Never Trump Flake Fails
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who has been an outspoken Never Trumper from the beginning and facing long odds of getting re-elected threw in the towel Tuesday and is the latest Republican to blast Trump while seemingly losing the argument.
Flake took to the Senate floor to complain that traditional conservatives that believe in limited government, free markets, free trade, and pro-immigration has what he termed a “narrower and narrower path to the nomination in the Republican Party.”
However, based on the election last November Flake’s assertions are just plain wrong. Anyone can look around and realize that hardline conservatives have been elected at all levels of government. During Barack Obama’s tenure, the GOP picked up more than 1,000 seats across the nation and Flake like many others just refuses to understand the transformation at the center of what brought Donald Trump to the White House in the first place, which is a fundamental political disconnect between working class Americans, blue collar Americans, Christian Americans, hard working Americans, self-reliant Americans and those inside the beltway of Washington. Simply put, ordinary Americans feel abandoned by politicians of all stripes. A government of the people and by the people has forgotten it seems the people that put them in office in the first place. I can assure you that the political revolution that created the Trump phenomenon and the likes of popular socialists like Bernie Sanders isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The people are demanding to be heard. Each time a politician reneges on a promise to repeal Obamacare, lower taxes or build a wall, the more the anger rises.
Let me be clear the media’s rush to embrace Senator Jeff Flake will be short lived. The liberal dominated press cares little it at all about principals of any kind and Flake is merely the flavor of the day to attack the man who has truly upset the apple cart; President Donald Trump. In a couple of years when Trump is still President, still tweeting, still tangling with American institutions that have run off the rails, nobody will remember the name of the former Senator from Arizona. They will still be fighting to ‘drain the swamp.’
During his speech Flake said this in part, “We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country, the personal attacks, the threats against principal, freedoms and institutions; the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that have all been elected to serve.” As I listened to those words delivered rather awkwardly and poorly it occurred to me how self-serving it all really was. Here is a guy that attacked from the beginning something he didn’t understand then and still fails to grasp today. The concept is simple; millions of Americans have had it with people like Jeff Flake, John McCain, Mitch McConnel, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and a host of other self-serving politicians.
In fact it was hard to say who exactly Flake may have been referring to. Although it’s assumed the speech was all about Trump, it is hard not to think of the all the personal attacks by politicians on the President on a daily basis. The foul rhetoric flows from all directions and the notion that it originates in just one place is foolish. We’ve seen that quite clearly just this week.
Flake went on to say rather starkly that this would all somehow lead to a minority status for the Republican Party. The problem is he could have torn that from a page in the GOP handbook at the end of 1964. In the aftermath of Barry Goldwater, another son of Arizona, all was lost for conservatives and Republicans too we were told. Well it wasn’t true then and it isn’t true today.
In fact it is interesting to note that the liberal media has been tearing Flake apart since 2013, when the Atlantic called him, “the most unpopular Senator in America.” That was more than two years before Donald Trump rode into the fight. National Review, the Conservative pillar slammed Flake for his participation in the so-called ‘Gang-of-Eight’ immigration mess, ‘self-serving.’ Makes me think I was more right about his motives on the Senate floor than I first realized.
Jeff Flake will be lucky to be a footnote in some obscure book somewhere. He fact is he will not be remembered.
The people will remember however if the economy has rebounded from the doldrums of the Obama years. They will look keenly on an economic engine that is revving up toward full-speed. They will understand that economic prowess, American economic prowess, is the single biggest key to liberty and understand the American model has created more freedom than anything else in human history.
They will remember that border security was and is an important issue and something that is embraced by real conservatives. They will continue to understand that free trade is a cornerstone of real freedom but they’ll also have a clear understanding that getting fleeced by other nations and their governments in the name of free-trade is no deal at all and creates relative servitude and not freedom.
Those that understand true conservatism understand that less government means lower taxes for all, including those among us that have done well financially. That holds true even for those that have done spectacularly well for themselves. True conservatives do not demonize successful people in an effort to build up others or buy votes from their fellow citizens.
President Jimmy Carter with whom I have little common ground on many issues at all; was at least honest enough to admit that we have never seen a President treated the way Donald Trump has been treated by the nearly all Democrats, plenty of Republicans and certainly the vast majority of the media. In fairness however, we’ve never seen a President behave this way either. So there is that.
There was at least one thing soon to be former Senator Jeff Flake said that I do agree with, “We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.” And with that I certainly agree, but if Flake were being honest in that remark he would, as a matter of principal run for re-election in 2018.