I thought I’d do a Xmas post this year, just for the hell of it.
Some may find it odd given that I don’t believe in a god, I think I stopped believing in a god around the same time I stopped believing in the tooth fairy. In my mind if there was a god that had any power or actually gave a crap there would be no war, poverty, natural disasters or conservative governments.
However I thought it may be nice to spread some good will about the place none the less.
After all we are supposed to live in a country where we are free to worship whatever god we like. Whether you worship the god of tax-free cash at Hill$ong, or one the more traditional Christian faiths. Whether you are a Budhist, a Jew, follow Hinduism or particularly if you are a Muslim you all have the right to your views in this country no matter what the stickers on the cars of rednecks and bogans tell you, so I respect your views, whatever they are. Well, all except Hill$onger’s anyway.
Whatever your beliefs are it is a good thing that we actually have a day where we can behave as we should be behaving every day without an excuse.
For those amongst you who haven’t spent the last of their cash propping up our economy, there are some worthwhile charities that are not for profit or religiously affiliated that can do with your help.
Médecins Sans Frontières are the frontline of medical treatment in places of warfare, disease and natural disaster. Your donation can help treat an Ebola patient.
After the recent revelations involving the US government and state sanctioned torture it is evident how vitally important Amnesty International are as an organisation.
For those looking closer to home one local charity that I know of that could always use help is Foster Care Angels, always going the extra mile to ensure that the children society forgot get some love in their lives. If Xmas isn’t about the kids then what’s it for?
For those that know that a dog is not just for Xmas, there is one group that loves dogs all year around. Oscar’s Law continue to shut down the disgusting puppy farms that see puppies born in bred in conditions that would scare off rats.
I’m sure politicians like Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison will be out and about this Xmas and talking about Xmas cheer and how this time of year is all about the spirit of giving. All the while behind closed doors they work on ways to take from those who can least afford a politicians hand in their pocket.
Joe Hockey on the other hand knows all about giving. Hockey has been happy to continue to give huge tax breaks to multi-national companies. As Joe gift wraps his tax breaks to foreign companies, he talks about pension cuts, and taxes on the sick as part of his “cruel to be kind” propaganda message that isn’t even fooling the most politically naive.
NSW Premier Mike Baird will no doubt be rejoicing this Xmas in whatever happy-clapper church he belongs to, and while he is clapping away battered women around the state will be trapped with their abusers as his government continues to close down women’s refuge centres with their budget cuts.
As miserable as all that sounds, and it is, there is some good news.
There are those who will always be rooting for the underdog and making a stand for those who are unable clamber to their feet.
Many of you reading this are some of those people, and no matter how small a part you play you still play a vital part and whether you receive great fanfare for it, or whether you take up the fight unnoticed I encourage you to continue. Call it a hunch I think that your voices may be needed more than ever next year.
The failure of some of this governments most unfair parts of the budget to pass through the Senate is proof that collectively our voices can be heard, and I congratulate every one of you for your role in ensuring we have a society that remains fair.
To those that have helped, encouraged, and read my ramblings this year I appreciate all your support and next year I will be as determined as ever to do my little bit in holding the government to account and attempting to ensure a fair go for all, not just the privileged few.
I hope you can join me.