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Hail to The Chief

10 November 2018

9:00 AM

10 November 2018

9:00 AM

The US mid-term elections are the most important in recent history and not just for Americans. Since 1788, Australia has had the good fortune to be close to the dominant world power. First Great Britain and then the United States, that power has been dedicated to constitutional government and the rule of law. Moreover, in comparison with most, each has presided benignly over its worldwide interests.

Because we have known no others, we have too often taken such special relationships for granted, even forgetting the additional bonus of shared common values, legal systems and language. If we were to imagine a world dominated by a hostile foreign dictatorship, we would understand how isolated we would be in a friendless world.The elites will no doubt scoff when it is asserted that it is crucial to the West that the US be restored to greatness.

Almost alone among the Australian media, The Spectator Australia recognised in 2016 that Donald Trump offered a significant reprieve from American economic decline and also from the mismanagement of various campaigns against both hostile movements and states. In fact, the agenda Mr Trump enunciated at Gettysburg was exactly what the world needed.

It is indeed curious that the mainstream media both here and in the US showed a disinterest in contrasting Mr  Trump’s Gettysburg agenda with Mrs Clinton’s, just as they were disinterested in critically examining Barack Obama’s background and the succession of disasters under his watch.

It was never for serious observers to be distracted by Mr Trump’s past liaisons, his use of tweeting or his taste and style. The important question about him as candidate and then as President is the fulfilment of that office and consequently as the natural leader of the West. It is a demonstration of the muddle-headed thinking of some media elites, that not so long ago they were entertaining the fiction that the role of Western leader had somehow devolved to Frau Merkel.

That the President has come through the mid-term elections by increasing his hold on the Senate and just losing the House would have always been regarded as a considerable achievement. Just compare this with the disastrous mid-term results of both Bill Clinton and Mr Obama. Rather than the ‘blue wave’, a scathing vote of no confidence by the people which was long predicted by the mainstream media, Trump performed better than most incumbent presidents.

That President Trump has done this after fulfilling much of his agenda and while resisting both a Democratic party lurching to the left and a corrupted mainstream media denying his legitimacy is testimony to his strength.

These elections were unusually crucial for two reasons. First, the further fulfilment of the Trump agenda in relation to the economy, the securing of the borders and the appointment of judges who are not politiciens manqués.  Second, to ensure the Senate not be used for a show trial  to depose him.

The narrow loss of the House will be a nuisance, not that many of the incumbent RINOs were of much use. But there is no doubt that the ‘master of the deal’ will still succeed more often than not. A second term is now more than likely; as assured as one can be at this distance.

Vale Ted Mack

Ted Mack, who passed away on 6 November, stood out as a truly  independent representative of the people. He was never dragged down into the swamp with the other careerists who think themselves wiser and more competent than the very  people who elect them and pay them well, even for life. In his several political roles, Mack was always the quintessential tribune of the people, introducing into North Sydney a degree of direct democracy hitherto unknown. Always a strong proponent of the proposition that the people should choose and be able to recall those who govern, including prime ministers and presidents, Mack dismissed the 1999 Keating Turnbull model as the fake republic it so clearly was. He had no hesitation in joining the No case.

Applying a commendable and constant frugality rarely seen in Australian public life, Mack began by selling  the mayoral Mercedes to buy community buses.

And then, spectacularly, he denied himself, through well-timed resignations, the gold-plated superannuation the NSW and Federal politicians have awarded themselves and which he had so criticised. To adapt Antony’s homage of Brutus ‘ This was the noblest statesman of them all.’

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