How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged

How Trump’s Presidency Will Be Judged


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By Patrick J. Buchanan On many issues — naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts — President Trump is a conventional Republican. Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and […]

The Eternal Lure of Nationalism


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3. But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, the team ignored the prohibition and sang out the Russian […]

Little Rocket Man Wins the Round


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By Patrick Buchanan After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States, and called President Trump “a dotard,” Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to the “Peace Olympics.” An impressive year for […]

Will War Cancel Trump’s Triumphs?

Will War Cancel Trump’s Triumphs?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, “I survived.” Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early ’50s, nor Richard Nixon in Watergate, received such intensive and intemperate […]

Is Trump the Heir to Reagan?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the John the […]

Trump — American Gaullist

Trump — American Gaullist


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By Patrick J. Buchanan If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost. Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to […]

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut […]

What Still Unites Us?

What Still Unites Us?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” Expropriating the biblical mandate, “Go forth and teach all nations!” they divinized democracy and made the […]

Is Trump’s Agenda Being Eclipsed?

Is Trump’s Agenda Being Eclipsed?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire,” said Winston Churchill to cheers at the Lord Mayor’s luncheon in London in November 1942. True to his word, the great man did not begin the liquidation. When his countrymen threw him […]

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards […]

Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked?

Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee rejected a plank to pull us deeper into Ukraine, by successfully opposing new U.S. arms transfers to Kiev. Improved relations with Russia were what candidate Trump […]