Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” So said Richard Nixon in his interviews with David Frost. Nixon was talking about wiretaps and surreptitious entries to protect lives and safeguard national security in a violent and anarchic war decade. The Nixon haters pronounced themselves morally sickened. […]

Is Obama Shaping a New Majority

Is Obama Shaping a New Majority

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the 20th century, only two presidents shaped new governing coalitions that outlasted them. They were the only two men to appear on five national tickets. The first was FDR, who rang down the curtain in 1932 on the seven decades of Republican hegemony since Abraham Lincoln that had seen only […]

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

Is Hagel out of the Mainstream?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking … on most issues regarding foreign policy,” says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is “out on the fringes.” But where, exactly, is the mainstream on foreign policy in 2013? Since the Bush II years, “the three amigos” — […]

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Why the War Party Fears Hagel

By Patrick J. Buchanan In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel‘s name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, was twice elected […]

Why God Created the GOP

Why God Created the GOP

By Patrick J. Buchanan “God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don’t do that, they have no useful function.” Columnist Robert Novak was speaking of the party that embraced the revolution of Ronald Reagan, who had hung a portrait of Calvin Coolidge in his Cabinet Room and set about cutting […]

The Fall of the House of Labor

The Fall of the House of Labor

By Patrick J. Buchanan In 1958, Senate Minority Leader William Knowland, his eye on the 1960 GOP nomination coveted by fellow Californian Richard Nixon, went home and declared for governor. Knowland’s plan: Ride to victory on the back of Proposition 18, the initiative to make right-to-work the law in the Golden Land. Prop. 18 was […]

The Winter of Conservative Discontent

The Winter of Conservative Discontent

By Patrick J. Buchanan As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than one-third of the House and Senate and only 17 […]

Mind of the New Majority

Mind of the New Majority

By Michael Brendan Dougherty – The American Conservative Magazine Pat Buchanan is more than a conservative—he’s Nixon meets Spengler. Patrick J. Buchanan stood beside a window in Chicago’s Conrad Hilton hotel during the 1968 Democratic convention and looked over the panorama of dissent raging below. At about two in the morning, the phone rang—it was […]

Petraeus and Benghazi: A Time for Truth

Petraeus and Benghazi: A Time for Truth

By Patrick J. Buchanan The stunning resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, days before he was to testify on the CIA role in the Benghazi massacre, raises many more questions than his resignation letter answers. “I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” wrote Petraeus. “Such behavior is unacceptable … as the […]

The Outing of Deep Throat

By Patrick J. Buchanan As the 40th anniversary of Watergate impends, we are to be bathed again in the great myth and morality play about the finest hour in all of American journalism. The myth? That two heroic young reporters at The Washington Post, guided by a secret source, a man of conscience they dubbed […]