ELDER PATRIOT – The question of who and what to trust has arisen from an opinion piece penned by Mark Levin at the Conservative Review. It is rife with mischaracterizations of Donald Trump’s stated policy position on trade.
Levin is a brilliant man who has consistently defended conservative principles during philosophical discussions. His endorsements of previous GOP candidates when coupled with this rejection of Donald Trump belie a different agenda, however.
The “Great One” as he refers to himself, used the megaphone of his widely popular radio show to support the re-election of Orrin Hatch when he was locked in a tight primary challenge. Primaries are where we get to cleanse our party of liberal politicians without having to lose the seat they occupy in the general election. The man Levin supported had an “F” rating for his 39% “Liberty Score” according to the Conservative Review that Levin now writes for. Hatch represents one of the most conservative states in the nation, Utah. That election offered a solid opportunity to make the U.S. Senate more conservative. Levin, instead, told us to vote otherwise.
Though he did weakly oppose both John McCain and Mitt Romney during the 2008 and 2012 primaries, he threw all in behind them once they had secured the nomination, telling his disappointed listeners that destroying the party and losing to Barack Obama was not an option they should entertain.
My question for Mr. Levin is, what has changed? The simplistic claim that Trump isn’t a conservative is growing hollow.
His piece is mostly rhetoric that we would expect to hear from the heads of state of foreign governments whose nations have grown rich at our expense and the CEO’s of international corporations whose companies have witnessed soaring stock values at the expense of the American entrepreneur and the American people.
The article begins thusly, “One of the major planks in Donald Trump’s campaign platform, if not the top priority, has been a stalwart insistence that voluntary commerce and trade with other countries weakens America’s economy and costs American jobs. Moreover, he insists that he knows best how to manage it all in the best interests of America.” There’s little need to read further.
Donald Trump has never, let me emphasize that word, NEVER suggested that we shouldn’t engage in voluntary and free trade. He has made fair trade a condition of free trade, however. Countries that add tariffs to our exports or manipulate the value of their currency to make our goods less attractive in their markets have been siphoning a trillion dollars annually from the U.S. economy. Trump has been clear that these, and only these, are the practices he seeks to stop.
Levin stumbles over his own intellectualism by making the argument that Trump is advocating isolationist policies but titling his piece, “Trump the Globalist.” Which is it?
It’s as though words are now meaningless and terms like isolationist, globalist, and conservatism can be used to describe anyone for any reason, complimentary or pejoratively.
If conservative doctrine demands that we continue entering into deals that make American taxpayers the world’s piggybank then tens of millions of people who previously considered themselves “conservatives” will be looking for a new movement.
Later in his article, Levin attacks Trump the businessman because his supporters, “find it hard to explain away the billionaire’s own practices for most of his business career. As it turns out, Trump has never shown any qualms about using foreign labor, foreign capital and even foreign-owned companies to service his personal interests and acquire wealth.”
Here Levin resorts to a popular approach used by political insiders to denounce outsiders who have spent their lives having to play by the rules that were placed on them by the insiders. As an example, in our own lives we adhere to traffic laws even though we might not agree with them or consider them counterproductive.
This is similar to the propagandist attack that Harry Reid used against Mitt Romney for not paying his fair share of taxes. Businessmen are encouraged by our tax code to re-invest in their existing businesses or to start new businesses by being offered tax write-offs to do so. The government does this in hopes of getting increased revenue in the form of taxes from anticipated profits and from income and FICA taxes from new employees.
When a businessman successfully accomplishes this he should be praised for creating jobs and prosperity, not vilified for following government instructions that result in a lower tax burden for the year in which the investment took place.
We should also note that Mr. Levin supported John McCain along with his grade of “F” from the Conservative Review for his 37% Liberty Score.
It is healthy for Republicans to engage in honest debate about the qualifications of their candidates but ad hominem attacks after the nominating process has been decided is destructive to our cause. Hillary Clinton and her overtly Globalist agenda should be the focus of our attacks at this point.
Mr. Levin is smart enough to know this. After all, this is what he told us after the nominations of McCain and Romney during the last two electoral cycles. So why has he changed his tune now that the Republican rank and file have voted so overwhelmingly for Donald Trump?
Is it as simple as protecting the advertising dollars from the corporations that support his show and that have made him rich?
Or, has he all along been the firewall that the Globalists can count on when it comes delivering conservative voters to the altar of globalism?
It’s unfathomable that Mr. Levin believes Mrs. Clinton is preferable to Donald Trump.
Until he justifies the reasons behind this phony diatribe and the disharmony it will foster between his followers and the party that Trump now heads, Mark Levin has ceded the political high ground to others.