Fighting the Real Foe
The CNBC Republican debate, particularly the candid expressions of disgust by many of the Republican contenders at the blatant bigotry of the panel toward Republicans, brings home the real enemy of conservatives and genuine reform in America. That foe, of course, is the Leftist Establishment, which infests the media and operates in restraint of trade by colluding with notional "competitors" by presenting an identical ideological and partisan product.
Sock puppets like Obama, Hillary, Reid, Pelosi, and Biden are transparently dumb and ignorant, like all the straw bosses of leftism, and these folks instinctively grasp that without the vast army of largely invisible leftist cadres, these folks would lose power forever. Until conservatives publicly identify the real foe and then directly attack that real foe, nothing will change, and conservatives will become increasingly frustrated and depressed.
The acid test of the conservatism of any prospective Republican nominees ought to be their willingness to unify in common cause against this real foe, this vast and unaccountable Leftist Establishment. In the area of presidential debates, here is a fairly simple and direct answer: until Democrats have debates with conservatives querying Democrat candidates, Republicans should not have leftists querying Republican candidates. There are many excellent conservative analysts who are actually seeking the best Republican nominee and who could ask serious and intelligent questions not designed to hurt or to help a particular candidate.
But the Republican candidates ought to do more. These candidates ought to stop appearing on any news programs of the Leftist Establishment, and anyone who seeks to pander to that anti-conservative media should be condemned by the other candidates. Once the only way to reach voters was through the old "Big Three" media outlets, but today, every news outlet needs all the viewers it can get.
This ought to be very public, too, and the candidates, united, ought to accuse specifically all these media outlets as corrupt and biased backers of the left. When the leftist media is attacked as being leftist, it is forced into a corner (a corner, of course, of its own making). If these news outlets overtly appeared angry and leftist, well, that confirms the accusations, but silence is just as damning.
Moreover, making the presidential campaign against the giant and multi-billion-dollar corporations who collude against the public interest to present a single ideological and partisan position creates a legitimate and genuine battle line between rich and powerful corporations (the leftist media) and ordinary Americans, represented by the very diverse Republican field.
"The malefactors of the great wealth" was a term Teddy Roosevelt used to describe giant corporations acting against the public interest. T.R. was a Republican, and the phrase he used in 1907 sounds as good today for conservatives to describe those super-rich corporations who are never attacked by Clinton or Sanders because, in reality, those corporations control Clinton and Sanders and the whole left. Republican candidates ought to be asking these corporations how they ensure ideological diversity in their newsrooms, to state how many members of Republican and Democrat administrations are on their payroll, and to note the amount of air time given spokesmen for the two parties.
Republicans – and any Republican candidate who shrinks from this is much worse than simply a RINO – ought directly to accuse the leftist media of failing America and failing good government and objectivity, and state that any time a leftist flack on one of these outlets spends shamelessly pandering to the left during the next twelve months ought to be considered a corporate campaign contribution to the Democratic Party.
Moreover, Republicans ought to say that if the leftist media does not clearly mark these as in support of Democrats, that ought to be a direct violation of campaign finance laws, which require full disclosure (and which condemn as criminal conspiracy any attempt to get around the law by lying about advocacy). Don't pussyfoot around on this aspect; directly accuse the leftist media, its corporate officers, and its directors of criminal malfeasance, especially if they continue to lie about their advocacy and bias.
Any other giant corporation that blatantly deceived the public would be in trouble – indeed, these leftist media are often the first to call for the heads of other corporations who are dishonest – so all Republicans would be doing is to ask for the leftist media to be held to the same standard that it demands for other corporations.
This would energize conservatives, demoralize leftists, and allow the next Republican president to implement a true revolution by ignoring the real foe: the entrenched leftist media establishment.