Liberal Seantor’s Cory Bernardi’s website says: “Cory Bernardi – Common sense lives here.”
No. It doesn’t.
Common sense obviously forgot to pay the rent and was evicted to live on the mean streets while new tenants moved in with the sole purpose of hi-jacking polarising public issues with questionable statements for attention.
Yesterday there was a shit storm over his thoughts on abortion, expressed in his new page turner “The Conservative Revolution”.
Outrage spewed from all fractions of the media, politics and the general public. When I heard about his comments I thought – Bernadi, you’ve done it again.
The easy route for me here would’ve been to spend 500 words tearing Cory Bernardi several new orifices, it could have been a thesis on name calling and I certainly would have felt better as would a lot of single Mothers, gay and lesbian couples, women, environmentalists and those of the Muslim faith.
Cory Bernardi is a professional pot stirrer, plain and simple. He throws a grenade and then watches as we all gather around to condemn his views and point our morally superior fingers at him all the while whipping up public interest in the very thing we are denouncing.
We seek to distance ourselves from his comments and even demand that the Liberal party do the same. The problem with all of this is that we don’t confront the ignorance, we fuel it with reactive outrage. What we resist, we assist.
I wonder why he feels the need to say such things and what the relationship is with this behaviour and the Liberal party. Conspiracy theorists may say that Bernardi is a loud, offensive puppet used by the Libs to distract us from, oh I don’t know – them trying to sell off Australia Post or privatise Medicare?
To some, Cory Bernardi may come across as ignorant, misogynistic or bigoted but he’s certainly smart enough to know which issues to choose to get some media attention, and in this case, sell his book.
I feel as though I have a responsibility here and that is to mindfully observe my own, emotional reaction to this situation. Dissect my desire to join the digital lynch mob to condemn, judge and ridicule this person rather than being a part of the solution.
To test myself I wish to go back though his various “incidents” and have a crack at confronting them without attacking him.
In 2007 Cory wrote an essay questioning weather Global warming had been caused by human activity. Cory Bernardi is no climate scientist. FACT. The end.
In 2010 Cory wrote a blog calling for the Burqua to be banned, he wrote it was un-Australian, compromised some of the most important aspects of human communication and was a symbol of the repressive domination of men over women.