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The Mortification of ACT: Malpractice by Cactus
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2011-12-01 22:18
Cactus Kate has an article entitled "ACT's Future" in the NBR today. You'd think with a title like that there'd just be a blank line or two, but Cathy manages to fill some space with insights such as:
There's only one of the people she names who values ACT core values and principles above betraying or blandifying those values and principles when expediency would appear to dictate, and that's Nicolson. And the likelihood of Banks transforming himself into a standard-bearer for those values and principles is as great as that of Ahmadinejad converting to Judaism. Odgers simply wishes to preserve ACT with the hegemony of Rodents intact. The same Rodents who made it impossible for Don to be leader in anything other than name; the same Rodents he should have banished within a nanosecond of assuming the role. But he had no idea at the time just how toxic they were. I venture to suspect Cactus Kate did. And that she approved.
I'll repeat for the zillionth time: if the party is to remain it must repair unabashedly to its core principle (that I had restored to its website):
It must repudiate the culture, engendered by Rodney, of Machiavellian machination and subterranean character assassination. That requires the repudiation of the Rodents who revel in that culture.
And it must cut Banks loose.
From what I'm seeing on Freemasons for Freedom it's more likely that a new force will emerge than that ACT will be salvaged. Probably for the best. But I repeat my warning to the participants in any new party: make sure you don't hand it straight back to the same unprincipled opportunists who poisoned ACT.
Litmus test: the marijuana speech.
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