Jim Molan shoots straight

Jim Molan outside Parliament House in Canberra

Donald Trump won the Presidency against the overwhelming opposition of the political elites, both Democrat and Republican, and furious attacks by their media thralls. Former Major General Jim Molan has faced similar opposition in his march to Parliament. Molan is no Trump, but he does have a similarly no-nonsense, get-it-done approach that threatens to cut through the cant and PC-censoriousness of modern politics.

He was encouraged to join the party and stood as a Liberal Senate candidate at the last election — a star recruit — but factional wrangling saw him given an unwinnable seventh spot on the Liberal/National ticket. “It was ­embarrassing, frankly, that Jim Molan was not given a winnable position on the Senate ticket,” Abbott said at the time.

Despite being set up to fail, Molan did extraordinarily well out of Australia’s complex Senate voting system. He did even better from the dual citizenship scandal. As other senators and candidates were ruled ineligible, Molan’s number finally came up, and he was sworn in as a senator in February 2018.

But Molan’s enemies were lying in wait: in a pincer movement, the left-wing press and their political allies ambushed Molan with accusations of “racism” because he, like US President Trump, had reposted social media posts by Britain First, depicting incidents of Muslim violence in Europe. Molan returned devastating fire: first, he pointed out that his detractors were attacking the source of his posts, not the content. So, the crucial point remained: were they true? Despite the spluttering diversions from his critics, the obvious fact was that they were.

Secondly Molan extracted two apologies from Greens MP Adam Bandt. Not only did the attempted ambush fail, but Molan emerged triumphant.

So, why were the left so determined to take down this political new recruit? Part of the answer lies in Molan’s history – he is not only a decorated veteran of the Iraq war, but is generally credited as the architect of the operation that put a stop to illegal boat arrivals in Australia. Both of those are anathema to the left. But it may be Molan’s straight shooting statements on some of the left’s sacred ideological cows that has them worried.

Obliquely targeting the overwhelming left-wing bias of the media:

All the journos at [left-wing] Fairfax … say, ‘Jim Molan, hard right of the Liberal Party, ally of Tony Abbott.’ Now … I’d like to think I’m a good friend of Tony Abbott’s and I respect him. But if you think I’m a hard right of the ­Liberal Party you’ve never met our hard right ­Liberal Party, ’cause I ain’t hard right.”

On his role in stopping “asylum seeker” boats:

“Why should it trouble me? Did they not know that by coming to Australia as illegal maritime arrivals there were going to be sanctions against them? There has to be some personal responsibility on their part.”

On “Invasion Day” historical hand-wringing, and Tony Abbott’s riposte that British settlement in Australia had ultimately benefited Aboriginal people:

He agrees, wholeheartedly. “If you call that an invasion,” Molan says, “you haven’t seen an invasion.”

And further, on Aboriginal Australia:

“They’ve got to take personal responsibility … Aboriginals in Australia are now being treated relatively well, as they should be, [but] if you make a decision to remain in a town which has no jobs and has no education, then you’ve got to accept the consequences of not having any jobs or any education … I’ve lived in 36 freaking houses. I went where the work was … we’re flogging our indigenous people to get educated. How long are we going to wait for them to get educated?”

It seems that Molan’s no-b.s., unapologetically non-PC approach, coupled with his reputation as a man who gets things done, has the left worried.

Jim’s got a real passion to get things done,” says former Army chief Peter Leahy. “He’s a doer and an achiever. The job of a general is to find the biggest problem, stand next to it, and do something about it.”

– The Australian


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