I think it illustrates the left’s incapability of understand there can be more than one political view, and thus anything other than ‘their’ side (and there are several flavours of the correct view to have to pick from), must be evil, uncaring, selfish, predatory, etc. This is just another symptom of this. The National Government can’t come up with different policies because they are doing what they think is best for the country, no it must because they are spinning a wheel to distract the voter.
I used to visit Dim Post as he posted well thought out critiques of either side of the political spectrum or humourous posts that nearly had me lose my drink. Now it is full of bizarre conspiracy theories regarding the current government with almost Illuminati tones to it. He’s clearly lost the plot and it’s been a good deal of time that I’ve read anything other than yet another strongly-biased/conspiracy theory post.
Fost – I agree that the content direction at Dim Post has seemed to have changed and I struggle to keep any interest in a lot of the posts/comments. I still visit the Dim Post hoping for posts of old, but mostly end up disappointed.
beautox – I didn’t find this funny at all either, but do think it is a clever way to illustrate one of the conspiracy theories that Fost refers to.
@YesWeDid (sorry busy day yesterday so only getting a chance to reply now):
Quote 1: On drug testing for the unemployed
I’m pretty sure National’s policy development process now consists of flashing ideas like this on a projector in front of a focus group of talk-back radio fans, and measuring how much drool and semen collects in a trough running beneath the chairs.
Quote 2: On a 4 year old policy that saw the first car crushed:
There’s their real, substantive agenda – asset sales, increased exploitation of the environment, slashing the public service (sacking teachers, gutting ACC) etc – most of which is unpopular with the majority of voters. So to distract the electorate they have their gimmick based agenda:
Quote 3: Just an anti-National rant:
National’s third term will just consist of Key, Paula Bennett and Judith Collins standing at the podium in the Beehive media room announcing ‘plans’ to get tough on criminals and/or beneficiaries and/or teenagers, in rotating eight hour shifts, twenty-four hours a day for three years.
And that is from the last 3 political posts before the one with the wheel above, and I could go on – all the posts are vitriolic polemics – coming across as accusing National of ‘being evil’ each time. He seems to see conspiracy where there are just the different parts of the business of government – not all policies are anything other than minor activity around the edges, but he seems to think that this, on a slow news day, is all part of a master plan to … (exactly what he thinks the National Government is trying to achieve is beyond me, but I can but imagine he is dreading some sort of extremeist anarchist-capitalist dystopia).
But I see this as typical of the mine is the only right way that is so common on those that identify as ‘left’ on the political spectrum – they even argue among themselves on who has the ‘only one right way’ as if there is only one. Typically this is also associated with bipolar morals – the thinking seams to be 1) I care for the poor [or other group] 2) I am ‘left’ politically 3) and the left policy is [insert policy], -> so the right, who do not think like me, because they propose a different solution, must therefore A) the policy is wrong automatically, B) they must not care for the poor [other group], C) they are selfish, morally bankrupt, evil…
There is no acceptance of multiple solutions to a problem, which I find hard to understand how they can see life that way, one any problem becomes more complex than math/physics there are always more than one solution – even in chemistry, a science I am familiar with, that is one step awy from physics, there are any number of different ways of making any specific chemical. 1 problem, multiple solutions.