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Posted on 10/31/2011 9:36:59 PM PDT by WilliamHouston
Pat Buchanan's new book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025 is the bluntest and most cogent statement of the truth about the present course of Western civilization that has been seen in American bookstores in many years.
In this book, Pat takes the gloves off and hits the American Left with the Hard Right. He knocks the liberal establishment out of the ring. Everything that real conservatives have privately known to be true for generations is finally aired in this brave and long overdue new book.
Christianity is the foundation of Western civilization. As people of European ancestry abandoned their traditional faith, Western culture began to die. As Western culture began to die, Western civilization began to die. Finally, the people of the West are literally dying out and the Third World is flooding into the West to take our place in our own homelands.
The American Left has become a utopian death cult in the grips of a suicidal ideology like the Shakers. The Baby Boomer elite that was captured by the counterculture in the 1960s has set America on a course to national oblivion: radical multiculturalism, open borders, the welfare state, affirmative action, the obsession with diversity, the embrace of the sick and degenerate "free love movement," the embrace of abortion and family planning, the embrace of an adversary secular culture that has flatly declared war on Christianity.
As a historian, Pat Buchanan is here to remind us of the awful truth that this sort of progressive worldview and the lifestyle that accompanies it has consequences:
First, America is disintegrating into a balkanized landscape of racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious enclaves - a secession of the heart, as Buchanan describes it - that disagree with each other on the most profound and fundamental questions that unite a people.
Is this not true? Surely, the Left must admit there is some truth to this after the debt ceiling crisis and the failure of Barack Hussein Obama to usher in the "post-racial" and "post-partisan" America that was promised in this 2008 presidential campaign.
Does it seem like America is unraveling at the seams? Does it seem like the "center" has collapsed? Does it seem like the federal government is increasingly unable to perform the most basic tasks of a functioning government? Does it seem like we talk past each other on television?
That's what happens when there is no longer any moral or cultural common ground to appeal to anymore in Washington. The Left set out to dismantle America's traditional Christian culture - it was racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, nativist, reactionary, bigoted, repressive, etc. - and succeeded in shredding our national fabric which underpins our state.
Second, the attack on the European-Christian core of the American nation by the revolutionary cadres of the Baby Boomer elite has been successful. Christianity is no longer the dominant culture in America. It has been replaced by a secular hodgepodge of various radical utopian leftwing counterculture causes. The adversary culture has become the dominant culture.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, the "Civil Rights Movement" triumphed in America. The "Antiwar Movement" triumphed in America with the assistance of the Mainstream Media. The "counterculture" of the hippies and beatniks triumphed in America and became the new mainstream - the free love movement, radical environmentalism, gay liberation, second wave feminism, the cult of self-centered, liberated individual that rebels against any form of restraint.
What's the result of this? What does the awe inspiring Baby Boomer culture of social liberalism look like when it has been tried out in practice?
A quick survey of the wreckage of the European-Christian core of America will find a demoralizing culture of chronic drug addiction and nihilism, millions of aborted babies, dysfunctional children living in shattered households, soaring household debt, soaring income inequality, sexually transmitted diseases, infidelity, the "hook up" culture among adolescents, teen pregnancy, the "man-cession," unprecedented suicide rates, obese slobs covered in tattoos and piercings, "boomerangs," and now Millennials are being labeled the "Lost Generation."
If European-Christian America is a jet plane, then we have stalled somewhere above the clouds. Now comes the terrifying descent, the inevitable nosedive, and the awful crash into reality.
The Left, which has always hated European-Christian America, has succeeded in destroying European-Christian America for the Gen X'ers, the Millennials, and their children.
Third, the utopian leftists of the 1960s made sure to throw open America's borders to all comers. These hippies invited the whole Third World into the United States to feast upon the fat of the land. They were also encouraged not to assimilate to the hideous and racist culture of the richest and most scientifically and technologically advanced society that had ever existed in all of world history.
By 2042, freedom loving European-Christian Americans will become a minority in the United States - the European-Christian core of the American nation, which was the wealth producing dynamo that rocketed America to the top of the international pecking order, is swiftly collapsing like a black hole.
Every year the burden of taxation, affirmative action, diversity, multiculturalism, the welfare state, and socialist wealth redistribution schemes to fund these wild utopian projects becomes more unbearable for the 53 percent that is the Atlas that carries around the 47 percent on its back.
If something can't continue, it will stop.
As things stand today, it is the aging and shrinking European-Christian core of America (along with intelligent, hardworking, and entrepreneuerial Asian-Americans) who are propping up the declining United States. Foreigners know this despised, maligned constituency is the foundation of America.
Black America is culturally and economically a basket case. Hispanic America is worse off in some ways, better in others. White America has gone completely off the rails under the influence of the counterculture. Even Asian America has been negatively affected by the sickness of the dominant culture.
The Left is ideologically committed to pushing the limits of diversity, democracy, and radical egalitarianism. In Suicide of a Superpower, Pat Buchanan unflinchingly takes on all three liberal sacred cows from a traditional conservative perspective.
Historians will look back in stupefacation at twentieth- and twenty-first century Americans who believed the magnificent republic they inherited would be enriched by bringing in scores of millions from the failed states of the Third World.
Far from being a strength, diversity is our greatest weakness. Far from being the American ideal, the Founders took a dim view of democracy. The Constitution of 1789 was designed to shackle and restrain democracy within a republican political order. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges equality only in the sense that all men have natural right to liberty.
The Constitution and Bill of Rights are the foundational documents of the republic and the organic documents of American union. And the word "equality" does not appear in either. Nor does the word "democracy."
The Founding Fathers rejected social equality. They rejected economic equality. They also rejected the Left's insane dogma of human equality. None of these forms of equality are reconcilable with liberty.
In 1971, the Atlantic Montly ran a cover article by Harvard's Richard Herrnstein. His thesis was that even if we are able to equalize the home and school environment of all children, natural academic ability will enable some children to outperform others. No matter how much money is invested in reducing class size and enhancing teacher training, an "hereditary meritocracy" will arise in a public school system where expenditures are equal ...
America plunged forward. U.S. and state governments and local school districts began the most massive investment in education in all of history. Expenditures per pupil doubled and tripled. Head Start, a preschool program for low-income children established in 1965, was lavishly funded. Perhaps $200 billion was poured into Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided additional funds to schools based on their population of low-income students.
What were the results? Writes Murray, "no evaluation from Title I from the 1970s onward has found credible evidence of a significant positive impact on student achievement ... A 2001 study by the Department of Education revealed taht the gap widened rather than diminished.
There is no proof that all people are literally equal at the cultural or hereditary level - it is an absurd idea, a doctrine easily refuted by history and experience. Similarly, there is no proof that human societies can conform to the Left's ideals of social equality and economic equality and survive in the long run.
In order for social and economic equality to exist and for "diversity" to be celebrated as our greatest strength, you need a massive state apparatus to constantly redistribute wealth and repress freedom of association - you have to strangle liberty to force society to conform to this type of "equality," as it is a rebellion against natural law and cannot be sustained without the state application of force.
European nations that are being forced to conform to this cruel and inhumane leftist experiment are dying. European-Christian Americans are dying out at a slower pace. The Left looks upon the death of European Christendom as a "progressive" development and a cause for celebration. It wants First World nations without Europeans and without Christianity.
The pursuit of this utopian fantasy will usher in a dystopian return to the Dark Ages: Western civilization will collapse, the American Republic will collapse, the global economy will collapse, the world will descend into chaos and warfare, as the shibboleths of the Left become as antiquated as Roman aqueducts in the future which is about to befall us.
America is entering a time of troubles. The clashes of culture and creed are intensifying and both parties are perceived to have failed the nation. Republicans were repudiated in 2006 and 2008, Democrats in 2010. And the crises that afflict us - culture wars, race division, record deficits, unpayable debt, waves of immigration, legal and illegal, of peoples never before assimilated, gridlock in the capital, and possible defeat in war - may prove too much for our democracy to cope with. They surely will, if we not act now.
At this point, Pat Buchanan is warning us yet again as a statesman that such a world is all but inevitable. Even if we were to radically change course now, the momentum of Western decline will still take us straight into the path of the historical iceberg. It is too late. This sucker is going down like the Titanic.
Predictably, Buchanan's small minded critics on the Left - groups like the SPLC, Media Matters, and "Color of Change" - are distorting his work and charging him with heresy against the hoary old pieties of political correctness, as the Tea Party, the flash mobs, and Occupy Wall Street, not to the mention the mobs in Greece and Spain, arrive as omens of the American future.
A true statesman writes for history and posterity. One day the Millennial generation will look back and wonder why no one listened to the man who saw it coming and who could have been our president.
P.S.: Perhaps the most unimportant observation made in Suicide of a Superpower is that the GOP will share the fate of European-Christian America. The Republican Party can either start representing the interests of the shrinking pool of European-Christians which constitutes 90 percent of Republican voters or follow in the footsteps of the Whig Party.
“Ron Paul is like a broken clock. He has a few good ideas and lots of bad ideas.”
Now we’re cooking with some gas!
“How do you know he’s a committed Catholic? Perhaps he is, but this is a rare case where I question the validity of his commitment.”
Umm ... because I have been reading him for ten years and he makes that clear in the book that I reviewed?
“First of all, he is willing to overlook the murder of millions of Catholics. Perhaps that’s not a theological issue, but I wonder how he can overlook it.”
No, Pat’s point is actually that the policies which you seem to support are what resulted in the deaths of millions of Catholics, which brought about the absolute worse case scenario, the most destructive war in the history of the world.
“Secondly, Popes are not infallible in geopolitics, but the degree to which he sweeps under the rug what Pius XII said and did is interesting. Most importantly, his whole argument blaming everyone but Nazi Germany ignore the suppression and hostility by Hitler.”
Pat’s analysis is fair and objective: it is clear that Hitler wanted a war with the Soviet Union, not a war with Poland, and went to war with Poland only because the Poles refused to cede their claim to Danzig.
The only reason there was a war with the West is because Britain and France declared war on Germany over Poland and the only reason they did that is because Chamberlain “guaranteed” the independence of Poland.
What is your response to that? You have claimed that Danzig was “really” part of Germany, when it was a “free city,” and was not part of Germany at all.
“Pius XI and the future Pius XII took the extraordinary step of writing an encyclical, Mit Brennender Sorge, in German, not Latin. The Nazi’s, quite rightly, took great offense to it.”
Let me see here: after the triumph of the Allies, what happened to Catholicism in Europe? What happened to Catholicism in the United States?
How is Catholicism doing now in France? Hitler lost. FDR and Churchill triumphed. Look at Britain today. That is the triumph of Winston Churchill.
“All in all, I suppose some argument could be made that one is a, “committed Catholic,” but would not care to defend the lives and rights to practice Catholicism of others, but just barely. I have my doubts.”
Oh, I see: in your view, “defending Catholicism” means waging a world war against Germany, which resulted in the death of millions of Catholics and the collapse of Catholicism in Europe and its near collapse in the United States, and in your view this was necessary to “protect” the Pope from Hitler, when the only thing that brought German troops into Italy was the Allied invasion.
“Personally, I think Buchanan’s position is despicable, and he give anti-Catholics a bad name.”
Like I said, what happened to Catholicism in the United States? What happened to Catholicism in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and Ireland?
Catholicism is doing great, right? Just wonderful because Catholicism was saved by firebombing Catholics in Germany, right?
What about German Catholics? How many of them died in the Second World War? How many Catholic women were raped in Poland, Hungary, Austria, Croatia, and Germany by the Red Army?
That’s very pro-Catholic, right? Hungary, Croatia, and Poland under Communist rule for half a century? Communists nearly taking over France and Italy. Millions of dead Catholics in Germany.
Could it have been otherwise? What would have happened if the war mongering idiots like FDR and Churchill hadn’t triumphed? Do we have a clue?
Well, there is Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Sweden which decided to STAY OUT of the stupid conflict.
“Should we give back Florida ? Louisiana ? Texas ? Alaska ? Hawaii”
Puerto Rico and Guam are not states. Neither were the Philippines and Cuba when they were under American control. You have named five states.
(1) Yes, we have troops that defend the border of South Korea, troops which are deployed to Germany to defend Latvia from Russia, and we bomb countries like Serbia and Libya to “spread democracy” and “women’s rights.”
Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens have invaded California, Arizona, and Texas, and now they can be found as far away as Alabama and North Carolina.
(2) Ann Coulter spoke at “GOProud” just a few weeks ago.
(3) I have Ayn Rand’s own books where she denounces conservatism. I’m sure there is an entry about “conservatism” in the Ayn Rand encyclopedia. I have it on my bookshelf.
(4) What exactly is an atheist “conserving”? Does anyone know”
(5) There is nothing whatsoever “conservative” about “colorblindness” - it is a leftwing idea, which the Communist Party USA alone supported in the 1920s, and it was only adopted in America only because we were competing with the Soviets in the Third World, and had to neutralize that issue to counter their propaganda.
The NAACP is and always has been a radical leftwing organization. It was founded by card carrying progressives like John Dewey. The State of Alabama tried to ban the NAACP.
(6) Hermann Cain is leading in the polls because White conservatives are supporting him. Even if he were to win the Republican primary, 90 to 95 percent of blacks are going to vote to reelect Obama.
(7) Ileana Ros Lethinen voted for the DREAM Act. Tim Scott, Bobby Jindal, Allen West, Susana Martinez, and Marco Rubio are in power because they won the White vote.
Blacks voted against Allen West and Tim Scott. There is not a single black conservative in the House of Representatives or in any state legislature in the United States that was elected by blacks.
(8) 90 percent of Republican voters are White Christians. The number was unchanged from 2008 to 2010.
(9) The conservative idea of “colorblindness” lost California to the Democrats forever. It has turned Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico into purple states which are becoming blue states.
It has made Florida into a purple state. Within 20 years, the conservative idea of “colorblindness” will have turned Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina into Blue states.
So what is the GOP going to do then? Are we going to keep talking about how MLK was a great Republican conservative when Republicans are unable to win Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Virginia, and North Carolina?
Maybe Michael Steele will come back and give GOP.com another “hip hop” makeover to attract the black vote.
“So does Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Glenn Beck. So does every FReeper on this site.”
That’s not the Rush Limbaugh or the Free Republic that I remember when George W. Bush was president and was pushing for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
“Oh, it matters when you collect a paycheck from the same people that pay Ed The Red Schultz who organized a rally that was endorsed by the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America(DSA). That matters a great deal.”
If MSNBC hosts Pat Buchanan, then great. I listen to Buchanan because he is a serious conservative who stands head and shoulders over his contemporaries. He is a Republican cheerleader like Hannity.
“Correct me if Im wrong, but didnt Herr Buchanan serve in the same Nixon administration that gave us the EPA ? Thats certainly a consequence that were all living with, isnt it ?”
Buchanan has come a long way over the years. As for the Nixon administration, I wasn’t alive back then, and even today the EPA isn’t nearly at the top of the list of my concerns.
When I was entering college, Buchanan was writing about The Death of the West, the death of our civilization, and the Republican cheerleaders were calling W. a “conservative.” I remember when Michael Steele and Ken Mehlman were the face of the GOP.
I wanted nothing to do with the GOP back then. It was clear to me back then that the GOP under Bush was for endless foreign wars, big spending on “No Child Left Behind,” amnesty for illegal aliens, making cabinet picks on the basis of “diversity,” celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Kwanzaa in the White House.
The lowest point came in 2006 and 2007 when Bush ganged up with Ted Kennedy to pass his amnesty bill and John McCain won the Republican nomination. Something like 66 percent of Millennials voted for Obama.
I voted for Chuck Baldwin in disgust. There was no way I was voting for John McCain.
In an earlier post you said Hitler triumphed and Churchill lost? Which is it?
Just so I can get you on record: You are saying if Hitler "triumphed," the world would be a better place?
WilliamHouston, if you are going to claim that Danzig is the lynchpin of all history, you are setting yourself up for a higher level of proof than you have offered, Please show a shred of proof that Danzig was more important to the whole world than everything else. In your theory, it is the pivot to all history. A lot of other things were going on between 1918 and 1939. I guess the Depression, Nazi ideology, advancing technology, all geopolitics not related to Danzig, etc. pale in comparison to Danzig. And Danzig was so important that Nazi Germany was justified in taking ANY action in getting it back. To anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of history, you and Mr. Buchanan’s theory is preposterous.
How would Hitler have made it better? I guess you know more than Pius XI and Pius XII, since you think that Hitler was going to save Catholicism. And don't forget the communists, Buchanan's other heroes.
“In an earlier post you said Hitler triumphed and Churchill lost? Which is it?”
Obviously, Hitler lost and committed suicide. It was Churchill who won, right? It was a great victory for Catholicism, right?
I mean look just look at that magnificent victory, at what Britain looks like in the 21st century, and what Catholicism looks like in the 21st century in Europe.
No, I am saying that Britain shouldn’t have given the war guarantee to Poland. Instead, Poland should have ceded Danzig and preserved its non-aggression pact with Germany, and STAYED OUT of the war like Sweden and Switzerland.
Instead, Poland went to war ... and was annihilated as a consequence of that foolish decision. Hitler and Stalin should have been allowed to go to war and destroy each other.
We would have saved millions lives that way and there never would have been a Cold War.
“As for the Nixon administration, I wasnt alive back then, and even today the EPA isnt nearly at the top of the list of my concerns.”
You have been watching Pitchfork Pat on PMSNBC for far too long. The EPA has UNELECTED bureaucrats making regulations that have the same weight as laws. Last time I checked, only elected Congress Critters get to that.
“WilliamHouston, if you are going to claim that Danzig is the lynchpin of all history, you are setting yourself up for a higher level of proof than you have offered, Please show a shred of proof that Danzig was more important to the whole world than everything else.”
(1) Danzig was THE CAUSE of the German invasion of Poland.
(2) The British war guarantee was THE CAUSE of Poland’s refusal to cede its claim to Danzig ... a city that was 95 percent German.
(3) The German invasion of Poland, which violated Chamberlain’s war guarantee, was THE CAUSE of Britain declaring war on Germany.
(4) The British war guarantee was THE CAUSE of the Nazi-Soviet Pact.
(5) The war between Britain and Germany was THE CAUSE of Italy getting into the war.
(6) The war between Britain and Germany was THE CAUSE of American intervention.
“In your theory, it is the pivot to all history. A lot of other things were going on between 1918 and 1939.”
This was all discussed in the book - not the one I reviewed, but the previous one.
“I guess the Depression, Nazi ideology, advancing technology, all geopolitics not related to Danzig, etc.”
The entire political spectrum in Germany - liberals, moderates, conservatives, Nazis, and communists - supported the annexation of Danzig because it was a German city that had been stripped away from Germany by a stupid punitive treaty.
Hitler’s popularity was due to the Versailles Treaty. That’s how we rose to power. By identifying himself with that consensus within Germany.
Quite obviously, the world would have been infinitely better off if the foolish decision hadn’t been made to create the “Free City of Danzig.”
“pale in comparison to Danzig. And Danzig was so important that Nazi Germany was justified in taking ANY action in getting it back.”
Germany was justified in taking back Danzig. It was a German city that had been severed from Germany by the punitive Versailles Treaty. Even America acknowledged that Danzig was a legitimate grievance by rejecting the Versailles Treaty.
“To anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of history, you and Mr. Buchanans theory is preposterous.”
I’m still waiting to see your knowledge of history. Hitherto, you haven’t responded to my arguments, but instead have attacked straw men that you have created like the idea that Buchanan wanted Hitler to “kidnap” the Pope.
On what planet do you have to be from to believe that Hitler's 1941 invasion of Russia proves that he didn't want to invade France & England? Winston Churchill did not become Prime Minister May 1940. Germany had already invaded at least 7 countries on the Western Front. England had declared war on Germany, but had not taken any significant offensive action. There was no indication they would, if Germany had stayed status quo. Any British leader in history, would not allow Germany to control all of France. It's basic geopolitics. Germany did not have to invade all of Western Europe to keep Danzig, Which they already controlled anyway. There is not theory of war or geopolitics that says that was necessary. Also, they had a long-developed plan to invade France. Why did they need that, if they had not intention to invade France.
No, he's not. It's way more than a third. He should no, since he is one. If we were back before the 1950s his books would be on the index of forbidden books because of their content.
“How would Hitler have made it better? I guess you know more than Pius XI and Pius XII, since you think that Hitler was going to save Catholicism. And don’t forget the communists, Buchanan’s other heroes.”
Well, let’s see:
(1) First, if Britain hadn’t given the stupid war guarantee to Poland, then Poland would have ceded Danzig, and would have preserved its non-aggression pact with Germany, thereby saving the lives of millions of Polish Catholics.
(2) Second, if Britain hadn’t gone to war over Poland, then millions of German Catholics wouldn’t have lost their lives, France would not have been occupied by Germany, and Italy would not have been conquered.
(3) Third, if the Western allies hadn’t attacked Germany, then Croatia and Hungary would not have been occupied and raped by the Red Army.
(4) Fourth, if Hitler and Stalin had gone to war in 1939, the West and Poland could have stayed out of the conflict, and the Soviet Union wouldn’t have been around to put the “Iron Curtain” over Eastern Europe, and to support communist revolutions around the world.
(5) Most importantly, if there never had been a Second World War, the West wouldn’t have become a self loathing death cult in the grips of radical liberalism and radical multiculturalism, and the Western Empires wouldn’t have collapsed in the Third World, and the millions who lost their lives in that region would never have died.
As for your ludicrous suggestion that Buchanan was “pro-communist,” it was FDR and Churchill who allied themselves with the Soviet Union, and who ceded Poland to Stalin at Yalta, and who put all of Eastern Europe in thrall to communism, and who set the stage for the expansion of communism across the entire world in the decades that followed.
“You have been watching Pitchfork Pat on PMSNBC for far too long. The EPA has UNELECTED bureaucrats making regulations that have the same weight as laws. Last time I checked, only elected Congress Critters get to that.”
Yeah, but Buchanan is pointing out that Western Christendom has collapsed in Western Europe, and that the people there are literally dying out and being invaded by Muslims, and that America is becoming a Third World country like Brazil, and you are talking about EPA regulations.
How can you contradict yourself in one sentence. If Germany and Russia went to war then Poland will be annihilated anyway. In fact, you suggest the one circumstance that could have resulted in a worse outcome for Poland than what actually happened. If the war had happened later and more gradually, Poland would have been even more screwed.
That one war guarantee FORCED Hitler to go on a rampage? Really? I'm not sure I agree they should have done it, but your idea that it outweighs everything is preposterous. How can a war guarantee be so terrible, but invading and bombing a countries that haven't martially attacked you is so innocent. In other posts you decry the U.S. military being deployed in recent circumstances. But you think Germany's invasion of Western Europe is nothing to be criticized. How come you and Mr. Buchanan give, "special privileges," to Nazi Germany that other countries don't get? What is the justification for this double standard?