Freedom, Australia and Horses!

Anyone who drinks with me knows my habitual toast – “Freedom, Australia and Horses” as quoth by Breaker Morant in the 1970s film. (Formative. Saw it at the drive-in with my parents when I was in primary school. Watch it, if you need another reason why Australia should be a Republic.)

This is my daughter, Lil. She’s amazing. Just look at her.

She is riding our pony on a beach in same place her gt gt gt grandmother Margaret was sent to as a 15yo “Young Immigrant” (breeding stock) from Donegal in 1861, as Empire fodder.

Margaret, being Protestant, got married off immediately to a Cockney butcher, who built an inn at Capel, worked as farm labourer and ran Cobb & Co stagecoach post. The horses were paddocked in the river flat behind the pub. I’ve craned my neck from passing cars on trips to the beach to look at horses grazing in that green pasture behind the tavern my whole life – and I didn’t know the full family history connected with the town until last year.

Margaret bore many children, the first when she was 16. Margaret’s mother, (also named Margaret, with a suspicious amount of prematurely and suddenly deceased husbands over her lifetime) joined her daughter in the Swan Colony’s southwest district a few years afterward.

Margaret the Younger’s Australian born daughter, (also named Margaret and the last), married an Australian-born mounted policeman, son of a Royal Marine Pensioner convict guard, whose tours of duty included visiting “Irish stations” before placing his unfortunate neighbours below deck & escorting them thousands of miles away to an already occupied continent. He got land out of the agreement. His toddler died at sea on the voyage. His wife, a Welshwoman named Ann, gave birth to the future trooper three months after disembarking at Fremantle, then proceeded to farm, and build a house and raise funds for a school. She lost another adult son to shipwreck off Geraldton. The oldest daughter she brought as a baby on the convict ship gave birth out of wedlock and was married off to an old widower with many adult children and bore him many more. I thank Ann for her true grit. Her picture is in the Freshwater Bay museum at Claremont, along with her husband’s. They were pioneers of a settlement, now a suburb, that replaced sacred sites and sustainability of the Indigenous people who had lived there continuously for 65000 years.

None of my family have been able to afford to live there for decades. It’s multi-million dollar real estate now.

The last Margaret became a copper’s wife and when he retired, he started the first milk run in Busselton. She bore many sons. One of them didn’t marry until he was 60. He was my grandfather, a dairy farmer.

Our family farms was sold for pennies and lost to the subdivided estates of backyard swimming pools and bbqs decades ago. Home ownership is out of reach for most people of my kids’ generation.

Our predecessors existence included the invasion, displacement and dispossession, imprisonment and genocide of people all over the world – English white privilege in the name of a splinter church headed by a family of inbred German monarchs knew no bounds.

(One look at Boris Johnson and it is apparent it is still a structure of nonsensical myth and inequality that still exists in the fearful and ignorant)

My immigrant ancestors were working class and did the best they could to survive and thrive in the times they found themselves in.

I acknowledge our part in history. The injustice we were institutionally raised to believe and meted out to others.

I know the future is better for all our children if we listen to everyone’s voices. Australia’s egalitarian ideals are not yet lost.

Women have the vote. Women don’t have to marry a man they don’t know in order to shelter and feed themselves. Or they can marry women. They can work in any industry they want. It’s not always easy, but our daughters have more choices than the 15yo fatherless child born in the Famine who hopped on a boat to Bunbury, Western Australia.

And I look at my (nearly) 19yo strawberry blonde freckled colleen, who just successfully completed a year’s traineeship on a dairy farm near Busselton, laughing in the sunshine on a Capel beach astride a horse… I sit inside a cottage in Mayo in February…..and I ponder on the Margarets and the lives they led that led to the photo….and I say, again:

Freedom, Australia and Horses! Slainte!

Trump, Enfant Deplorable In Search Of A Spanking From Daddy. Mueller Gave Congress The Paddle.

Deep inside the 300 pounds of criminal hair plugged blancmange that is currently POTUS is a hurt, inadequate, little boy that was desperate for the approval and camaraderie of the military school his father sent him to, but his character was already formed.
Nature gave him psychopathy and learning problems, nurture gave him a doolally disinterested mother, an abusive father who was a Klan member, tax evading fraudster and real estate shyster from whom little Donnie inherited a sense of self-entitlement as nouveau riche eurotrash used to greasing the palms of city officials and organised crime mobsters.
I’d feel sorry for him but you might as well feel sorry for Hitler for not getting into art college.
Don’t just blame Trump.
Blame every officer of the law from beat cop to District Attorney that allowed his corruption to flourish by turning a blind eye in return for political donations for decades.
Including NBC for presenting a six times bankrupt semi-literate serial sex pest as a successful business owner on The Apprentice.
MAGA rubes who think “reality shows” are actually reality and not scripted advertisements presented by sponsored celebrities are the same gullible Americans who hand over their welfare checks to buy televangelists private planes and think the NRA is about the 2nd amendment instead of the merchandising arm of the gun manufacturers whose products kill 40 000 people in the US every year.
They’ll believe anything Murdoch tells them if it’s wrapped in stars & stripes with a soundtrack of Liberty Belle or Springsteen.
Trump has never had a friend in his life, just hangers on hoping money or fame will come their way – no wonder he invented John Barron to spruik his imaginary achievements, no one else ever had a good word to say about Trump except when they were lying to line their own pocket.
Republicans don’t like or admire Trump, they just want lunch in the Oval Office & re-election. Trump has never had the mental or emotional capacity to relate to anyone.
Trump’s an amoral insult comic with a personality disorder born into money, but MAGA think he’s the American Dream.
For Trump, a distinguished war record and being the son of an Admiral and a Senator with a loving family like John McCain is his own private American Dream, but he can never admit that.
Who would he admit it to? His hyena children, his third trophy wife or any of the lackeys and golddiggers that hang around him? It’s lonely in the White House bunker.
Trump won’t be lonely in jail after he’s left the White House but if anyone thinks it’s going to inspire reflection or empathy in him they’re as insane as he is.
It’s cruelty to a dumb animal at this point, like letting a dog shite on the kitchen floor for fifteen years then suddenly rubbing his nose in it on the way out the door to get him euthanised.
Meanwhile, he has the nuclear codes because 1 in 4 Americans who bothered to vote are racist imbeciles who think a wall will stop immigration or are the self-dealing robber barons posing as GOP Senators.
Trump is an opportunist who has attracted other opportunists to his coattails without making a single friend who’d stick by him if he was broke. Which he is.
Which is why he’s scared of releasing his tax returns.
And terrified of copping a novocheck burger courtesy of Putin, who knows his secrets and holds his IOUs.
Meanwhile, Barr poisoned the well with propaganda over the three weeks he took to release the redacted Mueller Report, the lies of “exoneration” and “cooperation” made obvious in glaring light of public scrutiny.
Mueller outlined Congress’ duty to impeach Trump and the case to do so, explaining that current DOJ policy prevents criminal indictment of a sitting President, but upon leaving Office, there are many points on which to prosecute Trump for the crimes he committed both in public and private view.
Mueller’s investigation has gaoled Trump’s campaign staff, his first National Security Advisor, his personal lawyer among others plus indicted thirty Russian intelligence officers.
Special Counsel’s office also passed over a dozen Federal and State investigations that are currently being processed but no doubt will end in stickiness for Trump’s adult con-artist kids Don Jr and Ivanka (still occupying a White House advisor position where she shmoozes dictators for business deals) and her husband Jared Kushner (currently ditto, his BFFs the murderous Netanyahu and MBS of particular concern to the national security and intelligence agencies who refused Ivanka and Jared’s security clearances…..trump imperiously waved aside the evidence and the safety of humanity in order to hire his family and increase his personal wealth, as despots do.)
The White House has been revealed by Mueller to be exactly as dozens of whistleblowers over the last two years have described it ad nauseum – irrevocably inept and corrupt, staffed by fringe lunatics, pathological liars and self-appointed unelected caretakers of a Commander In Chief woefully out of his depth and recalcitrant in his criminal intent to obstruct justice and protect his image at dire cost to democracy.
Barr’s attempt to postpone the inevitable exposure of trump’s corruption has only served to further humiliate a Republican Party that stood up to Nixon in the seventies, voted to impeach Clinton for lying to Congress about a seriously dodgy abuse of power in an affair with a bright-eyed intern in the nineties but has collaborated with the moral and intellectual vacuum of trump even as the evidence mounts and international alliances dissolve.
Mitch McConnell refused Obama’s request to make a bipartisan statement condemning the Russian attacks on the election process.  McConnell has pandered to Trump and schemed against the public interest for the enrichment of his cronies throughout every degradation trump has inflicted upon Americans.
Now a clear cut case for removal of a corrupt President is likely to be ignored by a GOP Senate unwilling to uphold their Constitutional duty when the House passes the vote for impeachment.
Ignoring Trump’s unfitness for Office invites chaos.
No-one is above the law in America.  Trump has to pay for his crimes as an example to all who enter public office.
Shame Trump had to wait seventy years before a strong man like Mueller gave him tough love and a public spanking.