Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:47:45 -0700 Patrick Buchanan from Creators Syndicate 37a03ff654fcc82bafa0059fbfd9be59 Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising for 04/20/2018 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country's constitution.</p> <p>To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018</p> 472bddb127f800d3fe0630cad7c3a29a Trump: Prisoner of the War Party? for 04/17/2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay." </p> <p>Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, "We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018</p> 76803b30cdec057cb6fdc109d64b6add Is Trump Standing Down in Syria? for 04/13/2018 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt:</p> <p>"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> b6fe99121c1cf44329e2639ee7dcd640 Has the War Party Hooked Trump? for 04/10/2018 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner.</p> <p>"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria," tweeted Trump, "President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price... to pay."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 10, 2018</p> f834d16c0a1eaa3d58436f0ed1d09119 Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals for 04/06/2018 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home.</p> <p>"I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home," said the president. We've gotten "nothing out of the $7 trillion (spent) in the Middle East in the last 17 years. ... So, it's time."</p> <p>Not so fast, Mr. President.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 074de5ae6ea4535cb0c2620bee56e1c7 How Trump's Presidency Will Be Judged for 04/03/2018 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On many issues &#8212; naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts &#8212; President Trump is a conventional Republican.</p> <p>Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and Americans first &#8212; from which the Bush Republicans recoiled.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 03, 2018</p> 728d7afff37944770986c7c3881120e8 Does the Pope Believe in Hell? for 03/30/2018 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Pope Declares No Hell?" </p> <p>So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p> 08281207abf8e063d0b9db08917fbd5c Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet? for 03/27/2018 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as "Mad Dog." </p> <p>Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with Iran is a dreadful idea.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 27, 2018</p> 20362877b51e9a4c3e84959f2f2ad2c5 Will the Deep State Break Trump? for 03/23/2018 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson's authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon," wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969.</p> <p>"The likelihood is great that they will succeed again." <p>Updated: Fri Mar 23, 2018</p> d4b7e2d10f3644855817a8d906ddfaed Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit? for 03/20/2018 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England.</p> <p>But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 20, 2018</p> 2c93112702de96c3d6411a80ceeb141d Is the GOP Staring at Another 1930? for 03/16/2018 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office.</p> <p>"The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years," went the exultant claim.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 16, 2018</p> f1643d4672a538c849e455c28b0cbfb8 Globalists & Nationalists: Who Owns the Future? for 03/13/2018 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: "There shall be open borders."</p> <p>Bartley accepted what the erasure of America's borders and an endless influx or foreign peoples and goods would mean for his country. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2018</p> 81bd97c09ca214910ee7d775ccffc78d Time to Get Over the Russophobia for 03/09/2018 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Unless there is a late surge for Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, who is running second with 7 percent, Vladimir Putin will be re-elected president of Russia for another six years on March 18.</p> <p>Then we must decide whether to continue on course into a second Cold War, or engage Russia, as every president sought to do in Cold War I.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 09, 2018</p> da942060f1371332fba8fad58751b6a8 Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs? for 03/06/2018 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. </p> <p>And, as the party of high tariffs through those seven decades, the GOP was rewarded by becoming America's Party.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 06, 2018</p> 2e6cdfe2e5dcfbb4b7730802d71e3337 Fatal Delusions of Western Man for 03/02/2018 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"We got China wrong. Now what?" ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post.</p> <p>"Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?" asked Charles Lane in his opening sentence. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018</p> ae7ab199b2b52b9d60cd49d01dfb53c6 The Eternal Lure of Nationalism for 02/27/2018 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3.</p> <p>But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, the team ignored the prohibition and sang out the Russian national anthem over the sounds of the Olympic anthem. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2018</p> db8ca671f0407e4ce553c02d2cadc010 Protect Kids or Confiscate Guns? for 02/23/2018 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together.</p> <p>But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> 64f9af36ad0ddb1f078ada9c402ba0db Is That Russia Troll Farm an Act of War? for 02/20/2018 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>According to the indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian trolls, operating out of St. Petersburg, took American identities on social media and became players in our 2016 election.</p> <p>On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump, and almost never Hillary Clinton.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 20, 2018</p> ed5a0e88c5cb709f74bf50322a3b45f3 The Motives Behind the Massacre for 02/16/2018 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Enough is enough!" "This can't go on!" "This has to stop!" </p> <p>These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before.</p> <p>Unfortunately, such atrocities are not going to stop. For the ingredients that produce such slaughters are present and abundant in American society.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 16, 2018</p> 65d71107657fff4a28aa93d1a7ae3a01 Is US Being Sucked Into Syria's War? for 02/13/2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed.</p> <p>Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran's hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p>