Miranda Devine, The Daily Telegraph September 20, 2017
THE loving, compassionate left are in the grip of a mass delusion. They believe they are just and moral and the rest of us are evil. Not just wrong. Literally evil. Even when the consequence of their folly hits them in the face, they don’t see.
So you had Kevin Rudd saying he was a compassionate guy by ripping up our border controls, and we got 50,000 fake refugees on boats and 1100 drowned at sea. Nothing to see here. Move right along.
They lecture us about love while indulging in demented displays of hatred just because someone writes “Vote No” in the sky.
No loss of freedom, nothing to fear, they say, yet university students turn violent at the sight of an “It’s OK to say No” sign on a kebab stand, and people like small business owner Madlin Sims boast about sacking a staffer who hadthe temerity to express support for the No campaign.
Even though this behaviour is utterly self defeating, and has already cost the Yes campaign one million votes, they march on, blinded by their own self-virtue.
They say the only way to stop the drug epidemic is to make more drugs available. And when more drugs create more drug problems, their solution is make more drugs available.
They say its racist to stop people spending their dole on grog and drugs even when indigenous leaders beg for welfare to be quarantined to give kids a chance in dysfunctional communities.
When inevitably they lose elections because most voters don’t inhabit their planet, they pretend, like Hillary Clinton, that they didn’t really lose. Pretend long enough and even Brexit will go away.
Or when, like Angela Merkel, they invite a million young male Muslim asylum seekers without documentation into their countries, and sex attacks, terrorism and social unrest ensue, they pretend there is no connection.
And they get away with it, because the grown-ups keep waiting till the penny drops, when they admit their mistakes and logic reasserts itself. But it never will. Because if you believe that you are intrinsically good and those who disagree with you are evil, you can justify anything.
We see the price of bleeding heart delusion in Europe every other week. After the London Bridge attack in June, the commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, proudly boasted of the “diversity” of the victims, as if this was a virtue that transcended death.
This week two refugees, aged 18, and 21, were arrested for a bucket bomb which blew up on The Tube in the morning rush, injuring 30 people, including children on their way to school.
We’ve paid the price ourselves, with homegrown terrorist plots committed by refugees including Iranian Man Haron Monis at the Lindt cafe, Afghan Numan Haider, 18, who stabbed two police officers in Melbourne in the name of Islamic State, Iranian Farhad Jabar, 15, who murdered police accountant Curtis Cheng in Parramatta in 2015.
Two of the men convicted over the Holsworthy Barracks terror plot in 2009, Saney Aweys and Nayef El Sayed, and Islamic State capo, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, accused of conspiring to kidnap and behead a random Australian, are all refugees.
Most were given the benefit of the doubt, even when they told obvious lies, as refugee activists screamed blue murder if any connection were made between terrorism and a border overrun by fake refugees.
What does it take for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to accept someone is of bad character? (Pic: Terry Pontikos)
Even ASIO boss Duncan Lewis, who knew better, ran the politically correct line when he told a Senate committee this year: “I have absolutely no evidence to suggest there is a connection between refugees and terrorism.”
So when a convicted Palestinian terrorist who lied on his application to come to Australia had his visa rejected by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, of course the decision had to be overturned this month by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Almost a third of Dutton’s or his department’s decision to refuse or cancel visas, reportedly have been overturned by the AAT’s Migration and Refugee Division in the past three years.
What does it take for the AAT to accept you are of bad character? A child rapist, drug dealers, killers? No problem, they’ve waved them through. The feelings of foreign fraudsters take precedence over the safety of Australian citizens.
The Palestinian, convicted by an Israeli Military Court in 2006 and jailed for conspiracy to “cause intentional death”, has married an Australian woman he met on the West Bank, with whom he now has a two year old daughter.
The AAT reportedly deemed their welfare outweighed any risk to the Australian community, and medical treatment needed for a long-term illness would be superior in Australia.
Despite a nominally conservative government having been in power for four years, despite dozens of Coalition appointments to the AAT under both the Abbott and Turnbull governments in an attempt to weed out virtue-signalling leftists, outlandish decisions roll on.
If you ask ministers and ex-ministers, or even tribunal members, no one really knows why. Each case has its own unique logic.
So the mass delusion endures, soaked into the corners of the bureaucracy, impervious to the government of the day.
1/ Pic: Terry Pontikos