Buchanan: Take the China Test

Reviewed by Brett M. Decker – The Washington Times

I went to a dealership last weekend to check out an All-American muscle car, but it didn’t turn out to be all-American at all. As listed on the window sticker, the domestic content was only 55 percent. The transmission, one of the most important components on the vehicle – especially for a performance machine – was manufactured in China. Continue reading “Buchanan: Take the China Test”

The Last Conservative, Pat Buchanan

by By Jeffrey T. Kuhner – The Washington Times

Is America in its twilight years? Patrick J. Buchanan argues it is. Americans, especially conservatives, should heed his warnings. The very future of our republic is at stake. Mr. Buchanan has written the political book of the year – and maybe of our time.

In “Suicide of a Superpower” (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011), the nationally syndicated columnist and TV commentator delivers a damning indictment of the past two decades. His thesis: America is in decline. Unless it is reversed, the United States – like great republics before it – will be swept into the dustbin of history.

Mr. Buchanan argues that our leaders have embraced the “New World Order.” Unlimited immigration, free trade, open borders, strident multiculturalism, globalism, a cradle-to-grave welfare state, neo-pagan morality, massive deficit spending and democratic imperialism – together they have triggered the moral, economic and spiritual disintegration of America.

Mr. Buchanan was one of the few conservatives to directly challenge the Great Society Republicanism prevalent throughout the George W. Bush administration. He opposed No Child Left Behind, the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, runaway spending, amnesty for illegal aliens, economic globalization and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He argues that the GOP establishment had lost its ideological way, abandoning principle in favor of power. Niccolo Machiavelli trumped Ronald Reagan.

The author insists that President Obama has accelerated – and deepened – the failed Bush policies. Mr. Obama is seeking to erect a European-style nanny state. Bailouts have propped up big business and big banks, as Middle America was forced to pay for it. Mr. Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits have brought us to the brink of bankruptcy. His economic stimulus failed to create jobs, while it expanded the reach of government – providing more beneficiaries and voters loyal to the Democrats. Obamacare is another massive entitlement program Americans cannot afford. Mr. Buchanan states that the exploding debt threatens our economic future. It will force America into default or to devalue our currency, leading to Weimar Germany-style inflation. Cherished programs – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, defense spending – must be slashed, capped and reformed or America is doomed.

Yet there is a lack of will among our political class. Both parties, Republican and Democrat, lack the stomach to impose the necessary, difficult cuts. Mr. Buchanan understands that welfare liberalism is like a “narcotic,” slowly making entire classes addicted to government handouts and sapping the nation’s moral fiber. Like the ancient Romans, we know we are in decay but are unable to stop it. Our debt crisis ultimately is a crisis of democracy. Mr. Buchanan asks: With so many dependent upon social programs, can America avoid the fate of Greece?

Mr. Buchanan has been ostracized for years by some conservatives. In particular, they argue that he represents the worst traits of the 1930s old right – nativism, anti-Semitism, protectionism and isolationism – that make his politics beyond the pale. In fact, the very opposite is true: Mr. Buchanan is the last true conservative. He is the heir of postwar conservatism’s intellectual founder, Russell Kirk. Like Kirk, Mr. Buchanan is a Burkean traditionalist who champions the organic society and America’s distinct cultural identity.

For Mr. Buchanan, like most conservative traditionalists, nation-states, faith, family and community are not abstract concepts, as secular progressives claim. Rather, they are real, historic and eternal institutions necessary to a viable, just and free social order. This has been Mr. Buchanan’s central insight. It is why he is despised by many liberals and neoconservatives. His Christian nationalism stands in stark contrast to the rootless globalism and MTV morality of our age. He staunchly opposes abortion, pornography, homosexual marriage, drugs, euthanasia and the West’s hedonism. He understands that a nation is held together by a common culture, language, civilization, heroes, history and myths. Multiculturalism combined with open immigration is a recipe for national suicide. This is not racial chauvinism; it is common sense and proved by history. Austria-Hungary, the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia (and most likely, the European Union) all were torn apart by resurgent ethno-nationalism and centrifugal forces. Multinational empires do not last; only cohesive nations endure.

In foreign affairs, Mr. Buchanan has been tarred as an America-hater, one who abandoned the Reaganite vision of U.S. global leadership. This is another lie. Like many conservatives before him – George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Taft – Mr. Buchanan is a continental realist. He champions a foreign policy based solely on protecting vital national interests. He supports maintaining the mightiest military in the world. He seeks to secure our porous southern border. He wants to end entangling alliances, such as NATO. He rightly believes it is time for wealthy Europeans and Asians to protect their own backyards – instead of piggybacking off Uncle Sam. In short, America has become overextended, squandering precious blood and treasure…

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Launching Buchanan.org

Welcome back, Brigaders and friends, to Buchanan.org.

Linda Muller, the lady who introduced me to the web back in 1995, and ran the Buchanan Brigade website in two presidential campaigns, has restarted Buchanan.org for a new campaign. Only this one is not to launch a presidential candidacy, but my book, out today: State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America.

It is about the gravest issue facing the Republic: an unprecedented invasion of America by peoples of every culture, country, and continent that threatens the social cohesion, the national unity and survival of America as one nation and people. Folks who say this is too dramatic, too over-stated, will, I trust, read this book. For if we get this one wrong, we lose the country we grew up in.

Tony Blankley, editorial editor of the Washington Times, ran the first review and it was extraordinary. Please read it. Tony is, of course, a friend, but he is also a critic who cares deeply about our issues.

Am writing this on Saturday, August 19, before Shelley and I head off Sunday morning to New York for the launch Monday. We hope to do Imus, the Today Show, Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends, and other national and regional radio and TV during this first week, before returning to Washington Friday. While book-tour schedules are notoriously fluid and change from hour to hour, Linda will be keeping you updated, as I am able to keep her updated. Hope to do a bit of blogging, as well, though the computer I am taking to New York is vintage 1995. We shall see.

While we can never be sure, Linda and I are hoping to make the website a longer-term venture, as the issues before our nation — Wilsonian interventionism, the war in Iraq, the McCain-Kennedy-Bush-La Raza immigration plan, the death of manufacturing in the heartland — are the very matters on which we took our stand in those three campaigns. I believe that time has borne out the truth and wisdom of what we said, and history will say the same. In any event, it is good to be back, and we hope to hear from you, and hope you will follow Shelley and me on this latest campaign.