Open Season — On Louisiana Car Thieves

by Patrick J. Buchanan – August 18, 1997 The anchorman’s voice had that “can you believe this?” tone to it as he hammered home the phrase “license to kill!” Cause of his shock? Louisiana’s new “shoot the carjacker” law, which says that a victim of a carjacking can shoot and kill the thief, and it’s […]

A Failure of Democracy: Who Killed D.C.?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – August 15, 1997 For the huge taxpayer bailout of Washington, and D.C.’s loss of “home rule,” one man is being blamed. Mayor Marion Barry, it is said, dragged the nation’s capital to the brink of bankruptcy, and Congress and Bill Clinton had no choice but to snatch the city away. […]

What is a Family Worth?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – August 11, 1997 How conservative is North Carolina? Well, says a friend who moved there: “Down here, Jesse Helms is our liberal senator.” Last week, North Carolina added to its 24-carat reputation. An Alamance County jury ordered $1 million paid to a jilted wife — by the woman who allegedly […]

Is America Still a Country?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – August 8, 1997 How did they get in? That question quickly came to mind on reading that two illegal aliens had been arrested in New York hours before they allegedly were going to blow themselves up, along with a few dozen unsuspecting commuters, at a subway station. As for Ghazi […]

The Little Dictator

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 30, 1997 Speaking of his ex-colleague Justice William O. Douglas, the defiant jurist piped, “I’m going to break Douglas’ record!” Douglas had served 35 years. Then, William Brennan laughed. Our little exchange took place at a Gridiron Dinner a decade ago. Brennan died last week. He served for 34 […]

Where Have All the Christian Soldiers Gone?

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 29, 1997 “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” Christ warned his disciples, who came to learn the truth of his words. Eleven of the 12 sent out to preach the Gospel after Pentecost died a martyr’s death witnessing to the truth that he was the […]

The Guttering Out of the GOP Revolution

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 22, 1997 The coup de farce intended to topple Speaker Newt, in which faithful lieutenants betrayed him, only to re-embrace their beloved leader, has the makings of a Broadway comedy. Unfortunately, the farce is also a tragedy. A great party, for whose principles good people have worked their whole […]

An All-American Tax System

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 14, 1997 These are truly the dog days of the Republican Party. Successive national tickets have been defeated by Bill Clinton as convincingly as the GOP Congress has been cowed. If the incoming mail of one writer on public affairs is a reliable barometer of public sentiment, the party […]

Now Let Us All Praise Warren G. Harding

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 9, 1997 On this year’s centennial of the inauguration of William McKinley, Ohio University professor Alfred E. Eckes, a trade official under Ronald Reagan, addressed Ohio’s Historical Society. Subject: our 25th president, assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo in 1901. McKinley’s was a truly extraordinary presidency. A teenager at […]

NATO Expansion: A Dangerous Folly

by Patrick J. Buchanan – July 8, 1997 “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is counsel Bill Clinton should have followed before making his frivolous decision to expand NATO into Eastern Europe. For it is clear that NATO expansion is already dividing, and may eventually destroy, the great Western alliance. Handing out war guarantees […]