Pope’s World and the Real World


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Pope Francis’s four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph. The crowds were immense, and coverage of the Holy Father on television and in the print press swamped the state visit of Xi Jinping, the leader of the world’s second-greatest power. But how enduring, […]

A Muslim President? Was Ben Carson Right?

A Muslim President? Was Ben Carson Right?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Beliefs matter. “Ideas Have Consequences,” as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948. Yet, for so believing, and so saying, Dr. Ben Carson has been subjected to a Rodney King-style night-sticking by the P.C. police. Asked by Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” whether he […]

Europe’s Real Existential Crisis

Europe’s Real Existential Crisis


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By Patrick J. Buchanan However the Greek crisis ends, whether with Athens leaving the eurozone, or submitting and accepting austerity at the dictates of its creditors, the European Union appears headed for an existential crisis. Greece borrowed and spent beyond its means, like New York City in the ’70s, and Detroit, Illinois, and Puerto Rico […]

Is the European Union Dying?

Is the European Union Dying?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan As the European Coal and Steel Community of Jean Monnet evolved into the EU, we were told a “United States of Europe” was at hand, modeled on the USA. And other countries and continents will inevitably follow Europe’s example. There will be a North American Union of the U.S., Canada and […]

Rev. Wright’s Star Pupil

Rev. Wright’s Star Pupil


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “A steady patriot of the world alone, “The friend of every country — but his own.” George Canning’s couplet about the Englishmen who professed love for all the world except their own native land comes to mind on reading Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. After listing the horrors of […]

A Triumph of Terrorism

A Triumph of Terrorism


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Western media are declaring the million-man march in Paris, where world leaders paraded down Boulevard Voltaire in solidarity with France, a victory over terrorism. Isn’t it pretty to think so. Unfortunately, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, its military-style execution, the escape of the assassins, and their blazing end in a shootout […]

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a chance […]