This came through our letter box today,
It came with other advertising junk-mail (despite the “No Junk Mail” clearly visible on our letterbox), so it was obviously delivered by a commercial leafletting company and not by Party volunteers.
The front page instantly commanded attention with the wording, “Do you agree?” followed by “Find out what 34% of people surveyed didn’t know!”.
What was taxing the mind of Conservative Party leader, Colin Craig?
What pressing issues were dominating his thoughts?
Was it the loss of 40,000 jobs in the last four years as the manufacturing and export sector are hit by a higher and higher New Zealand Dollar?
Was it 85,000+ young people not in employment, education of training?
Was it the 175,000 unemployed?
Was it 250,000 children living in poverty?
Was it National’s intention to partially flog of five state assets, worth billions to taxpayers in this country?
Time to open the pamplet and find out…
Craig has spent tens of thousands of dollars on a piece of colour-printed, glossy paper to complain about gays and lesbians being given marriage equality???
Where is this man’s head at?
Craig’s comments are not even logical.
For one thing, he states that “this is not about equality”.
It is all about equality.
He even admits it,
“The Civil Union Act in fact copied the operating provisions of the Marriage Act so both have the same legal equality (except deliberately in the case of adoption and parentingof children.)”
Oh… so there’s ‘equality’ – except in cases of blah, blah, blah.
Um… *scratches head*… then it’s not equality, is it, Mr Craig?
Saying that “…both have the same legal equality except deliberately in the case of adoption and parentingof children” is like saying that Blacks in the Southern States of America were equal to Whites in the 1950s… except for blah, blah, blah…
Or Blacks in South Africa were equal to Whites in South Africa during the Apartheid Era. Oh, except that Blacks couldn’t vote. And weren’t allowed on certain beaches. Or blah, blah, blah…
Message to Mr Craig’s remaining functioning brain cells: you can’t have equality where exceptions undermine that equality. Because then it’s not equality. It’s something else.
Which, by the way, is one of the strange points that Craig attempts to make in his weirdly surreal propaganda.
On the page below, Craig states,
“This country has become a dangerous place to be a child. If nothing else we must fight and speak for the children. We must seek their absolute best [?] and give of ourselves to protect them, blah, blah, blah…”
So what is it that Colin Craig is trying to say? That two people in love and wanting to marry is going to make “this country … a dangerous place to be a child “?! How the f**k does that work?
Poverty is dangerous for children.
Lack of nutritious food is dangerous for children.
Damp houses are dangerous for children.
Drugs and alcohol dangerous for children.
Abusive households are dangerous for children.
Government policies to do with low wages; poor housing; and lack of opportunities is dangerous for children.
But two people in love wanting to get married?
The workings of Colin Craig’s mind is even more unfathomable than I had previously believed possible. No wonder John Key rolled his eyes and muttered “it’s going to be a long two and a half years” when presented with the possibility of the bizarre Conservative Party as a potential coalition partner (see: John Key’s midterm blues?).
Reading this trash, I laughed even harder when I spotted another incongruency at Craig’s disjointed thinking.
On page 2,
“… Mr Key is now ignoring his electorate and says he will support same-sex marriage and adoption. He will not be voting as directed by his electorate. This is simply wrong. If Mr Key will not vote on behalf of his electorate, then who will? He is their paid representative; he is the one person sent to Parliament on their behalf.“
On page 3,
“Good leadership requires listening to both sides of the debate and then deciding what is best for our country.”
So on the one hand… Craig sez that it “is simply wrong” for Key not to vote according to his electorate (not that we actually know what his electorate “thinks”.
But on the other hand, “good leadership ” is about “ listening to both sides of the debate and then deciding what is best for our country“.
Hmmm, a bit contradictory there, Colin. You should proof-read your writing a bit more closely.
“I believe the evidence shows that it is ideal that an adopted child grow up with a great Mum and Dad…”
Two things bother me about that blanket statement.
1. If “evidence” exists to support Mr Craig’s prehistoric views, then it’s not a matter of “belief”. Evidence either exists to support his views. Or it does not.
Belief does not enter into it.
2. Unfortunately, the evidence that does exist points to one inescapable fact; many homes in our country are dangerous places for young children.
Too many have been neglected, severely injured, beaten, sexually abused, traumatised, and killed – at the hands of their “Dads” and too often, their “Mums”.
Heterosexual, ‘nuclear’-style families.
They are killing the children of our nation.
And not a gay parent to be seen anywhere.
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– Citizen A –
– 14 February 2013 –
– Matthew Hooton & Keith Locke –
Issue 1: Richard Prosser – is he racist? What are the ramifications for NZ First and does this reflect poorly on MMP?
Issue 2: Salvation Army gives the Government a D for child poverty, housing and employment – what is the Government doing?
and Issue 3 tonight: John Key’s decision to take Australia’s refugees – what do we get?
Acknowledgement (republished with kind permission)
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