Who’s the Conservative Heretic?

In his coquettish refusal to accept the Donald, Paul Ryan says he cannot betray the conservative “principles” of the party of Abraham Lincoln, high among which is a devotion to free trade. But when did free trade become dogma in the Party of Lincoln? As early as 1832, young Abe …

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America in Search of a Cause?

“If the Cold War is over, what’s the point of being an American?” said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels. A haunting remark, since, for 40 years, America was largely united on the proposition that our survival depended upon our victory over communism in the Cold War. …

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Pope’s World and the Real World

Pope Francis’s four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph. The crowds were immense, and coverage of the Holy Father on television and in the print press swamped the state visit of Xi Jinping, the leader of the world’s second-greatest power. But how …

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The Persians Are Coming

The Persians Are Coming!

“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday. “Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters. So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same podium where the president delivered his State of the …

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The Rise of Putinism

The Rise of Putinism

“Abe tightens grip on power as Japanese shun election.” So ran the page one headline of the Financial Times on the victory of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sunday’s elections. Abe is the most nationalistic leader of postwar Japan. He is rebooting nuclear power, building up Japan’s military, asserting her …

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Pat Buchanan at Rare.us Event

Watch Pat Buchanan Chat With Jack Hunter About the Midterm Elections and 2016

A post-election conversation and book signing with New York Times best-selling author Pat Buchanan and RARE.us Managing Editor Jack Hunter Political Trends After the 2014 Election View the video on Rare.us…. NOTE: Scroll the video forward to the 1:00 mark [midway] to view the beginning of the show. Pat Buchanan …

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Terrorism and The True Believer

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

“A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a …

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