"To be combative is to be electable."
Despite the party being in complete disarray, no clear leader emerging from the pack, and the man in charge was looked upon by the national media as little more than a “troglodyte,” the party not only won on the national stage, they won big. This isn’t a Republican dream come true, but what recently transpired for Australia’s right-of-center Liberal Party, as reported by The American Spectator magazine on Sept. 16, 2013.
As Australian right-leaning writer Melanie Phillips recently penned regarding the Liberal Party's Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott:
He has faced down the intellectual thuggery and demonization by the Left.
Don’t Let The Name Fool You…
At least initially confusing to many outside of the Australian political world, the Australian Liberal Party is actually Australia’s main conservative political party.
Much akin to Americans of the Libertarian/Republican fiscal bent who believe in allowing the free market to be the driving factor in any given economy vice government regulations.
Meet Tony Abbott…
A staunch anti-Communist, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott was branded by Aussie self-admitted left-leaning journalists as both a “troglodyte” and “unelectable.”
The political Left in Australia has gone as far as to float the unsubstantiated and media driven accusation that as a student, the PM-elect once punched a wall near a feminist student politician.
Tagged “the mad monk,” his opponents have attempted to make political hay regarding his attendance as a young man to a Catholic seminary where he once studied for the priesthood.
An alien concept to the non or anti-religious, it’s considered normal for faithful conservative Catholic young men to enroll in the seminary to discern a religious vocation. For a possible priest to dis-enroll himself after realizing the calling isn't meant for him, no stigma is attached from those educated in the matter.
Keeping himself fit via the manly art of pugilism, the former Rhodes Scholar was known to have saved lives at some risk to his own on two separate occasions (without staying around to be thanked).
Stay The Course…
Abbott has made clear he intends to jump-start Australia’s sagging economy by dumping the opposition Labor Party’s planned so-called “carbon tax” as well as what Abbott has dubbed as a job killer, the current tax on mining (mining being Australia’s chief source of wealth).
Reminiscent of Ronald Reagan in the early in his presidency, Abbott has made no secret be fully intends to rebuild the dangerously gutted Australian Armed Forces, ensuring the nation will soon regain its former status as a major power to be reckoned with in the region.
Much to the chagrin of those on the Left, Abbott has signaled there would be no increase from his Canberra government for foreign aid, with the possible exception of for all parties if he cut it down to nothing but disaster relief.
Abbott's opposition decried him as combative and inflexible in his policies and leadership style.
But as The American Spectator's Hal G.P. Colebatch opines:
To be combative is to be electable.