David Leyonhjelm

Every now and then, in the course of history, it falls to one brave individual to draw a line in the sand. It should come as no surprise that in our age, that individual is David Leyonhjelm: he is after all the man who reintroduced guns as a valid sexual preference in this country. And it is Leyonhjelm who has today stared down the forces of Stalinist mind control and said “No More”, by stating clearly the simple truth that “if it is OK to be white, we should be able to say so”.

As the Senator says, by allowing ourselves to be cowed into not saying that it’s OK to be white, we are letting the white supremacists win. For just as if we make guns illegal, only criminals will have guns, if we make saying “it’s OK to be white” illegal, only criminals will say it’s OK to be white. Is that a future we want, or even understand?

Enough is enough. Already we have lost so many useful, powerful phrases from our once-rich lexicon, thanks to the malign creep of political correctness. For example, it’s now impossible to use the word “gay” to mean “happy”, or the word “straight” to mean “not deviating from a direct course”, or the word “golliwog” to mean “our beloved manservant Arnold”. The irony is that the same people who tell us we’re not allowed to say that it’s OK to be white also say that we’re not allowed to wear blackface. So it’s not OK to be white … OR black? How’s THAT for contradictory?

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Ironically, of course, even though everybody would object if the Senate showed up to work in blackface, a Senate motion stating that “it’s OK to be black” would’ve passed with flying colours – pun very much intended (unless wordplay is politically incorrect now, too). Because nowadays we are free to say it’s OK to be black, or it’s OK to be gay, or it’s OK to be disabled, but we get shouted down if we say it’s OK to be a straight white abled-bodied man with a diverse investment portfolio.

We used to be able to say such things. We used to be able to be honest. We used to be free to walk the streets screaming the n-word without anyone assuming malice on our part. That’s all changed, thanks very much, Sarah Hanson-Young. Now we have to scream “people of colour” instead. Now we have to call prostitutes “sex workers” and murderers “immigrants”.

Having so watered down our speech, I thank God someone like David Leyonhjelm has stood up to say what we were all also saying but slightly more quietly. Truth is truth. If it’s OK to be white, let us say so. And if it’s not OK to not be white, let us say that too. It’s called freedom. Look it up, Marxists.

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Peter Fray
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