Their War, Not Ours

Their War, Not Ours

By Patrick J. Buchanan “The worst mistake of my presidency,” said Ronald Reagan of his decision to put Marines into the middle of Lebanon’s civil war, where 241 died in a suicide bombing of their barracks. And if Barack Obama plunges into Syria’s civil war, it could consume his presidency, even as Iraq consumed the […]

Who Killed the New Majority?

Who Killed the New Majority?

By Patrick J. Buchanan The Republican National Committee has produced an “autopsy” on what went wrong in 2012, when the party failed to win the White House and lost seats in Congress. Yet, the crisis of the Grand Old Party goes back much further. First, some history. The Frank Lloyd Wright of the New Majority […]

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 […]

In Concord, Pat Buchanan Says America’s Strength Comes from Unity, Not Diversity

In Concord, Pat Buchanan Says America’s Strength Comes from Unity, Not Diversity

By Ben Leubsdorf – The Concord Monitor America’s strength comes from its unity, not its diversity, conservative commentator and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan said last night at Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts. “There’s two arguments. . . . The liberals, they say our diversity, our new diversity, is our strength. The more diverse […]

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy — that Mitt was headed for a big victory — the jolt of defeat hit especially hard. Now, what had seemed an orderly retreat has taken on the aspect of a rout, with Beltway Republicans calling for abandonment of fixed positions all along […]

Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Were the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus: “U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden — federal, state, local, together — is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates […]

McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?

McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Early in Ronald Reagan’s second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement. Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater‘s role. Reagan thought a moment and replied: I guess you would have to call him […]

Negotiations — or War With Iran?

Negotiations — or War With Iran?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state in the Bush administration, of reports the Obama White House has agreed to one-on-one talks with Tehran over its nuclear program. Sen. Lindsey Graham dissented Sunday: “I think the time […]

Folks, We Have a Brand New Ballgame

Folks, We Have a Brand New Ballgame

By Patrick J. Buchanan Mitt Romney on Wednesday night turned in the finest debate performance of any candidate of either party in the 52 years since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy, with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan‘s demolition of Jimmy Carter in 1980. But where Reagan won with style and quips — “There […]