For a long time I have known not to trust the media in the United States or Canada. I am now losing trust in the conservative media in the States as well.
This has only become apparent now that the race for the Republican nomination has come down to Trump against Cruz.
A lot of Canadians don't realize that Trump is not conservative. Yes, he supports a handful of issues that conservatives care about (depending on which audience he is trying to impress.) Otherwise, he has no discernible policy other than that his Trumpiness will “Make America Great Again."
Now he has begun actively campaigning for the Establishment Republican vote, too, rather than limiting his appeals to the conservatives in the party -- and he is bragging about it.
Cruz, on the other hand, is clearly the most conservative candidate in the race. Mark Levin calls him "Mr. Conservative," a label once applied to Barry Goldwater. Conservative Review gives Cruz a 97% rating. Polls say he is more likely to beat Hillary than Trump.
How has the American conservative media reacted to this state of affairs?
Probably the most visible and dramatic reaction has come from the venerable National Review, which has just released a special issue denouncing Donald Trump, calling him "a menace to American conservatism."
Some veteran conservative media figures, however, have thrown their support behind Trump, likely to increase their ratings or popularity. This support ranges outright endorsements to adoring coverage of Trump to the exclusion of other conservative candidates.
Many of these media figures know, and admit, that Trump is not particularly conservative. For example, Ann Coulter joked that she didn't care if Trump performed abortions in the White House, as long as he did what she wanted on immigration. Coulter ought to remember that conservatives are the ones who buy her books, or used to at least.
There are non-establishment conservatives who are standing by their principles however, including Dennis Prager, Joel Pollak, Ben Shapiro, Adam Carolla, Jonah Goldberg, Glenn Beck, and -- probably the finest thinker on the right -- Mark Levin. In the video below, Stephen Crowder says some conservatives have told him privately that they are only supporting Trump to increase their audience, and realize he is not a true conservative.
In an earlier article for National Review, David French described the three camps in the Republican Party: the corporatist movement ( a.k.a., the establishment); the tea-party constitutionalists; and those who simply oppose what liberalism is doing to the country. French puts Trump's supporters in the third category, and believes the establishment will back him against Cruz when the time comes. This suggests that it is not anti-establishment sentiment alone that accounts for Trump's support.
Conservative Americans should survey the media battlefield to see who is still fighting for the things they believe in. When the election is over and you have choice about which conservative media outlets you devote time to, remember where these pundits stood when the race was between a true conservative and Trump.
We are witnessing the death of the conservative movement in the United States. I can count far more “conservatives” who are backing Trump against Cruz than the other way around. These Trumpeters are losing all credibility with conservatives. Now that Trump is gaining Establishment support, he will turn on conservatives, including the conservative media, since he will then have all he needs: Power.
Julius Caesar's famous statement applies here:
"It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience."
Mark Levin, who has been an absolute warrior for conservatism all his life, opened his Wednesday show by saying, “It’s alright. I’ll stand in the breach. I’ll be the conservative." He has not endorsed a candidate yet, but he spent his entire show demonstrating that Trump is using liberal tactics and positions to attack Cruz, and explaining why the Establishment is getting behind Trump.
He also explained that Trump's rise doesn't represent some new Jacksonian populist movement, but that it is, in fact, Nixonian. The fight within the GOP has come down to one between the Nixonian Republicans and the Reagan conservatives, not "outsiders."
The good news is that Levin vows he will deal with all those people pretending to be conservatives in the media, right after this election cycle.
JOIN TheRebel.media FREE for more fearless news and commentary you won’t find anywhere else.
Canada needs a conservative infrastructure to influence the culture!
SIGN UP at RebuildTheRight.ca to be part of this new movement