Articles by: Patrick J. Buchanan

Unserious Nation

Unserious Nation

on November 21, 2017, 8:46 AM / in Opinion

How stands John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” this Thanksgiving? How stands the country that was to be “a light unto the nations”? To those who look to cable TV for news, the answer must at the least be ambiguous. For consider the issues that have lately convulsed the public discourse of the American republic. Today’s great question seems to […]

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Is America Up for a Second Cold War?

Is America Up for a Second Cold War?

on November 17, 2017, 8:41 AM / in Opinion

After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries will […]

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Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia

on November 14, 2017, 6:29 AM / in Opinion

If the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has in mind a war with Iran, President Trump should disabuse his royal highness of any notion that America would be doing his fighting for him. Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, the 32-year-old son of the aging and ailing King Salman, is making too many enemies for his own good, or for ours. […]

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That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

on November 10, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Opinion

The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup Poll, though, a year earlier, he had won but 43 percent of the vote. […]

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Red Lines & Lost Credibility

Red Lines & Lost Credibility

on November 7, 2017, 6:45 AM / in Opinion

A major goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Yet Kim Jong Un has said he will never give up his nuclear weapons. He believes the survival of his dynastic regime depends upon them. Hence we are headed for […]

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Their America, and Ours

Their America, and Ours

on November 3, 2017, 8:50 AM / in Opinion

“Meet you at Peace Cross.” In northwest D.C. in the 1950s, that was an often-heard comment among high schoolers headed for Ocean City. The Peace Cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, was a 40-feet concrete memorial to the 49 sons of Prince George’s County lost in the Great War. Paid for by county families and the American Legion, it had stood since […]

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That Other Plot — to Bring Down Trump

That Other Plot — to Bring Down Trump

on October 31, 2017, 6:04 AM / in Opinion

Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though none is tied directly to President Donald Trump or 2016. With a leak to CNN […]

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It’s Trump’s Party Now

It’s Trump’s Party Now

on October 27, 2017, 7:12 AM / in Opinion

“More is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing,” declaimed Jeff Flake in his oration against President Trump, just before he announced he will be quitting the Senate. Though he had lifted the title of his August anti-Trump polemic, “Conscience of a Conservative,” from Barry Goldwater, Jeff Flake is no Barry Goldwater. Goldwater took on […]

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Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

on October 24, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Opinion

“The Kurds have no friends but the mountains,” is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed […]

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Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

on October 20, 2017, 7:04 AM / in Opinion

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future. Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular state at whose altars Liberal […]

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Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

on October 17, 2017, 8:44 AM / in Opinion

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by […]

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Is Trump the Heir to Reagan?

Is Trump the Heir to Reagan?

on October 13, 2017, 5:41 AM / in Opinion

Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the John the Baptist of our movement.” I resisted the temptation to […]

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Trump Embraces the Culture War

Trump Embraces the Culture War

on October 10, 2017, 8:03 AM / in Opinion

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as “The Star Spangled Banner” began. The Pences stood, hands […]

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The Dead Soul of Stephen Paddock

The Dead Soul of Stephen Paddock

on October 6, 2017, 7:19 AM / in Opinion

What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist Eugene Robinson. “There can be no rational argument for mass […]

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Moment of Unity in a Disintegrating World

Moment of Unity in a Disintegrating World

on October 3, 2017, 7:16 AM / in Opinion

“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump went on in his most presidential moment, “and though […]

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Judge Moore & God’s Law

Judge Moore & God’s Law

on September 30, 2017, 7:43 AM / in Opinion

When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it. Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and state, Moore refused to remove it and was suspended — to become famous […]

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Will NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory?

Will NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory?

on September 26, 2017, 7:12 AM / in Opinion

“America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!” That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before San Francisco ’49s games in 2016. No NFL owner picked […]

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Trump — American Gaullist

Trump — American Gaullist

on September 22, 2017, 7:13 AM / in Opinion

If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost. Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to re-embrace a world of sovereign nation-states that cherish their […]

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Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

on September 19, 2017, 8:16 AM / in Opinion

“The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be […]

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A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?

on September 15, 2017, 7:15 AM / in Opinion

“Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut a deal with “Chuck and Nancy” for amnesty for […]

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