To be fair, you've probably just lapsed into abject cynicism, which I believe has a lot to do with how toads like Howard preserve their power. There's a level of pragmatism that recognizes that one side is worse than the other, even if neither option is ideal.Originally Posted by Matt79
The problem I have with your rant though is that much of it is just lazy fatalism. I'm 36, not a member of the Labor party, I don't live in Canberra, I've never attended a University, and I know who Gillard and Rudd are. So do most people I know, including at kids events (where the demographics are very mixed) I attend with my child. I just read the papers. Amazingly, despite our readiness to write off everybody but ourselves as morons, many people do.
And saying things like "some things never change" and "the basic rules of human governance are" just seems absurdly limiting when you consider how much change we've seen over the last century, even over the last forty years. In reality the thoughts you're expressing don't differ that much from what C_C constantly brings up, in terms of the inevitability of the curtailment and corruption of those values. If history tells us anything it's that change can come very fast - both for the good and the bad.