Is Clive showing us how to be less selfish about our nation?
A FAMOUS American politician once said, "Ask what you can do for your country, ask not what your country can do for you."
These words, were possibly plagiarised from JF Kennedy's old headmaster but when he uttered them in his maiden Presidential address in 1961 they stuck with him forever.
I was thinking about those words a few days after the election when there was great debate on whether Clive Palmer would win the seat of Fisher and how he went about it.
I actually backed the bloke the day before and got unders of 10-1 from a true blue local conservative, he thought I was balmy.
My reasoning was that Clive was very clever coming into that final week, dot point ads claiming what he was going to do if he got in, it was easy to read and he never really had to justify any of it, plus he had Peter Wellington pushing hard every time I turned the TV on, so at the time of writing he is still in front and could be the new member.
Maybe though after listening to the big man this week with his couple of PUP members in the Senate he might end up like our old mate Don Chip who was famous for leading the Democrat Party chant of "Keeping the bastards honest," and if Clive can do that he will be way ahead of what we have had from major parties over the last few decades.
For his part Peter Wellington should either be congratulated if Clive goes well and digs in for our community or be held accountable if Clive doesn't do the job properly
In saying all that, maybe it is time for all of us as a nation to start singing from the same book as JFK, start thinking about others rather than the what's in it for us mentality and blaming our representatives and leaders for whatever goes wrong. This is a good country, with good people, but I think currently we are over indulging in so many ways, maybe its time to man up.
I know that my opinion grates on people but it is my opinion with my name on it, I can be wrong and I also can learn to work with people I don't entirely agree with.
So I am hoping all our representatives have read this quote from another famous American, Abraham Lincoln, " I'll do the very best I know how, The very best I can and I mean to keep doing it until the end. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right will make no difference."