A new Enlightenment
I have been watching Fb with interest as Billy Te Kahika takes his message around New Zealand and has been drawing large crowds in both the North and South Island. People from all walks of life, young and old, all apparently looking for an alternative to what we have at the moment.
There is a lot of unease and mistrust out there in the hinterlands. People are confused and some downright scared of what is happening in our Government. Laws are being passed that directly impact our way of life, our freedom to move around our country, freedom of speech, freedom to make our own medical choices. I know this seems “way out there” but I do believe it to be true. It's a crazy world out there and it grows worse not better.
So when I heard a morning host, Mike Hosking, talking with the Prime Minister and mentioning the smaller parties I took heed. I had watched the launch of the New Zealand Public Party in Auckland, once again with sell-out crowds, lots of enthusiasm, and people from all walks of life. When Hosking got around to the smaller parties and the NZPP he spoke disparagingly of Billy Te Kahika, like “who is he? Never heard of him”. Hosking dismissed him as irrelevant and was derisive of his message.
We should be careful not to dismiss an idea that is new in our world view. I guess it's pretty easy for people in the bigger cities to overlook what people in the regions are thinking and feeling. We are “good” people and it's not wise to mock or scoff at us.
It doesn't take a genius to understand that if Billy Te Kahika can resonate with so many people who are turning out to listen and join his party, the people are finding their voice and that should make politicians turn on their ears. As Peter Jones said, “Cometh the hour, Cometh the man”.