Why Congress Is Held in Contempt

By Patrick J. Buchanan “I’ve got a pen,” said President Obama early this week. “I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions … that move the ball forward.” “When I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so,” the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State. […]

Is America Going to Pot?

Is America Going to Pot?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado. It doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. But where are we going? One certain result of the legalization of marijuana is that there […]

Equality: American Idol

Equality: American Idol

By Patrick J. Buchanan “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin is much quoted in today’s debate on the trade-off between freedom and security, as we learn about the National Security Agency’s easy access to our phone records and emails. Yet we […]

The Democracy Worshipers

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Your people, sir, is … a great beast.” So Alexander Hamilton reputedly said in an argument with Thomas Jefferson. At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Hamilton explained: “Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon […]

Socialist America Sinking

by Patrick J. Buchanan After half a century of fighting encroachments upon freedom in America, journalist Garet Garrett published “The People’s Pottage.” A year later, in 1954, he died. “The People’s Pottage” opens thus: “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. […]