Commentary: Jeff Flake, Not Donald Trump, Is The Real Threat To Constitutional Liberty

by George Rasley, CHQ Editor


Yesterday, Senator Jeff Flake excoriated President Trump for launching a “war” on the media. In his remarks, Flake compared the president to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and warned the country that nothing less than American democracy is at stake.

Anyone who has studied the history of the 20th century will likely agree that if Trump was like Stalin, then

Flake would be dead or in the Gulag, and the wall on our southern border would already be finished.

Flake’s over the top characterization of President Trump as a dictator is intended to obscure the fact that the real threat to constitutional liberty is not President Trump and his conservative – populist agenda, but the elitist oligarchy that controls the establishment political parties and the establishment media.

It’s a cinch that you are going to lose a fight—let alone a war—that you don’t even know you are in, but for the past one hundred odd years, the grassroots conservative voters of the Republican party have been under regular attack by the very people they elected to run their Party—the establishment leadership of the GOP.

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie documented in his book TAKEOVER, this war did not begin with the rise of the Tea Party movement in 2009. It is a one-hundred-year-long civil war between limited-government, constitutional conservatives and the progressive, establishment wing of the GOP, to which Senator Jeff Flake belongs.

While the progressive elite of the Republican Party have been at war with conservatives and populists for most of the past 100 years most conservatives and populists failed to understand who was on what side until Donald Trump came along.

And make no mistake: Senator Flake and the establishment wing of the Republican Party are – just like the Democrats – progressive, and anti-constitutional in their policies, goals and values.

What’s more, between the policies, goals and values espoused by Senator Flake, and his allies in the establishment media and political parties, and the conservative – populist supporters of President Trump there is a vast and unbridgeable gulf.

It is, as Senator Flake put it in the very first paragraph of his attack on President Trump, the gulf between “the governed and the government.”

In Flake’s concept of government there is the government, and then there is us – the governed.

To return to Senator Flake’s analogy of Stalinism, there are the party elite and then there are the masses, the lumpenproletariat, who are fit to be cannon fodder in wars and pay taxes, but who lack the secret, arbitrarily defined credentials to be part of the governing elite.

By Flake’s definition those who govern are superior to those who are governed and thus they may freely ignore the wishes of those who are governed – for example on securing our borders.

Could there be anything more inimical to the idea of the American founding?

Indeed, the American Declaration of Independence directly rejected the notion that there is, or ever can be, a separation between the governed and the government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Senator Flake quoted the first part of that paragraph in his remarks, but he failed to read on to the most important part – the part where Americans reserve to themselves the power to consent – or withdraw their consent – to any form of government that becomes destructive to their unalienable rights, including the rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

What drives Senator Flake’s animus toward Donald Trump and his supporters is not a love of constitutional liberty or the values of the Declaration of Independence – it is that the American people, in their righteous indignation over the abuses they have suffered for the past several decades, have finally withdrawn their consent to the kind of government that was being imposed upon them by Senator Flake, the establishment political parties, and their allies among the media and cultural elite.

Fortunately for Senator Flake and his elitist allies, consent to their form of government was withdrawn not through a violent revolution, but through a peaceful vote that brought Donald J. Trump to the presidency.

It is time for Senator Flake and his elitist allies to recognize that the peaceful revolution of 2016 that withdrew the consent of the governed to their form of government was just as binding on them as a second American Revolution would have been.

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George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie’s A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.


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