Like the Chaldean King, Belshazzar; Sen. Jeff Flake R-AZ has seen the handwriting on the wall. The difference? While Daniel interpreted the King’s imminent demise, Steve Bannon has shown Flake the end of his political life.
Yesterday, Flake called it quits:
“Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” Flake told the Arizona Republic. “It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration, and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”
If he had only left it at that. But like his senior Arizonian colleague, Mr. Flake had to lash out at the President with a mouth full of sour grapes, spewing bile all over the senate floor.
“It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative, who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican Party, the party that has so long defined itself by its belief in those things,” he lamented on the Senate floor.
Make no mistake, Sen. Flake is a moderate establishment Republican who has mimicked Senators McCain and Graham from day one. While traditional conservatism does encompass the values of limited government and the sovereignty of states over the federal government; the senator has only shown himself loyal to the coterie of establishment party leaders.
As such, he has failed to advance any meaningful conservative agenda, instead choosing to align with the Democrats in an ongoing battle to maintain an ussecure open southern border. He has consistently supported the neocon position, voting for each and every defense budget increase, all the while betraying conservative social values in order to further his statist neocon pro-immigation agenda.
What Mr. Flake won’t admit, is the truth about “free trade”. While free trade sounds great, the U.S. has never truly embraced that ethic and never will. The sad truth is America hasn’t had a coherent trade policy for several decades, if ever.
The Commerce Department has been subservient to both the State Department and the Pentagon for far too long. Both State and the Pentagon have used trade policy as bargaining chips to achieve their oft times dubious goals. This has brought about a hodgepodge of policy and values, which has brought real harm to our economy for far too long.
What Sen. Flake also won’t admit, is his open borders policy is a sop to the Chamber of Commerce and to his home state. It is of no concern to him that free unbridled immigration keeps domestic wages artificially low, and takes job away from Americans.
Make no mistake, it is Republicans like Flake who have inflicted the most damage on our party. They trot out conservative values every campaign season, then promptly go back to Washington and it’s glitz and glamour forgetting and ignoring the citizens they swore to represent.
So, while Sen. Flake can get on his high horse and act so superior to the President and his supporters, in reality his whining is muffled by the sour grapes he’s stuffing in his mouth.