Articles by: Patrick J. Buchanan

Liberal Mush from the Mad Dog

Liberal Mush from the Mad Dog

on June 5, 2020, 8:21 AM / in Opinion

It was not Trump who divided America in this racial crisis. The nation was united in revulsion at the criminal cruelty that led to George Floyd’s death… What divided America were the methods and means protesters began using in the first hours of the Minneapolis riot — the attacks on cops with bottles, bricks and Molotov cocktails. In his statement […]

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A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites

A Fatal Failing of Establishment Elites

on May 29, 2020, 9:09 AM / in Opinion

Biden’s gaffe and Burchard’s slur have this in common: Both manifest a measure of condescension toward a large bloc of voters. Hillary Clinton did something similar in 2016… In his half-century in national politics, Joe Biden has committed more than his fair share of gaffes. Wednesday, he confused Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941, with D-Day, June 6, 1944. The […]

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What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?

What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?

on May 22, 2020, 8:26 AM / in Opinion

When it comes to spending lives and treasure indefinitely we find we have no vital interest in whether these lands we occupy are ruled by monarchs, democrats, dictators or demagogues… If they don’t attack us, why do we not just leave them be? When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil […]

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Will Americans Submit to a Second Lockdown?

Will Americans Submit to a Second Lockdown?

on May 19, 2020, 8:50 AM / in Opinion

The protesters seem to be saying: We deplore the losses and know the risks, but we cannot live our lives behind closed doors in our homes until the elites tell us, as though we were children, when we may go out in the yard. On March 24, President Donald Trump said he wanted the country and the economy “opened up […]

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Fauci vs. Trump — Who’s Right?

Fauci vs. Trump — Who’s Right?

on May 15, 2020, 8:00 AM / in Opinion

Ultimately, Fauci is not “The Decider” here. Trump is. “We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression. Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, made clear to a Senate […]

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Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great

Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great

on May 14, 2020, 8:58 AM / in History, Opinion

That the Smoot-Hawley Tariff caused the Depression of the 1930s is a New Deal myth in which America’s schoolchildren have been indoctrinated for decades. The Depression began with the crash of the stock market in 1929, nine months before Smoot-Hawley became law. The real villain: The Federal Reserve… As his limo carried him to work at the White House Monday, […]

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Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

Coexistence with China or Cold War II?

on May 12, 2020, 7:05 AM / in Opinion

On China, Trump is the first realist we have had in the Oval Office in decades. But both parties colluded in the buildup of China… The mighty malevolent China we face today was made in the USA. Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his campaign and his party are moving to lay blame for […]

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Behind Trump’s Strategic Pivot

Behind Trump’s Strategic Pivot

on May 8, 2020, 7:55 AM / in Opinion

Trump can make the case that while China was the origin of the Wuhan virus that killed scores of thousands of Americans, it was Donald J. Trump who led us through the tragedy, and he is leading us forward, once again, to a new prosperity. What will be Joe Biden’s argument to lead America, after having sat out the worst […]

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Will Depression II Dictate Trump’s Fate?

Will Depression II Dictate Trump’s Fate?

on May 1, 2020, 8:01 AM / in Opinion

Politically, the Depression worked for the Democratic Party like no other event in history. After the Crash of 1929 under Herbert Hoover, the GOP held the House and Senate for only four of the next 50 years. As of April 30, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 61,500 Americans in two months and induced the worst economic collapse since the Great […]

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Up for a New Cold War — With China?

Up for a New Cold War — With China?

on April 28, 2020, 6:35 AM / in Opinion

Why did Americans, after a 40-year struggle with another “Evil Empire,” ever believe differently about the Communist Party of China? Under the code of that party, the morality of an act is determined by whether it advances or retards the goals of the regime: expansion, conquest and domination. Is America, in lockdown, with 26 million unemployed and entering a new […]

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The One Certain Victor in the Pandemic War

The One Certain Victor in the Pandemic War

on April 24, 2020, 9:20 AM / in Opinion

“War is the health of the state,” wrote the progressive Randolph Bourne during the First World War, after which he succumbed to the Spanish flu. America’s war on the coronavirus pandemic promises to be no exception to the axiom. However long this war requires, the gargantuan state will almost surely emerge triumphant. Currently, the major expenditures of the U.S. government, […]

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What Will Be the New American Cause?

What Will Be the New American Cause?

on April 21, 2020, 8:05 AM / in Opinion

If Trump wins, borders will be tightened. The U.S. withdrawal from the Mideast will continue. U.S. manufacturing will begin to be repatriated. Transnational institutions will be downgraded, ignored and superseded. The watchword will be what it has lately been: “America First.” After the Great Pandemic has passed and we emerge from Great Depression II, what will be America’s mission in […]

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Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

on April 18, 2020, 7:07 AM / in Opinion

Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America’s retreat from global hegemony? For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were his critics. By early Easter week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and […]

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What Price Victory — in the Coronavirus War?

What Price Victory — in the Coronavirus War?

on April 14, 2020, 6:54 AM / in Opinion

What does this deliberate decision to shut down the country and carpet-bomb our own economy, upon which we all depend, tell us about what we Americans value? The same day the number of U.S. dead from the coronavirus disease hit the 15,000 mark, we also crossed the 15 million mark on the number of Americans we threw out of work […]

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Trump’s Presidency Hangs on One Decision

Trump’s Presidency Hangs on One Decision

on April 10, 2020, 7:01 AM / in Opinion

The crucial decision Trump will make is to choose the exact moment to reopen the country and the economy, without igniting a new spike in the pandemic that induces despair and causes a panic. Easter may not bring America the victory in the war against the coronavirus pandemic that President Donald Trump anticipated. But in this Holy Week, we may […]

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Kissinger’s Call for a New World Order

Kissinger’s Call for a New World Order

on April 7, 2020, 8:57 AM / in Opinion

The ingredients Kissinger considers essential for establishing that new world order appear, like ventilators, to be in short supply. Among the works that first brought Henry Kissinger to academic acclaim was “A World Restored,” his 1950s book about how the greatest diplomats of Europe met at the Congress of Vienna to restore order to a continent shattered by the Napoleonic […]

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When It’s Over, Will We Be the Same America?

When It’s Over, Will We Be the Same America?

on April 3, 2020, 6:48 AM / in Opinion

If March shocked this nation as severely as 9/11, what is coming may be even more sobering. “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” said Samuel Johnson. And as it is with men, so it is with nations. Monday, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response […]

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Is the Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

Is the Pandemic Killing Biden’s Bid?

on March 31, 2020, 9:09 AM / in Opinion

The media are paying a price in lost reputation with the nation they claim to represent by reassuming the role of “adversary press” in a social crisis where, whatever one’s view of Donald Trump, the country wants the president to succeed. “This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?” […]

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Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

on March 24, 2020, 6:44 AM / in Opinion

How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis? “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, […]

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Are Americans All-In for a Long Coronavirus War?

Are Americans All-In for a Long Coronavirus War?

on March 20, 2020, 8:27 AM / in Opinion

Can mayors and governors of beach towns along the East Coast from Maine to Miami, and the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, keep tens of millions from gathering on beaches this summer? “It’s a war,” says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of “wartime president.” New York Governor […]

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