Pat Buchanan has been a senior adviser to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. Buchanan has written eight books, including four New York Times best-sellers. He is married to the former Shelley Ann Scarney, a member of the White House staff from 1969 to 1975.

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September 1, 2009, 4:39 AM EDT
On Sept. 1, 1939, 70 years ago, the German Army crossed the Polish frontier. On Sept. 3, Britain declared war.   Six years later, 50 million Christians and Jews had perished. Britain was broken and bankrupt, Germany a smoldering ruin. Europe had served as the site of the most murderous combat known to man, and civilians had suffered worse horrors than the soldiers.  
August 28, 2009, 5:37 AM EDT
“Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”   George Orwell’s truth comes to mind as one reads that Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to go after the “rough men” who, to keep us sleeping peacefully at night, went too far in frightening Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the engineer of the September massacres.  
August 25, 2009, 4:31 AM EDT
“We just can’t afford it!” Not long ago, every America child heard that, at one time or another, in the home in which he or she was raised.   “We just can’t afford it!” It may have been a new car, or two weeks at the beach, or the new flat-panel TV screen.   Every family knew there were times you had to do without. Every father and mother has had to disappoint their kids with those words. Why is it that what parents do many times a year politicians seem incapable of doing: saying no.  
August 21, 2009, 5:28 AM EDT
“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”   Of Sarah Palin it may be said: The lady knows how to frame an issue.  
August 18, 2009, 4:47 AM EDT
What happened to the Age of Obama?   Glancing over the New York Times Book Review Sunday, one finds three of the top four non-fiction best-sellers were written by conservatives—columnist Michelle Malkin, talk-show host Mark Levin and Fox News contributor Dick Morris.   At No. 10, in its 40th week on the list, is Bill O’Reilly’s memoir. No. 1 best-seller in paperback: Glenn Beck’s “Common Sense.”  
August 14, 2009, 4:28 AM EDT
“Taliban Are Winning: U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Rising Casualties.” Thus ran the startling headline on the front-page of The Wall Street Journal. The lead paragraph ran thus:   “The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency’s spiritual home.”  
August 11, 2009, 4:20 AM EDT
To hear the Obamaites, those raucous crowds pouring into town hall meetings are “mobs” of “thugs” whose rage has been “manufactured” by K Street lobbyists and right-wing Republican operatives.   Press secretary Robert Gibbs compares them to the Young Republicans of the “Brooks Brothers riot” during the Florida recount.  
August 7, 2009, 4:31 AM EDT
Reports of the death of the Republican Party appear to have been premature.   Not since Sen. Bob Griffin derailed LBJ’s scheme to replace Chief Justice Earl Warren with crony Abe Fortas, before Nixon got to the Oval Office, has the GOP defied this city and voted to reject a liberal judicial activist for the court.   In 1970, after revelations of scandal forced Fortas to resign, Rep. Gerald Ford moved to impeach “Wild Bill” Douglas on similar grounds. Then the fire went out—for 40 years.  
August 4, 2009, 4:41 AM EDT
With “controlling costs” a primary goal of Obamacare, and half of all medical costs coming in the last six months of life, “rationed care” takes on a new meaning for us all.   London’s Telegraph reported Sunday that the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, known by its Orwellian acronym NICE, intends to slash by 95 percent the number of steroid injections, such as cortisone, given to people who suffer severe and chronic back pain.  
July 31, 2009, 5:56 AM EDT
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who is wired into the cabinet of “Bibi” Netanyahu, warns that if Iran’s nuclear program is not aborted by December, Israel will strike to obliterate it.   Defense Secretary Gates’ mission to Israel this week, says Bolton, to relay Obama’s red light, was listened to attentively, but will not be decisive. Israel will decide.  
July 28, 2009, 7:23 AM EDT
On Sunday, professor Louis Henry Gates retreated from his threat to sue Sgt. James Crowley. Friday, President Obama retreated from his charge that the Cambridge cops “acted stupidly.”   As Crowley has not budged an inch—his arrest of Gates was correct, and there will be no apology—there is no doubt who won this face-off. Game, set, match, Crowley and the Cambridge cops.   It is, indeed, as Obama said Friday, a “teachable moment.”  
July 24, 2009, 5:14 AM EDT
“The sound alone was worth the $24 billion!”   So said fellow Nixon speechwriter Ray Price as the mighty Saturn V rocket lifted Apollo 11 and Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins off the launch pad, three miles away, on the start of their voyage to the moon.   It was a splendid moment in that first year of the Nixon presidency, a year that had gone remarkably well for a minority president who had come to office with both houses held by the opposition.  
July 21, 2009, 7:31 AM EDT
When Republicans were warned not to give Sonia Sotomayor the drubbing Democrats gave Robert Bork and Sam Alito — lest they be perceived as sexist and racist by women and Hispanics — the threat was credible, for it underscored a new reality in American politics.   The Supreme Court, far from being the last redoubt of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant in America, reflects the collapse of that WASP establishment, and a rising racial, ethnic and gender consciousness and solidarity.  
July 17, 2009, 4:34 AM EDT
After half a century of fighting encroachments upon freedom in America, journalist Garet Garrett published “The People’s Pottage.” A year later, in 1954, he died. “The People’s Pottage” opens thus:   “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.”  
July 14, 2009, 5:49 AM EDT
Republicans have been given fair warning. Should GOP senators treat Sonia Sotomayor as contemptuously as Democrats treated Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito, they should expect Hispanic hostility for a generation.   The chutzpah of this Beltway crowd does not cease to amaze.   They archly demand that conservatives accord a self-described “affirmative action baby” from Princeton a respect they never for a moment accorded a pro-life conservative mother of five from Idaho State, Sarah Palin.  
July 10, 2009, 4:33 AM EDT
So grave was the crisis in western China that President Hu Jintao canceled a meeting with President Obama, broke off from the G8 summit, and flew home.   By official count, 158 are dead, 1,080 injured and a thousand arrested in ethnic violence between Han Chinese and the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs of Xinjiang. That is the huge oil-rich province that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and several Central Asian countries that seceded from the Soviet Union. Uighur sources put the death toll much higher.  
July 7, 2009, 6:09 AM EDT
“Naval Academy Professor Challenges Rising Diversity,” ran the headline in The Washington Post.   The impression left was that some sorehead was griping because black and Hispanic kids were finally being admitted.   The Post’s opening paragraphs reinforced the impression.  
July 6, 2009, 5:41 AM EDT
Last Saturday, Honduran soldiers marched into the presidential palace, bundled up President Manuel Zelaya and put him on a plane for Costa Rica.   The ouster had been ordered by the Supreme Court and approved by the Congress, as Zelaya was attempting an illegal referendum to change the Honduran constitution so he could run for another term.  
June 30, 2009, 8:53 AM EDT
“You have no notion of the intrigue that goes on in this blessed world of science,” wrote Thomas Huxley. “Science is, I fear, no purer than any other region of human activity; though it should be.”   As “Darwin’s bulldog,” Huxley would himself engage in intrigue, deceit and intellectual property theft to make his master’s theory gospel truth in Great Britain.   He is quoted above for two reasons.  
June 26, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – In just a few weeks time, California hits the wall. And Americans should take a good, long look at the fiscal and social wreck of the Golden Land, because California is at a place to which all of America is heading. In May, when five fund-raising proposals were put on the ballot, Gov. Schwarzenegger pleaded with the overtaxed Californians not to make their state "the poster child for dysfunction." As The Economist writes, "On May 18th, they did exactly that."