Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 04 Aug 2021 21:29:43 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate 489d56a25669c6a937afca6b0fa47022 America's 'Great Leap Forward' Into Socialism for 08/03/2021 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just seven weeks into his presidency, Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. Among the largest spending bills in history, it was passed without the vote of a single Republican.</p> <p>The plan sent direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans, extended a $300 per week unemployment insurance boost until Sept. 6 and expanded the child tax credit for a year. It also put $350 billion into state, local and tribal relief.</p> <p>This weekend, a bipartisan group of senators crafted a $1 trillion measure to repair and expand the nation's roads, bridges, ports, airports and broadband. Last week, this trillion-dollar infrastructure plan got a green light from 17 Republican senators, including Sen. Mitch McConnell.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 03, 2021</p> e0d431fd9b7812141e3a5170f7126abd For What Will We Go to War With China? for 07/30/2021 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In his final state of the nation speech Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his refusal to confront China over Beijing's seizure and fortification of his country's islets in the South China Sea.</p> <p>"It will be a massacre if I go and fight a war now," said Duterte. "We are not yet a competent and able enemy of the other side." <p>Updated: Fri Jul 30, 2021</p> c9e911cfb42608ee7a598f0825af6b83 Why the Left Can't Let Go of Jan. 6 for 07/27/2021 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>To understand what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee investigation of the Capitol Hill events of Jan. 6 is all about, a good place to begin is with the sentencing hearing last week of Paul Hodgkins.</p> <p>A crane operator from Tampa, Florida, Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty to a single count of obstructing a joint session of Congress called to confirm Joe Biden as the next president. </p> <p>Hodgkins entered the Senate chamber carrying a Trump 2020 flag. He committed no assault, no act of destruction, no act of violence. Yet, he was sentenced to eight months in prison by U.S. Judge Randolph Moss.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 27, 2021</p> c883f45a90d5fb84d0f2432467f203b4 JFK -- Accept Our Diverse World as It Is for 07/23/2021 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Seven months after the Cuban missile crisis, President John F. Kennedy, at American University, laid out his view on how the East-West struggle should be conducted to avoid a catastrophic war that could destroy us both. </p> <p>Kennedy's message to Moscow and his fellow Americans: </p> <p>"If (the United States and the Soviet Union) cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity." <p>Updated: Fri Jul 23, 2021</p> 823fe4de696de9d66c983278ad29df6b Why Can't Biden Stop This Invasion? for 07/20/2021 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Article IV of the Constitution addresses the obligations of the federal government to the state governments that were being asked to surrender aspects of their sovereignty to form our new Union.</p> <p>"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government," reads Article IV, "and shall protect each of them against Invasion." </p> <p>Late in the War of 1812, U.S. forces held Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor through a nightlong attack but failed to stop an invading British army at Bladensburg, which marched on to Washington and burned the Capitol and White House. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 20, 2021</p> a38238c50eee7fb33a126278d90ae7de Is Biden Really the Lincoln of Our Time? for 07/16/2021 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday, President Joe Biden laid out in apocalyptic terms the gravity of the "threat" to American democracy from Republican efforts to reform and rewrite state election laws.</p> <p>"We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That's not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on Jan. 6."</p> <p>Biden is inviting a comparison of what he faces with what Abraham Lincoln faced when he took office in 1861 with seven Southern states having voted to secede and Fort Sumter a month away.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 16, 2021</p> a16d21d5d743c88ab915d9598093affa Are the Good Times Over for Biden? for 07/13/2021 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Are the Democrats headed for their Little Bighorn, with President Joe Biden as Col. Custer? The wish, you suggest, is father to the thought. Yet, consider.</p> <p>On taking office, Biden held a winning hand.</p> <p>Three vaccines, with excellent efficacy rates, had been created and were being administered at a rate of a million shots a day. The pandemic was at its peak but looking certain to turn down, and it did.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 13, 2021</p> 28ea0a3ea9b6b64b7147d634a16309ac Is Afghanistan a Failed Mission? for 07/09/2021 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, the year our prisoners of war came home, America did not lose a major battle in Afghanistan.</p> <p>Yet we did not win the war. South Vietnam was lost.</p> <p>And contrary to the message awaiting President George W. Bush when he landed on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, which was flaunting the banner "Mission Accomplished," America did not accomplish its mission.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 09, 2021</p> 10e6f17ddcf374afd288db739aea720a As America Recedes, China Rises for 07/06/2021 Tue, 06 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As our July Fourth celebrations were beginning, the U.S. quietly closed and abandoned Bagram Air Base, the largest American military base between the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea. </p> <p>Afghan looters were soon seen scavenging inside the base. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The long retreat of the American Empire is underway, and this longest war is likely to end in bloody retribution for the Afghans who sided with us against the Taliban and are left behind.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jul 06, 2021</p> 094635ea15097943924b96a5bc6564fc EU to Orban: Back Gay Rights or Get Out! for 07/02/2021 Fri, 02 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Respect LBGT rights or get out of the EU, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte instructed Hungary's Viktor Orban at last week's gathering of the European Union in Brussels.</p> <p>According to Reuters, attendees described it as the "most intense personal clash among the bloc's leaders in years."</p> <p>What caused the clash? <p>Updated: Fri Jul 02, 2021</p> 5603b8a65c8232234d0ffa0d65b9c541 Boris Johnson Defies Vladimir Putin's Claim to Crimea for 06/29/2021 Tue, 29 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>About that clash between a British destroyer and Russian warplanes and warships in the Black Sea last week there are conflicting versions. </p> <p>The Kremlin version is the more dramatic.</p> <p>HMS Defender, says Moscow, entered the Black Sea, made port in Odessa, Ukraine, and then sailed for Batumi on the coast of Georgia. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 29, 2021</p> 6dfb7455031c835e8112a76b5e3fbcc3 The Return of 'Law and Order' for 06/25/2021 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President and former police captain Eric Adams took the lead in the New York mayoral race with 32% of the Democratic primary vote, 10 points more than progressive Maya Wiley, who had the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.</p> <p>How did Adams beat the elite? Said The New York Times: </p> <p>Adams built "an old-school political coalition that united Black and Latino voters," and was "able to persuade working-class people, largely outside Manhattan, that he was the best candidate to make the city safe from crime."<p>Updated: Fri Jun 25, 2021</p> f232e2833fd97cae67e389aed0119a62 Will Bishops Deny Biden Communion? for 06/22/2021 Tue, 22 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 168-55, more than 3-1, to provide new guidance for receiving Holy Communion.</p> <p>Behind the decision? </p> <p>Bishops' alarm that the public religious practice of President Joe Biden is conveying a heretical message to the faithful and the nation. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 22, 2021</p> fd62c04acca41a11ec46ac8ad32c2272 Who Is Really Killing American Democracy? for 06/18/2021 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, Juneteenth, June 19, which commemorates the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, has been declared a federal holiday</p> <p>It is to be called Juneteenth Independence Day.</p> <p>Prediction: This will become yet another source of societal division as many Black folks celebrate their special Independence Day, and the rest of America continues to celebrate July 4 as Independence Day two weeks later. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 18, 2021</p> ad73e6a5763e1be8eaed3c91c0375128 All Is Hype for the Biden-Putin Summit for 06/15/2021 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.</p> <p>Karl Marx's comment came to mind as President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to equate their tete-a-tete at the G7 confab in Cornwall, England, to the Atlantic Charter conference of 80 years ago.</p> <p>Those were historic days, to which these days cannot compare.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 15, 2021</p> 16f3efb0e71b3a1938b0b9437c795a32 Joe Manchin: Racist or Profile in Courage for 06/11/2021 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1859, Abraham Lincoln related the tale of an Eastern monarch who charged his wise men with discovering words that would everywhere and always be true.</p> <p>The wise men went away and returned to present the monarch with this six-word sentence: "And this, too, shall pass away." <p>Updated: Fri Jun 11, 2021</p> efdcc607c9e62ee63dd9f3b5c66edb1e What Is America's Cause in the World? for 06/08/2021 Tue, 08 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Take away this pudding; it has no theme," is a comment attributed to Winston Churchill, when a disappointing dessert was put in front of him.</p> <p>Writers have used Churchill's remark to describe a foreign policy that lacks coherence or centrality of purpose.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 08, 2021</p> 28fb0a7f5f0d9a264906232a405ac7dc Democratic Showdown: Kamala vs. Manchin for 06/04/2021 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Speaking in Tulsa on the 100th anniversary of the racial atrocity there, Joe Biden belatedly turned to the issue of voting rights, to explain why he is having such difficulty winning passage of the party's priority legislation.</p> <p>"I hear all the folks on TV saying, 'Why doesn't Biden get this done?'" <p>Updated: Fri Jun 04, 2021</p> cc16e9a751d0b45ddb06babd74a0489a Were the Wars Wise? Were They Worth It? for 06/01/2021 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be unmoved by it: Story after story after story of the fallen, of those who had given the "last full measure of devotion" to their country. </p> <p>Heart-rending is an apt description of those stories; and searing are the videos of those who survived and returned home without arms or legs. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 01, 2021</p> f9b3223927f1fa87cdace379da34a826 Does Our Diversity Portend Disintegration? for 05/28/2021 Fri, 28 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After nine people were shot to death by a public transit worker, who then killed himself in San Jose, the latest mass murder in America, California Governor Gavin Newsom spoke for many on the eve of this Memorial Day weekend.</p> <p>"What the hell is going on in the United States of America? What the hell is wrong with us?"</p> <p>Good question. Indeed, it seems that the country is coming apart. <p>Updated: Fri May 28, 2021</p>