Last Recourse of Failed Presidents


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Both the 20th and 21st centuries have seen failed presidencies. William Howard Taft lost in 1912, though he might have retained office had not his old friend and former leader Theodore Roosevelt run as a third party Bull Moose candidate and won more votes than Taft. Herbert Hoover failed through no […]

Mitt’s ‘Damn-the-Torpedoes!’ Decision


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Mitt Romney‘s decision to select Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate speaks well of the man who made it. Indeed, it seemed less like the moderate man we have come to know than Adm. David Farragut in Mobile Bay: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Facing sinking polls, endless attack […]

The Cost of Winning Ugly


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By Patrick J. Buchanan This week, the friends of Barack Obama introduced into the political battle of 2012 the moral equivalent of poison gas. In an ad produced by the super PAC Priorities USA, Mitt Romney is charged with moral, if not material, complicity in the cancer death of the wife of a Missouri steelworker. […]

America Needs No More Neo-Imperial Nonsense


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By Patrick J. Buchanan – The Financial Times Triumphant in the first Gulf war, George H.W. Bush, in October 1991, went before the UN to declare that the US’s goal was now to build a “New World Order”. Rejecting this as Wilsonian utopianism, my 1992 presidential campaign called for an end to US military intervention […]

Obama’s Worship of Centralized Power


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Mitt Romney fell on this Obama quote like an NFL lineman on an end zone fumble during the Super Bowl. And understandably so. For this was no gaffe, said Romney, this is what Obama believes. This is […]

Will Heads Roll for the Stuxnet Leak?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Within days of SEAL Team Six’s killing of Osama on that midnight mission in Pakistan, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, reading all about the raid in the press, went to the White House to tell President Obama’s national security adviser pungently to “shut the (bleep) up.” Leaked secrets of that raid may […]

The Bell Tolls for the Government Unions


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In 1919, after Boston police went on strike to protest the city’s refusal to recognize their new union, Gov. Calvin Coolidge ordered the National Guard into the streets. Sam Gompers, the legendary father of American labor, wrote the governor that the Boston police had been denied their rights. Coolidge’s terse reply […]