Politics is the art of what is possible through compromise. It is why politicians usually rate lowly in popularity, sometimes the politician's self interest is the over-riding concern in the compromises he or she makes, and that greed taints how we see all politicians. Let's take a look at one case in particular.
An American owns Australia
Australia recently had an election (13th Sept 2013) and the winner, in theory, is the top dog in Australia. But he isn't.
Who do you yield to?
We all make decisions. When we make group decisions sometimes we have to yield to another point of view for reasons that don't directly impact the immediate issue.
For example, when a boss insists on a particular course of action and imposes that course by dint of his will rather than his reasons.
Politics make strange bedfellows. And politics runs on money. So it's no surprise to see politicians fund-raising with the rich and famous. And sometimes the truly powerful.
Here is a picture of one servant kneeling before such a master...
Just a friendly chat at a fund-raising dinner held by Gina Reinhardt, a mining heiress in Australia. But the picture tells a real story. The man kneeling is Tony Abbot, just before his election to Prime Minister of Australia.
Murdoch is the one ignoring Abbott.
We can wonder about the actual words spoken but we all know the gist of it.
Abbott would have asked for help to win the election. And Murdoch would have agreed, but with strings attached.
Murdoch's gift to Abbott.
Whatever deal was made, we will never truly know, but we can see Murdoch took his part seriously.
Front page headline seriously.
This is one example of what Rupert did. He also sent his main lieutenants to Australia to help in the final month of the election.
Yes, he sent people to Australia, because he is not Australian. He chose to be a US citizen, he lives in Beverly Hills and New York. He chose to give up his Australian citizenship so that his Fox empire could grow more freely in the US.
So we can tell where his interests lie. If China gave him a better deal, he would be Chinese.
This doesn't bode well for Australia.
Rupert inherited his wealth and disinherited Australia.
Rupert Murdoch, King of Australia.
Murdoch used his power to get into Abbott into power.
As a man who inherited wealth Murdoch has the usual disregard for people who work, and contempt for unemployed or otherwise disadvantaged people.
Here is one of his Twitters...
"Aust election public sick of public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers sucking life out of economy.Others nations to follow in time"
This sort of attitude will show up in Liberal party legislation.
Money for others is "welfare", money for themselves is "incentives".
More importantly Murdoch will get things like the National Broadband Network crippled. It would compete with his media networks.
But that's not the real worry. There is something much more frightening.
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How America runs Australia.
There is much wealth in America, and Murdoch wants it.
If he wants something he can promise Australian compliance to things that the US government may want.
And not just the US government, but any US corporations that might want a little action from Australia.
Murdoch can access those deals by promising to ring up his Abbott in Australia and get Australian compliance.
That will probably mean Australia getting involved in more US wars.
The US put 2000 Marines in Australia in a new base up in the north near Darwin. This earned some concerned comments from China.
What the US knows of diplomacy can be written on a small postage stamp. Their diplomacy is ,comply, or die.
We can see how fumble-handed the US is at foreign policy with the Snowden affair and the Bolivian President's plane being forced down so that US servants could look for Snowden. Russia probably set the US up over that, and had a good laugh at how the US handled it.
But it's worrying for Australia too. Those same US citizens that decided that foreign policy now effectively decide Australia's foreign policy via King Rupert.
We can expect troubles with Indonesia and China at least in the near future.
Lucky Country indeed.