find workers, who never appreciated just how precarious their jobs actually were, joining in on kicking the unemployed and the disenfranchised. In essence, with diabolical mastery, Howard changed his opponents into supporters but better yet he turned them into class bigots.

Australian PM John Howard Visits Ireland
The man who conned the workers into supporting their political nemesis 

Hanson was a product of this age, and originally, a member of that very Liberal Party. But she went a step further, with shrewd guidance from men behind the scenes, and tapped a vein that even the conservatives weren’t prepared to touch. It was not until post 9/11, and some time after that yet, such sentiments as Hanson had expressed regarding the Asianisation of Australia could be channelled into an anti-Islam fervour and eventually evolve into what we now term civic patriotism.

But the core essence of that civic patriotism was always a conservative construct with a means to an end for the conservatives and nothing has changed. Tony Abbott once used a slush-fund to shut down Pauline Hanson for encroaching on his party’s turf. But he now requires her to fend off the small l Liberals who usurped him and took over the Liberal Party.

Nationalists have long spoken of Liberal Party satellites, and it has to be stressed, we refer to the far-right of the Liberal Party. Now, for those with the faculty to comprehend our message, it is as clear as day. The civic patriots would have been unnecessary if Tony Abbott had retained control of the Liberal Party.

It was usual to find workers, who never appreciated just how precarious their jobs actually were, joining in on kicking the unemployed and the disenfranchised. In essence, with diabolical mastery, Howard changed his opponents into supporters but better yet he turned them into class bigots.

Those ‘patriots’ whose angst about Moslems could not be placated by Tony, would have had agents in their particular ‘movement’ to either co-opt them into the conservative fold or discredit them as dingbats and extremists.

A sober examination of that civic patriot spread can see quite clearly what is happening: that One Nation and all those smaller micro parties beneath her are being used to bolster Tony Abbott and his hard right. If Turnbull had been dumped at the last election and Tony Abbott once more floated as the leader of the coalition then Hanson’s returns at the ballot box would have been far less significant.

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Malcolm Turnbull indicating exactly how much he can be trusted not to cuck

One thing that is no point of contention between Turnbull’s side and those on Abbott’s is the support for policies such as the cut to company tax. This is pure conservative policy no matter what stroke of shade.

It has just been revealed that companies have made a huge surge in profit this quarter as wages continue to decline. Workers in retail, hospitality and other service industries have lost their Sunday penalty rates, which in most cases, was all that kept them afloat. The lie behind it goes something like, when companies are doing well, wages will rise. This, of course, is balderdash. All that will happen next is that companies will argue that tax cuts if approved, did not go far enough.

But while the fat cats pay little to no tax, unemployed Aussies are being put through the social equivalent of the Tower of London with Centrelink running a shakedown scam that has caused at least one suicide.

One thing that is no point of contention between Turnbull’s side and those on Abbott’s is the support for policies such as the cut to company tax. This is pure conservative policy no matter what stroke of shade.

This is conservatism. If we go way back to when Howard hoodwinked the workers into keeping him in power so long we have to ask, well, what was it that they really wanted? What was it they believed they would get through trading their traditional Labor ties for those with the mean-spirited conservatives?

It was something between a sense of national identity and personal security. They believed that the conservatives would provide them with jobs, and hoist an umbrella over this nation to safeguard values they considered were synonymous with conservatism.

Meanwhile, Hanson sheds potential candidates like companies discard workers. Those, such as the former WA candidate, who wholly object to Hanson’s preferencing the Libs have failed to deduce the state of play. Much of her supporters won’t understand or even care but will attack those, like us, who continue to criticise her. In fact, they will be dumbfounded as to why we do.

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