Author: Patrick J. Buchanan

10 days that shook the presidency

What a difference a week can make. Saturday, Sept. 26, was among the best days of the Trump presidency, or so some of us thought watching the president introduce in the Rose Garden his sterling candidate for Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. The academic and professional credentials[Read More…]

Is Biden ceding the law and order issue?

Is Joe Biden forfeiting the law-and-order issue to Donald Trump? So it would seem. “Republicans Use Law and Order As Rallying Cry” was the top headline on The New York Times’ front-page story on Vice President Mike Pence’s acceptance speech at Fort McHenry last week.  The Wall Street Journal Page[Read More…]

A most consequential presidency

Now that Donald Trump has accepted the nomination for a second term, how his presidency has already altered the orientation of his party is on display.  Under Trump, the GOP ceased to be a party of small government whose yardstick of success was how close it came to a balanced[Read More…]

As goes the filibuster…

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”  This was the nightmare of Ben Franklin. Yet, with passage this spring of a $4 trillion bailout of an economy facing historic losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic,[Read More…]

Will we be the same America?

“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. Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, projected some 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths[Read More…]

If Baghdad wants U.S. out, let’s go

Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country. Though nonbinding, the expulsion vote came after mobs trashed the U.S. embassy in an assault that[Read More…]

Democrat’s diversity—in the back

The “Our diversity is our strength!” Party is starting to look rather monochromatic in its upper echelons these days. The four leading candidates for its presidential nomination —Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg—are all white. The six candidates who have qualified for the Dec. 19 debate—the front[Read More…]

Can Trump avoid war with Iran?`

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. “All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and come to a consensus—and[Read More…]