The Republicans — After Dunkirk

The Republicans — After Dunkirk

By Patrick J. Buchanan At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office. “It may well be a blessing in disguise,” said his wife Clementine. “At […]

The Cost of Winning Ugly

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. […]

Salad Days of the Public Sector Are Over

By Patrick J. Buchanan San Bernardino, Calif., has now followed Stockton into bankruptcy. Harrisburg and Scranton, Pa., and Jefferson County, Ala., home to Birmingham, are already there to welcome them. Detroit has been taken into receivership by Michigan. A plan under discussion is to level a fourth of the city and reconvert it into the […]

Is This the End of ‘One Europe’?

By Patrick J. Buchanan How Europe‘s crisis resolves itself as yet remains unknown. But with Sunday’s returns from France and Greece, the mega-trends on the Old Continent are unmistakable. And for the European Union, they are ominous. Nationalism — be it economic nationalism or ethnic nationalism — is ascendant. Transnationalism and multiculturalism are in headlong […]

Tomorrow’s Man — or Yesterday’s

By Patrick J. Buchanan Among the GOP victories in 2010, none was sweeter than that of Marco Rubio. The charismatic young Cuban-American challenged Gov. Charlie Crist in a Senate primary, ran him out of the party and swept to victory by 19 points in a three-way race. Among those mentioned as running mates for Mitt […]

Ron Paul: Reactionary or Visionary

By Patrick J. Buchanan After his fourth-place showing in Florida, Ron Paul, by then in Nevada, told supporters he had been advised by friends that he would do better if only he dumped his foreign policy views, which have been derided as isolationism. Not going to do it, said Dr. Paul to cheers. And why […]

Is America Losing Control?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Events are in the saddle and ride mankind.” In describing 2011, few cliches seem more appropriate. For in this past year, we Americans seemed to lose control of our destiny, as events seemed to be in the saddle. While President Barack Obama maneuvered skillfully to retain a fighting chance to be […]

Setting Grandma’s Hair on Fire

By Patrick J. Buchanan Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme for these young people,” said Gov. Rick Perry in his first debate as a presidential candidate. “The idea … that the current program is going to be there for them is a lie.” Pressed by the moderator, Perry did not back down. He doubled down, […]

The View From Martha’s Vineyard

By Patrick J. Buchanan As he and his daughters bicycle around the summer playground of the Northeastern elite, Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is steadily bleeding away both the support of the nation and that of his most loyal constituency. Several times, his approval rating in Gallup’s daily tracking poll has sunk to 39 percent, with […]

Who’s Really Downgrading America?

By Patrick J. Buchanan The decision by Standard & Poor’s to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, for the first time, has triggered a barrage of catcalls against the umpire from the press box and Obamaites. S&P, we are reminded, was giving A ratings to banks like Lehman Brothers, whose books were […]