Abe Lincoln: A Civil War Xmas

On the first of December 1862, with his country torn apart in Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln told America, “In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free—honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.”

On Christmas Day that year Lincoln visited soldiers in hospitals. Then the president commissioned artist Thomas Nash to create the first modern image of Santa Claus, in the cause of freedom.

What a wonderful Christmas spirit that was: visiting those wounded in a righteous cause and creating art celebrating generosity.

In the modern world, freedom is under constant threat.

Why cant we give freedom to each other anymore?

Why cant we even communicate?

Geoff Fox, Terra Nullius, December 1st, 2019

THE CULTURE WAR

I am now a stateless refugee.

I have a chance of sanctuary and a meaningful life in the Republic of Indonesia.

 I flee from a western world which is at war with itself and at war with human nature.

This war is a cultural war. To paraphrase and borrow from former Reagan White House Director Of Communications Patrick J Buchanan from his landmark 1992 speech in Houston:

This modern war is about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe, and what we stand for as human beings. It is critical to the kinds of nations we shall be. It is a war for the soul of the world. And in this struggle, the values of the Republic of Indonesia are on my side.  But the Maribyrnong and Victorian Australian Labor Party governments, in my country of birth, Australia, are on the other side.

Please pray with me for freedom, decency and civilised humanity.

They are dying in The West.

Geoff Fox, Malang, Indonesia, August 8th, 2019

Tony Abbottt’s Tragic Mistake – Is this a Lesson for ScoMo?

Today is my last day as a Registered Midwife in Australia. Cutbacks in services to mothers and a personally debilitating attack on my human rights from within the ALP in Maribyrnong have combined to deprive me of this livelihood.

I am proud of the unique knowledge midwifery has given me of what women, men and children need.

Today my midiwfery registration expires. So this is my last chance to put on record as a midwife that I know of no other politician in Australia’s history who stood up for what Australian mothers really need as well as opposition leader Tony Abbott did with his courageous policy of a Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme funded by taxing big companies. At that time, as I recall, whenever I googled “ALP breast feeding policy”, I came up with policy relating to feeding lots for cattle.

Postponing the implementation of his truly great PPL scheme to the third year of his government’s three year term was a tragic mistake.

By the time that third year arrived, relentless attacks on his alleged misogyny had eaten up the massive political capital he had in his first year.

So feminist and conservative attacks on Mr Abbott’s proposed PPL contributed to Australian mums losing a great chance to get a huge part of the support they need to increase their chances of breast feeding longer.

There is a lesson here for reelected Prime Minister Scott Morrison: he should not wait till the third year of the normal parliamentary term to do things for which he has a clear mandate now.

Freedom of Speech.

Freedom of Religion.

We need both these fundamental rights protected now.

In his maiden speech to parliament in 2008, ScoMo said “Australia is not a secular country — it is a free country.” With passing time these wise words are less clearly true.

Good on you, ScoMo, for saving Australia’s national government from the human rights catastrophe of Maribyrnong Bill.

Please protect our freedoms soon.

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, May 31, 2019

GIVE US LIBERTY NOT A.L.P. DEATH

244 years ago, American founding father, Patrick Henry, spoke the famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Those words describe exactly how I, as a victim of Australian Labor Party (ALP) police state tactics in Maribyrnong, feel about the possibility of a federal Labor government.

There are 5 ways in which I believe a Shorten Labor government could bring death to Australia.

1. THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY.

The ALP and its people do a better job of taking foreign money than at representing patriotic Australians like me.

Former ALP Senator Sam Dastyari received Chinese money and then promoted Chinese interests in the Parliament and was forced to resign because of it.

And Bob Carr has been described from within the ALP as “a pro-Beijing extremist paid by the pro-Beijing think tank, Australia China Relations Institute.”  

But the foundation of democracy is freedom of speech:

2. THE DEATH OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Last week Bill Shorten wrote in The Australian: “If individuals at a cafe or a pub spoke in the way that some people are allowed to speak online, there would be a call to the police.”

Bill Shorten believes it is police business to deprive people in cafes and pubs of freedom of speech. I know this ALP mentality. After I tried to talk about memorial tree plantings and acts of friendliness towards Indonesia lobbying an ALP politician in Maribyrnong, the police arrested me.

In 2012, Julia Gillard criticised then Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott for being “very light on accepting responsibility himself for the vile conduct of members of his political party” who had heard very offensive remarks about her father’s death and did not object to those remarks at the time.

Applying the party leader standards for responsibility for his own party to Bill Shorten which Julia Gillard set for Tony Abbott, the Australian people have a right to judge Shorten’s leadership by how he responds to the misuse of police services from within the ALP in Maribyrnong.

As bad as the comments about Gillard’s father’s death were, I believe arresting a citizen for communicating with a politician on matters of national interest is worse. Because the right to freedom of speech implied in the Australian Constitution’s establishment of representative government is at stake. In Maribyrnong. In Bill Shorten’s backyard.

3. THE DEATH OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

I believe Bill Shorten doesn’t want religious schools to be free to teach their children their religious beliefs.

4. THE DEATHS OF MEN DRIVEN TO SUICIDE.

I believe Bill Shorten and the ALP are prisoners of modern feminist misandry.

We have a new stolen generation in Australia. Children alienated from their fathers in a system where justice for fathers is impossible. This is driving men to suicide.

But I don’t believe Bill Shorten will call the Royal Commission into this tragic crisis which Australia needs.

5. DEATHS AT SEA.

According to the an Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) fact-check, at least 1100 asylum seekers are known to have died at sea trying to get to Australia the last time Labor was in power in Canberra.

Another fact-check by the ABC verified the claim of conservative Peter Dutton, when he was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection that “Nobody has drowned at sea under Operation Sovereign Borders.”

It looks to me like a vote for Labor is a vote for deaths at sea.

This is because Labor can’t protect our nation’s borders.

Or fathers. Or Religion. Or democracy. Or freedom of speech.

The Australian Labor Party kills the things I love.

Geoff Fox, Jakarta, March 23, 2019

“The Covered Wagon” – a long lost freedom.

“The Covered Wagon”, released on March 16, 1923, was the first feature length western movie. It is a meticulously authentic portait of the life of American pioneers, who traveled huge distances through hardship and adventure to look for a better life. The following video clip shows some highlights:

In his memoir “Reminiscences”, World War Two hero General Douglas MacArthur, who was born in 1880, wrote that his childhood was spent in “ …… the Old West of frontier days ……. nowhere else has there been the savage turbulence, the striking vitality and the raucous glamour of the struggle for law and order in the American West.”

Do we want to restore some of that freedom now?

Geoff Fox, Solo, Indonesia, March 16, 2019

Open Letter to Indonesian Parents: Beware of Western “Education”

To The Parents Of Indonesia:

My country of birth, Australia, is a nation in decline. Australian traditions, democracy, freedoms and human rights are all under attack from within.

The lives of too many people in Australia are ruined by fear, stress and unrelenting callousness by some Australians towards their fellow citizens.

My second home, Indonesia, is a nation on the rise. This vibrant young democracy consistently produces leaders respected around the world. National self-confidence and solid sustainable values give decent people in Indonesia the chance of building decent lives.

In 2016, President Jokowi inspired me and other people with the glorious words in reponse to the Thamrin terrorist attack, “Kita tidak boleh takut dan kalah.” which I transcreate as, “It’s just not on for us to be frightened or defeatist.” This is easily the best response to modern terrorism I have heard from any world leader. President Yudhoyono was also very effective against terrorism.

It is a great tribute to the whole Indonesian education system that a man of humble origins like Joko Widodo could go on to inspire the world with his clear powerful thinking. The words quoted above rest on the foundations of Amar Ma’ruf Nahi Munkar, Pancasila, Gotong Royong and Kebersamaan.

At the age of 59, in 2016, in Australia, I was treated like a criminal when I tried to share my love of the Indonesian values which now give my life its meaning. My efforts to talk about how much Australia can learn from and share with Indonesia lead to me being arrested by the Victoria Police on July 5th that year and put through psychological hell in Melbourne’s Family Violence Court until December. I am still struggling to recover from that trauma.

My father and over thirty thousand of his fellow Australians fought against tyranny at Balikpapan in July 1945. 229 of those Australians died. The freedoms they fought for are now thriving in Indonesia but are dying in Australia. If I could swap my Australian citizenship for Indonesian citizenship, I believe I would have a much better future.

To any Indonesian parents hoping to give their children a better life through education in Australia, I say this: think very, very carefully about that choice.

There are many wonderful teachers in this archipelago. Among the ones I have known personally are Gus Mus, AmienRais and Mbah Lim. Such teachers should be the envy of the world. I have learnt things about living and society from these and other Indonesian teachers which I could never have learnt in Australia. But what I have been able to learn and love here just does not get respect in Australia. The toxic forces now undermining human rights in Australia can also be very powerful on Australian university campuses and in Australian schools.

Please ask yourself this question if you are considering sending your child to Australia to study: do you want your child to learn in an environment of fear or in an environment of self-confident freedom?

Please choose carefully. Hati hati ya.

Selamat Tujuhbelasan. Merdeka!

Geoff Fox, Solo, Jateng, Indonesia, 17-08-2018