This nation is in a battle for the hearts, minds and property of all freedom loving people who swear allegiance to our founding principles. It is not something we want to take part in or have personal responsibility for but the result of which is something that will determine the type of society we bequeath to future generations of New Zealanders.
It is a fight (whoops - got to be careful using that word these days. In some quarters it could get you strung up) that we must win.
Our opponents are those who are acting like the “colonialists” they claim to despise. They want to take from you your legitimate rights acquired by birth.
This proposal to impose Maori wards is an act to subvert the will of the bulk of the people who don’t want it in any shape or form.
And the tragic fact about it is that it doesn’t need to happen in order for the invading forces to get what they say they need. They already have it to a greater degree and in a more beneficial form than in the capacity they are using to force it upon us.
The proposed racist legislation will put race relations in this country back 100 years.
I don’t know anybody who wants that.
However, in all battles, the leaders ( l hasten to add l am not one of those) must decide when to make a tactical withdrawal. In that context, now is such a time for those of us who have been forced to become reluctant participants in this current skirmish.
However, it should not be seen as an admission of defeat.
It doesn’t mean that we are abandoning the struggle to save this country from
descending into just another failed state that showed so much promise in its
early development. But is is time for a “David Lange” breather and cup of tea.
Make no mistake- we will return, armed with public opinion that will reject this blatant grab for power that the protagonists can’t achieve through the normal democratic process. We will sweep them and their vassals from their positions of authority illegally gained because of a sense of entitlement that is not legitimate or real.
It doesn’t even represent a true reflection of the state of race relations in this country.
And l believe the majority of the supposed beneficiaries of these cowardly
actions are more than a little bit embarrassed that their good name should be
used as a motivating factor in this war of attrition. If and when this
incitement to violence is put to a national vote, we will see the true nature
of support for these unwanted and unneeded measures.
So, it is timely for a word to those who have been involved with or have already signed the petition to force a vote on this issue and say a big thank you for your response. Please believe that this movement has and always has had the moral high ground. We are right to protect the very basis of our existence as a multi cultural sovereign nation.
Our mixed race forebears who died in defence of these freedoms would expect us to do so.
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.