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 […]

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 […]

The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

By Patrick J. Buchanan Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: “We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on […]

Stirrings of Secession

Stirrings of Secession

By Patrick J. Buchanan “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another …” So begins the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies from the king and country to which they had given allegiance since the settlers first came […]

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 […]

Is Middle East Peace A Mirage

Is Middle East Peace A Mirage

By Patrick J. Buchanan With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace. Before he gets reinvolved in peacemaking, our once-burned president should ask himself some hard questions. Is real peace between […]

Mitt Wasn’t All Wrong About “Gifts”

Mitt Wasn’t All Wrong About “Gifts”

By Patrick J. Buchanan “What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.” Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a […]