Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:34:14 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate e99531e5a18256bc1942b72787fbaf6d Is War With Iran Now Inevitable? for 10/17/2017 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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. </p> <p>Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 17, 2017</p> 86e73f41d0da00c243388254aaea824a Is Trump the Heir to Reagan? for 10/13/2017 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. </p> <p>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." <p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> 9343673d3ce06475c56b1ab956dc550c Trump Embraces the Culture War for 10/10/2017 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as "The Star Spangled Banner" began.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 10, 2017</p> 04b821ae14431346c72dda5fc81c56ed The Dead Soul of Stephen Paddock for 10/06/2017 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What was his motive? Why did he do it?</p> <p>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? <p>Updated: Fri Oct 06, 2017</p> 15c64cf3e1b451ecdd0af34e06c6552f Moment of Unity in a Disintegrating World for 10/03/2017 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"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." </p> <p>"Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence," Trump went on in his most presidential moment, "and though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is love that defines us today and always will. Forever." <p>Updated: Tue Oct 03, 2017</p> bc575bb13f8382beb384da7a3ae32e56 Judge Moore & God's Law for 09/29/2017 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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.</p> <p>Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and state, Moore refused to remove it and was suspended &#8212; to become famous as "The Ten Commandments Judge."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 29, 2017</p> e28b8ea8b68b14e5e926cb5ebfe9ebf8 Will NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory? for 09/26/2017 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"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!"</p> <p>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 up his contract in 2017. But a few players began to copy Colin and to "take a knee."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 26, 2017</p> b34504b9a58528e366db95e1165b9295 Trump -- American Gaullist for 09/22/2017 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>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. </p> <p>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 independence and unique identities. </p> <p>Western man has engaged in this great quarrel since Woodrow Wilson declared America would fight in the Great War, not for any selfish interests, but "to make the world safe for democracy."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 22, 2017</p> 4ccc69bfe02cd5f40dd0d8c05c84b796 Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society? for 09/19/2017 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"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."</p> <p>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 vandalized and smashed.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 19, 2017</p> e8edb5b7edea090c6972ad6c841f7ae1 A 'Read-My-Lips' Moment for Trump? for 09/15/2017 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"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?"</p> <p>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 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who came here illegally as youngsters, in return for Democratic votes for more money for border security.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 15, 2017</p> c7627370966909d9e0b814ec843d0ec9 Tribalism Marches On! for 09/12/2017 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play.</p> <p>Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 12, 2017</p> 2f0dc95963604780c1eb9bf5fe90f7bd Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress for 09/08/2017 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, "At least he gets things done!"</p> <p>And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that caused Trump to pull the job of raising the debt ceiling away from Republican contractors Ryan & McConnell, and give it to Pelosi & Schumer.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 08, 2017</p> fe806885554355c91b45efea62646f4d Should Japan and South Korea Go Nuclear? for 09/05/2017 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world's attention. </p> <p>What else does he want?<p>Updated: Tue Sep 05, 2017</p> e3b5b55f986583273f13e7e4e565b432 What Harvey Wrought for 09/01/2017 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together.</p> <p>In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 01, 2017</p> 2852d314c34d502cd2ae76493253c4e5 Can the GOP's Shotgun Marriage Be Saved? for 08/29/2017 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, Republicans awoke to learn they had won the lottery. Donald Trump had won the presidency by carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All three states had gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections. </p> <p>The GOP had won both houses of Congress. Party control of governorships and state legislatures rivaled the halcyon years of the 1920s. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 29, 2017</p> 2421aad02037f1b68a671e7c47839f07 What Still Unites Us? for 08/25/2017 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement.</p> <p>Neocons claimed America was an "ideological nation" a "creedal nation," dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal." <p>Updated: Fri Aug 25, 2017</p> 978ef8f01117c96f219736854b0cf8b6 Is Trump's Agenda Being Eclipsed? for 08/22/2017 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"I have not become the King's First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire," said Winston Churchill to cheers at the Lord Mayor's luncheon in London in November 1942.</p> <p>True to his word, the great man did not begin the liquidation. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 22, 2017</p> 77e48ba0f8dac0e83f911e3c9b43713d America's Second Civil War for 08/18/2017 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee &#8212; and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller."</p> <p>So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial "The Oxford History of the American People" in 1965.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> ab6accee933faa8c5abade1966721bcc If We Erase Our History, Who Are We? for 08/15/2017 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.</p> <p>Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue of whether Robert E. Lee's statue should be removed from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 15, 2017</p> 2a27c82739f6cb4ad538a38815f3fe5f Is the American Empire Worth the Price? for 08/11/2017 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight," Samuel Johnson observed, "it concentrates his mind wonderfully."</p> <p>And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the American Imperium. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p>