Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Doctor is IN

A couple of quotes from the Sydney Morning Herald
"On Wednesday, Mr Abbott .... said: ''A lot of people feel at the moment that the ABC instinctively takes everyone's side but Australia's.''"
"Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has .... {called}  the claims ''unfounded, unsubstantiated, outrageous allegations against our navy and our Customs and border protection service''. "
On April 17 1775 Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Doctor Johnson, said 
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Discussion of the meaning of the Good Doctor's words seems to conclude that while supporting true love of a country,  he was having a go at folk who use patriotism as a cover for other less acceptable behaviours.  In one case the example of a false patriot given is Edmund Burke while in another it is James Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute.  On reading the linked texts either could appear in a list of the "usual suspects" for the charge leveled by Dr J (no, not that Dr J).  

So the question arises, how would Doctor Johnson view our current Government: patriots or scoundrels?  That seems to come down to whether the Abbott Government:
You form you own opinion.

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