'We will remember them'? Nah, don't think so.

Mark Hubbard's picture
Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2012-04-25 00:25

I must be getting really jaded, but I can't get past the hypocrisy of ANZAC day anymore.

Perhaps not so much for WWI, but certainly applicable for WWII, which I see as the fight of classical liberalism against the big State models of fascism and communism (and let's chuck socialism and the third way into that), all the pontificating politicians with their crocodile tears at every parade who have, to the last statist one of them, man and woman, in the West, spent the last sixty years building the Big State all over again, you are not remembering them, you've jackbooted all over their graves and you scoff them.

And that probably goes for nine out of ten 'youths' who I'll no doubt see ad nauseam on the news tonight who come 2014 will indubitably be voting more State, more State, more State.

And if anyone from IRD, whom have been given the powers to snoop, search and seize of the full totalitarian state, most certainly Herr Peter Dunne, and while we're at it, the Keystone cops who hyperboled Kim Dotcom completely from financial existence in a case that may, according to latest reports, never go to trial, due to a successful win by a similar type company in Australia, and because the US bureaucracies involved in the raid utterly stuffed up all the paperwork making their raid illegal under their own laws; and those incompetents at SFO who continue to freeze Mark Hotchin even though they can't make a criminal case after, what, eighteen months now? For all of you who dare go on parade, or even mutter some moronic platitude, may the wind change and you have to take your two faces with you to the grave, so everyone can see hypocrisy walking. Because through you all, fascism, Statism, or whatever you want to call it, that State where the individual is slave, not a free man, won the war, after all.

What all these men and women died for, has clearly been forgotten.

(Shit, 12.17pm, and not even had a wine yet).

PS: One of my favourite stories is from a 'government officer' who told me how IRD, Christchurch, and I suspect all the government bureaucracies, both hated and feared dealing with Charles Upham, because he hated them, and took every chance to let them know as much. He was always difficult, and made their lives as uncomfortable as he could ... why? I guess he knew who the enemy was, and he didn't leave them in Germany.

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Great piece Mark....and

James Jenkins's picture

Great piece Mark....and including Stephens pointed comment above this sums up my feelings on ANZAC day exactly.

And if you are ever taken to task by noddies about involving politics on our sacred day of remembrance just reply that ANZAC day only exists BECAUSE of politics....it is in fact the MOST political day of the year.

Oh, Richard

Mark Hubbard's picture

.. yes, holiday is good. Though tide is right for fishing far too early morning at the moment, and despite going to bed thinking I'll get up early, come early morning ... well, I'm waiting to end of week when high tide's about midday Smiling

Cheers all ... and Ross

Mark Hubbard's picture

I'm suspicious that many Kiwis have fallen into the idea that we are celebrating anti-war at all costs as opposed to recognising the necessity of war in the defence of liberty.

Yes. Most of the coverage I've seen has been about just that.

Sam, can't revel my sources Smiling but Upham used to live up Oxford way ... and he really did hate bureaucrats (especially 'that' department).

Cheers Mark.

Sam Pierson's picture

Yep, the focus of the day dwells on those who died, and does not get at what they were fighting for and fighting against.

Interesting aside about Upham. Would like to hear more.

Good, Mark

Ross Elliot's picture

I also get the sense that ANZAC day has turned into a peace-fest.

The Left has always been good at twisting concepts to fit it's agenda, and I'm suspicious that many Kiwis have fallen into the idea that we are celebrating anti-war at all costs as opposed to recognising the necessity of war in the defence of liberty.


Stephen Berry's picture

A point I like to make to people about ANZAC day, which always proves as popular as a turd in a swimming pool, is the hypocritical way in which we mark ANZAC Day. This namely is by a ban on trading for 13 hours of the day. We remember the thousands who died by taking away people's freedom to trade.

I don't understand why it is necessary to prevent trade when remembering freedom. Indeed, I think they best way to remember those who died for freedom is by exercising those freedoms unencumbered.

Hitler used to degree who could trade, what they could trade, when they could trade and the prices that could be charged.
We celebrate ANZAC Day by behaving like Hitler.


Richard Goode's picture

Why, when the statists have destroyed what these men were fighting for?

For the sake of your own mental health, for one thing. How's the holiday going?

It's the most pressing message to take from the day.

Of course, I agree. It's just that I can't help but rail against any appearance that today is about the enemies of freedom rather than about those who died for freedom's sake. There's always tomorrow to "take up our quarrel with the foe."

Hillary Clinton ANZAC Speech

Sandi's picture

"Because of their sacrifices and dedication, today we enjoy countless freedoms. As we commemorate Anzac Day, we must recommit ourselves to their mission: the pursuit of freedom, prosperity, and democracy throughout the world."

Ms Clinton, can you please explain what part of freedom and prosperity requires your administration to purchase 450 million rounds of ammo for Homeland Security?

Ayn Rand was right on the money when she said, "The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master"


Mark Hubbard's picture

Why, when the statists have destroyed what these men were fighting for?

It's the most pressing message to take from the day. I'm not disparaging the soldiers; indeed, the reverse.

Just for one day

Richard Goode's picture

Forget the Statists.

Cheers Gregster.

Mark Hubbard's picture

Cheers Gregster.

I liked that Mark

gregster's picture

Excellent observations. That's the sort of Op-ed we need to see.

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