Former Reagan advisor, syndicated columnist, politician and proof that some things just need to stay buried in the dirt Pat Buchanan stepped up to support Donald Trump in his syndicated column, hailing Trump for his asinine plan to ban the immigration of Muslims.
Buchanan is one of those people who sets on the far right-wing. A self-proclaimed “paleoconservative” – the “paleo” prefix means “old” or “ancient,” which is fitting given that Buchanan is almost 80 years old, and “primitive,” since that’s the usual adjective for Buchanan’s type of tribalism. Buchanan is a known racist bigot who contributes to the hate group VDARE. When Trump nearly competed with Buchanan in 1999 for the Reform Party ticket, Trump warned that Buchanan was too conservative and divisive.
Of course, time changes things, and now the Teflon Don is running to the right of Pat Buchanan – and with Buchanan’s support.
According to Buchanan, Trump has managed to speak to people who “want people here illegally to be sent back, the borders secured and a moratorium imposed on Muslim immigration until we fix the broken system.”
Buchanan also seems to think that Muslims are enemies to America’s culture, claiming that the first amendment has no place in Muslim countries (because the United States supports dictators that undermine it) and “‘Hollywood values regarding abortion, adultery and homosexuality” would get people’s heads chopped off (again, because the United States has supported these states since time immemorial in the name of oil).
“As all the old hate words – xenophobe, racist, bigot – have lost their electric charge from overuse,” Pat writes, in part because he knows they’re legitimate labels but doesn’t want to admit it, “Trump was being called a fascist demagogue and compared to Hitler and Mussolini.”
Trump “was being called a fascist demagogue” by people who have degrees in history and by sociologists who are experts in fascism. The passive voice isn’t necessary, Pat: “historical experts and sociologists called Trump a fascist demagogue and compared him to Hitler and Mussolini.”
Why he used the passive voice should be obvious now.
With ethnic and sectarian wars raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria and Somalia, why would we bring into our own country people from all sides of these murderous conflicts? Many European nations – Germans, French, Swedes, Brits – appear to regret having thrown open their doors to immigrants and refugees from the Islamic world, who have now formed unassimilated clusters and enclaves inside their countries.
Ought we not explore why, before we continue down this road?
In the United States, at least, could it be because Donald Trump’s supporters are singling out mosques for firebombing? It makes it hard to integrate with a community when said community wants you dead.
I mean, I don’t know, I’m just spit-balling here. Maybe Pat, in his 80 years of existence, knows more than I do.
I doubt it.
Of course, no paleoconservative diatribe is complete without the laughable attack on “globalization” — a word that, in this context, ties into the Great Jewish/Bolshevik Conspiracy:
Trump’s success tells us that the American people really do not celebrate “globalization.” They think our negotiators got snookered out of the most magnificent industrial machine ever built, which once guaranteed our workers the highest standard of living on earth.
They don’t want open borders or mass immigration. They want people here illegally to be sent back, the borders secured and a moratorium imposed on Muslim immigration until we fix the broken system.
I don’t think Americans care about globalization, so long as it works for everyone. The fact that it isn’t working properly is because people like Pat Buchanan keep us from stepping up and fixing it. They keep deluding us into thinking that we had a magnificent industrial machine. That industrial machine went to China, but it didn’t take that standard of living with it, so clearly there was very little “magnificent” about it.
We had unions. That was where the standard of living was, and since we don’t have them anymore, that was where that standard of living went.
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