Calling yourself a conservative doesn’t make you a conservative just like calling yourself a house cat doesn’t erase your identity as a weird person desperate for attention.
Being conservative carries with it certain beliefs and principles that you fight for, especially the founding principles America is based on.
This is why when the Washington Post calls its columnist Jennifer Rubin “conservative,” people get a little indignant. Rubin has demonstrated time and again that while she and WaPo refer to her as a conservative, her actions and words scream “total leftist.”
As Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist reported, after the horrible way Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was treated by the media, including Rubin, conservative leaders united to write a letter to request the Washington Post discontinue referring to Rubin as a “conservative”:
“In truth, it is nearly impossible to discern any conservatism in Rubin’s contemporary writing,” the leaders said in an October 3 letter to the Washington Post editorial board. Citing the rejection of her previous positions on climate change, gun control, Middle East foreign policy, tax cuts, immigration, and abortion, the group said the notion that Rubin is conservative is “laughable.”
More recently she has mocked virginity as “juvenile, emotionally stunted” behavior, argued in favor of impeaching Judge Brett Kavanaugh, mocked those who defend due process and the rule of law, campaigned for Democrats and against Republicans, and generally engaged in obsessive behavior against conservatives on social media.
The conservative leaders, which include the likes of Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, and Michelle Malkin, wrote that they understand that the Post can do whatever they wish, but that they at least should be intellectually honest about Rubin’s complete lack of conservative beliefs, and stop referring to her as something she’s clearly not.
The group also added that WaPo clearly is ideologically one-sided, and request that it hire actual conservative columnists for balance.
“[W]e also respectfully request that you consider hiring a voice who can eloquently and effectively defend the positions held by our President, his party, and the millions of voters who elected him. We would be happy to provide recommendations.”
.@MZHemingway at @FDRLST reported that 37 conservative leaders sent this letter to the @washingtonpost calling on the Post to stop identifying @JRubinBlogger as conservative. We also called for Post to hire conservative writer.
Check it out: pic.twitter.com/AcqUYg6hqj
— American Principles (@approject) October 4, 2018
It’ll likely be a cold day in hell when the Post actually balances itself out ideologically with right-leaning columnists, but first, it should be honest with its readers about what a conservative’s takes really are.
At this time, the Post is using Rubin’s conservative label as a way to paint actual conservatives as horrid by holding her up as “sensible.” She’s purely being used as a contrast, or an example of the way conservatives WOULD think if only they could break free from the hold Donald Trump has on them.
Rubin, in essence, is a cheap shot by the Washington Post against conservative opinion by having a “conservative” denounce conservatism from her “conservative” position.
It’s time that nonsense came to an end.