November 24, 2007

Australia went into reverse gear today

Today’s loss has ended the career of one the Asia-Pacific region's most enduring conservative leaders and a key partner of U.S. President George W. Bush in the region.

Labor has scored an emphatic victory over the John Howard's' Government today. The outgoing Prime Minister has conceded defeat to Labor in the federal election, saying he had bequeathed his successor a "stronger and prouder and more prosperous" country than it was 11 years ago when he came to power. In departing, Mr Howard said it had been a tremendous "honour, opportunity and privilege" to serve as Prime Minister and work as an Minister of Parliament for the past 33 years.

The Governments resounding defeat is bewildering given the strength of the Australian economy. Usually Governments do not get defeated in a strong economy; a result that is almost uncanny.

There are many flawed remarks circulating already, one in particular caught my eye, "that Howard ruled in an ere of serendipity". Interesting, I guess it's convenient to ignore Bali, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Asian financial crisis and bird flu pandemic preparations to name a few.

This election may be remembered as one that was won for no good reason. I suppose we're to welcome the rule of the looney left, out of Iraq, a return to strikes and industrial disputes, union domination, high interest rates and muted business confidence.

The incoming leader Kevin Rudd has promised to boost relations with China, pull some troops from Iraq, and re-make Australia as a leader in the global effort to stop global warming by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 international accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so the U.S. will be deprived of one of its key supporters on climate change issues. Today’s loss has ended the career of one the Asia-Pacific region's most enduring conservative leaders and a key partner of U.S. President George W. Bush in the region.

Our Prime Minister may have lost the election but anyone who witnessed his speech conceding defeat cannot deny his class, apart from party politics if you could not see the grace and sheer elegance of the man then you have neither heart nor soul.

John Winston Howard, thankyou...


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27 comments:

Simmons said...

"In doing so the U.S. will be deprived of one of its key supporters on climate change issues."

Fantastic. Maybe we'll get something done now? Probably not.

Donald Douglas said...

I saw the election results in the news and came down here to wish you well, Ottavio.

Keep doing your thing. The political system, worldwide, is in a period of recalibration. The Dems could win the U.S. presidency in 2008, though I pray not.

Australia will always be America's true ally, and the Australian tories will return.

Flag Gazer said...

First thing I looked for when I logged on were the results of your election. I am saddened by the outcome. As I told you before, John Howard has my undying respect for his leadership - his class and elegance have always been something I admire.

I fear you are in for a bumpy road. Much as we may be here.

Aurora said...

Great post, Otto. John Howard has been an outstanding leader, brought down by a nefarious combined effort of the Left hegemony in education, the media and politics. Those three have been working hand in hand for decades now and have, I believe, worked out the formula to manipulate society completely. John Howard would never have lost had this manipulation of society not been so effective. It was a combination of misinformation, negative image spin (remember those horrible cartoons of John Howard every single day in the press?) and the promotion of a sense of 'inevitability'. On Friday, when I picked up my MX, the last page showed a pic of JH with the caption,'He's lost touch, He's retiring, What's the point?' WHen I first read it I saw only the first words, 'He's lost' and the last line, 'What's the point?'
That was how it was worded.
I believe that demoralization was a key to their whole campaign. Well they know how to fight dirty, I'll give them that.
Sorry, there's nothing positive I can say. I don't know where we go from here.
Australia is a dead man walking.

Jeff said...

The democratic system has spoke. Sadly the better man lost. Now let's see if Rudd can pony up.

Karen said...

Sorry for the loss, Otto. I thought of you as I read the news this morning. It's a shame. I hope it's not too bad with the new guy. We'll see.

Tapline said...

One never knows does one??? Sorry about the outcome. Give it a chance. Talks cheap, it takes money to by beer. money talks,,,BS walks. You'll see soon enough. Stay well......

Conservative Chic said...

I couldn't believe it when I read it! How sad! America has lost an important ally and Australia has lost so much more. You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned his class and grace. One can only hope that his replacement will have half his integrity, wisdom and heart as Howard does.

American Interests said...

Simmons: Though…most likely not! Thanks and take care.

Donald: Thanks for visiting. I undoubtedly will, “continue doing my thing”. It is a cycle and we are presently witnessing a political realignment, though not of our preference.

Flag gazer: I will be doing my bit to smooth that bumpy road just as liked minded will do same in your part of the world.

Aurora: The manipulation and misinformation to which you refer was markedly pronounced during the campaign. I too saw the MX page and thought similar. In fact, by late last week, I had given up on most of the press, both print and electronic.

In the end, Rudd will lead us where he is told to. Govern for all Australians? He will govern harder for the mediocre, the stay at home types, the obese, those that depend on welfare and generally those who look anywhere but within themselves in order to improve their lives. Ah yes, it’s about what the country can do for me….

Jeff: A good democratic system but one where the constituents were infused with disinformation.

Karen: Thanks, yea I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Tap: lol, you take care too!

Jen: No doubt, he always did have class. The alliance will last but Washington has lost that sense of understanding, agreement and unbridled partnership.

WomanHonorThyself said...

So so sorry Otto..what a horrific loss...I will pray for y'all too..and keep up the good fight!:)

American Interests said...

Angel: many thanks, I was at your site only a moment ago...the good fight will continue, in fact it has emboldened me...

PoorGrrl said...

Sorry about the loss. John Howard was a stand up guy. When Aussies get a taste of the Left hopefully they'll wake up and return Howard or another conservative to power, like the Brits returned Churchill to power after throwing him out in favor of the Left after WWII.

PS

Quite an interesting site, Otto. Glad I found you.

American Interests said...

poorgirl: Welcome to AI, I do appreciate your comments. Had a look at your profile, notice you have a number of blogs, is there a primary or main one?

Incognito said...

Indeed, what a devastating loss for the world, at large!! I'm so sorry for you and us. Terribly depressing when I saw the news.. I hope our country doesn't go down the same route.

How can people be so blinded by 'misinformation' and negative spin, as Aurora put it?

American Interests said...

Incog: How so blinded by misinformation? As Aurora indicated it was orchestrated and systematic. The U.S. need not go down the same path ...fingers crossed...Thanks for visiting!

Sickinthestomach said...

Ausralia... what have you just done? Was a proven political machine with a track record second to no other past Ausralian Government worthy of the political scrapeheap! Yet an inexperienced and unproven labor Party was fit for government? As Australians we must be more accountable for the decisions that lead to our actions. For the sake of "CHANGE" was simply not good enough...

Anonymous said...

Australia knocked him back in 1987, 20 years on, they've done it again. The backwards thinking monarchist is gone, and perhaps now Australia will become a key player rather than a pawn...

Gilesy said...

what a breath-taking lack of understanding of Australian politics this spot reveals. John Howard is one of the most divisive ideologues ever to govern this country, whose success was to ride in on the coat-tails of the reforms put into place by his forward-thinking predecessors. Good riddance.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

"stronger and prouder and more prosperous" this statement is significant. PM Rudd may not be so cavalier about the spiritual sons of Galipoli and El Alamein after an in depth briefing from Australia's military leaders and a chat with the reps of the Great Satan.

American Interests said...

anonymous: Through his Government this "backwards thinking monarchist" not only built a powerhouse economy but also advanced Australia, a large but sparsely populated and remote nation, into a moral force in the South Pacific, Asia and the world. For this we are greatly admired in international forums. Does the latter disturb you?

gilesy: See my reply to anonymous, there are so many economic wins, too many to mention but you would only argue that Howard and Costello's predecessors were the architects of such. In any event economy (state of) meant nothing to voters otherwise the he would not have lost, fact is, Australians have been spoilt over the past 11 years, good economic managemant is now taken for granted, as if nothing special...how naive.

Howard's s only failure is in not building a conservative base in Australia.

Thanks for expresing your take here...

Great satans g: PM Rudds cavalier approach will soon be moderated by his own party elements. His party signed up to many of Howards poitions during the campaigning promising to be a fiscally conservative and tax-cutting government. Are the reps of Great Satan recruiting in Australia?

heidianne jackson said...

i've been waiting to respond here, otto, trying to make sense of it all. i have read everything i can find and i followed the whole election cycle pretty closely and yet i am still FLOORED. it makes absolutely no sense to me.

you are right that the economy in australia is being taken for granted by the general populace. the labor party has done an excellent job on reeducation of the masses to make them believe there were problems where there were none.

i'm pretty certain that courtney is right that rudd has no idea what he has gotten himself into and what the true state of affairs is. but i'm equally certain that like the new idiot in the u.k, brown, rudd will simply do what he promised - consequences be damned.

we're praying for you and watching and hoping the dems don't get control here next year.

Anonymous said...

Liberal won't be seeing power in Australia again for a long long time. John Howard was nothing but a lying rat who didn't have a moral bone in his body. And if anything, the whole Work Choices fiasco was the best thing to ever happen to Labor and the union movement.

I believe at present in Australia the highest position any Liberal holds is Lord Mayor of a city. Lord Mayor? Yep, really smart people in the Liberal party - they aimed high in their long term strategy for the future of their party.

Like I said, the Libs won't be coming back for a long time to come.

And I don't think I've ever felt so happy!!!!

Peter Ross said...

Good riddance to the rodent. His party has been backing away from his policies at a great rate of knots, disowning everything they stood for as recently as last Friday!

American Interests said...

I applauded his industrial reform for it sort to empower the individual. Is there something intrinsically wrong with that, wrong with me?

Said the late, great Ayn Rand, “There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers”.

Rudd is already annoying me with his claim to govern for all, from the middle. Again quoting Ayn, “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil”.

Now that Rudd is going to ratify Kyoto..pfft — global warming problem gone!

Aurora said...

He will govern harder for the mediocre, the stay at home types, the obese, those that depend on welfare and generally those who look anywhere but within themselves in order to improve their lives. Ah yes, it’s about what the country can do for me….

Unfortunately these will expand and increase his voting base. That's how Comrade Clark of New Zealand cemented herself in for the long haul.

Incognito said...

The misinformation might have been orchestrated and systematic, but the people were still blind to have chosen to believe it. that's what I meant. We all have a choice to believe what we are fed or reject it.

American Interests said...

Aurora: Thanx, it's a pity that you're right...

incog: And they believed! I'm still a tad freaked about it...