In what must be a reflection of limited ability for self analysis or an appalling communication job by the centre right. NBR has details of a poll showing significantly more New Zealanders said they considered themselves right wing 34% than said they were left wing 22%. After the great result in America we need to get rid of helen and her cronies and move New Zealand off the failed socialist path.
Having predicted that Bush was a definite for months and hoped post election-pre announcement that he would reach out to the democrats it seems he is doing exactly that. Whilst it has been tempting to gloat at some of the more idiotic comments from the Left following the election now is probably the time for those serious about the need for political change in New Zealand who understand what GW is doing for the world to come out and win the arguments.
Gordy has said it well over at Just Talk and dpf about why the left just dont get it. I am agnostic, don't own a gun, and could not care what a man chooses to allow inside himself in the privacy of his own home. The state has no right to interfere. But if I had had a vote I would have gone strongly for GW.
I thought GW would be president back when he was Texas governor making stump speeches in Spanish. The man reached out. Having been a wild one in his younger days and having brought up children who are independent enough to go under age drinking despite the fact their father is president would seem to me signs of a very well adjusted individual. And I think he will make efforts to reach out again. The trouble is that many on the left will spit on the hand.
Bush clearly understood after 911 that the world had changed. The problem was no longer the soviet union. Socialism is a failed idea, persevered with only in failing states like cuba, north korea and helengrad.
The reason to invade Iraq was all about securing oil independence from the Saudi backers of Al qaeda and the more radical wahhabists who are clearly backing jihad. That will allow the US to put more pressure on the jihadists. For the neo con thinkers in the administration there was the opportunity to put in a democracy in the middle east. The main problem facing the world since the early nineties (remember the first WTC attempt) is the jihadis. Those who would impose Islam on the world by force.
Afghanistan seemed too unlikely to become a stable democracy. After 20 years of all out war it seemed an unlikely beacon of hope for stability and prosperity as a liberal bulwark against dictators and/or jidahis. The signs there seem really hopeful.
So the Bush Administration gave a chance to the Iraqi's. The fount of civilisation is a likely place for people to embrace democracy. the quagmire is just 20:20 hindsight bs. It will take years. But it will happen. In one state or 3.
So what is the relevance for New Zealand?
That fantastic little country at the end of the world. Our forebears understood that we owed it to ourselves to pitch in and help our neighbours in time of need. Without care for the consequence we participated in all the big wars for freedom in the twentieth century. But somewhere in there we started believing our own liberal socialist slogans too much and the talk became more important than the action.
The anti nuclear declaration became our defining political idea. Never mind that we were protected by the nuclear umbrella by a thankless US. We were just far too smug to accept it is a real & dangerous world out there.
So the likes of David Lange, Helen Clark, Margaret Wilson took power with liberal ideas formed in the cradle of a wealthy nation whose parents knew the reality of sacrifice, but who failed to pass on to those children that there were responsibilities to go with the prosperity they created for their children. We grew up in an environment where peace and prosperity was taken for granted. Socialism with its warm caring wealth and equality for everyone became the idea behind all policy. The original safety net became a state provided right and the socialist idea was extended to the point where the state provides over 1/3 of people with benefits.
Back to face some realities. New Zealand is not standing by its allies and those who have guaranteed its security for the last 70 years. It is slipping down the list of wealthy nations. Not so much getting poorer yet but steadily moving towards the Argentinian type of crisis that will result when too much is expected from the productive sector to support the wilfully idle.
The left reject the medicine provided by Sir Roger and Ruth Richardson as "failed experiments" but do not understand the basic economic principles underlying the reforms. New Zealand is like a wealthy private company that has passed to the third generation. The greedy family dont understand the business but just want to strip out more and more and more cash.
The problems in New Zealand today will not be solved by cutting Education or Health budgets. Investing wisely in the knowledge of the future and the health of people is a sign of a sensible society. Proper controls on spending and the methods of delivery will make sure taxpayers money is spent effectively. Breaking the teacher unions will ensure children can be taught at schools that conform to parental standards rather than woolly liberal, politically correct mantras of hand out and the state must oblige.
Having no vision for the future other than holding the hand out to the state for as much money as you can get from it is sleepwalking to the abyss. One third of taxpayers money is spent on benefits to equalise income. Paying people money they have not earned. That is what will kill the Kiwi spirit.
Now that the US election is out of the way and the world is in safe rather than French hands we can look to New Zealands future.
Education reform, Benefit reform, real contribution to the security of the world including our own security and stopping the idea that the state's role is what the state decides are the key issues for New Zealand to face. Given that New Zealanders seem inclined to view themselves on the self responsibility rather than state responsibility side of the spectrum there must be some hope.