That Pesky thing called Reality or A Nation of Sgt Taggarts in Australia

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That Pesky thing called Reality or A Nation of Sgt Taggarts in Australia

For rea­sons I haven’t quite fig­ured out the 1984 movie Bev­erly Hills Cop which was a launch­ing pad for Eddie Mur­phy has been on my mind lately. With the elec­tion results in Aus­tralia one scene in par­tic­u­lar hit me.

After defy­ing an order to leave town by the police chief Detroit Cop Axel Foley (Mur­phy) and the young Bev­erly Hills Cop who idol­izes him Billy Rose­wood (Judge Rein­hold) are in the process of break­ing into the outer gate of drug smug­gler and mur­der Vic­tor Matland’s (Stephen Berkoff) home where he is hold­ing Foley friend Jenny Sum­mers (Lisa Eil­bacher) who know has proof of his activities.

Sgt Tag­gart ( John Ash­ton) comes to the gate insist­ing that Foley step aside, warns Rose­wood that at best he’ll only get fired for defy­ing the chief and insists they wait for a search war­rant that they can have in 10 min­utes. Foley replies she’ll be dead in 10 min­utes and springs the gate declar­ing: “You want to stop me, shoot me.”, Rose­wood says the same. At this point Tag­gart asked them to wait a sec­ond, walks to the trunk of his car and in a moment that elicited cheers from the entire audi­ence in the the­ater where I saw the pic­ture, pro­duced a shot­gun and goes in with them.

The Applause came because unlike the char­ac­ters of Tag­gart, his Cap­tain (Ronny Cox) and the rest we see the real­ity of what’s been going on and know that Mait­land pub­lic per­sona as a respectable dealer of mod­ern art is just a mask for what’s really going on. When Tag­gart gets out that shot­gun he acknowl­edges the real­ity that if he want to actu­ally do jus­tice and save the girl, he has to be will­ing to go into that house and risk everything.

And that oddly enough takes us to yesterday’s elec­tion in Aus­tralia, elec­tion 2020 and Don­ald Trump.

In Aus­tralia they just had an elec­tion where can­di­dates who ran on the unre­al­ity of the left are find­ing that regard­less of what they might tell poll­sters when they get to the vot­ing booth real life holds the “Trump

in Aus­tralia and here at home is the fram­ing of this elec­tion. The Labor Party’s plat­form was to pur­sue more dra­matic action on cli­mate change and higher taxes on the rich. From the NY Times:

The elec­tion had pre­sented Aus­tralia, a vital Amer­i­can ally in the Asia-​Pacific, with a cru­cial ques­tion: Would it remain on a right­ward path and stick with a polit­i­cal coali­tion that promised eco­nomic sta­bil­ity, jobs and cuts to immi­gra­tion or choose greater action on cli­mate change and income inequality?…

Or as put even bet­ter by Tim Andrews

The Aus­tralian Labor Party ran on higher taxes, higher spend­ing, more reg­u­la­tions, and destroy­ing our econ­omy with car­bon taxes. This was – for the first time in over two decades – a clear elec­tion, a clear choice about ide­ol­ogy and the future of Aus­tralia. And despite all the polls, despite the left out­spend­ing the right by mil­lions, the Aus­tralian peo­ple did what no one expected and rejected the odi­ous big gov­ern­ment nar­ra­tive. This is huge.”

Put sim­ply the Aus­tralian peo­ple despite the press, despite the pols and despite the pre­dic­tions of doom saw the real­ity as it was and acted accord­ingly. Their left is not tak­ing it well


In Amer­ica dur­ing the cam­paign of 2016 we kept hear­ing dire warn­ings about what would hap­pen under a Trump pres­i­dency, Trump would tank the econ­omy, Trump would tank the Stock Mar­ket, For­eign Wars, Trump would have gays and les­bians in con­cen­tra­tion camps (I had a les­bian co-​worker who actu­ally believed this) News­pa­pers and Tele­vi­sion would be cen­sored and a dic­ta­tor­ship estab­lished in Amer­ica with his oppo­nents vio­lently repressed

Not only have these things not hap­pened. But we’ve seen an econ­omy surge with a huge jump in the stock mar­ket and wages ris­ing across the board, We’ve seen suc­cess after suc­cess on the for­eign pol­icy front, Far from being cen­sored the media and cul­ture has freely used their plat­forms to decry every action that the this admin­is­tra­tion has taken and as for vio­lence and dic­ta­tor­ships it is sup­port­ers of the pres­i­dent who are rou­tinely sub­jected to vio­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion the worst of course being the attempted mass mur­der of GOP mem­bers of con­gress by Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkin­son whose name and actions the media have con­ve­niently forgotten.

While in the reverse ice­berg of social media (90% vis­i­ble rep­re­sent­ing 10% unseen) these facts are not acknowl­edge or spun away and almost two dozen can­di­dates who are cre­ations of this reverse ice­berg vie for the Demo­c­rat nom­i­na­tion in the real world were peo­ple live, eat, work and pay their bills the actual fruits of the last three years are read­ily apparent.

It’s much too early to know what his going to hap­pen next year, par­tic­u­larly given that the same left who thought elec­tion 2020 was a shoe-​in now knows it can’t put it’s fraud oper­a­tions in states like Michi­gan, Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin and Penn­syl­va­nia on hold, but as I look at real life around me I’m becom­ing more and more con­vinced that peo­ple in the United States are finally see­ing things as they are rather than as the left keeps paint­ing them and that when elec­tion day comes around, they are going to go in with us.

It will still be a fight, just like the cli­matic scene that from Bev­erly Hills Cops was



But I’m becom­ing more and more opti­mistic that the Good Guys are going to win.

For reasons I haven’t quite figured out the 1984 movie Beverly Hills Cop which was a launching pad for Eddie Murphy has been on my mind lately. With the election results in Australia one scene in particular hit me.

After defying an order to leave town by the police chief Detroit Cop Axel Foley (Murphy) and the young Beverly Hills Cop who idolizes him Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) are in the process of breaking into the outer gate of drug smuggler and murder Victor Matland’s (Stephen Berkoff) home where he is holding Foley friend Jenny Summers (Lisa Eilbacher) who know has proof of his activities.

Sgt Taggart ( John Ashton) comes to the gate insisting that Foley step aside, warns Rosewood that at best he’ll only get fired for defying the chief and insists they wait for a search warrant that they can have in 10 minutes. Foley replies she’ll be dead in 10 minutes and springs the gate declaring: “You want to stop me, shoot me.”, Rosewood says the same. At this point Taggart asked them to wait a second, walks to the trunk of his car and in a moment that elicited cheers from the entire audience in the theater where I saw the picture, produced a shotgun and goes in with them.

The Applause came because unlike the characters of Taggart, his Captain (Ronny Cox) and the rest we see the reality of what’s been going on and know that Maitland public persona as a respectable dealer of modern art is just a mask for what’s really going on. When Taggart gets out that shotgun he acknowledges the reality that if he want to actually do justice and save the girl, he has to be willing to go into that house and risk everything.

And that oddly enough takes us to yesterday’s election in Australia, election 2020 and Donald Trump.

In Australia they just had an election where candidates who ran on the unreality of the left are finding that regardless of what they might tell pollsters when they get to the voting booth real life holds the “Trump


in Australia and here at home is the framing of this election. The Labor Party’s platform was to pursue more dramatic action on climate change and higher taxes on the rich. From the NY Times:


The election had presented Australia, a vital American ally in the Asia-Pacific, with a crucial question: Would it remain on a rightward path and stick with a political coalition that promised economic stability, jobs and cuts to immigration or choose greater action on climate change and income inequality?…

Or as put even better by Tim Andrews


The Australian Labor Party ran on higher taxes, higher spending, more regulations, and destroying our economy with carbon taxes. This was – for the first time in over two decades – a clear election, a clear choice about ideology and the future of Australia. And despite all the polls, despite the left outspending the right by millions, the Australian people did what no one expected and rejected the odious big government narrative. This is huge.”

Put simply the Australian people despite the press, despite the pols and despite the predictions of doom saw the reality as it was and acted accordingly. Their left is not taking it well

In America during the campaign of 2016 we kept hearing dire warnings about what would happen under a Trump presidency, Trump would tank the economy, Trump would tank the Stock Market, Foreign Wars, Trump would have gays and lesbians in concentration camps (I had a lesbian co-worker who actually believed this) Newspapers and Television would be censored and a dictatorship established in America with his opponents violently repressed

Not only have these things not happened. But we’ve seen an economy surge with a huge jump in the stock market and wages rising across the board, We’ve seen success after success on the foreign policy front, Far from being censored the media and culture has freely used their platforms to decry every action that the this administration has taken and as for violence and dictatorships it is supporters of the president who are routinely subjected to violence and discrimination the worst of course being the attempted mass murder of GOP members of congress by Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson whose name and actions the media have conveniently forgotten.

While in the reverse iceberg of social media (90% visible representing 10% unseen) these facts are not acknowledge or spun away and almost two dozen candidates who are creations of this reverse iceberg vie for the Democrat nomination in the real world were people live, eat, work and pay their bills the actual fruits of the last three years are readily apparent.

It’s much too early to know what his going to happen next year, particularly given that the same left who thought election 2020 was a shoe-in now knows it can’t put it’s fraud operations in states like Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on hold, but as I look at real life around me I’m becoming more and more convinced that people in the United States are finally seeing things as they are rather than as the left keeps painting them and that when election day comes around, they are going to go in with us.

It will still be a fight, just like the climatic scene that from Beverly Hills Cops was

But I’m becoming more and more optimistic that the Good Guys are going to win.