Raleigh’s Reeves Defends Donald Trump vs National Review….

    Agent Pierce
    January22/ 2016

    Veteran Raleigh-based Publisher/Opinioneer Bernie Reeves has been a longtime regular contributor to National Review’s higher education section.

    BR shares his thoughts on National Review’s unprecedented All-Out Assault against Donald Trump which was posted today (Friday).

    NOTE:  I am a member of an email Roundtable that Bernie “referees” (!!).   These remarks were shared Friday afternoon in an e-mail and are not posted other than here…. ergo “an AgentPierce Exclusive !!



    Bernie Reeves re: National Review’s Assault on Trump…. Bernie Reeves

    I contribute to National Review in their higher education section Phi Beta Cons, yet I have to speak up and comment on the venerable magazine’s decision to dedicate nearly  an entire issue – supposedly 22 essays in the hard copy –   bashing Donald Trump. I can’t recall a political publication singling out one candidate for attack in a primary race.

    It is a portent the GOP is  willing to commit hari kari to assure they won’t win the White House in the 2016 presidential horse race (http://www.nationalreview.com/)

    In a sense, the National Review has changed from serving Bill Buckley’s conservative agenda to political terrorism. The lead bomb to destroy Trump was detonated by, of all people, Glen Beck, an extremist  of the Right even Fox News could not tolerate. His diatribes border on  conspiracy theories by the mentally ill, hardly the type for Bill Buckley’s button-down, Brooks Brothers crowd.

    Beck says Trump supported Obama’s stimulus plan, bail-outs of the auto industry and protected the banks. Trouble is, Trump was a businessman back then, thinking about his bottom line and shareholders, not the electorate. When president, he will serve his new constituencies.

    The second essay, by Erick Erickson,  takes the tack that, because Trump is a newcomer to the conservative and Republican faith,  he would vote for him over Hillary but will not support him in the primary. This is the weasly  excuse I hear every day. As I have said: “Embrace Trump”, you will feel better.

    Brent Bozell, a long-time conservative essayist, writes Trump should be judged by the phrase “does he walk with us”,  coined by Richard Viguerie as a litmus test to validate genuine Republican values. But that is the rub, there is no longer a codified statement of principles. Viguerie’s list of qualifications comes from his role as a pollster, not a thinker.

    Bozell says there was no one to turn to in the presidential barrel  until Trump entered the race. Wait a minute, there were 15 other candidates when  Trump came along, each with a vision of what being a Republican meant.

    Not only is Bozell mistaken there was a wilderness of policy papers and qualified people in place before Trump, he calls him a charlatan, as if he took advantage of the absence of candidates  and faked his way to popularity. In other words,  to Bozell,  Trump crashed the Party and worse, he was not one of us-  whichever “us” that may be any given day..

    Soon Trump had his own power, the people. Instead of wailing, the Republican establishment (whoever they are) acted immaturely  and irrationally by not embracing Trump and molding him to the Party – not attacking their undisputed frontrunner.

    Since he was leading the polls, the one disingenuous, desperate  accusation in most of the essays available online was the confident prediction that nominating Trump meant Hillary was a cinch to win. How allegedly learned pundits can ignore the proof in the polls – that Trump is  actually  the only Republican candidate who can win the White House – demonstrates the political IQ in this county has descended to single digits.

    There was an essay included by Bill Buckley from 2000, before his death in 2008. Not a good idea. He warns against demagogues (like Trump is to his detractors) but can’t help saying his finest moment was Richard Nixon taking notes from him, not the other around.

    Good thing Bill Buckley is not around to witness the worst moment for National Review –  conservatives employing Soviet-like tactics to assassinate Donald Trump’s character.

    Bernie Reeves
    Editor & Publisher, Columnist
    Founder, Raleigh Spy Conference




    Agent Pierce
    • BOG Guy Reply
      4 years ago

      I am a long-time National Review subscriber and an “all my adult life” admirer of William F. Buckley.  While I am not exactly thrilled with the all-out attack on Trump, I do believe the magazine’s heart is in the right place.  I think Trump is an smart businessman with an authoritarian streak a mile wide.  I do  believe he is a conservative (and least  in the sense that I view conservatism – a philosophy founded on free markets, free minds, strong defense and limited government) in theory, but not much of one in practice.  His strong words and simple solutions are just the kind of thing that people want to hear – but isn’t that the very definition of “populism”?  I have lots of rational, right-minded (I think) friends that are all aboard the Trump bandwagon, but I just can’t get myself there.  I want to believe in “the better angels of our nature” (from Lincoln’s first Inaugural address) that we can win the day with the power of our ideas.  I long for another Ronald Reagan or Jack Kemp, and I think Marco Rubio is as close as we have seen in a long while.


      People will say he is too soft on immigration, but he was one of a very small handful that have actually tried to develop a workable solution to the problems we face on that issue, finally abandoning it when the politics proved too difficult to navigate.  My family has been in North Carolina since at least 1769, and in the colonies since at least 1745, but I can’t help but be inspired by Rubio’s story.  We have to restore that ideal of people yearning to come here for freedom, not for benefits.  I think Trump actually has a very good chance of being elected President.  But I am afraid he will see that he cannot govern as a benevolent dictator as he runs his companies.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        4 years ago

        I fear “the same people that brought us Bob Dole and John McCain… and to a less ridiculous degree – Mitt (“hes a member of a Cult”). I have ZERO confidence in The GOP Elites led by “The Architect – Karl Rove”. As for “qualified”, I’ll take a VERY successful business tycoon over a “community organizer who hates white folks” any day. Combine all the negatives from all 15 Repub candidates and I vote for that hybrid over The Witch of Chappaqua or Bernie The Commie.

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