The Long Retreat in the Culture War

The Long Retreat in the Culture War


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars. Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse their services to same-sex weddings. And […]

Jonathan Gruber: Honest Liberal

Jonathan Gruber: Honest Liberal


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Brought before a House inquisition, MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber burbled a recantation of his beliefs about how that triumph of liberalism had been achieved. Yet, something needs to be said in defense of Gruber. For while he groveled and confessed to the sin of arrogance, what this Ivy […]

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart


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By Patrick J. Buchanan When this writer was 3 years old, the Empire of Japan devastated Battleship Row of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Before I was 7, Gen. MacArthur was in an office in Tokyo overlooking the Imperial Palace, dictating to a shattered Japan. In 1956, President Eisenhower, impressed by the autobahn […]

Impeachment, a Bridge Too Far

Impeachment, a Bridge Too Far


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Increasingly, across this city, the “I” word is being heard. Impeachment is being brought up by Republicans outraged over Barack Obama’s usurpations of power and unilateral rewriting of laws. And Obama is taunting John Boehner and the GOP: “So sue me.” Democrats are talking impeachment to rally a lethargic base to […]

Is Democracy Another God that Failed?

Is Democracy Another God that Failed?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan On Memorial Day weekend, scores of thousands of bikers arrived here for their annual Rolling Thunder tribute to America’s veterans, especially those lost in our wars or left behind. But this year the tribute has been sullied by a squalid scandal in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sick vets seeking medical […]

Is the Tea Party’s Dream an Illusion?

Is the Tea Party’s Dream an Illusion?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “There is no education in the second kick of a mule,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. With some such thought in mind, Speaker John Boehner strode to the floor of the House to offer a “clean” debt ceiling bill and relied on Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats to pass it. They did. […]

End of the Line for the Welfare State?

End of the Line for the Welfare State?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and […]

Will Obamacare Be the Death of Liberalism?


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By Patrick J Buchanan By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether. In that liberal epoch, the 1960s, the Democratic Party had marched us into an endless war that was tearing America apart. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society had produced four “long, hot summers” […]