Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:19:52 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate fe3ea263437d00a26a381185e3fc4516 A Eulogy for John J. McLaughlin for 08/22/2016 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Issue one!</p> <p>To understand John McLaughlin, it was helpful to have been a 13-year-old entering an all-boys Jesuit school in the 1950s.</p> <p>For when John yelled "Wronnng" at me from his center chair of "The McLaughlin Group," it hit with the same familiar finality I had heard, many times, from Jesuits at the front of the class at Gonzaga.<p>Updated: Mon Aug 22, 2016</p> c4d2f726fd5bbf03cf3c2fac8f5d200a It Ain't Over Till It's Over for 08/19/2016 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"I did it my way," crooned Sinatra. </p> <p>Donald Trump is echoing Ol' Blue Eyes with the latest additions to his staff. Should he lose, he prefers to go down to defeat as Donald Trump, and not as some synthetic creation of campaign consultants.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 19, 2016</p> d401ffbc976cb277c830fe769b09b393 The Real Existential Threats of 2016 for 08/16/2016 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2016, the national debt is projected to reach $19.3 trillion.</p> <p>With spending on the four biggest budget items &#8212; Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, defense &#8212; rising, and GDP growing at 1 percent, future deficits will exceed this year's projected $600 billion.</p> <p>National bankruptcy, then, is among the existential threats to the republic, the prospect that we will find ourselves in the not-too-distant future in the same boat with Greece, Puerto Rico and Illinois.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 16, 2016</p> 9cf531d948b8b6b7f855a3c5eca48488 Yes, the System Is Rigged for 08/12/2016 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged," Donald Trump told voters in Ohio and Sean Hannity on Fox News. And that hit a nerve. </p> <p>"Dangerous," "toxic," came the recoil from the media. </p> <p>Trump is threatening to "delegitimize" the election results of 2016.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 12, 2016</p> b8d7875fa7a35dd2e967613a6a1660f0 Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars? for 08/09/2016 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire."</p> <p>To make his case against the "Isolationist Temptation," Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become "a giant gated community."</p> <p>Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 09, 2016</p> 13e420acf88259f19931ce9cdeeabd66 Trump's Road Still Open for 08/05/2016 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>At stake in 2016 is the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate and, possibly, control of the House of Representatives.</p> <p>Hence, Republicans have a decision to make. </p> <p>Will they set aside political and personal feuds and come together to win in November, after which they can fight over the future of the party, and the country?<p>Updated: Fri Aug 05, 2016</p> eb8a304eaa71533433a760485778b91b Is Trump the Peace Candidate? for 08/02/2016 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton's lost emails. </p> <p>Not funny, and close to "treasonous," came the shocked cry.</p> <p>Trump then told The New York Times that a Russian incursion into Estonia need not trigger a U.S. military response. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 02, 2016</p> 4e6ddd427634d6e904ce15e5017b969e Philadelphia Vs. Cleveland: Divided We Stand for 07/29/2016 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Wednesday was the best night of Hillary Clinton's campaign. </p> <p>Joe Biden, Tim Kaine and Barack Obama testified to her greatness and goodness and readiness to be president. And all saw in the Republican Convention in Cleveland a festival of darkness and dystopia.</p> <p>Nor is this unusual. For, as the saying goes, the ins "point with pride," while the outs "view with alarm." <p>Updated: Fri Jul 29, 2016</p> 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>