Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:19:02 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate 2d481c4f052f7a9c8ef58b0c6a4d076c Is Macron the EU's Last Best Hope? for 04/25/2017 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the French establishment, Sunday's presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a "damn near-run thing."</p> <p>Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France's national elite. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 25, 2017</p> 7f5edbe43c029bfaf9904684ea3bb519 Is Democracy in a Death Spiral? for 04/21/2017 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's any better. ...</p> <p>"People say, 'If the Congress were more representative of the people it would be better.' I say Congress is too damn representative. It's just as stupid as the people are, just as uneducated, just as dumb, just as selfish."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 21, 2017</p> e9d86a9dd4098ca2d33f6351c1e74f7e War Cries Drown Out 'America First' for 04/18/2017 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday.</p> <p>Earlier, after discovering "great chemistry" with Chinese President Xi Jinping over "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake" at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, "I explained ... that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"<p>Updated: Tue Apr 18, 2017</p> ca5c30e57b1b86ed94095faab6101bdd Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace? for 04/14/2017 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)" Those are among Jesus' last words on the Cross that first Good Friday.</p> <p>It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 14, 2017</p> 598b409b27fa0df151f241e8e065c54a Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party? for 04/11/2017 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By firing off five dozen Tomahawk missiles at a military airfield, our "America First" president may have plunged us into another Middle East war that his countrymen do not want to fight.</p> <p>Thus far Bashar Assad seems unintimidated. Brushing off the strikes, he has defiantly gone back to bombing the rebels from the same Shayrat air base that the U.S. missiles hit. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 11, 2017</p> ec2466da933b06d2db9727796c62248a Nixon, LBJ & the First Shots in the Judges' War for 04/07/2017 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Democrats' drive to defeat Neil Gorsuch is the latest battle in a 50-year war for control of the Supreme Court &#8212; a war that began with a conspiracy against Richard Nixon by Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Abe Fortas and Lyndon Johnson.</p> <p>By June 1968, Nixon, having swept his primaries, was cruising to the nomination and probable victory in November. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 07, 2017</p> 4159c38e661b723afbd9a9b86d3fb855 Why Is Kim Jong Un Our Problem? for 04/04/2017 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."</p> <p>So President Donald Trump warns, amid reports North Korea, in its zeal to build an intercontinental ballistic missile to hit our West Coast, may test another atom bomb.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 04, 2017</p> 2df35758904ab78cf4b95367d6f45201 Is Putin the 'Preeminent Statesman' of Our Times? for 03/31/2017 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"If we were to use <i> traditional </i> measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time. </p> <p>"On the world stage, who could vie with him?" <p>Updated: Fri Mar 31, 2017</p> 150a6263f19ab681235a6d1d16a4cf5a The Ryancare Route -- Winning by Losing? for 03/28/2017 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. </p> <p>Before the American Health Care Act, aka "Ryancare," was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support &#8212; of 17 percent of Americans. Had it passed, it faced an Antietam in the GOP Senate, and probable defeat. </p> <p>Had it survived there, to be signed by President Trump, it would have meant 14 million Americans losing their health insurance in 2018. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 28, 2017</p> c5a8081a0b50c262305021e892eec570 An Obama Plot to Sabotage Trump? for 03/24/2017 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons.</p> <p>Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.</p> <p>The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 24, 2017</p> b5d2f5b2c01aa18a4c19377fb96bda36 Will Russiagate Backfire on the Left? for 03/21/2017 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale.</p> <p>In Monday's Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump's tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 21, 2017</p> a7a0fdea2bd0363c5546b1df8f12cb5c Is McCain Hijacking Trump's Foreign Policy? for 03/17/2017 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The senator from Kentucky," said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, "is working for Vladimir Putin ... and I do not say that lightly."</p> <p>What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? <p>Updated: Fri Mar 17, 2017</p> 366398b0e15b65afaa427ce5cc94ca9a Is Turkey Lost to the West? for 03/14/2017 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union.</p> <p>That's not likely now, or perhaps ever.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 14, 2017</p> 67f396139e7d2593624997821e4163ba Is a Korean Missile Crisis Ahead? for 03/10/2017 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>To back up Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" Mattis' warning last month, that the U.S. "remains steadfast in its commitment" to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea.</p> <p>Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 10, 2017</p> a1efa16e7f5de5a3fa3f113d6bfe6424 The Beltway Conspiracy to Break Trump for 03/07/2017 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>At Mar-a-Lago this weekend President Donald Trump was filled "with fury" says The Washington Post, "mad &#8212; steaming, raging, mad."</p> <p>Early Saturday the fuming president exploded with this tweet: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"<p>Updated: Tue Mar 07, 2017</p> c137f796399722460d5c15c8561bc4c1 It's Trump's Party, Now for 03/03/2017 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Before the largest audience of his political career, save perhaps his inaugural, Donald Trump delivered the speech of his life.</p> <p>And though Tuesday's address may be called moderate, even inclusive, Trump's total mastery of his party was on full display. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 03, 2017</p> 09c62c4cac15858ade82dc4d51e00a18 Lavrov vs. McCain: Is Russia an Enemy? for 02/28/2017 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism."</p> <p>McCain was followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who called for a "post-West world order." Russia has "immense potential" for that said Lavrov, "we're open for that inasmuch as the U.S. is open."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 28, 2017</p> 11c0e20f98e63cc8049a7c6168f1f483 Is Secession a Solution to Cultural War? for 02/24/2017 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the culture war is about irreconcilable beliefs about God and man, right and wrong, good and evil, and is at root a religious war, it will be with us so long as men are free to act on their beliefs.</p> <p>Yet, given the divisions among us, deeper and wider than ever, it is an open question as to how, and how long, we will endure as one people.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 24, 2017</p> b23dc3d323ff6e2a2301d59f76df746e Is a Trump-Putin Detente Dead? for 02/21/2017 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals.</p> <p>He saw the surging power of American nationalism at home, and of ethnonationalism in Europe. And he embraced Brexit. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 21, 2017</p> 9c4ae93f5c3138d4909ae208f2c95016 The Deep State Targets Trump for 02/17/2017 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state."</p> <p>To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 17, 2017</p>