Donald Trump’s winning of the GOP’s (Grand Old Party) nomination to contest November’s US presidential election is a challenge for the world.
While disruption of “politics as usual” is no bad thing, Mr Trump’s erratic behaviour, hyperbolic rhetoric and sometimes just plain mean-ness does not engender confidence in the man who could be the leader of the free world next January.
Many American conservatives are grappling with this. They refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton but they can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump.
As people of good will on both the Left and Right of politics grapple with this, it seems ordinary people in Anglosphere countries are willing to defy their politically correct masters and go off the reservation.
Witness Brexit in the United Kingdom and 220,000 Queenslanders giving first preference votes to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party.
The newly elected Turnbull Government is working to put in place a plebiscite, or people’s vote, to decide the future definition of marriage.
Elites whose script for the rest of us is to “do the right thing” and vote to redefine marriage have done everything to close this plebiscite down.
They claim overwhelming public support for same-sex marriage but are petrified of the people reflecting that supposed support in the privacy of the ballot box.
In an act of desperation, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this week wrote to Malcolm Turnbull begging him not to hold a “harmful” people’s vote.
ACL is working hard to ensure that the marriage vote is a disrupter of a political agenda that wishes to strip parenting and even childhood (through “Safe Schools”) of gender norms.
I’m not convinced the Trump phenomenon is the disrupter the West needs.
But the assumptions of rainbow ideology need disrupting and Australia’s marriage plebiscite may well provide the opportunity.