Even without a calendar, you’d know it’s election time by the sudden reappearance of Senator Jeff Flake within the state’s borders and on television.
His handlers have clearly decided the way to sell Flake to Arizona as a conservative is to rebrand him as Senator Barry Goldwater, even brazenly stealing the title of Goldwater’s iconic book, The Conscience of a Conservative.
But Flake is no Goldwater.
When Flake refers to Arizonans as “nativists” and “protectionists” because we believe in sane immigration and trade policies, he is using “fightin’ words”!
What is wrong with calling illegal immigrants, illegal immigrants? What is wrong with basing our immigration policies on what is best for America, rather than what is best for the Third World’s impoverished masses that want to come here? (Some seeking paradise and a brighter future, others a government handout, and sadly some who would do us harm.)
What is wrong with advocating America-first trade policies, rather than tolerating one-sided trade deals that suck money out of our economy and yank jobs from our shores? Is it really “protectionist” to show spine when advocating for the people whose interests you are elected to represent?
The late Senator Barry Goldwater was not a “globalist.” He was an America-first patriot.
In his new book, Flake says, “if we’re going to be a governing party in the future, and a majority party” we need to change our approach (to his own brand of Republicanism.) I might point out to the Senator that we already are the majority party now! As an unofficial member of the Senate’s “Surrender Caucus,” he has become so accustomed to surrendering before a battle is fought that he should probably be forgiven for not recognizing we hold the majority, and acting accordingly. And when he does pick a battle it is within his own party, namely with President Trump. As a member of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” he honestly believed that if we gave the Democrats everything they wanted up-front in the reviled immigration bill, the Democrats would honor their word to give Republicans everything we wanted later. Much later. Really, Jeff? If you really believed that, I have some Ocean Front Property I’m dying to sell you. Senator, show me when that has happened in the last 70 years?
Barry Goldwater was a courageous fighter, statesman, and patriot who was not afraid to stand alone and sound a warning bell about the dangers of encroaching socialism.
Unlike Jeff Flake, Barry Goldwater didn’t promote compromising our foundational American principles. Jeff Flake seems to think “we are at our best” when we compromise “across the aisle” to surrender our principles gradually, giving America away in bite-sized pieces. When Flake suggests it is possible to find healthy “common ground” with Chuck Schumer or Nancy Pelosi, he may as well suggest healthy cells grow through “compromise” with cancer cells. Government-dictated socialism cannot co-exist with free-society capitalism any more than cancer cells can co-exist with healthy cells.
Today’s national Democratic Party is no longer the party of John Kennedy. It’s the party of extremists like Bernie Sanders, and others even more radical than he. Today’s Democrats promote a virulent strain of socialist cancer…and what is at stake today is nothing less than America’s survival as a prosperous, free Republic based on individual liberties enshrined in our constitution…or, it’s continued descent into becoming a failed, bankrupt, socialist regime like Venezuela or Cuba.
Fortunately, we still have a way of self-correcting our course in America. It’s called an election.
A recent survey found that Senator Flake was ranked the third most unpopular man in the U.S. Senate behind only Senator Mitch “Surrender” McConnell, and our other Arizona Senator, John McCain. It’s undoubtedly for good reason.
Hopefully, Arizonans will remember the actions of Senator Flake in the five years he has been absent from Arizona, rather than buy the re-branded, newly-packaged “Goldwater Conservative” his handlers are selling us now.
Goldwater’s undoubtedly rolling over in his grave.
By Gary Kiehne, a former Arizona candidate for U.S. Congress, business owner, rancher, Trump supporter and unabashed Barry Goldwater supporter.