Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin called in to Breitbart News Sunday and blasted “criminal politicians” on both sides of the aisle who keep praising illegal immigrants. Levin emphatically stressed that Republican voters must reject presidential candidates who will not block the left from enacting their radical goals.
Levin, whose new book Plunder and Deceit will be published next month, told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon in a wide-ranging interview that conservatives “cannot accept” in this election cycle any candidate who “just wants to get along, show that they can manage” America’s decline.
“We want to elect the most conservative person we can, not [someone] who’s going to support Common Core, who’s going to tell us we have to figure out how to get around the base,” Levin said, in reference to Jeb Bush’s remarks about the need to “lose the primary to win the general” election.
Levin, who is one of the intellectual leaders of the conservative movement, said conservatives need a nominee who “believes in American sovereignty and talks about the Constitution.” He said there are only four or five of those candidates in the field, and “those are the guys I’m going to promote as time goes on.”
Such a candidate will of course be hated by the Republican establishment and their preferred establishment pundits. Levin said, “Virtually every commentator on Fox is going to trash them.”
He added that anti-establishment conservative candidates will also be trashed by “a lot of these [center-right] websites where younger guys have now inherited what prior generations have built.”
Though Levin said he had some reservations about some of Donald Trump’s more liberal stances in the past, he appreciates Trump because he forced the media and politicians to discuss illegal immigration. Levin said that people are currently “rallying around Trump because they want a leader” and are just “sick and tired of the phonies.”
Trump is resonating with Americans, especially the so-called “silent majority,” by speaking bluntly about illegal immigration, and Levin also had some politically incorrect points to make on the subject. While listening to Breitbart News Sunday, Levin said he was particularly bothered by the claim—made by politicians on both sides of the aisle—that there are so many so-called “jobs that Americans will not do.” Levin mentioned that, according to the Census, 73% of janitors are American citizens, as are 51% of maids and housekeepers, 58%of taxi drivers, 64% of landscapers, 66% of construction workers, and 72% of bellhops, porters, and concierges.
But the establishment wings of both parties that do not want to control immigration levels never mention these inconvenient facts. Levin also predicted that the current “push by cities to drive up the minimum wage makes it more likely that people are going to hire illegal aliens in order to undercut the wages of Americans who work in these industries.”
“I wanted to mention these jobs because the majority of these manual labor jobs are done by American citizens, and there’d be more but for the fact that the entire pay structure is undermined by the criminals who come into the country and the criminals who hire them and the criminal politicians who keep praising them,” Levin said.
He added that when listening to Jeb Bush, it seems like he believes “Everybody who comes here is better than every American citizen.”
In the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, Levin mentioned that studies have found that for every two students who gets a STEM degree, only one is hired in a STEM job. He noted that another study has found that 32% of computer science graduates who are not entering the information technology (IT) workforce say it is because IT jobs are not available, while 53% say they found “other job opportunities.”
That is why Levin said it is a lie when Silicon Valley companies lobby Congress for more H-1b visas and claim that they need more “importation of people from other countries.”
“We are literally forcing out American citizens [from both ends of the economic and jobs spectrum],” Levin said. “I’m a free market capitalist, but we don’t have free market capitalism. We have an iron-fisted centralized welfare state.”
Invoking Reagan, Levin said that “Until we have a new Republican party… this is going to continue.”
The talk radio host said conservatives need to be as “aggressive on our side as Obama is on their side” and “take our message, principles to everybody in the country.” He said a candidate who can “articulate our position, who can expose the other side for killing jobs” and explain how the left is “destroying the future for our children and grandchildren” would give Republicans “a fighting chance.” If Republicans nominate a conservative with those qualities, it would be the first time that many Americans get a chance to vote for a true conservative for president.
“If you are under 45, you have never had an opportunity to vote for a conservative for president,” Levin said (Reagan was the GOP’s last true conservative presidential nominee), emphasizing that voting for a real conservative for president is “invigorating, it’s exciting… you would see how people rally to somebody like that.”
But such a candidate will first have to defeat the GOP establishment that often attacks conservatives more than Democrats.
“I want people to also remember that if the Bush family had its way there would have been no Ronald Reagan,” said Levin, who was an official in Reagan’s Justice Department. He emphasized that the establishment Republicans attacking conservatives today “are the same elements who are invested in big government, who are invested in the redistribution of wealth, who are invested in non-conservative principles while they pretend to be otherwise.”
Levin continued to blast today’s Republican party for not being a “free-market capitalist party” and likened the GOP to the Whigs.
“The Republican party is not a conservative party. It’s not a constitutional party,” Levin said. “It’s not the converse of the Democrat party, which makes no excuses. The Democrat party is a socialist party.”
Levin mentioned that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is a socialist and marxist who is backed by the Communist party. He added that Obama is an Alinskyite and emphasized that Hillary Clinton also met with the famous radical Saul Alinsky and was “enamored with him.”
“That’s them,” Levin said of the left. “That’s who they are.”
In contrast, Levin said that “our side” has “useless and pathetic individuals who are assisting the hard radical left to accomplish their goals.”
“Can you tell me what the Republican Party stands for?” Levin asked. “It stands for nothing. It’s biding its time. It’s treading water. When it turns it guns on anybody, it turns its guns on conservatives.”
He mentioned that in contrast to Reagan, who had 78 vetoes or pocket vetoes, Obama has only vetoed four bills, which means the Republican Congress has not sent him a budget or bills related to immigration or Obamacare that Obama did not like.
“The Republicans have accommodated Obama every step of the way,” Levin said. “They won’t even send him a bill to veto.”
Levin said the GOP establishment so frequently attacks conservatives because the GOP’s leaders are “entrenched in Washington, the bureaucracy, the corporatists, and so forth.”
“This Republican party has lurched so far from Reagan. It’s the Bush party… It’s the Rockefeller party. It’s the Lindsey Graham party. It is the Mitch McConnell party,” Levin said. “They are bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce, by the Silicon Valley and everybody else.”
Explaining how difficult it is to make government more limited and enact reforms, Levin noted that the “federal government is not going to reform itself even if we send the most conservative president,” especially since “One Supreme Court justice can turn the country on its head–and they do it constantly now.” He also said the “massive” and “rogue” federal bureaucracy issues 3,000-6,000 regulations a year, which means thousands of new laws. In addition, Levin said, “Separations of power are meaningless” because “Congress passes bills that are so long they don’t even read them.” Levin also brought up the fact that Obama is using his powers to nationalize millions of acres, “taking them from states and individuals,” by designating them as monuments.
“This is an autocracy,” Levin said. “We are out of control.”
Levin predicted that “Things are really going to get out of hand one of these days” because “financially, there is a point of no return.”
“The laws of economics are like the laws of physics—at some point the politicians won’t be able to fix it even if they want to,” Levin said of the country’s spiraling debt. “I don’t know that we’re there yet, but things are really going to get out of hand one of these days.”
Levin mentioned that the trustees of Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare send letters every year to remind politicians, especially the President of the Senate (Vice President Joe Biden), telling them that “this is unsustainable.” He pointed out, for instance, that the disability insurance for Social Security is set to go bankrupt next year.
“I think it is going to have to get so bad that people are finally going to turn to what the Framers gave us in the Constitution—(Article V convention of the states)—but it may be too late at that point,” Levin said.
In the end, civil disobedience that is peaceful and civil may be the best way for individuals to combat the radical left, especially since they are so willing to use “the government and the instrumentalities of government against us”–like using the law to be lawless and using “the law to protect plunder.”
“We need to become more aggressive both in language [and] in our conduct,” Levin said.
He said he calls for a “new civil rights movement” in his book and chided the left for declaring that “everything they want”—even more big government and redistribution of wealth—is a civil right.
The “real civil rights movement,” according to Levin, “needs to be for liberty and prosperity,” and if Americans “don’t fight for this, we are going to enslave our kids and grandkids… to the worst future imaginable.”
He also said that individuals can decide to engage in acts of civil disobedience on their own. For instance, Levin suggested to college students that “When a marxist professor tells them to do something, do what I did and say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’” And unlike the radical left, Levin said, “We’re not going to burn down the administration building or start turning cop cars over and burning down neighborhoods.”
“We need to start making our voices heard everywhere—Hollywood, the media, the classroom,” Levin emphasized. “They are going to have to put up with us whether they like it or not.”