Tag: Ben Shapiro

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are happy to see Ben Shapiro was able to give his speech at Berkeley without incident in the auditorium and minimal unrest outside, which this year counts as very good news.  They also unload on Harvard for offering convicted spy Bradley Manning, who now identifies as Chelsea Manning, a position as a visiting fellow, and only rescinding the offer after the intelligence community denounces the move.  And they groan as a terrorist attack on the London tube injures 22 people and suggests terrorists there might be changing their tactics.

Ben Shapiro on Antifa, Bannon and Conservatism

 

Best-selling author, columnist and former Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro joins Whiskey Politics to discuss President Trump, Conservatism, his strong feelings about Steve Bannon, the Iran Deal, the Antifa threats against campus free speech and answers some Ricochet Member questions. You can find Ben’s columns at The Daily Wire, musings on Facebook and his #1 ranked conservative podcast on iTunes & Soundcloud.

To Save Conservatism

 

shutterstock_461975242If one believes conservatism is the only cure for what ails the nation, then 2016 is a bleak year. We have before us a choice of a dedicated leftist whose entire public life has been dedicated to the destruction of our republic (and replacing it with yet another European-styel socialist welfare state), or a guy who can be charitably described as “not a conservative.” Because Hillary Clinton is such a well known statist and a threat to our way of life, it would seem obvious that the only viable option for conservatives would be to oppose her with everything they have. Under any normal set of circumstances that would be exactly the right course of action. Indeed, many have claimed that it’s so obviously correct that there can be no other argument. Ben Shapiro, however, takes a different view:

That brings us to the real reason to oppose Trump’s candidacy: the attempt to turn the conservative movement into a nationalist populist one, complete with shilling for Trump’s incomprehensible decisions and statements. If you believe that the only solution to America’s problems is true conservatism, your greatest fear is not a Hillary presidency: It’s the perversion of the conservative movement itself, the corruption of conservatism in favor of power. Hillary Clinton’s presidency does not snuff out conservatism, even though it provides a serious danger to the republic. Trump’s presidency does.

I share this view. Conservatism is the solution to our problems. Not voting for Trump increases the likelihood of for four more years of an anti-conservative president who will do everything she can to obstruct conservative ideas and policies. However, a vote for Trump is a vote against conservatism itself. If conservatism has outlived its usefulness and must pass then so be it, but I cannot take an active part in bludgeoning it to death while it still draws breath. Hillary is just another external threat against which we have established defenses. Trump represents an internal rot eating away the very foundation of what America is and what we fight to conserve.

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#NeverTrumpAgain First there was David Duke. Donald Trump’s verbal gymnastics in denouncing the white supremacist received the justified outrage from mainstream media and most level-headed conservatives alike. Trump’s supporters put that episode along with the dozens of other normally career killing Trump statements in their mental trash compactor, never to be discussed again. Preview Open

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When I was child, my favorite TV show was The Incredible Hulk.  I watched it every Friday night with my Hulk action figure.  I made my figure a shirt out of tissue, and when David Banner transformed into the Hulk on the show, I likewise ripped up the shirt on my Hulk figure.  I took […]

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Illness wakes me most mornings around 3 or 3:30. I tend to read, catch up on business or school work,  or to use my tablet to surf the Web. Here at Toad Hall, we have no television service, so I occasionally watch news clips online. Recently I discovered the Youtube channel of AlohaSnackbar, who posts […]

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