In the lead-up to the 2013 election, the media went into overdrive about how Australians were faced with the grim possibility of voting in a Prime Minister who was a misogynistic, homophobic, anti-abortion, right-wing Neanderthal climate-denier. There was the mother-of-all-scare-campaigns designed to frighten people from giving the keys of The Lodge to a man framed as a fresh-faced graduate from the Inquisition’s darkest seminary.
This article is just one example of many.
In it, former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said that “sexism, racism and homophobia had no place in modern Australia.” He was referring directly to Tony Abbott.
And then, just a few days later, Australians duly elected Tony Abbott to rule the country.
Now, to be brutally fair to Abbott, he basically did everything he could before the election to prove that he had already cast aside large chunks of his Catholic faith and that the rest would be abandoned on the other side of the election.
More’s the pity.
But that is all beside the point because perception is reality in politics. And a good many Australians (and Christians in particular) didn’t see True Tony. Instead, they perceived a saviour.
These people aren’t racist. They aren’t homophobic. They aren’t science deniers or sexist pigs with lipstick.
But they do possess some common sense and they do believe that Australia’s traditional Christian values are worth something.
So, less than 18 months ago, Tony Abbott was voted in as Prime Minister by Australians who either didn’t care about the femo-nazi ridicule, or, in many cases, actually wanted a man who would stand up against the ‘progressive’ rubbish.
Yet, today, it looks like Abbott is finished.
How did it come to this miserable situation so quickly?
Everyone has their two cents to put in. Basically, anyone who has anything to do with the Greens or Labor will say that Australians have rejected the racist and sexist thug that they elected. It’s an infantile argument based on a biased assumption and a deliberate distortion of Tony Abbott’s values and his actions since the election.
This view is not the truth.
As I wrote yesterday, Abbott’s plummeting popularity probably has much to do with the electorate’s increasing unhappiness with the entire system.
But that is not the whole story.
The people who voted Abbott in did so because he was a ‘traditional family man’ who was going to stop the boats, axe the tax and get rid of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
And he has stopped the boats. Australians are happy with that.
He has also axed the tax. Australians are happy with that too, but there is a big but. That’s because the Liberal Party is still spending $2.55 billion on ‘direct action’ measures to address climate change. And they are shovelling more taxpayer dough overseas to fight the weather. That’s a lot of money that the Abbott government is spending on an idea that Tony has labelled as crap.
No one is happy with this. Those who believe in climate change with religious zealotry are whimpering away about how this idea will never make the weather any better. And, to be truthful, they are right. Direct action measures will not change the climate.
And the rest of us can only think about how $2.55 billion could be spent on better things. Or even any other thing.
It is political appeasement and it shows a Liberal government claiming to be doing its best to save the budget bottom line throws money around on stupidity with the best the Greens have to offer. It is not helped when this same party has asked Australians to pay more to visit a doctor due to the budget emergency.
Then there is Section 18C. The Prime Minister has back-flipped on his promise to amend this law, which basically is a tool used by the neo-communist totalitarian Thought Police to corral Australians into newspeak and the land of 1984. After all, it clearly is not actually an anti-racism law. For instance, just last year the Australian Defence Force published a report that stated the number of Anglo-Australian males in the military was undesirable. What can be more racist than that? Yet this law has remained idle in the face of institutionalised racism within the Department of Defence.
Abbott’s decision on 18C has baffled his supporters. They want this law assigned to the dustbin of history. Instead, they have been told that it needs to remain in the hope that it will allow the Islamic community will join ‘Team Australia’. This is the same Islamic community that has more of its sons saddled up with the Islamic State than the Australian Army. This is the same Islamic community that wrote to the Australian parliament to inform them that laws prohibiting the advocation of terror impinged their religious freedom.
So why would anyone in their right mind think that they are going to join the rest of us? In fact, what would it say about the rest of us if we are one with ‘Team Islam’?
The only people who are happy with Abbott’s back-flip on 18C are the Twitterati and Sarah Hanson-Young. And most of the Twitterati live behind fake accounts that are controlled by people who are never going to vote for Abbott anyway. Perhaps, one day, Sarah Hanson-Young might join them and then we’d all be better off.
But she’s still here.
And Abbott’s decision still makes no political sense. It cost him a lot for zero gain.
Tony Abbott has also faced one other big policy disaster: paid parental leave.
This is an idea that conservatives have never supported. Abbott’s own MPs don’t like it. And pro-family groups hate it. It is an idea that does not increase choice for families. Instead, it treats women like they are nothing more than a cog in the god known as ‘The Economy’. It is based on the premise that women should be bribed to leave their children in someone else’s care so they can slave away to pay taxes and then cough up whatever is left over on childcare fees.
It’s a disaster on every front. Not least of all because the alleged Productivity Commission is commissioning reports into the alleged economic benefits of churning children. It was received with great fanfare, even though it recognised that the government’s childcare bill is inevitably going to sky-rocket. Hey, that’s what happens when you substitute efficient parental care with inefficient care provided by profit-making (scalping) childcare conglomerates. And I could have told them that for free.
Many Liberal voters who I have spoken to about this issue have told me that they simply expected Abbott to drop his paid parental leave scheme after the election. Apparently, they thought that this policy was ‘just for the media’ and would never actually see the light of day.
This says two things.
Firstly, voters are so used to lying politicians that they will now even ‘factor’ lies into the promises and then interpret it whatever way they wish. That is wishful thinking and is always going to end in tears.
Secondly, anyone who thinks that it’s a good idea to vote for a politician based on the assumption that their promises are porkies has rocks in their head.
But all that aside, the point of Tony Abbott’s demise is this: Australians are smart enough to read through the media spin of self-professed Green supporting journalists. When they hear words like ‘sexist’, ‘racist’ and ‘misogynistic’, their ears pick up. They are hoping that, finally, the media has uncovered the rough gem who actually possesses some level of common-sense.
These insulting words have been used so often and so loosely that they actually have no connection with their original meanings. Australians are not racist or sexist or misogynistic. Anyone who thinks otherwise should spend some time anywhere else in the world.
But these words are now indicators that the media uses to describe someone who is ‘conservative’ or even just a little less ‘progressive’ than Malcolm Turnbull. And that is exactly how Australians interpreted them when they were applied to Tony Abbott.
Further, even when Abbott made it clear that he was pursuing disastrous social engineering policies, conservative Australians simply hoped that he was just saying enough to capture the ‘middle ground’. They didn’t actually expect him to follow through.
And this is the lesson in the Tony Abbott saga, which may well be over before the Prime Minister ever gets a chance to learn it.
His popularity has plummeted for probably many reasons.
But with his base, with the people who backed him to replace Malcolm Turnbull because he was brave enough to say that climate change was crap, it’s disintegrated because he has not been the conservative prime minister they elected him to be.
And if he manages to keep the crown for just a little more time, one thing is for sure. If he keeps acting like the ghost of Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard lingers in his office, then his base will desert him for good.
They want backbone and courage. Not someone who will abandon principle to chase votes from their political enemies. If Abbott wants to shore up his position, he needs be more conservative. Or better still, just conservative.
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