You can pay for school but you can’t buy class
While we may snigger or smirk at the sight of an Ed Hardy laden, southern cross tattoo toting, midriff bearing [sadly, male and female], proud public displays of ugg boot lovin’, year 9 dropout [because school “wasn’t for them”, we should also be wary of the increasing phenomena of, what I proclaim as; the Cashed Up Bogan’.
[For definition of a 'Bogan':http://www.bogan.com.au/definition/]
Similar to the burgeoning middle class of pre-revolutionary France, we should be cautious of the [often misguided, or just plain ignorant] actions of many of this societal faction. While many do work hard to further their own, or offspring’s education and general cultural awareness, many others, consider their accelerated gain of fortune as the epitome of success and encourage others to follow their lead. They consider their twice-annual trips to Bali [mainly residing in prominently Australian nightclubs, drinking Cruisers and slabs of Bintang] and their sprawling mansion in the outer suburbs with a smorgasbord of ‘hotted up’ Holden Commodores as proof of why education and just plain common sense is not necessary for monetary gain, because that’s obviously the only indicator of success…
We could just let them be in their blissful ignorance, the trouble really lies when they delve into deluded Leninist political consciousness. Before reading and, better yet comprehending, policies of Australian political parties, they’ve already slapped on a ‘fuck off we’re full’ [I kid you not, I’ve personally witnessed] on an aforementioned Holden Commodore and have already made Andrew Bolt [charged with breaching the racial discrimination Act] their martyr. An example of this largely ignorant political activism came at their pilgrimage to Canberra, encouraged by the [tabloid] Herald Sun, self-proclaimed shock jock Alan Jones and unfortunately a potential prime ministerial candidate- Tony Abbott [who I quote ‘will do anything to get into power’ and whom ‘we cannot trust everything he says because he often makes mistakes in the heat of the moment’]. Here at the mecca of Australian politics, unlike our predecessors who perhaps came here to rally against the Vietnam War or South African apartheid, here our delightful friends chanted and held up placards stating ‘burn the witch’ and ‘ditch the bitch’. Ahh nothing like a bit of degrading the prime minister through rhyme to inspire me to join these crusaders.
So while it is entertaining for us to identify the obvious techniques employed by journalists in our national and state wide newspapers [read as ‘tabloids], we must remember that not everyone passed [or even made it to] year 12 language analysis. While we must accept these people in their ‘going out trackies’, be happy that at least their not on welfare and embrace their willingness to engage in politics, we need to be careful of their misguided involvement in the political arena.
AA (The Younger one), ed. AA
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