Wishing Death Upon Him…
A week or two ago, I happened to catch a segment of Lindsay Perigo’s TV blog, “Perigo!“, on Stratos TV. It is a Libertarian response to Bomber Bradbury’s more left-wing “Citizen A” and “War on News”, on the same network.
Lindsay Perigo holds some views that are similar to mine – and others that are diametrically opposed. It’s all part of the fascinating, grand political rainbow upon which we all move.
The episode in question was a repeat of one broadcast by Stratos TV on July 12, 2011, and was Perigo’s commemoration of the passing of Roger Kerr, Chief Executive of the Business Roundtable.
In part, Perigo said this,
“When Roger’s illness was made public, there was an outpouring of that unique kind of hatred only the Left are capable of. One poster on one political blog said:
He is getting what he deserves.
Millions of ordinary Kiwis have suffered because of HIS greed and desire to turn us all into a nation of slaves.
Let’s see you try to take all your money with you now, you TRAITOR.
This is why God exists, BECAUSE there MUST be a hell for evil of the likes of Roger Kerr, Ruth Richardson, Jenny Shipley, Rodger Douglas, etc etc.
Actually, there is a place beyond hate, (which is how ordinary Germans felt about Jews), caused by years of hardship and suffering), and it is where my reaction to Roger Kerr, et al is, and I would quite happily send the Business Round Table to the gas chambers.
And their families too. Why? Because you MUST get the evil OUT of the gene pool.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we’re up against. Generations of New Zealanders conditioned to believe they shouldn’t have to pay for anything; the world via the government owes them a living and any expectation they should make any effort themselves is a cosmic impertinence. Government should be all-providing … and all-powerful. Not merely mediocrity but sub-mediocrity is the goal … and those who would beckon us to a higher path should be gassed and damned to hell for it. This envy-and-hate-ridden, mindless, soulless and soul-destroying mentality brought us to the brink of catastrophe in 1984 and is threatening to do so again. Roger Kerr has fought the good fight against it for decades.
Whatever they may have said about him, most of his detractors, who are legion, have grudgingly, respected him. In their hearts they know he’s right. The prosperity of all us depends on wealth creation, and wealth creation flourishes under conditions of small government, minimal regulation and low taxes, underpinned by personal freedom and responsibility. Hanker though they might for the former Soviet Union or East Germany, the present-day North Korea or Zimbabwe, the socialists know that if prosperity rather than equality of destitution is our aim, then the Roger Kerrs of this world are … on the money.” – Source
At about this point, I switched channel. Not because I disagreed with certain aspects of Perigo’s views – but because in my view he was exploiting Kerr’s death to “have a go” at the Left. Quite distasteful. Bad form.
And I say that as a left-winger who disagreed with much of Kerr’s views.
However, the comment made by the “left winger”, that Perigo quoted, was somewhat… familiar. So I employed that great Oracle of the 21st Century – Google.
And I discovered from whence that derisory comment had emanated from. It most certainly was not a “Blog” – leftwing or otherwise.
It was from a messageboard belonging to “Trademe“.
Yes, folks, that great icon of innovative, Kiwi capitalism; Trademe. Here’s the link to a website that has ‘captured’ and stored that particular Thread, entitled simply, “Roger Kerr“. The comment was actually made by an anonymous User, “321mat”, in Reply 2 – though it is visible only as a “reply-to-reply 2″, under a post made by Username “Silas”.
I remember the post from “321mat” quite clearly. I myself recall posting on that same Thread (which has not been ‘captured’ by this website, “boardreader.com”). I made my own views quite clear; one may disagree with Kerr’s political opinions, but to wish him dead was simply unacceptable. By all means let us be passionate in our views – but not psychotically so.
Wishing Kerr dead was as obscene as Cameron Slater wishing the same on Winston Peters, as he did today,
I would add that I am no fan of Winston Peters. In fact, during the late 1990s I was a trenchant critic of him; his Party; and his fellow NZ First MPs. But I cannot recall ever wishing him to fall under a bus or similar fate. There is a vast gulf of difference between opposing the man’s ideas and actions – and desiring his demise.
Perigo might care to reflect that it is an unfortunate fact of life that fantatics exist in all religions; in every political grouping; and throughout the left-right spectrum. This does not reduce the possible validity of a philosophy – it simply means that disturbed individuals tend to gravitate to more extremist religious/political groupings.
That, Mr Perigo, is what we’re up against…
… and political commentators who use the death of a public figure to “have a go“.