Jeff Flake

Senator Jeff Flake says Being Conservative isn’t about Actually Being Conservative

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Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has just written a new book, whose name he ripped off from a book written by a real conservative.

Here’s what Flake told CBS’ John Dickerson about his book and about the conservative he was modeling himself after, Barry Goldwater.

Jeff Flake: I felt that, just like Goldwater had felt in his time, 56 years ago, when he wrote the original “”Conscience of Conservative,” that the party had lost its way. 

And I think, similarly today, the party’s lost its way. We have given into nativism and protectionism. And I think that, if we’re going to be a governing party in the future, and a majority party, we have got to go back to traditional conservatism, limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility, respect for free trade. Those are the principles that made us who we are. 

John Dickerson: One of the things you write in the book is: “It is not enough to be conservative anymore. You have to be vicious.”

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What do you mean by that? 

Jeff Flake: Well, if you look at the politics of today, the tape from last week at the White House and the language that was used then, and we have seen, unfortunately, too many examples of members of Congress and other elected officials using language, referring to your opponents in ways that you would have never done before, ascribing the worst motives to your opponents and assuming that other Americans are the enemy. 

And that is just not the way it used to be. And I don’t think it can be that way in the future.

Here’s the problem… Jeff Flake is nothing like Barry Goldwater. Also, Jeff Flake is NOT a conservative. He’s a mushy moderate with a taste for bending over backwards for liberals.

True conservative Mark Levin explains further:

Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin started his radio show Tuesday evening going after Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for hijacking a sacred conservative title and maxim to “justify his liberal sellout agenda.”

“Jeff Flake is a liberal,” Levin explained.

He reminded the audience of Flake’s “F” 53% Conservative Review Liberty Score.

Levin discussed the Arizona senator’s new book, which literally copies the “Conscience of a Conservative” title from the late conservative icon Barry Goldwater.

Sen. Flake “slaps his own meaningless, imbecilic arguments inside the book of a cover called ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’” Levin said.

Now, Jeff Flake has taken a new turn and continued stabbing his own party in the back.

On Sunday, he actually tried to argue that being conservative doesn’t necessarily mean you actually have to follow conservative principles.

Flake argues that being conservative is more a state of mind than actually abiding by a set of principles… which explains why Flake so often votes like a liberal instead of a conservative.

It sounds insane, but it’s true. Watch, listen, be prepared to be in awe of how ridiculous Flake’s position actually is…

Chuck Todd: What — but I am curious what motivated you to write this book? Donald Trump’s character or this issue with conservatism that you’re just making the argument — and others have made to me before — that actually goes back 20 years?

Jeff Flake: Well, I started writing this book before Donald Trump became president, but I am concerned at the direction the party is going — protectionism in particular, kind of an anti-immigrant fervor. Those kind of things, I don’t think, are going to propel Republicans into the future. I think demographics are against us in that regard. And I think that we’ve got to do something different.

Chuck Todd: But I guess I go back — if Donald Trump, you thought he was a man of good character, but was still touting the same populist populism, protectionism, as you just described it, when it comes to trade issues, some things that have been stuff that conservatives have argued against for years, would you have written this book with the same tone?

Jeff Flake: Well, I do think it’s not — 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. 🇺🇸

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