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Hi everyone, it’s been quite a while since I last posted on Ricochet (2018) so I thought it would be a good time to reintroduce myself.
I am a West Australian who originally joined Ricochet back in 2016. For those of you who were here at that time, you will remember there was a lot of very spirited debate during the primary and then the presidential election of that year with some well-reasoned arguments on both sides.
In 2017, I was made redundant from my accounting job after almost seven years and what followed was the three toughest years of my life. I was able to gain some occasional temporary work mostly in politics due to my involvement with the National Party here in Western Australia. But for much of this time, I was unemployed and I began to develop a growing sense of victimhood about my situation thinking that nothing about my situation was my fault and expecting things to miraculously turn around and get better without doing anything about it.
In 2020 with the Covid pandemic in full swing, I began to finally realise that the situation I was in could only be improved by my own actions. After three years, I finally sought out government benefits and government assistance. I then considered the possibility of further study after a discussion with an employment agency. After doing this I called my local National Party branch president who also happens to work at our local university center. I committed for the first time in years to doing something in my life to make my life better.
I am currently in my third term of a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) and in less than a month I am going on my third Prac with only one more term to go after this one. In addition to study, I am also working three days a week in an accounting firm earning money and I am no longer on any form of government benefits.
While things have improved for me in recent times I cannot say the same for my country. The Covid pandemic has shown that the Australian people are not the strong, independent people they once were. My own state is ruled by a dictator that has complete control over the government, the parliament, and much of the media. Those who fawn over the premier of Western Australia call him the state daddy as if he is some sort of general secretary of a communist party. And it is common to hear even those who normally speak sense say that he has kept us safe.
This idea that the people of Australia seem to have become infected with that it is the role of government to keep the people safe is far more dangerous and infectious than any Covid pandemic. As you all know, any people that would prefer safety over liberty will receive in return neither safety or liberty.
I am glad to be back on Ricochet and I look forward to once again taking part in reasoned and rational debate away from the cesspool that comprises much of this world wide web.
I am also looking forward to contributing my own posts as well as reading the high-quality posts of others and contributing to our conversation. I have spent much of today while at work listening to some of the great podcasts on here and I realised listening to them why I liked this website so much before. It’s great to be back.Published in