WUT: Fake-Conservative Jeff Flake Says Being Conservative Isn't Actually About Being Conservative
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently made waves in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, in which he says being conservative isn't actually about being... conservative.
Check out the clip:
Here's exactly what Senator Flake said about the matter:
"To be a conservative is not just to follow conservative principles in terms of limited government, economic freedom, free trade, but it is conservative in terms of comportment and behavior and I don’t think that we have seen that out of the White House. It’s not conservative on foreign policy, for example, to keep your allies guessing as to where you are and what you support. A conservative is steady and measured and sober in terms of implementation of diplomacy and use of force. And I think that that is lacking. And I think that we have got to change course in that regard."
This... is... asinine.
Conservatism is not simply a label — it is a set of core principles, a value system that prizes limited government, economic freedom and free trade. The case could certainly be made that these are the most important tenants to defend, since it's only liberals that wish to increase government spending, suppress and regulate markets and force Americans to pay for services they might not want.
In other words, Senator Flake is a liberal disguised as a conservative, and he's looking to cash in. His newest book, entitled "Conscience of a Conservative" has been met with ire over the fact that a book with the same title had been previously published by late conservative icon Barry Goldwater.
Earlier last week, actual-not-fake-conservative Mark Levin blasted Senator Flake in his evening radio show broadcast, calling him out for "hijacking a sacred conservative title and maxim to 'justify his liberal sellout agenda.'”
From the Conservative Review:
Conservative Review Liberty Scores are derived from political voting records, with points being awarded if the vote is in favor of conservative values and deducted if the vote supports a liberal position. You can check out Senator Flake's scorecard here.
The responsible American voter would do well to be wary of RINOs like Senator Flake, who seek to deceive their constituencies and profit from conservative "branding." In the end, it's not the title that makes a conservative. It's the values.
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