November 13th 2010

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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Inquiry ruled out into atrocities of late-term abortions

COVER STORY: Election outcome will weaken Obama

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Voters abandon directionless Labor

ELECTORAL REFORM: The undetectable crime of electoral fraud

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: Sexual 'diversity' now AHRC's obsession

WATER POLICY: Commonwealth Water Act must be rewritten

EDITORIAL: Global implications of Europe's fragility

EUROPE: Multiculturalism has 'utterly failed': German chancellor

AFGHANISTAN: The case for Australia's continued engagement

CHINA: How 'one child' policy threatens China's future

SPECIAL FEATURE: Creativity suffocated by managerialism and HR

NORTHERN TERRITORY: A backward step for the policing profession

QUEENSLAND: 12 per cent swing in favour of protecting unborn

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Inquiry ruled out into atrocities of late-term abortions

OPINION: Why we should not legalise euthanasia

OPINION: The history book that helped bind a disparate nation

MEDIA: American conservative pundits hail voter revolt

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American conservative pundits hail voter revolt

by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, November 13, 2010
The American mid-term elections have handed the Democrats a massive slap in the face, and have reinvigorated the conservative movement. The grassroots Tea Party movement has triumphed in spectacular fashion, and President Obama and his party has been handed a humiliating drubbing.

The free ride which Obama has enjoyed for his first two years in office has now come to a decisive end. He will now have to learn about real bipartisan politics, and much of his agenda will now be curtailed or greatly challenged. It will be a much different political landscape from now on.

And this election also means that grassroots conservatism, as in the Tea Party movement, is the wave of the future, while establishment Republicans, or RINOs (Republican in name only) are a vanishing breed. Conservatives are tired about the way so many Republican leaders have lost touch with mainstream Republican voters.

Thus it is not just the Democratic Party which is facing major change here, but the Republican Party as well. The groundswell of conservative sentiment is sweeping the country, and those out of touch with this can expect to see voter backlash big time.

Writing just before the elections, Thomas Sowell explained what was at stake: "Most elections are about particular policies, particular scandals or particular personalities. But these issues don't mean as much this year - not because they are not important, but because this election is a crossroads election, one that can decide what path this country will take for many years to come. ...

"We have a strange man in the White House. This election is a crossroads, because either his power will be curbed by depriving him of his huge Congressional majorities or he will continue on a road that jeopardises both our freedom and our survival." (The Patriot Post, October 29, 2010).

Carrie Lukas also described, just before the November 2 elections, what this was all about. She said: "The 2008 election was a cult of personality. Voters were swept up in electing someone they saw as a superhero, an icon.

"This [mid-term] election is all about ideas. Rather, this election is about one central idea: that America is teetering on the edge of transforming into a country fundamentally different from the one today's voters were born into.

"Newly politically-active Americans have taken to demonstrating because they see such urgency in the current situation. If this Administration is allowed to continue its march toward bigger, more intrusive government - in fact, if America isn't quickly dragged several steps back away from bigger government - then we will be consigned to a permanently less free, less prosperous, less innovative country.

"Many support the concept of a government safety net for those truly in need, but recognise that our government has long since abandoned that mission, instead seeking to foster a dependent middle class. And Americans know that such dependency comes with a high price, as innovation, individual initiative and personal control melt under government's warm embrace.

"Americans don't want a government that treats them like children. They don't want cradle-to-grave care from Washington bureaucrats. They want a government that does its job - and only its actual job as articulated by the Constitution - well. They want independence." (, November 2, 2010).

Bill Muehlenberg is a commentator on contemporary issues, and lectures on ethics and philosophy. His website CultureWatch is at:


Thomas Sowell, "A crossroads election", The Patriot Post (U.S.), October 29, 2010.

Carrie Lukas, "What at stake in this election",, November 2, 2010.

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