Pat Buchanan: America's days numbered

Michael Coren (L) speaks to Pat Buchanan (R) on the Arena. (QMI Agency)

Michael Coren (L) speaks to Pat Buchanan (R) on the Arena. (QMI Agency)

Michael Coren, QMI Agency

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The left like to throw around the term, "speaking truth to power," which is supremely misplaced coming from them, in that so much authentic power is in the hands of social and political liberals.

Pat Buchanan is someone who has genuinely spoken blunt truth to blunt power for years, which is one of the reasons he's not to everybody's liking. He is to mine however, which is why he appears once again on my Sun News TV show, The Arena, Monday night.

He came close to winning the presidential nomination for the Republican Party, he was at the centre of power under Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, he is one of the grand men of U.S .media, and his latest book - Suicide of a Superpower - is one of the most honest, and worrying, commentaries on the West in many years.

"The transformation has been dramatic and unique in our history," he says, "and the reason America has and will lose its greatness is that we are no longer unified. Anybody can become a good American, coming from anywhere in the world. But whereas in the past we asked them to become American, now we encourage America to become like them."

No pause, but straight into the argument. "We've given away what made us one. Faith, symbols of unity, the European, overwhelmingly Christian heritage of the majority who were and made the country. People could be who and what they liked, but they had to know what the national core values and identity were. No longer."

It's a theme many Canadians might embrace, but if they did so they're be accused or racism and fascism. He laughs. "Sure, and so have I! It's nonsense, but it's still said. Look, we need in the U.S. to implement zero immigration policies. Now. And that has to stand until we reduce unemployment levels to something much more reasonable and manageable."

Unlike many other conservatives, Buchanan has not always followed the party line on foreign policy, questioning America's wars and its military intervention. He stresses in the book that the role of world policeman is dying. "We have troops in what were troubled areas of Europe long after the cold war, when people can drive across national borders in family cars! That war is over, and it's time to come home. We're being forced home in China's seas, where they're pushing the U.S. Navy out."

President Obama? "Not a bad man, but a man without answers or solutions." The Republican candidates? "Mitt Romney is the likely winner, but he could easily have run as a Democrat. Those people who propose radical policies, that might actually bring this country out of its crisis, find it difficult to get financial backing, and media sympathy."

His opinions, in his book and in person, are realistic to the point of pessimism. The United States will not be the power we have known, and the vacuum it leaves, he argues, will be filled by any number of ambitious rivals, all dominant in their own areas. It's a sobering truth, and one that unsettles the status quo. It's that, I suppose, that makes his voice so compelling and necessary.


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