Flake’s Not So Daring Move

“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.”

Senator Jeff Flake announced yesterday he will not seek reelection in 2018. The above quote was the only important line from his entire speech.


jflakeFlake focused on President Trump’s tweets and indecency of behavior. He accused Trump of being undignified and of having mercurial behavior. Really? Who cares. Everyone knows Trump is a boisterous undignified jerk. Even his supporters don’t try to dispute that. There is nothing brave or edgy about calling the current president indecent, even for a lame duck Republican.

It WOULD have been brave and provocative to criticize Trump for his overreach in executive powers, for unconstitutional use of spying and the Patriot Act, for his failure to keep his campaign promises to end foreign wars, and for escalating the drone-killing of hundreds and perhaps thousands of innocents.

But those exact criticisms could equally have been made about a recent far more popular, dignified, and “decent” president. That is why it is easier for Republicans and Democrats alike to criticize President Trump for his mercurial disrespectful behavior rather than for his deadly immoral destructive policy.

Wishing you love, liberty, and peace – Ned Kelley 10/25/2017