Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:14:19 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate 1466bf2c2ac6632219a3a2ae03009375 Will Putin Get a Pulitzer? for 07/26/2016 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: "All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.' And God granted it."</p> <p>The tale of the thieved emails at the Democratic National Committee is just too good to be true.</p> <p>For a year, 74-year-old Socialist Bernie Sanders has been saying that, under DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party has been undercutting his campaign and hauling water for Hillary Clinton.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 26, 2016</p> b49906a0521ccf858a47dc32656bb987 Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover for 07/22/2016 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time.</p> <p>At the Cow Palace in San Francisco in July of 1964, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, having been defeated by Barry Goldwater, took the podium to introduce a platform plank denouncing "extremism."</p> <p>Implication: Goldwater's campaign is saturated with extremists. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 22, 2016</p> cd09fe0d3b309221c157a07513d8eceb Is the Party Over for Bushism? for 07/19/2016 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees.</p> <p>These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so.</p> <p>For Trump's nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 19, 2016</p> a3076e6122001d5f74d863ac732dbe10 Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg? for 07/15/2016 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Her mind is shot."</p> <p>That was the crisp diagnosis of Donald Trump on hearing the opinion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the possibility he might become president. </p> <p>It all began with an interview last week when the justice was asked for her thoughts on a Trump presidency. Ginsburg went on a tear.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 15, 2016</p> ba8a49a77ec4344955c41b484827a551 Will Hillary Ditch Black Lives Matter? for 07/12/2016 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After the massacre of five Dallas cops, during a protest of police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, President Obama said, "America is not as divided as some have suggested."</p> <p>Former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey, an African-American, says we are "sitting on a powder keg."</p> <p>Put me down as agreeing with the president. For when a real powder keg blew in the '60s, I was there. And this is not it.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 12, 2016</p> c2909d93540cf88cf0a3c57d0a319696 Is Hillary Morally Unfit to Be President? for 07/08/2016 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Does Hillary Clinton possess the integrity and honesty to be president of the United States? Or are those quaint and irrelevant considerations in electing a head of state in 21st-century America?</p> <p>These are the questions put on the table by the report from FBI Director James Comey on what his agents unearthed in their criminal investigation of the Clinton email scandal.</p> <p>Clinton dodged an FBI recommendation that she be indicted for gross negligence in handling U.S. security secrets, a recommendation that would have aborted her campaign. But Director Comey dynamited the defense she has been offering the country.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 08, 2016</p> beffc749e95519f70bda7636163d78b4 Will the West Survive the Century? for 07/05/2016 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Nativism ... xenophobia or worse" is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa.</p> <p>Obama believes that resistance to transformational change in the character and identity of countries of the West, from immigration, can only be the product of sick minds or sick hearts.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 05, 2016</p> a37696721c18dbe2536b92c93e0541e1 Why Trump Is Routing the Free Traders for 07/01/2016 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In Tuesday's indictment of free trade as virtual economic treason, The Donald has really set the cat down among the pigeons.</p> <p>For, in denouncing NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all backed by Bush I and II, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Trump is all but calling his own party leaders dunderheads and losers.</p> <p>And he seems to be winning the argument. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 01, 2016</p> 45aa26849e4ed6f8bab7f52122d3c906 After Brexit, a Trump Path to Victory for 06/28/2016 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The Cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace.</p> <p>While Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU, England voted for independence. These people, with their unique history, language and culture, want to write their own laws and rule themselves. </p> <p>The English wish to remain who they are, and they do not want their country to become, in Theodore Roosevelt's phrase, "a polyglot boarding house" for the world. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 28, 2016</p> 92c522a109d1b02e8f9e7738174d14c7 Has Trump Found the Formula? for 06/24/2016 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Stripped of its excesses, Donald Trump's Wednesday speech contains all the ingredients of a campaign that can defeat Hillary Clinton this fall.</p> <p>Indeed, after the speech ended Clinton was suddenly defending the Clinton Foundation against the charge that it is a front for a racket for her family's enrichment.</p> <p>The specific charges in Trump's indictment of Clinton: She is mendacious, corrupt, incompetent and a hypocrite. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 24, 2016</p> c1943baba556c568bfa3f61ad5b6c0e3 Trolling for War with Russia for 06/21/2016 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Some 50 State Department officials have signed a memo calling on President Obama to launch air and missile strikes on the Damascus regime of Bashar Assad. </p> <p>A "judicious use of stand-off and air weapons," they claim, "would undergird and drive a more focused and hard-nosed U.S.-led diplomatic process."</p> <p>In brief, to strengthen the hand of our diplomats and show we mean business, we should start bombing and killing Syrian soldiers.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 21, 2016</p> 44a376c311564fe53a8eca777b77918e Is Islamic Terror America's Future? for 06/17/2016 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If the cliches hold &#8212; nothing succeeds like success, the past is prologue &#8212; this generation will not likely see an end to the jihadist terror that was on display at Pulse in Orlando on Sunday.</p> <p>For terrorism has proven to be among the most cost-effective and successful strategies of war that the world has ever seen. </p> <p>Consider. The 9/11 attacks involved 19 hijackers willing to crash airliners into four buildings: the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the Capitol.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 17, 2016</p> 314f7f7a5b26e91902893bea052df684 Islam & the West: Irreconcilable Conflict? for 06/14/2016 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Saturday night, Omar Mateen was a loner and a loser. </p> <p>Sunday, he was immortal, by his standards, a hero. Mateen had ended his life in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Now everybody knew his name. </p> <p>He had been embraced by ISIS. His face was on every TV screen. His 911 call to Orlando police identifying with the Islamic State and the Tsarnaev brothers of the Boston Marathon massacre was being heard across America. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 14, 2016</p> 5c6ca182b99c74a98eddc9aa4de02c4e Why Trump Must Not Apologize for 06/10/2016 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl."</p> <p>Donald Trump has internalized the maxim Benjamin Jowett gave to his students at Balliol who would soon be running the empire.</p> <p>And in rejecting demands that he apologize for his remarks about the La Raza judge presiding over the class-action suit against Trump University, the Donald is instinctively correct<p>Updated: Fri Jun 10, 2016</p> 97622da4a851846daec4686d91318797 The Donald & The La Raza Judge for 06/07/2016 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Before the lynching of The Donald proceeds, what exactly was it he said about that Hispanic judge?</p> <p>Stated succinctly, Donald Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a class-action suit against Trump University, is sticking it to him. And the judge's bias is likely rooted in the fact that he is of Mexican descent.</p> <p>Can there be any defense of a statement so horrific?<p>Updated: Tue Jun 07, 2016</p> 141d09a25e9fc13dfa036cbd640f0f16 Hillary Rejects 'America First' for 06/03/2016 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order." </p> <p>Thus did page one of Thursday's New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton's big San Diego speech on foreign policy. </p> <p>Inside the Times, the headline was edited to underline the point: <p>Updated: Fri Jun 03, 2016</p> 626b97cef930c16d50de659476336d02 Will There Always Be an England? for 05/31/2016 Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In his op-ed in The Washington Post, Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, made the case for British withdrawal from the European Union &#8212; in terms Americans can understand.</p> <p>Would you accept, Grayling asks, an American Union of North and South America, its parliament sitting in Panama, with power to impose laws on the United States, and a high court whose decisions overruled those of the U.S. Supreme Court?</p> <p>Would you accept an American Union that granted all the peoples of Central and South America and Mexico the right to move to, work in, and live in any U.S. state or city, and receive all the taxpayer-provided benefits that U.S. citizens receive? <p>Updated: Tue May 31, 2016</p> 7cfdba8f29d0fe8d7f475e5fc26f4050 'The Great White Hope' for 05/27/2016 Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group ... death rates in this group have been rising, not falling."</p> <p>The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic liver disease, overdoses of heroin and opioids, and suicides. So wrote Gina Kolata in The New York Times of a stunning study by the husband-wife team of Nobel laureate Angus Deaton and Anne Case. </p> <p>Deaton could cite but one parallel to this social disaster: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this."<p>Updated: Fri May 27, 2016</p> 9c1eee28f49e8716382ed641dcdd7294 Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War? for 05/24/2016 Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. </p> <p>Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose "its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of its allies." </p> <p>And what is Scarborough Shoal? <p>Updated: Tue May 24, 2016</p> c823a4fcbac26b4492877f87065dfac6 Who's the Conservative Heretic? for 05/20/2016 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In his coquettish refusal to accept the Donald, Paul Ryan says he cannot betray the conservative "principles" of the party of Abraham Lincoln, high among which is a devotion to free trade.</p> <p>But when did free trade become dogma in the Party of Lincoln?</p> <p>As early as 1832, young Abe declared, "My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman's dance. I am in favor of a national bank ... and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles."<p>Updated: Fri May 20, 2016</p>