Before Bannon, There Was Buchanan


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By Eleanor Clift – The Daily Beast The old keeper of the GOP’s American First flame considers the man carrying that torch today. A conservative firebrand, Pat Buchanan worked in the Nixon and Reagan White Houses, filling a role much like the one that Steve Bannon is in today. They’re the true believers, the keepers […]

The Rise of the Generals

The Rise of the Generals


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals? So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS. He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which […]

Is Democracy in a Death Spiral?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better. … “People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it […]

War Cries Drown Out ‘America First’


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, “I explained […]

Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’ last words on the Cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the […]

Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our “America First” president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight. Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels […]

When Pat Buchanan Tried To Make America Great Again

When Pat Buchanan Tried To Make America Great Again


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If you’re wondering how Donald Trump happened, all you have to do is let Pat Buchanan, the founding father of Republican insurrection, beguile you with a history no one else can tell. By Sam Tanenhaus – Esquire It’s impossible to say exactly when the rehabilitation of Patrick Buchanan began, partly because his banishment from polite […]