On the 9th September 1087, the controversial strong man and founding father William The Conqueror died.
On this day in 1776, the term “United States” replaced “United Colonies” in referring to America: a very important milestone in America’s astonishing capacity, at her best, for self-knowledge and self-correction. This capacity makes America herself a hero for me.
On September 9, 1828, Leo Tolstoy was born, the author of the great novel “War and Peace”, of which Nobel Prize Winner Romain Rolland said, “It is life itself in its eternal movement.” ………… Ernest Hemingway said that reading Tolstoy taught him how to write about war.
In 1945, on the ninth of the ninth, Australia’s General Blamey accepted the Japanese surrender in Morotai. On that island an indigenous land owner of the place where Douglas MacArthur built his wife a bathroom tells me he believes that my father’s soul has found peace among beautiful old trees.
On September the 9th, 1949, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno was born into a family home where the integration of family and community was and is very very strong. When I met him in the presidential palace during his presidency he said he would like to visit my art display in Morotai. Could all readers of this blog please consider praying in whatever way works for you that that visit can happen someday.
September 9th is now the most common birthday in the United States.
It is an amazing day.
A great day to be thankful for all the good things we have.
LEST WE FORGET.
Geoff Fox, 9th of September, 2020, Terra Australis
An angry citizen and a police officer in Melbourne, Australia at a Freedom Day Rally on 5th September 2020
I believe any society needs a respected police force to be sustainable. But I believe the man throwing the punch in the above photo is a freedom fighter, fighting the tyranny of Socialist Left political leader Daniel Michael Andrews.
Respect for police is impossible when the police become a political tool of a corrupt government or corrupt or incompetent politicians. I believe the police officer under attack by an outraged citizen in this photo is an innocent victim of the immoral incompetent government of Dictator Dan.
I believe all police officers in Victoria should be urging their police association to protest publicly in the loudest possible terms against the misuse of police services against the Victorian people by the Andrews government and the Australian Labor Party.
Today is the 227th anniversary of the start of the Reign Of Terror.
On this day the Australian Labor Party continues to use fear make a massive power grab in the State Of Victoria by imprisoning 5 million people in their own homes, by forcing most businesses to stop trading and by denying the fundamental right to protest and the right to freedom of speech.
Today an elected people’s representative of this political party told me that I was not taking the deaths of geriatrics seriously but that the deaths of aborted unborn babies did not count because those babies were “not human”.
Yesterday former conservative Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett tweeted this:
Today current Socialist Left Premier Daniel Andrews was asked to comment on this distinction between dying from Covd-19 as the cause and dying with Covid and other diseases contributing to the death.
Andrews said, “I’ve got absolutely nothing to say about anything that person says. Nothing.”
Former Premier Kennett called for an end to dictatorial fear mongering and deceptive statistics.
Dictator Dan refused to talk.
Meanwhile 5 million Victorians imprisoned in their own homes by Andrews’ decisions are terrified of a future while this socialist destroys the economy by shutting it down.
I denounce the police state bastardry of Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor Party government in the State of Victoria.
In 2016 when I lobbied them for memorial tree plantings, they trashed my civic and democratic rights to protect a Labor Party politician from doing her job.
Then they trashed the basic legal rights of Australia’s second most successful ever Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, and imprisoned him. The High Court Of Australia set him free in a resounding 7-0 judgement.
Now they are isolating old people from their families without giving them any choice.
This socialist left government is forcing most businesses in the state to stop normal trading.
This “government” is imprisoning millions of innocent Victorians in their own homes.
That is Victoria.
I condemn “Dictator Dan” for the anti-democratic, anti-freedom practices of his Big Government.
May God help us all wherever such “socialists” destroy people’s lives.
Looking at and being in the presence of an extraordinary work of art about men by Melbourne artist John Lawry from Wodonga, my first reaction was to channel Walt Whitman.
This micro-movie and talking with John has subsequently lead me to start re-reading the works of Publius Vergilius Maro (a.k.a Virgil, the great Roman epic and bucolic poet) which I studied at Norwood High School and Melbourne University in the 1970’s and continued reading and rereading in the 1980’s.
Where will this all lead me now?
I dont know.
But one thing is certain.
When you have genuine freedom of speech, you dont always know where it will take you.
Geoff Fox, (YawpMan ?) 8th August, 2020, Terra Nullius