Raskolnikov’s dream ( from Crime and Punishment) ;
“…She’ll fall in a minute, mates, there will soon be an end of her,” said an admiring spectator in the crowd.
“Fetch an axe to her! Finish her off,” shouted a third.
“I’ll show you! Stand off,” Mikolka screamed frantically; he threw down the shaft, stooped down in the cart and picked up an iron crowbar. “Look out,” he shouted, and with all his might he dealt a stunning blow at the poor mare. The blow fell; the mare staggered, sank back, tried to pull, but the bar fell again with a swinging blow on her back and she fell on the ground like a log.
“Finish her off,” shouted Mikolka and he leapt beside himself, out of the cart. Several young men, also flushed with drink, seized anything they could come across—whips, sticks, poles, and ran to the dying mare. Mikolka stood on one side and began dealing random blows with the crowbar. The mare stretched out her head, drew a long breath and died.
“You butchered her,” someone shouted in the crowd.
“Why wouldn’t she gallop then?”
“My property..my property!” shouted Mikolka, with bloodshot eyes, brandishing the bar in his hands. He stood as though regretting that he had nothing more to beat.” (Dostoevsky : “Crime and Punishment” )
It is acknowledged that a person’s character can be judged from the way they treat any pet or animals under their charge..what we witnessed back in the last couple of years with live-animal exports has to be equal or worse than that described in Dostoevsky above. Those helpless animals beaten to death in those most gross slaughter houses were victims of a knowing and uncaring corporate marketing group. A group closely associated with the current ruling govt’ of the LNP. When the Labor govt’ of the time placed a halt to export proceedings until a more rigorous and humane treatment regiem was put in place, the LNP, prompted by it’s most vocal vested interest constituents cried “foul”…their concern was not for the well-being of the beasts, but outraged that this could be an attack on their hip-pocket well-being.
That gross frenzy of the drunken Mikolka killing the horse because it could not pull the wagon full of his drunken companions, just about perfectly describes the attitude (as it was meant to!) of a “right to rule” attitude by the Right-Wing of the LNP. More concerned in looking to the cut of their fashionable clothing or the glitter of the bling on their jackets. The blind unconcern toward those in their charge who are vulnerable or weak, is seen by the right as a position of strength toward that which they view as “waste material”, “cannon-fodder” in a “Free-market” economy.
It could only be the LNP. who would divide the citizens of this nation into “lifters and leaners”…and could only be spoken by those who had, in reality, NEVER done a stick of continuity of labouring work in their whole life!…their main source of income coming from either speculation bequeathed from wealthy parents or from a privileged background well-networked in an elitist social environment, with good credit and good employment contacts at hand.
This vulgar presumption of “ownership” of economic control, infrastructure preferences and / or military adventures operated in the shadow of their aggressive foreign masters is both an insult and a betrayal of the national interest to A) their own self-aggrandisement, or B) The enrichment of corporate supporters who , they trust, will return the favour post politics with a lucrative if worthless appointment to a board or two.
There is more than a blush of cowardice in the actions of both the above “Mikolka” and the members of the LNP…gross cowardice in the drunken Mikolka brutally striking the tethered horse and in the LNP hitting out at the lowest paid workers and pensioners and the vulnerable, knowing they have these citizens “tethered” to their situations and held in check by a accusative Main-Stream Media always at the ready to bark like the good dogs they are at any moving shadow that frightens their foreign masters, like the hapless questioner on Q&A. or the recent person who queried the legitimacy of Centerlink charges. So there is a triple cowardice..; Picking on the vulnerable, keeping those same well-indebted to their economic situation and utilizing their “pimps”, the MSM to brow-beat any protesters while the LNP give those same “injured parties” a good , sound kicking while they are down!
And we cannot overlook the role of position of the authority that commands and permits these actions to take place in his name. For if and when one assumes command, AYE!..even fights and schemes and claws their way to that position, they must take responsibility for those cowardly actions that came with the territory. And no matter the cut of the cloth they wear, no matter the volume of currency in their pocket, it is the calibre of honesty and decency that will be measured against the stature of the person in command…and at the moment, this person in charge of these groveling criothans that slip and slope about under the shadowy name of LNP, has to be considered the equivalent of the stature of a leprechaun, with a shadow cast of equal minuscule measure..