Who’s Really Downgrading America?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The decision by Standard & Poor’s to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, for the first time, has triggered a barrage of catcalls against the umpire from the press box and Obamaites. S&P, we are reminded, was giving A ratings to banks like Lehman Brothers, whose books were […]

Fiscal Hawks vs. Security Hawks


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The Republican Party is a stool that stands on three legs: social conservatives, economic conservatives and foreign policy conservatives. Yet since Ronald Reagan departed and George W. Bush arrived, that coalition has been under a growing strain that may yet pull it apart and redefine what conservatism means in 21st century […]

The Day of the Hobbits


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Mocked by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. John McCain as the little people of the “Lord of the Rings” books, the tea party “Hobbits” are indeed returning to Middle Earth — to nail the coonskin to the wall. As even the Journal concedes, the final deal to raise the debt […]

What “Big Deals” Did to America


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Thanks to Tea Party fanatics, we are told, America just lost an historic opportunity to deal with her national debt. Because of Tea Party intransigence and threats against their own leader John Boehner, the speaker had to reject Obama’s “grand bargain,” the “big deal” of $3 trillion in budget cuts for […]

Is a Tea Party Triumph at Hand?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan They were called “terrorists,” “fanatics” and “unpatriotic.” Yet the principled resistance of the Tea Party Caucus in the House has put their leader right across the table from Barack Obama to negotiate the final terms of armistice in the debt-ceiling battle of 2011. Today is July 22. On this day, it […]

The Long Retreat of Liberalism


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Though President Obama has run rings about the Republican Party in the debt-ceiling debate, that party can yet emerge victorious, if it will stick to its guns. Clearly, the Republican strategy was not thought through, when the party chose the debt ceiling as the legislative terrain on which to fight its […]

An Establishment in Panic


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By Patrick J. Buchanan By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like “fanatics,” writes David Brooks of The New York Times. Anti-tax Republicans “have no sense of moral decency,” he adds. They are “willing to stain their nation’s honor” to “worship their idol.” If this […]