It seems we have been noticed by the nutters from “Just Grounds” which is rather the opposite of the ancient Chinese curse “May you come to the attention of powerful people”.
They have sent forward an emissary Julie Coker-Godson who had this to say in the comments last night:
@johnboy: My name is Julie Coker-Godson and I will be one of the participant “crazies” you speak of in the forthcoming Convoy of No Confidence in the Federal Government to take place on the 22nd/23rd August next. As such, I am better placed than you are to be telling people what is taking place. Firstly, and let me make this abundantly clear, there is NO intention of a blockade. Never has been. Secondly, the Convoy is about a range of issues, including all the failed policies of this incumbent Greens/Labor Government, not just the carbon tax. The people in this Convoy come from all walks of life, farmers, cattlemen, small business, trucking businesses, et al. I am coming from the South Coast by car and will be filtering in with the Convoy at Hall. I’m glad though that you recommended people go to the justgroundsonline community link. That way, people will be able to read for themselves the preparations and intentions of the organisers of this Convoy. On this site, they will get the information “from the horses mouth” and not from excitable sensationalising commentators. Cheers, Julie C-G
Aside from being traitors to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia these people are also devious and dishonest, which is why it’s very hard to understand what they’re on about when reading their websites aside from “the vibe of the thing”.
But I’ll cast you back to the statements that kicked this off by Marlee Ranacher speaking to the media on their behalf:
She backed plans by the convoy organisers to stage a sit-in in Canberra and to hold the city in gridlock until the Government, its supporters or the Governor-General agree to a new election.
While their website appears to be ashamed of their aims (to the extent they are obfuscated, aside from the bit they missed, the name of the site), and their petitions are legion (and the more extraordinary have disappeared) the petition they still link to is here.
As you can see in the screenshot above the purpose of this protest is to force the collapse of a government which still commands the elected parliament.
I’m not a fan of the Gillard Government. If it were to fall to legitimate processes I would shed not one tear.
But here’s the thing.
If these idiots succeed in their stated aim it will destroy Australian democracy.
Once it just takes a few thousand angry griefers getting in their cars to achieve a coup d’état we’re pretty much done as a country where people get to elect their government.
We’re a country of nuts, it’s a great thing, but you can get 10% of Australians to believe pretty much anything.
Use your imagination, consider what happens if everyone starts acting like this. If it takes just some tens of thousands out of a country of millions to bring down a government?
They might think that they’re garden variety
bogans Australians, but for mine no amount of dislike of Julia Gillard justifies their aims.
Protest against any specific policy you like, if the elected parliament is unable to command its houses let it fall.
But there’s nothing as un-Australian as an angry mob bringing down a government.
In the sort of Australia they’re trying to create (lacking understanding of consequence) they’d hang as traitors from every lamp post on Commonwealth Avenue.
For the sane there’s an election in 18 months or so. Vote for whomever you wish.