Our friend Dennis Cartledge, writer of Grub Street Journal, and his brother Robin are engaged in a pursuit few of would even consider much less attempt.
They're challenging Mark Vaile, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader, for the parliamentary seat of Lyne
(it's in New South Wales, take a gander at Wikipedia
). Robin is doing the campaigning. Dennis is doing the strategizing, or as he refers to it the "whatsy-thingo-business"
Now most of us would look at such an unequal contest and remark, "What's the point?" In fact, that seems to be a pretty American attitude toward politics, but Robin and Dennis are forging ahead undaunted with the goal of raising the public consciousness of the abysmal state of social services
. And with their opponent's energies focused on the big picture
(he's a 'big picture' kinda guy, you see) the Cartledges' hope to organize a insurrection in the Deputy PM's rear.
So what does this pair of Australian Davids need? Rocks!
Tactics, strategies--preferably ideas that don't cost too much money--and I'm honored that they've decided to use a variant of Kvatch's Kommandos
to help with distributing the campaign slogan. But I think that Blognonymous' readers can come up with some truly innovative rocks to help these modern day Davids slay a Goliath.
And while we're arming our friends from Down Under, check out the campaign site
Good one, Froggy. I've said g'day to Robin, and am going to alert some friends in Australia to let 'em know he's running.
Great post! :)
Thanks froggy. As you can see with the lightly armed toy soldier, we are running a very low budget campaign. Can't afford bullets :)
Even if we could we are opposed to the massive campaign spending which seems the norm.
We are budgeting $1000 and a lot of novel, attention grabbing tactics. Robin isn’t looking to win, but rather raise the electorates consciousness. Most of all we want to have a bit of fun out there.
That reminds me of the attitude most had about the Bush Reich early on. When ti was hopeless, a few of us kept spreading the truth until it finally caught on.
Diva... Thanks for heading over. Got to keep in mind that whatever we come up with we can use here in '08.
Cartledge... My pleasure. Please post on what you and Robin have come up with. Free exchange of ideas, you know. And check my next comment.
TomCat... Right you are.
Cartledge... Check out these sites. They're the original "Freeway Blogger" (Southern California) and our own PT Cruiser (a San Francisco freeway blogger):Freeway BloggerPT Cruiser
He's got my vote! Just need to get those pesky citizenship questions answered. Really, husband & I have been thinking of emigration for oh, about 7-yrs now. Got friends in Perth & Darwin & Adelaide. ~~ D.K.
D.K... You know...I should do a post on emigration because it's not like I haven't considered it as well. But at what point to you make a firm decision to abandon your native land? That's the tough question. How much is too much?
K, it's been too much for some time, so for me the question is how much am I willing to sacrifice to start over somewhere where, let's face it, it's maybe only just a coupla yrs behind our Bushmerika example. I'm too old to learn another language fluently enough to have meaningful conversation, so I'm limited to english-speaking countries. Canada is too damn cold, same with GB, Scotland, Ireland & Europe (altho' my husband loved Switzerland). We considered New Zealand, but don't like the idea of being on the other side of the Ring of Fire. Australia has a Retirement Visa program which is interesting, but when you read the details, not that attractive. South Africa is not my cuppa. Any ideas? (sorry to stray so far from Cartledge's campaign) ~~ D.K.
DK, believe it or not, I'd rather be somewhere my passion could make a difference. But then retirement is not something I really think about.
"...when you read the details, not that attractive."
Not much attractive unless you simply want to enjoy a great climate and vacuous society.
I don’t deny the land of my birth, but I am far more excited by the potential I found in North America, Canada included.
Hells bells, we can’t really sustain ant great influx of people here or New Zealand. Few want to think smarter or even think.
But the campaign goes on, and we hope it is good enough to spread.
Cartledge, of course I want to enjoy a great climate. Being an old desert rat, I think I would fit right into your country's more desolate places. And vacuous society? As a current Utah resident, I know all about that. Thinking is a lost art here. The details of the Australian Retirement Visa that weren't attractive had to do with tieing up your assets in some govt investment program & not being able to utilize the natl health program. But I well understand the sustainability issue. I wish you success in your campaign! ~~ D.K.