|Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.|
NAUTICAL LOG was so astonished to receive this from one of our international correspondents that it sat there brewing up nicely preparing to be published. One wonders just where a modern politician got the personal courage to write and give this speech. It is something that has needed to be aired in many countries for some time. So without further ado NAUTICAL LOG quotes that which is credited to Madam Prime Minister Julia Gillard:
"Immigrants, not Australians must adapt. Take it or leave it. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks in Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.
T"his culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
"We speak mainly English, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language.
"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and it is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the World as your home, because God is part of our culture.
"We will accept your beliefs and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
"This is Our Country, Our Land, and Our Lifestyle and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE. If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."
This is really an excellent and fair summary for all immigrants internationally it equally well applies and indeed does, here in The United States of America. Yesterday Wednesday March 07, 2012 was the 39th. Anniversary of my United States Citizenship, so this statement by PM Gillard came at just the right time. DO NOT moan to me about the USA get off your butt and start helping put it To Rights again.
Meanwhile of course 300 of our fellow seafarers are being held hostage by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia.