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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December 9, 2008, 4:37 AM EST
In a deepening recession, what does the reasonable man do?   Seeing friends laid off, he will get rid of all but essential credit cards, dine at home more often, terminate unnecessary trips to the mall, put off buying a new car, give up the idea of borrowing on the vanishing equity in his house. He will begin to save and start paying down debt.  
December 5, 2008, 5:36 AM EST
Having savaged each other for a year, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have now formed a rare partnership in power. Not since James Garfield chose James G. Blaine has a new president chosen his principal rival to be secretary of state.   What does this tell us?   First, don’t take campaign oratory all that seriously.   Second, unlike Dennis Kucinich, Ted Kennedy, Ron Paul or Jesse Helms, Hillary and Barack are pragmatists. They do not let ideology or past insults get in the way of a mutually beneficial deal.  
December 2, 2008, 4:57 AM EST
Arguably the most successful act of revolutionary terror was the June 1914 assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo.   Believing his mission to murder the heir to the Austrian throne had failed, Gavrilo Princip suddenly found himself standing a few feet away from the royal car. He fired twice, mortally wounding the archduke and his wife.  
November 21, 2008, 4:36 AM EST
Who killed the U.S. auto industry?   To hear the media tell it, arrogant corporate chiefs failed to foresee the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and made gas-guzzling road-hog SUVs no one wanted, while the clever, far-sighted Japanese, Germans and Koreans prepared and built for the future.   I dissent. What killed Detroit was Washington, the government of the United States, politicians, journalists and muckrakers who have long harbored a deep animus against the manufacturing class that ran the smokestack industries that won World War II.
November 18, 2008, 4:24 AM EST
Understandably, Republicans are seething.   When Hank Paulson demanded $700 billion to haul away the trash in the dumpsters of JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs—assuring us we could hold a garage sale of the junk—they rebelled. They acted as the nation, by 100 to one, demanded. They killed the Wall Street bailout.   The Dow quickly sank another 1,000 points, and, charged with criminal irresponsibility by the elites, the GOP buckled, reversed itself, rescued the bailout—and was wiped out on Nov. 4.  
November 14, 2008, 6:10 AM EST
“Laissez-faire is finished, the all-powerful market that is always right, that’s finished,” said Nicholas Sarkozy, speaking ex cathedra, last month.   As a result, said the diminutive French president, it is “necessary to rebuild the entire global financial and monetary system from the bottom up, the way it was done at Bretton Woods after World War II.”  
November 11, 2008, 4:44 AM EST
For decades, before a heedless congregation, some of us have preached the old Hamiltonian gospel.   Great nations do not have trade partners. They have trade competitors and rivals. Trade surpluses are superior to trade deficits. Tariffs on foreign goods are preferable to taxes on U.S. producers. Manufacturing, not finance, is the muscle of the nation.   Economic independence is vital to political independence.  
November 7, 2008, 5:40 AM EST
Why did John McCain lose? Let’s start with those “headwinds” into which he was flying.   The president of the United States, the leader of his party, was at Nixon-Carter levels of approval, 25 percent, going into Election Day.   Sixty-two percent of the nation thought the economy was the No. 1 issue, and 93 percent thought the economy was bad. Two-thirds of the nation thought the war McCain championed was a mistake, and 80 percent to 90 percent thought the country was on the wrong course.  
November 4, 2008, 6:01 AM EST
After losing control of the Senate and 30 House seats in 2006, the GOP is bracing for losses of six to nine in the Senate, and two dozen to three dozen additional seats in the House.   If the party “were a dog food,” says Rep. Tom Davis, “they would take us off the shelf.”   Bush’s approval is 25 percent. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton left office with ratings more than twice as high.   But while John McCain and others have deplored the Bush failures, what, exactly, did he do wrong?  
November 3, 2008, 4:58 AM EST
If Barack Obama is not a socialist, he does the best imitation of one I’ve ever seen.   Under his tax plan, the top 5 percent of wage-earners have their income tax rates raised from 35 percent to 40 percent, while the bottom 40 percent of all wage-earners, who pay no income tax, are sent federal checks.   If this is not the socialist redistribution of wealth, what is it?  
October 28, 2008, 5:10 AM EDT
Undeniably, a powerful tide is running for the Democratic Party, with one week left to Election Day.   Bush's approval rating is 27 percent, just above Richard Nixon's Watergate nadir and almost down to Carter-Truman lows. After each of those presidents reached their floors -- in 1952, 1974, 1980 -- the opposition party captured the White House.  
October 24, 2008, 9:01 AM EDT
 Perhaps the only institution in America whose approval rating is beneath that of Congress is the media. Both have won their reputations the hard way. They earned them. Consider the fawning indulgence shown insider Joe Biden with the dripping contempt visited on outsider Sarah Palin. Twice last weekend, Biden grimly warned at closed-door meetings that a great crisis is coming early in the term of President Obama:
October 21, 2008, 5:08 AM EDT
Was race a factor in the decision of Colin Powell to repudiate his party’s nominee and friend of 25 years, Sen. John McCain, two weeks before Election Day, and to endorse Barack Obama?   Gen. Powell does not deny it, contending only that race was not the only or decisive factor. “If I had only that fact in mind,” he told Tom Brokaw, “I could have done this six, eight, ten months ago.”  
October 17, 2008, 7:06 PM EDT
As Americans render what Catholics call temporal judgment on George Bush, are they aware of the radical course correction they are about to make?             This center-right country is about to vastly strengthen a liberal Congress whose approval rating is 10 percent and implant in Washington a regime further to the left than any in U.S. history. Consider.            
October 14, 2008, 5:43 AM EDT
“Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers.”   So Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon advised Herbert Hoover in the Great Crash of ‘29. Hoover did. And the nation liquidated him—and the Republicans.   In the Crash of 2008, 40 percent of stock value has vanished, almost $9 trillion. Some $5 trillion in real estate value has disappeared. A recession looms with sweeping layoffs, unemployment compensation surging, and social welfare benefits soaring.  
October 10, 2008, 4:57 AM EDT
Two weeks after the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., John McCain and Sarah Palin were striding forward toward victory.   They had erased the eight-point lead Barack Obama had opened up in Denver and watched as one blue state after another moved into the toss-up category.   That is ancient history now.  
October 7, 2008, 6:05 AM EDT
“(O)nce war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.   “War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.   “In war there is no substitute for victory.”   Familiar to every graduate of West Point, the words are from the farewell address of Gen. MacArthur, to Congress on April 19, 1951, after he was relieved of command in Korea by Harry Truman.  
October 3, 2008, 7:33 AM EDT
John McCain may have just let slip his last best chance to be president of the United States.   When he flew back to Washington to address the banking crisis, McCain could have seized the hottest issue in America by taking the side of his countrymen who were enraged by the Paulson plan to bail out a power elite whose greed and stupidity had caused a financial disaster unequaled since the Crash of ‘29.  
September 30, 2008, 7:29 AM EDT
On Sept. 30, 1938, 70 years ago, Neville Chamberlain visited Adolf Hitler’s apartment in Munich, got his signature on a three-sentence declaration and flew home to Heston Aerodrome.   “I’ve got it,” he shouted to Lord Halifax. “Here is a paper which bears his name.” At the request of George VI, Chamberlain was driven to Buckingham Palace, where he joined the king on the balcony to take the cheers of the throngs below. An unprecedented honor.  
September 29, 2008, 6:03 AM EDT
How did the United States of America, the richest nation on earth, whose economy represents 30 percent of the Global Economy, arrive at the precipice of a financial panic and collapse?   The answer lies in the abject failure of both America’s financial elite and the political elite of both parties—the same elites now working together to determine how much of our wealth will be needed to bail the nation out of the crisis of their own creation.