Bob, I don’t think I’ve ever seen any other politician, so wantonly destructive of all he’s supposedly stood for, for so long.
The nearest leader Labor had was Mark Latham. But Latham didn’t really turn on some in Labor until after he left parliament.
With out doubt, Abbott is a narcissist, a destructive force now intent on destroying anyone who he perceives has crossed him, within the Liberal Party. Nobody should be surprised, least of all members of the Liberal Party. Abbott has been a wrecking ball of destruction all his life. I suspect he has benefited throughout his privileged life from the fact people have been pleased to be rid of him, facilitating his entry into other places, as far from them as possible. His entry to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, sponsored by Jesuit benefactors, may well have been such a case of them ridding themselves of a problem child, after the disaster of his seminary years.
The Liberal Party prides itself on the claim of it being a ‘broad church’, of being the home of professional & corporate leaders. They pretend they are the intelligentsia, but the rise of Abbott reveals them to be simply the rich & greedy. Otherwise, one would think ‘intelligent’ professionals within the ranks of the Liberal party would have being ringing alarm bells long ago about the serious & destructive personality flaws within Anthony John Abbott.
Members of the Labor Party, notably Paul Keating, TTers, and many others, including John Hewson, a small ‘l’ liberal, have been warning anyone who listened for years. But the Liberal powerbrokers have remained as tin eared as Abbott himself.
Abbott the Destroyer. He may well have destroyed Rudd, Gillard & good government. It is little wonder having also destroyed the Australian economy, he now seeks to destroy the very foundations of his own party & supporters.
The parallels between Abbott & Hitler, are obvious.
Excellent post, HW.
Yes. Hitler ended up railing against his own people, blaming them for the losses etc.
I have been thinking this for ages, very fascistic, everything he does, right down to impoverished vocabulary, and dislike of anything that might look like intellectual debate or introspection.
It could never have ended any other way, and the Liberal Party itself is now the party of the crazies, ably led by Cedlin and her husband, Loughnane.
They no doubt saw themselves as the brains and Abbott the brawn.
The “First triumvirate” as per the Caesars.
A quick knifing would be the most merciful thing that could happen now to Abbott. Knifing and removal, a good reference – the Vatican awaits.
Hitler also wanted to be a priest. . .
“Although Hitler did not practice religion in a churchly sense, he certainly believed in the Bible’s God. Raised as Catholic he went to a monastery school and, interestingly, walked everyday past a stone arch which was carved the monastery’s coat of arms which included a swastika.
As a young boy, Hitler’s most ardent goal was to become a priest.
Much of his philosophy came from the Bible, and more influentially, from the Christian Social movement. (The German Christian Social movement, remarkably, resembles the Christian Right movement in America today.)
Many have questioned Hitler’s stand on Christianity. Although he fought against certain Catholic priests who opposed him for political reasons, his belief in God and country never left him.
Nor did the Vatican’s Pope & bishops ever disown him; in fact they blessed him! As evidence to his claimed Christianity, he said:
“My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews [substitute Labor Party, Muslims, refugees, back benchers. Ruddocks etc] for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. [from Mein Kampf]
Tony Abbott, like Hitler, a self declared fighter.
Thing is, Christ fought FOR the poor, not against them.
That’s right Paul, and was himself killed by the Romans, if I’m not mistaken.
Abbott *uses* Christ in a very similar way that extremists of any ilk use a cause to confuse others, and themselves, that they are on the side of good.
Abbott is no more a Christian than Hitler was, with his crusading and death culting.
Dr Liz, thanks for an adult comment.
DQ, we have discussed this many times.
I am not an Xtian; a deist at best, but I believe the guts of the Gospels has an underlying element of truth: to whit, a common story through humanity, of an activist with opposing values to the establishment, eliminated for threatening cosy graft and for political reasons that threaten the interests of a hegemon.
So the Christians would have us believe. The Gospels were written between 30 and 70 years after the crucifixion, a very safe lapse of time in an era without reliable records except for those of Rome, which notably make no mention of any Jesus of Nazareth.
Yet another myth, since expanded upon in 700CE or so to create an even worse myth.
And to control the hoi polloi.
Thanks, for that detail, Dr Liz.
They share the same trait for impulsive, radical, illogical decisions when confronted with problems. Hitler’s refusal to accept the council of his Generals cost millions of lives. Abbott’s ‘captain’s calls’ may not be of the same magnitude, but they are certainly the same type of determined, pig headed, reckless response to any challenge to their authority.
I suspect Abbott, when confronted by Ruddock with a few home truths, has reacted exactly as Hitler did, when Rommel dared to question his strategies on return from the front.
Rommel left Berlin convinced of Hitler’s madness. Ruddock may well have known of Abbott’s for sometime, but he’s now seen the wrath of a man who considers himself beyond questioning.
The Loughnane-Credlin empire with the Liberal party will die with Abbott. Many liberals will blame them, rather than accept their own role in foisting the mad monk on all of Australia & beyond.
It’s up to us informed voters (political junkies) to remind the poor deluded sods that they backed the wrong horse with Rabid and they will not be exonerated.
Stalin also began as a trainee priest. He too was a great believer in the captain’s pick. It didn’t pay to disagree.
Thanks Hugh and Veronica, a pattern seems to be emerging. . .
Indeed Veronica. We have the parallel between Abbott’s sacking of the ever loyal Ruddock, with Stalin’s show trial & execution of Nikolai Bukharin, his own loyal lieutenant over many years.
Bukharin was accused, with others, of seeking to assassinate Lenin and Stalin from 1918, poison Maxim Gorky, breaking up the USSR for the benefit of Germany, Japan, Great Britain.
The charges of disloyalty, as absurd as those Abbott has levelled at Ruddock, for not knowing the numbers, before the vote.
What an accusation for a liar, in a party of liars, to level at the party’s most loyal stalwart.
Abbott, Hitler & Stalin; all frustrated or failed, would be priests. It must be something in the teachings of their earlier years.
Next week, I expect the Liberal’s version of both von Stauffenberg & Rudolph Hess, to emerge.
(Fitroy McLean’s book, ‘Eastern Approaches’ is a great read about Bukharin’s trial in 1938 & other great events of the time.)
Please let us not waste any sympathy on Philip Ruddock. As Immigration Minister and then AG, over many, far too many years, he was responsible for more suffering, and told more lies than Scott Morrison ever dreamed of.
He was also responsible for the payments of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in compensation to people, including Australian citizens, who were wrongly imprisoned, thanks to his stubborn ignorant incompetence. There were also questions about hugely extravagant overseas travel costs. Good riddance and a fitting end to a sordid career. Father of the House? Good God.
No sympathy for Ruddock, Veronica.
My words above just putting him the terms the Liberal faithful see him.
In many ways, he was the Morrison & Brandis of his day. He attacked civil liberties & gaoled the innocent.
The way he & Andrews treated Doctor Haneef was disgraceful. In Haneef’s case, they destroyed a man’s career for selfish political reason. A concocted terrorist threat.
Let me also mention, he & Howard standing side by side & telling Australia they would not bend to pressure from the US & Israel & accept more of the murderous South Lebanese Army. He then covertly used his ministerial powers to grant early Australian citizenship & passports to hundreds of them & their families.
And an avid practitioner of the purge.
They pretend they are the intelligentsia, but the rise of Abbott reveals them to be simply the rich & greedy.
For what it’s worth, my view is that the choice of Abbott was a gambit by a party that was in desperate circumstances, unable to see any other way they could possibly win government in the foreseeable future. They suspected Abbott would make a rubbish Prime Minister but chose him for his attack dog skills over everything else.
So they won government and now they have to deal with the consequences of their choice.
Chris O’Neill – I just don’t think they are that clever.
There’s an old Greek proverb: if a blind chook pecks around diligently enough, it will find a grain.
No plan. No strategy. No future.
I don’t think I implied their choice of Abbott was clever in any way at all. Being desperate is not being clever.