Yesterday’s post about countering Catch The Fire Ministries’ latest outrage raised an interesting question, highlighted in the title – are there any entities out there whose support or opposition for a policy or side of an issue practically without exception tells you straight away whether you’ll support it or not?
The following are groups whose support (or opposition) to something pretty much guarantees that I’ll be a firm advocate for the opposite side:
- Catch The Fire Ministries;
- the “Australian Christian Lobby”*;
- the “Australian Family Association”*;
- the banks;
- the insurance industry;
- the health insurance industry;
- the real estate industry;
- employers’ lobby groups;
- corporate copyright lobby groups
Whatever they’re for will be undoubtedly something vicious I’ll hate; whatever they’re against will without exception be something that deserves my vigorous support.
It’s a handy guide when you’re in a hurry. Hell, any political party that undertook to do exactly the opposite of whatever those groups want would probably get my vote. (And any political party that these groups spend time and effort attacking is immediately ranked higher and higher on my ballot paper.)
What’s on your list?
*Somebody really needs to set up a Family Association of Australia to advocate for families that aren’t rightwing nutbags, and a Christianity Lobby of Australia to advocate for Christians who aren’t ridiculous rightwing bigots. I’m sick of families and Christians being smeared by these unrepresentative fanatics taking their names in vain.
UPDATE 28/3: How did I forget the land rats? Real estate industry added to the above list.