Now Comes the Hard Part

by Patrick J. Buchanan – November 13, 2002 Clinton Rossiter begins his classic study of “The American Presidency” by describing the five constitutional functions of the chief executive, such as commander in chief. He goes on to identify five “non-constitutional functions,” beginning with chief of party. In this category, George W. Bush just set the […]

Will Bush’s Legacy Be a ‘Bush Court’?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – November 11, 2002 When Jim Jeffords crossed the aisle to caucus with Senate Democrats in the spring of 2001, the defection was considered a body blow to President Bush. And as Benedict Arnold was made a British general for his treason to the American cause, Jeffords was rewarded with a […]

The State of American Politics 2002

by Patrick J. Buchanan – November 6, 2002 In Y2K, George W. Bush became the first man in more than a century to win the White House with fewer votes than his rival. Since his victory, 1.7 million workers have lost their jobs and a bear market has ravaged the savings accounts and pensions of […]

Who Let in the Beltway Sniper?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – November 4, 2002 A third of a century ago, I regularly made the long drive across Rickenbacker Causeway from Miami to Key Biscayne in the company of one Richard M. Nixon, who loved the island and retreated there any weekend he could get away. His closest friend, Bebe Rebozo, had […]

The Beltway Sniper and the Media

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 30, 2002 During the 23 days the Beltway Sniper was shooting 13 people and murdering 10 in the D.C. suburbs, the press – especially the cable news networks – got it wrong … all wrong. Their “profilers” almost all thought the sniper was an angry white male, driving a […]

The Poison Fruit of Free Trade

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 28, 2002 In August, the U.S. merchandise trade deficit – the value of goods we import, less the value of the goods we export – hit $42.3 billion, an all-time record for any nation. Our merchandise trade deficit is now running at $507 billion a year, nearly 5 percent […]

Dictatorships and Double Standards

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 23, 2002 Grim as the news was – North Korea was secretly producing enriched uranium for atomic bombs – I laughed out loud. For the “On-to-Baghdad!” boys at the Wall Street Journal were suddenly sounding like John Lennon, singing, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” “Now, […]

Is Saddam Another Hitler?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 21, 2002 “As two … sitting senators who served in World War II, we see the next Hitler in Saddam Hussein.” So write Ted Stevens and John Warner in a Washington Times column titled, “Hitler’s Disciple in Baghdad.” And they recall for us the history of the run-up to […]

The Closet Imperialists Come Out

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 14, 2002 A war on Iraq would be “an imperialist war,” writes Paul W. Schroeder in the Oct. 21 issue of The American Conservative: “We intend to use armed force against Iraq … to acquire the power to decide who shall rule Iraq, what kind of government it will […]

Who Holds the Patriotism Card?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – October 10, 2002 Whatever the wisdom of having a president beat the drums for war, America’s preoccupation with war on Iraq alone prevents a wipeout of the Republican Party in November. War is good politics. While Sept. 11 was a terrible day for America, that day has defined this Bush […]