Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising

Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising


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By Patrick J. Buchanan A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country’s constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban’s campaign was uber-globalist George Soros. And Orban’s commitments were to halt any further surrenders of […]

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 […]

Will the Deep State Break Trump?

Will the Deep State Break Trump?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson’s authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon,” wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969. “The likelihood is great that they will succeed again.” A columnist for The Washington Post, Broder […]

Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns the Future?

Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns the Future?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: “There shall be open borders.” Bartley accepted what the erasure of America’s borders and an endless influx or foreign peoples and goods would mean […]

Fatal Delusions of Western Man

Fatal Delusions of Western Man


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “We got China wrong. Now what?” ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. “Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?” asked Charles Lane in his opening sentence. America’s elites believed that economic engagement and the opening […]

Trump — Middle American Radical

Trump — Middle American Radical


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By Patrick J. Buchanan President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party. Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk or William F. Buckley. In the primaries of 2016, all his rivals claimed the mantle of Mr. Conservative, Ronald Reagan. Yet Trump captured […]

Trump: In Immigration Debate, Race Matters


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By Patrick J. Buchanan President Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. … I cannot believe … any president has ever spoken the words that I … heard our president speak yesterday.” So wailed Sen. Dick Durbin after departing the White House. And what caused the minority leader to almost faint dead away? […]

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup Poll, though, a year earlier, […]

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 […]

Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that […]

Can the GOP’s Shotgun Marriage Be Saved?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, Republicans awoke to learn they had won the lottery. Donald Trump had won the presidency by carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All three states had gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections. The GOP had won both houses of Congress. Party control of governorships and […]