The Aggressors in the Culture Wars

by Patrick J Buchanan – March 8, 2004 “It became an emblematic moment. Patrick Buchanan standing before the Republican National Convention in August 1992, bluntly declaring that there was a ‘religious war’ and a ‘cultural war’ under way for the soul of the country. And that ‘Clinton and Clinton are on the other side’ with […]

Mel Gibson’s Triumph

By Patrick J. Buchanan On coming away from a first, full viewing of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” among the questions that came to mind was: What in heaven’s name was all the howling about? For the all-powerful impression this emotionally draining film leaves one with is that this is what the Son […]

Greenspan’s Grim Diagnosis

by Patrick J Buchanan – March 1, 2004 The job of the chairman of the Fed, it used to be said, was to take away the punch bowl just as the party got going good. Last week, Alan Greenspan did his duty. He told Congress Social Security benefits must be cut for the baby boomers, […]

An Index of American Decline

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 23, 2004 Sen. John Edwards did not win Wisconsin, but he closed a huge gap with John Kerry with astonishing speed in the final week. The issue propelling Edwards was jobs, the lost jobs under George Bush, and Edwards’ attribution of blame for the losses on NAFTA and the […]

Is Free Trade Falling Out of Fashion?

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 18, 2004 Last week was an instructive one for the chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. Gregory Mankiw was battered by leaders of both parties, hoisted by John Kerry, abandoned by his own president and forced to recant his beliefs. What had Professor Mankiw done? He had […]

Have the Neocons Destroyed the Presidency?

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 16, 2004 George W. Bush “betrayed us,” howled Al Gore. “He played on our fear. He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9-11 ever happened.” Hearing it, Gore’s rant seemed slanderous and demagogic. For though U.S. […]

A Matter of Trust

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 11, 2004 Most Americans yet believe President Bush did the right thing in ridding Iraq and the world of Saddam Hussein. Yet, how we were persuaded to go to war raises grave questions about the character and competence of those who led us into it. As we now know, […]

Mitt Romney: Meet Calvin Coolidge

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 9, 2004 “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.” With that sentence in a letter to Sam Gompers of the AFL, denouncing the Boston police strike of 1919, Gov. Calvin Coolidge electrified a nation and found himself on the Republican ticket […]

What Are We Doing There?

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 4, 2004 Napoleon III, Emperor of France, saw his opportunity. With the United States sundered and convulsed in civil war, he would seize Mexico, impose a Catholic monarchy and block further expansion of the American republic. In 1863, a French army marched into Mexico City. In 1864, Maximilian, the […]

A Northern Strategy for Kerry-Gephardt

by Patrick J Buchanan – February 2, 2004 With the demise of Howard Dean and the emergence of John Kerry, the White House has seen its big chance for a blowout on the scale of the Nixon and Reagan landslides slip away. President Bush remains the winter-book favorite to win in 2004. Perhaps going away. […]