Politically speaking, Australia kicks America’s ass

I had pleasure in posting Politically Speaking, Australia Kicks America’s Ass, originally written for vegasjessie.com by an Australian, Derek Wood of Sydney. Vegasjessie.com is an American blog site that promotes the same issues as Café Whispers, albeit at a local level. A link to vegasjessie can be located under Global Sites below our Blogroll. It is an informative site for those interested in the grass roots machinations of the American way of life. In particular, the American passion for those ‘taboo’ subjects, politics and religion are articulately expressed by blogmaster Jessie.

I found Politically Speaking, Australia Kicks America’s Ass a very interesting read which I hope you enjoy as much as I did. I learned something from it and I look forward to hearing what you may have learned too, as would Jessie.


Another guest blog by Derek Wood, a resident of Sydney, NSW, Australia.  Follow him on twitter @Main_Man. 

As a country Australia is very similar to the US.  Both have historical British influences, geographically they are large countries, English is the main language albeit with some idiosyncrasies and, more importantly, both countries have been built on the back of migration and multiculturalism.

Despite this, politically there are a number of differences.  I should point out that Australia’s population of 21.5 million is extremely small when compared to 311 million in the US.  This can obviously make a difference when it comes to political observations and activities. In America, presidential campaigns cost a large amount of money.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are raised by both the Republicans and Democrats.  This, in turn, is used to publicise the policies and candidates of both parties with a view to gaining your vote.  I have…

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38 comments on “Politically speaking, Australia kicks America’s ass

  1. To read the full article you will be directed to Jessie’s site. Just click back here to comment, although I’m sure Jessie would welcome any comments on her blog too. 🙂

  2. You might like to remove the “s” from the URL Migs. Browsers will spit and have people believe you might be trying to send them to a malicious site 😉


  3. The link embedded in “Read more… 911 more words” is to https://etc…
    It should be to http: ( no “s”)

    When I click on your link at the moment, I get:

    You have asked Firefox to connect securely to vegasjessie.com, but we can’t confirm that your connection is secure.
    Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site’s identity can’t be verified.

  4. Bacchus, how about if you tried right-clicking on the link to open in a new window?

    I haven’t been having any problems with Firefox. Maybe my security settings are different to yours.

  5. Thanks Bacchus. You know how thick I can be at times. 😳

    I’m going to try the link via my Apple mobile device. The way Apple have been lately, anything could happen. 😦

  6. No probelms with Chrome and Firefox

    Great article and more to the point a clear indication that we Australians personify and embrace democracy.

    Americans who give lip service to it but don’t practice it. Then their are those like Minchin that have no respect for democracy, and considering this year’s of noalition conspiracy’s, scheme’s and smear, are an assault on our parliamentary democracy. This is from the party that gave you the double dissolution so no wonder.

  7. This from Jessie:

    It’s pretty apparent their population is a bit easier to manage, but they have certainly limited the corruption in politics a helluva lot better than we have.

    I think Abbott is about to change all that.

  8. From Vegasjessie’s article,

    Religion plays little, or no influence in Australian politics.

    I agree that this is not to the extent that it exists in the US, but religion still influences – examples include Tony Abbott’s effective ban on RU486, the suggestion in his book that he would bring back “faults based” divorce, that he finds women wearing the burqa “confronting”, Alan Jones’ verbal assault on Lebanese Muslims, the introduction of chaplains into supposedly secular government schools..and especially government funding of religious schools. The latter does not and cannot happen in the US due to funding being forbidden by the US Constitution.

  9. Roswell, I would hazard a guess that their voting system is open to rorting, manipulation and corruption. Just look at what happened when GWB first won office. It was a disgrace.

  10. The comparison is interesting, isn’t it.

    There is also that the US political system has had an extra 150 odd years to “develop”.

  11. Gone are the days when the saying was that anyone could grow up to be President (proof of the superiority of democracy).. Now it is..as long as daddy is a millionaire.

  12. Our formative years were different, they had a terrible civil war along the way.

    Also our character has been shaped by this unique environment, a big sandy island in the South Seas. Being late starters Australia had the advantage of adopting the system of the mother country.

    And we are reluctant to get off the teet.

  13. El gordo, by memory our Constitution was framed from the American, Canadian and South African Constitutions. Don’t hold me to it though.

  14. Parts of the country would probably rather shoot you than make them vote…… 😦 ….
    …. the way they seem to be going it won’t be long before they ‘come a cropper’ , eating itself from the inside out…… and all so caught up in the hoopla of it all…. the band plays and ve must ‘salute’ with zee hand over the heart….. and blind to the ‘outside’ world by their sense of worth……. so it would seem to me here in the middle of the bush. 😉 …. I mostly feel sorry for Canada and Mexico and the coming tide of American car-people in the near future….. sad really… they will be only looking for a better life 😀

  15. el gordo
    DECEMBER 13, 2012 @ 9:39 PM
    Our formative years were different, they had a terrible civil war along the way.

    Absolutely el Gordo, the scars are still their deep in the union. Our formative years reveal a series of wars that saw the slaughter of thousands of indigenous Australians in the name of colonisation.

    Being late starters Australia had the advantage of adopting the system of the mother country.
    To date that has served us well despite all its failing including the dismissal.

    And we are reluctant to get off the teet.

    I agree El Gordo, “Its Time”. If we are to carve our own future from the past,we need to move to claim our own independence, free from the shackles of colonialism and that mad, inbred German head of state.

  16. I would consider our Constitution little more than a piece of paper which enabled the federation of the colonies..however, I do agree that we had the benefit of looking at the systems of other countries and ended up with democratic traditions being a melding of British-monarchical and democratic workers’ rights (to a large extent courtesy of those of our forefathers who were of Irish heritage).

  17. We tend to forget the early history which formed our political culture, this fragment of empire.

    ‘Around 1830, people in New South Wales began to push for a representative government, one with members who were elected to represent the people. Finally, in 1843, the people got their chance to vote but only for some members of the new parliament. The other members were chosen by the British. The governor still had most of the power and the only people who could vote were wealthy landowners.’

  18. and the only people who could vote were wealthy landowners.”

    Property ownership the the qualification for a long time. For all the huffing and puffing about Democracy by the American Founders they did not increase the franchise they had inherited from Britain. Washington, Jefferson took part in govt only because they owned property (40 shillings).

    If you owned 40 shillings of property you were entitled to vote in England and that goes back a long way.

    I believe that is how women got the vote in Australia. One day some women got to own some property and that entitled them to a vote.

  19. That maybe not quite correct Nils

    ‘While New Zealand had granted women the right to vote in 1893, in 1902, Australia granted women the right to vote and also to seek election.’

  20. Can’t remember where I read it so maybe I am wrong but I believe some women got to own some property and therefore could vote. It must have never occurred to men that women some day would be able to own property. The men fought back and changed the law to male property owners. I believed this happened in some Australian colony. The women then fought back to win the right to vote.

  21. I might add that the rest of the world gave a collective sigh of relief when Romney failed in his presidential bid. Do we really want another world like the one Bush gave us?

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