Skip to comments.BUCHANAN: IS THE GOP HEADED FOR THE BONEYARD?
Posted on 11/10/2012 6:50:16 PM PST by Steelfish
BUCHANAN: IS THE GOP HEADED FOR THE BONEYARD?
Patrick J. Buchanan 11/9/2012
After its second defeat at the hands of Barack Obama, under whom unemployment has never been lower than the day George W. Bush left office, the Republican Party has at last awakened to its existential crisis.
Eighteen states have voted Democratic in six straight elections. Among the six are four of our most populous: New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. And Obama has now won two of the three remaining mega-states, Ohio and Florida, twice.
Only Texas remains secure for now.
At the presidential level, the Republican Party is at deaths door.
Yet one already sees the same physicians writing prescriptions for the same drugs that have been killing the GOP since Ws dad got the smallest share of the vote by a Republican candidate since William Howard Taft in 1912.
In ascertaining the cause of the GOPs critical condition, let us use Occams razor the principle that the simplest explanation is often the right one.
Would the GOP wipeout in those heavily Catholic, ethnic, socially conservative, blue-collar bastions of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, which Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan swept, have anything to do with the fact that the United States since 2000 has lost 6 million manufacturing jobs and 55,000 factories?
Where did all those jobs and factories go? We know where.
They were outsourced. And in the deindustrialization of America, the Republican Party has been a culpable co-conspirator.
Unlike family patriarch Sen. Prescott Bush, who voted with Barry Goldwater and Strom Thurmond against JFKs free-trade deal, Bush I and II pumped for NAFTA, GATT, the WTO and opening Americas borders to all goods made by our new friends in the Peoples Republic of China.
Swiftly, U.S. multinationals shut factories here, laid off......
(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...
As long as conservative can agree on a particular third party ... good riddance to the ineffectual GOP. However, to get most conservatives to agree on a particular third party will be the trick.
I am not the biggest fan of Buchanan, but I believe he nails it here. I think the best chance for the GOP to become relevant again is to become Populist. But the Country Clubbers won’t allow it.
Uh no. If we had not lost the manufacturing jobs those states would be even more democrat. I don't see his point but that is not unusual because Pat Buchanan has some bizarre ideas.
Mr. Buchanan, right again, as usual...
Amnesty will swamp social services that are already on life support. Look at CA. They can’t even deal with the legal aliens.
Democrat party = ultra left wing..
Republican party = very left wing..
Libertarian party = left wing open to making a profit.. like the chinese..
What America needs is a right wing party..
There is none, zip.. none.. NO RIGHT WING at all..
I’ve looked there is none..
America has been, and Is Brain washed..
SO thoroughly that even leaning left concepts are called right wing..
State and Local givernment are vassals of the federal givernment..
And few there be that DON’T want it that way..
Count me in!
The pubs are still in the 70s, too touchy feely.
This seems a bit strong to me, but
(in a very different situation, and from a quite different perspective) Karl Marx did describe certain problematical conditions of his time and place, rather well.... but he then went on to propose a totally unworkable answer for them.
Here, Mr. Buchannan offers his view of some problematical conditions... but what is the answer (Or is an answer on offer? I don’t see one in the article...perhaps we are supposed to surmise one and I’m not catching on?)
We all know there’s a problem. I think the problem is far beyond a racial or even just a “I want my freebies!” issue. I think the problem is philosophical.. in that many of the O voters might really wish to make good lives for themselves (and not continue on the dole until they croak and go to Obama’s great socialist cremation kiln). At least some of them would, I believe, want to make good lives for themselves. But, while you and I know Gov. Romney would be far, far better for the economy and jobs that the demolition derby we have in the White House, did this message really get communicated to the voters on Obama’s dole? Did the R campaign go into the centers of unemployment and explain how there really would be jobs for people if he were elected? I think Gov. Romney wanted to do this. I do not know if he really succeeded, however?
I do not agree with Mr. Buchannan that the problem is that immigrants all, or mostly, want to freeload off the rest of us. Some, yes but my personal experience meeting (mostly Mexican) immigrants is that most of them are far more prone to get out and WORK, and work hard, rather than sitting on their butts watching Oprah and Geraldo all day. (what a horrible life that!).... In fact, Mr. Buchannon, it appears that we may have far more native USA people that won’t work, or won’t do a good day’s job if they do wind up on a payroll somewhere. I’ve never seen so many people with low or missing work ethics. And, most of these appear to be native Americans, not so many seem to be in the immigrant community. Again, this is just a personal anecdotal account and nothing scientific... but it persists over several years already.... what say you, Mr. Buchannon?
If I am even partly correct, then the problem is much larger than just a bunch of lazy, greedy illegal immigrants.
I think we may need to get our own house in order, too.....
I don’t think Pat has any useful answers. Manufacturing still exists in the US, we just make different things. I’ve read our output actually is at an all time high.
We’ve just reached a new level of mechanization which requires an all time low of semi-skilled labor. Robots replace workers on assembly lines.
However, he is right in that too many people are sucking up to China for no good reason, and Mexico.
A more intriguing question for me is: Why does organized labor insist on voting for Democratic candidates and Democratic policies that have been such big factors in the decline of organized labor in the U.S.?
When a party loses by 2 points that hardly means it is headed for extinction. Obama was so protected by the media that many people were swayed by the his I need more time plea and many guilty white people did not want to vote out the first black president
The first sentence in the first comment of the 267 under the article at the source reads: “The United States is the greatest country in history.” And that’s the problem. Not the assertion itself, which may or may not be true, but bringing it to a discussion as an argument. Another worn out cliche. And cliches spoken reflect cliched thinking. The Right relies too much on them, and they sell as well as Coca Cola slogans from the 1950s would, which is why they’re not used today, D’uh!
Other than that, Buchanan is as usual right on target.
Interesting point about the large number of LEGAL immigrants who are beholden on the government. That is quite a base for any party with a socialist platform.
” If we had not lost the manufacturing jobs those states would be even more democrat”
Not true! If the manufacturing jobs stayed, you’d have well-payed workers, with benefits, actually marrying their “babymamas”, buying homes, caring about their neighborhoods, and generally being solid middle-class citizens (i.e. the very sort of person who generally votes GOP). Instead, with the manufacturing jobs gone, you have a cohort of people working in low-paying service jobs (”welcome to Walmart”) usually with lousy benefits, not being able to afford to marry, probably on food-stamps, WIC or some such public assitence (i.e your classic ‘rat voter).
The hard working illegal ones were not the problem on Tuesday, why, they cannot vote. It’s there anchor baby offspring, sucking on the government teat, who are the problem, and they can vote.
It might just work. Look at the growing power of populists in collapsing Europe. As America collapses under Obama’s debt, everyone will come crawling back.
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