It’s a public holiday in Victoria today, so our virtual offices are closed.
The Victorian people and economy are preparing for a footy match that will not be played or celebrated here.
And just in case you’re thinking of celebrating it with friends, that imbecile Andrews is warning against it.
The absurdity of all this is breathtaking!
Anyway, to all our Victorian readers, enjoy the day if you can. And to all those long-suffering business owners, it won’t be long now before you can return to some semblance of normality.
And let the lawsuits against Andrews’ arbitrary and draconian dictatorial control over ‘his’ citizens begin…
Despite being in NSW, I have the day off too. So I thought I’d give you a blast from the past, in celebration of the political corruption and incompetence that this day marks for our Victorian mates.
I originally wrote this in April 2019. It’s highly relevant to a story doing the rounds now, less than two weeks out from the US election.
It just goes to show, that reading The Rum Rebellion can put you ahead of the curve. It also goes to show that the only beneficiaries of a Joe Biden victory will be the Washington DC swamp, the elites and the establishment media.
Today’s essay should shock you. If it doesn’t, I guess you’re just too cynical and jaded. Or perhaps you simply don’t want to see it.
Let’s see how you go…
First, some context.
One of the underlying themes of The Rum Rebellion is that there is a power struggle between entrepreneurial business and governments. This power struggle was one of the main causes of the actual Rum Rebellion that occurred early in Australia’s colonial history, in 1808.
To quote from The Rum Rebellion website:
‘There is a constant battle between the core ideology of government control of the economy, and a free market. But the absence of regulation opens the door for unscrupulous characters to pursue profits and power, and then use this power to create barriers to trade and cement their position.
‘The Rum Rebellion humbly seeks to be a voice for liberty-seeking citizens of Australia, guarding against both government encroachment in our lives and corporate chicanery.’
Perhaps I need to amend that mission statement. It’s not just about highlighting government encroachment in our lives and/or corporate chicanery.
Because something far more insidious is going on. For want of a better word, I guess you’d call it crony capitalism. This is where government AND business join together to abuse the law (because they can) to enrich themselves.
What makes this possible is an establishment media that is complicit in covering it up.
With that in mind, let’s get to the story.
You’ve probably heard about US Democratic candidate for 2020, Joe Biden.
He’s (all of a sudden) been in the news lately for inappropriate behaviour towards women. They don’t call him ‘creepy Joe’ for nothing…
Google it. The headlines are everywhere.
What you won’t see amongst those headlines though is a far more interesting and damaging story about Joe Biden.
Why aren’t the establishment media covering it?
I’ll get to that.
First, the scandal…
Investigative journalist John Solomon broke the story a few days ago, in an opinion piece published in The Hill. The gist of it is this:
Joe Biden, in his capacity as vice president in the Obama administration in 2016, threatened to withhold a US$1 billion loan guarantee from Ukraine unless the President, Petro Poroshenko, fired Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
Biden subsequently bragged about doing this at a Council on Foreign Relations forum.
But he didn’t mention a crucial piece of information. He didn’t mention why he wanted the prosecutor gone. As John Solomon reports:
‘But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didn’t mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden’s younger son, Hunter, as a board member.
‘U.S. banking records show Hunter Biden’s American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.’
Can you imagine if this was Trump and one of his sons? The establishment media would be all over it, calling for his impeachment (again).
But when it comes to creepy Joe, there is nothing. Just the inappropriate behaviour taking up the headlines.
What is shocking here is not the actions of Joe Biden. Give someone enough power, and they will eventually abuse it. What is shocking is the failure of the establishment media, the supposed ‘fourth estate’, to bring such alleged corruption to the public’s attention.
This happened back in March of 2016.
Why would the media leave this alone, then and now?
It may have something to do with the fact that this all ties in to a much bigger issue. Ukraine officials were a source of much information about ‘Trump/Russia collusion’, a story that was officially debunked last week. (Unofficially, it was always a fantasy.)
You might recall that Ukraine went through a period of upheaval starting in 2013 and is split between pro-Western/US factions and pro-Russian supporters. It’s not surprising then, that so much Trump/Russia collusion ‘information’ came from there.
As I’ve mentioned before, the establishment media peddled this collusion fable for years, taking in leaked information from a range of ‘sources’, all because it hated Donald Trump and didn’t want him to win office. When he did, the media wanted him out.
No wonder it didn’t want to touch the Joe Biden/Hunter Biden story! Who’d want to take the lid off that can of worms? It could well have implicated Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Everyone knows she paid for the ‘Steele dossier’ that was the centrepiece of the Russian Collusion claims.
When you’re a part of the establishment, as the mainstream media are, you don’t want to expose establishment kingpins. It’s not good for business.
But perhaps that will now change. With Robert Mueller’s two-year-plus investigation into Trump over, and having found no evidence of collusion, it’s not surprising that this story is now beginning to surface.
The system is rigged
The Ukrainian prosecutor who replaced the ousted Viktor Shokin, Yuriy Lutsenko, now appears keen to pick up the case. Solomon reports that:
‘Lutsenko said some of the evidence he knows about in the Burisma case may interest U.S. authorities and he’d like to present that information to new U.S. Attorney General William Barr, particularly the vice president’s intervention.’
That would be interesting…
At least Solomon is asking questions. As he concludes his report:
‘…some hard questions should be answered by Biden as he prepares, potentially, to run for president in 2020: Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy? What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received? Did you know about the Burisma probe? And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?’
Earlier this week, Solomon and fellow investigative reporter Sara Carter discussed the state of journalism and the establishment media with Mark Levin. It’s a fascinating interview. You can watch it here.
Then there is this lengthy piece by another great investigative reporter, Jeff Carlson.
There is only one conclusion to make here. The elite owners of the media, the established layers of government bureaucracy and big, big business, are all allies working to rig the system in their favour.
Their aim is to keep you in the dark.
It is not for nothing that The Washington Post’s motto is ‘Democracy dies in darkness’. Don’t they know it…
Editor, The Rum Rebellion