Could it happen here
IT couldn’t happen here could it, a Trumpian revolution?
Like most people, I’ve watched the past week’s events in the US with utter fascination.
I’ve seen discussions here where commentators reckon that such an outcome is not very likely given our economy, famously recession-free for an entire generation, is in stark contrast to the poverty raging, in every sense, in the US.
I beg to differ, and expect to see that view vindicated at the next election.
That’s because it’s not just about economics.
It’s also about the culture wars, and the things that people hold high as their basic values.
The fierceness of the slanging match that surrounds the culture wars suggests that for many people their ideological position is the modern substitute for religion.
The most articulate and noisy participants in this battle have dominated the media.
Trump’s victory has been a milestone moment in silencing that quarter, at least for a little while.
On the other hand, locally, a whole lot of people who might have, say, pro Pauline Hanson sympathies, will feel much more emboldened to express their views and will fell less isolated.
We shouldn’t forget how well One Nation polled in its first incarnation. Now, 15 years later, the times seem rather well suited to another foray by One Nation.
One Nation polled strongly in Queensland in the last Federal election, managing to secure 7.96 per cent in Douglas Shire – and now the next state election is not that far away.
Pauline Hanson knows how fertile her territory is up here, having visited FNQ several times quite recently and furthered the work on re-establishing her party.