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A Great Opening

“In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill.

Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him.

The protests, riots, and violence that have attended his triumph in city after city should only serve to steel his resolve.

As for promptings that he “reach out” and “reassure” those upset by his victory, and trim or temper his agenda to pacify them, Trump should reject the poisoned chalice. This is the same old con.

Trump should take as models the Democrats FDR and LBJ.

Franklin Roosevelt, who had savaged Herbert Hoover as a big spender, launched his own New Deal in his first 100 days.

History now hails his initiative and resolve.

Lyndon Johnson exploited his landslide over Barry Goldwater in 1964 to erect his Great Society in 1965: the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. He compromised on nothing, and got it all.

Even those who turned on him for Vietnam still celebrate his domestic achievements.

President Nixon’s great regret was that he did not bomb Hanoi and mine Haiphong in 1969—instead of waiting until 1972—and bring the Vietnam War to an earlier end and with fewer U.S. casualties.

Nixon’s decision not to inflame the social and political crisis of the ’60s by rolling back the Great Society bought him nothing. He was rewarded with media-backed mass demonstrations in 1969 to break his presidency and bring about an American defeat in Vietnam.

“Action this day!” was the scribbled command of Prime Minister Churchill on his notepads in World War II. This should be the motto of the first months of a Trump presidency.

For the historic opportunity he and the Republican Party have been given by his stunning and unanticipated victory of November 8 will not last long. His adversaries and enemies in politics and press are only temporarily dazed and reeling.

This great opening should be exploited now.

Few anticipated Tuesday morning what we would have today: a decapitated Democratic Party, with the Obamas and Clintons gone or going, Joe Biden with them, no national leader rising, and only the power of obstruction, of which the nation has had enough.

The GOP, however, on January 20, will control both houses of Congress and the White House, with the real possibility of remaking the Supreme Court in the image of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have indicated they are willing to work with President Trump.

There is nothing to prevent the new GOP from writing history.

In his first months, Trump could put a seal on American politics as indelible as that left by Ronald Reagan.

A partial agenda: first, he should ignore any importunings by President Obama to permit passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a lame-duck session—and let the trade deal sink by year’s end.

On January 20, he should have vetted and ready to nominate to the high court a brilliant constitutionalist and strict constructionist.

He should act to end interference with the Dakota Access pipeline and call on Congress to reenact legislation, vetoed by Obama, to finish the Keystone XL pipeline. Then he should repeal all Obama regulations that unnecessarily restrict the production of the oil, gas, and clean coal necessary to make America energy independent again.

Folks in Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia should be shown, by executive action, that Trump is a man of his word. And when the mines open again, he should be there.

He should order new actions to seal the Southern border, start the wall, and begin visible deportations of felons who are in the country illegally.

With a new education secretary, he should announce White House intent to work for repeal of Common Core and announce the introduction of legislation to put federal resources behind the charter schools that have proven to be a godsend to inner-city black children.

He should propose an immediate tax cut for U.S. corporations, with $2 to $3 trillion in unrepatriated profits abroad, who will bring the money home and invest it in America, to the benefit of our economy and our Treasury.

He should take the president’s phone and pen and begin the rewriting or repeal of every Obama executive order that does not comport with the national interest or political philosophy of the GOP.

Trump should announce a date soon for repeal and replacement of Obamacare and introduction of his new tax-and-trade legislation to bring back manufacturing and create American jobs.

Donald Trump said in his campaign that that this is America’s last chance. If we lose this one, he said, we lose the country.

The president-elect should ignore his more cautious counselors, and act with the urgency of his declared beliefs.

Patrick J. Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative and the author of the book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority [1].

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#1 Comment By Johan On November 11, 2016 @ 12:28 am

I’m glad Mr Buchanan lived to see this day; his own candidacy was 24 years premature. Better late than never.

The mendacious and twisted MSM and entertainment industry that produces 99% of popular culture will be on continuous attack for the next 4 or 8 years. But Trump’s a fighter, I think his response will be, not to cower or adjust, but to say “%#* YOU” and move on with his plans. I like Mr Buchanan’s list and advice — do it big, do it fast. (I’d add to his list, go after the domestic terror organization known as BLM. Keep the left on the defensive).

#2 Comment By Susan On November 11, 2016 @ 12:33 am

Excellent! Only one thing I would change: I’m not sure about the wall (could be a colossal waste of money); but improved border security is greatly needed. Dispatch to Trump!

#3 Comment By Mark D On November 11, 2016 @ 12:43 am

I find Pat’s faith in Trump touching–he so much wants to believe that Trump will actually do something about his campaign promises. I’m sure Trump will act energetically on a wide range of issues in his first 100 days, but what he accomplishes will be entirely wish list items from the plutocrat agenda. He’ll cut taxes enormously for the rich, roll back regulation to immunize corporations from liability (next stop, thalidomide!), and abandon anti-trust enforcement, which will allow enormous concentrations of corporate power, driving prices up and wages down. Trump is already putting his trust in cheerleaders for plutocracy (aka “movement conservatives”) like Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie. Trump will seal the victory of the plutocrats over working people–and working people will have voted for it!

#4 Comment By LarryS On November 11, 2016 @ 12:43 am

I hope Pat has some influence to educate Trump on Iran. I’m sick of Israel dictating our foreign policy in the Middle East. Iran is not our enemy.

#5 Comment By tzx4 On November 11, 2016 @ 1:09 am

Build a 1900 mile long 25 billion (I will grant these numbers are from recall) wall on the souther border?
With all due respect Mr. Buchanon, you are as unhinged on this concept as Mr.Trump is.
How about we upgrade some crumbling infrastructure with that money instead?
Isn’t the USA already energy independent? The coal industry is losing market to natural gas.
I would love to hear how all the things above will actually make America great again.

#6 Comment By Jawad Hussain On November 11, 2016 @ 1:30 am

Mr. Buchannan, I hope he brings people like you and Dan Larison into his foreign policy circle as opposed to necons like John Bolton and some of these other characters that are always itching for war. Also, while you talk about the dems being obstructionist, which to me is only fair given that Mitch McConnell is the one that said his sole mission was to make Obama a one term President, it is the Republicans that you should worry about. How many of them will he have on his side to enact tougher trade policies and infrastructure spending, which are two of Trumps main policy positions. McConnell is on record as already saying that infrastructure and term limits are not high on his legislative agenda even though Trump has said they are high on his. We might find that on some of these issues he might get more support from Dems than Republicans.

#7 Comment By Karel On November 11, 2016 @ 4:11 am

He should find out the truth about Lybia, Clinton Foundation, and Clinton emails. And, fire the FBI director.

#8 Comment By Buzz Baldrin On November 11, 2016 @ 6:24 am

Excellent advice.

One addition: President Trump must throw away any ideological blinders.

Like Eisenhower, Trump must run a pragmatic boardroom that refines its proposals with small trial and error tests instead of betting the farm on Obama-like (or Ryan-like) dogmatic legislation.

#9 Comment By DeepSouthPopulist On November 11, 2016 @ 7:52 am

For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country. Happy days, here again.

#10 Comment By Alex (the one that likes Ike) On November 11, 2016 @ 8:02 am

Hats off to Mr. Buchanan, one of the few people who knew this is coming all the way.

#11 Comment By KD On November 11, 2016 @ 8:58 am

Between you and me Pat, a lot of people on exchange policies are anxious that their insurance is going to be cancelled overnight. Trump and the GOP need to assure people their coverage isn’t going away, or if that is their intent, perhaps someone should point out they are stepping in something that will be hard to get off their shoes.

#12 Comment By PAXNOW On November 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am

I agree with many things Patrick has to say. Initiating a good fiscal policy of tax cuts would be a start. Firing the Fed Chair and her cabinet a must. ASAP. We do need some form of universal healthcare. Do not throw away the baby with the bathwater. Tell Netanyahu, in no uncertain terms, he and other foreign leaders are no longer decision makers as to when and how American lives and treasure will be put in harm’s way. Bring our resources home and rebuild our infrastructure. I see no need to prosecute Clinton and Co as an immediate priority. Do a lot of positives before embracing negatives. He will stand and fall on his ability to be a true American statesman for all American.

#13 Comment By John Gruskos On November 11, 2016 @ 9:17 am

Unlike FDR and LBJ, Trump doesn’t have a significant friendly media.

Knowledgeable Trump supporters must fill the void.

Tactfully, patiently explain to friends, family and acquaintances the goodness of national conservatism, and the evil of cultural Marxist globalism (for the lack of a better term).

#14 Comment By libertarian jerry On November 11, 2016 @ 9:41 am

Interesting article Pat. But the real outcome of this “Trump Revolution” will show up when the Cabinet positions are announced. If Mr.Trump selects for key positions oligarchs and or neocons,especially in Treasury and Foreign Policy, then you can forget about any real reforms. It will be the same old same old just with a different veneer. It would be a shame to waste this unique opportunity to change history and to disappoint the millions of voters who put their faith in this man. Only time will tell.

#15 Comment By Nate On November 11, 2016 @ 10:56 am

Really, Mr. Buchanan?

‘Franklin Roosevelt, who had savaged Herbert Hoover as a big spender, launched his own New Deal in his first 100 days.’

“FDR exploited the Depression to launch his New Deal, bring an end to a Republican hegemony of seven decades and make Democrats the majority party, until Richard Nixon picked the lock.” Pat Buchanan, Townhall, February 2009 ( [2])

***

‘Lyndon Johnson exploited his landslide over Barry Goldwater in 1964 to erect his Great Society in 1965: the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. He compromised on nothing, and got it all.’

“FDR was right. A “spiritual disintegration” has overtaken us. Government-as-first provider, the big idea of the Great Society, has proven to be “a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.”” Pat Buchanan, 2005, Human Events ( [3]).

#16 Comment By collin On November 11, 2016 @ 11:23 am

As the hated neoliberal Californian I see three main issues:

1) Trump is completely unpopular with half the nation. (It is not just the MSM here.)
2) His own Party does not trust him.
3) Being a neoliberal ass, Trump won with the economic Luddites. (I remember Reagan conservatives calling the WWC economic Luddites in 1985.) Why in the heck should support trade deals that only help Trump’s voters? What about the working class service workers that will have to pay tariffs?

#17 Comment By Jay L On November 11, 2016 @ 11:27 am

Pat shows he has about as much knowledge of our energy industry as Donald, which is very little. First there is no such thing as clean coal. The only clean coal plant in the world is still under construction and way behind schedule and wildly over budget. Clean coal is a marketing slogan not a reality.
Second unleashing other sectors of the energy mix will only further decrease demand for coal, clean or not.
Third while environmental regulations did somewhat cause a decrease in coal demand and mining employment, the two biggest factors in the job decline are greatly increased mechanization of mining over the last 30 years and the drill baby drill past decade. Natural gas is far cheaper and vastly less labor intensive than coal as a fuel. You can build and operate a natural gas fired generation power plant for less than half of a coal fired one.
So I don’t think Donald will be attending many coal mine openings.

#18 Comment By collin On November 11, 2016 @ 11:44 am

introduction of his new tax-and-trade legislation to bring back manufacturing and create American jobs.

Wouldn’t Reagan be rolling in his grave to higher tariffs? Also, if you hate illegal immigration ending NAFTA and hurting the Peso is terrible idea. A higher Peso and higher US trade controls immigration better than anything the government can devise.

#19 Comment By Michael Heraklios On November 11, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

“With a new education secretary, he should announce White House intent to work for repeal of Common Core and announce the introduction of legislation to put federal resources behind the charter schools that have proven to be a godsend to inner-city black children.”

Are you kidding me? Although I completely agree with you regarding Common Core, don’t fall for the charter school propaganda. I’m a public school teacher in NYC, so let me tell you a few things:

The only reason the charter schools seem to work, with all of their puffed up statistics, is that they screen their students and they are allowed to use disciplinary and punitive measures that are not allowed in public schools. If public schools had their hands untied, the whole situation would change dramatically.

That is why desegregation destroyed the public school system – it’s not that the system was broken but for the last 40 years, the public education system has changed its rules to accommodate behavior on the part of black students that is not conducive to education. Although there are some bad teachers, the problem with the education system lies primarily with the students and their parents (and lack of a family structure).

The solution is to get the federal government out of education altogether. Stop it from being a tool of cultural Marxist social engineering of the Left and don’t allow it to be a bastion of power used by minorities to push their agenda through. It is an understatement to say that the public education system needs more teachers of a conservative bent – the profession is dominated by liberals and far-left bozos.

#20 Comment By mrscracker On November 11, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

Good for you Mr. Buchanan. I differ some on immigration, but am with you on the other issues.
Trump wasn’t my first choice, but I voted for him and feel so blessed we’re free of the Clintons. (At last.)
🙂

#21 Comment By Chuckie On November 11, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

KD said “Between you and me Pat, a lot of people on exchange policies are anxious that their insurance is going to be cancelled overnight”. Almost as many people with unsubsidized individual insurance (regulated by ACA) can’t wait for relief from that horrible high priced insurance. 2017 premiums came out the 1st week of November. The increase in price absolutely shocked my wife who has never voted for a Republican President. She voted for Trump. There are many out there like her.

#22 Comment By Myron Hudson On November 11, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

libertarian jerry: From who he appears to be floating as cabinet picks, he is going to disappoint. His take on Israel is Zionist, his take on Iran is full neocon, Bolton is in the wings, and Gingrich is a confirmed plutocrat.

To the extent that he remains his own man and is not a tool there is some hope, but we may be seeing epistemic closure again.

#23 Comment By The Other Sands On November 11, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

As an opponent of Mr. Trump, I very much look forward to coming back here over the next 4 years to debate his glorious “progress” with you true believers.

Some people lack the imagination to picture a train wreck in their minds. They have to see the real thing in order to understand. I expect it to be quite a show.

#24 Comment By Gordon On November 11, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

Sounds good. But I don’t think either FDR or LBJ lost the popular vote. They could actually claim a mandate.

#25 Comment By Timothy Rupright On November 11, 2016 @ 2:36 pm

Please no one from the CFR, Harvard or Yale in any position of power. And no neo-cons. Defund PBS and NPR. Eliminate some Federal Departments – Education and Energy for instance – and seriously trim the remaining budgets and money saved could go toward Infrastructure and especially to the Wall (Immigration and Deportation). And start investigations on the Clintons and on Bush and Cheney, etc. regarding lying our country into Iraq. Make peace with Assad and Putin and tell Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, etc. to end their support for ISIS. End all foreign aid programs and end all affirmative action programs. That would be a good start.

#26 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On November 11, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

Because the NeverTrumps committed the rank heresy of promulgating the wicked (middle class-destroying) status quo on trade and immigration, the new president can start by making it clear that no one will be hired by his administration who belongs to a think tank or PAC or magazine that employs a NeverTrump or has a NeverTrump on its board of directors. So much for Fred Barnes as Press Secretary or Terry Eastland as a judicial-nominee advisor. Occasionally an exception will have to be made, but the exception will prove the rule.

One such exception might be Jeffrey Anderson of the Weekly Standard, who notably doubted the polls showing a very likely Hillary victory, and who signed a letter by pro-Trump writers and scholars.

Ann Coulter should be chained to a heavy chair in the Trump Tower so that she can be consulted on non-foreign policy hires. She has the best BS detector in the business, but is no expert on foreign policy. On foreign policy reach out, at least initially, to George H. W. Bush (the *elder* Bush). And to Henry Kissinger.

Trump should beware that Hillary Clinton is angling to be pardoned for future criminal convictions. Maybe a presidential pardon will be a good thing, maybe not. Trump should decide that without fear or favor when the time comes to it. Consequently, he should probably not go golfing with Bill Clinton during his presidency. Bill will suggest golfing together at a Trump resort in 10 … 9 … 8 ….

#27 Comment By jeff On November 11, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

It’s difficult to imagine the gall necessary to write that the badly weakened Democrats have “only the power of obstruction, of which the nation has had enough.”

#28 Comment By Doctor Gringo On November 11, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

libertarian jerry essentially says what I was going to: We’ll get a good idea of what kind of president Trump will be by who he picks for his staff and cabinet. That I’m hearing the likes of Bolton, Christie and the ultra-repellent Gingrich are prime candidates for key positions tells me things won’t be any better than they were under Bush I or Bush II. People who voted for change won’t be getting it with those guys involved because they’ve been part of the problem.

If you’re going to drain the swamp, Mr. Trump, drain ALL of it…unless you want to lose a large chunk of the people who did the actual voting before you even take office, that is.

#29 Comment By RodW On November 11, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

Right, make the US energy independent by digging up and burning all of its resources until they’re all gone. Great long-term plan.

#30 Comment By Mike On November 11, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

We’re going to achieve energy independence with a pipeline for Canadian oil? How, except by invading and annexing Canada? Trump likes most of the ACA’s provisions, so that repeal is probably not going to happen. Mexico has reiterated it will not spend a single peso on Trump’s wall.

#31 Comment By rootedness On November 11, 2016 @ 9:22 pm

The heuristic is no neocons or neoliberals. That doesn’t work.

Like Bush the Elder he should draw on shrewd, smart-as-whip military or private sector types drawn by duty, public spiritedness, or noblesse oblige – think George Marshall, Dean Acheson, James Baker.

#32 Comment By Edward On November 11, 2016 @ 11:54 pm

A couple differences with Trump:

1. FDR and LBJ had a political ideology

2. FDR and LBJ won in landslides, opening the door to sweeping change. Trump takes office with a very divided, 50-50 country, and his favorability is low

#33 Comment By Dakarian On November 12, 2016 @ 1:38 am

A few things to update:

1. The TPP is dead. Nevermind worrying over Obama convincing Trump to keep it, Obama isn’t making any attempt to push it through even now. It’s already a dead goose.

2. Trump seems to dislike the ‘repeal, then maybe replace’ mentality of the GOP anymore than the left does. He’s loving the two big aspects that keep the left holding on to the ACA in the first place: the ban on blocking for re-existing conditions and having children stay on their parent’s plan. He also hates the idea of not having a replacement before the repeal.

Which..mostly means that he’s doing what MANY people wanted in the first place: keep the parts the public wants and change up what doesn’t work. I’m guessing he may also leave alone the medicaid expansion in some form.

He does that, he probably can get a bipartisan law into the books.

3. You can’t repeal Common Core. It’s not a federal plan. It was created by the states and, thus, was adopted by the states. Obama simply nodded his approval and put some of his plans to sync with it.

Thus Trump can’t do anything to Common Core unless he wants to start forcing the government to tell the states what to do. Of course this means the states are, and always have been, free to drop the CC. Don’t ask me why states like Georgia still follow it.

Of course there ARE educational elements he can mess with like removing the final fragments of NCLB and similar practices. The teachers will thank him for it.

As far as the energy matter, I DO note that Obama was all for opening oil drilling on our coasts right at the start of his presidency. A certain oil spill in the gulf ended that. The question is whether history will repeat itself under Trump.

Last note, while working fast makes sense, do note that this is what Obama was thinking about when he pushed the ACA in in the first place. Not to say ‘work slower’ but be VERY wary of shoving all opposition out of the way in your quest to act out the dream.

#34 Comment By Stephen B On November 12, 2016 @ 7:32 am

Trump effectively stole the language of the Paleoconservative movement as he recognised it would get him elected.
But he doesn’t believe in anything. He is a better option than Clinton, but I’m afraid Mr Buchanan’s article is deluded.
If you want to know what Trump is most likely to do then look at his track record as a real estate developer.
He effectively borrows lots of money to build massive projects, and often goes bankrupt in the process.
Maybe it will be good in the long run that American goes bankrupt sooner than later, so it can then elect a truly Paleoconservative leader. Trump is just a sociopathic chancer.

#35 Comment By SteveM On November 12, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

Trump is already being surrounded and advised by Beltway parasites including the Neocon war-mongers. The Pentagon military Brass and retired uniformed Neocon stooges have a perverse Svengali influence over civilian leadership. They essentially own an MSM that is bedazzled by anyone with stars on their shoulders.

Moreover, Neocon hyper-failures like Bolton and Petraeus as well as Pence are whispering their sweet nothings of Global Cop continuity in the Donald’s ear.

If history tells us anything, it is not to bet against the Deep State. Expect a near complete Trump sell-out of both domestic promises and Global Cop reduction by inauguration day.

#36 Comment By Jack On November 12, 2016 @ 5:47 pm

Mr Buchanan: I sincerely hope that you have access to the President-Elect. He needs to at least hear your point of view. And you would make a fantastic Secretary of State. As a side note, I wish you could get the McLaughlin Group back together for just one more show. I desperately want to see Eleanor Clift’s reaction to this historic movement.

#37 Comment By Alex On November 12, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

I believe Trump can do a lot good things but I doubt he will. Look who is around him. The same old faces who try to get a bigger piece of a pie. Not to mention that all his family is also there and they are running his businesses… What a mess!

I also don’t understand why we need a Supreme Court at all because its members follow not the constitution but their parties ideologies.

Who told Pat that when corporations bring money back to the US, they will invest it in the US in jobs. It did not happen last time. What makes Pat think that it is going to happen now?

Trump likes to be in control and when he understands that he is being manipulated, he will explode and blame the whole world around him but it will not work this time. When the voters see how helpless he is, they will vote Democrats. Just wait for two years.

#38 Comment By Donna On November 12, 2016 @ 11:27 pm

Every one reaps what they sow, good luck for the next 4 years.

#39 Comment By Donna On November 12, 2016 @ 11:29 pm

To Deep south Populist – for the first time in my life I’m ashamed of my country. Electing a reality tv personality, really?

#40 Comment By Alex On November 12, 2016 @ 11:35 pm

So it begins:

“Two days after Donald Trump was elected president, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an ardent Trump supporter, admitted the president-elect’s promise to get Mexico to fund his proposed border wall may have just been “a campaign device.” “He may not spend much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it,” Gingrich said of a hypothetical border structure. “But it was a great campaign device.”

#41 Comment By Michael On November 13, 2016 @ 9:07 am

Unlike FDR and LBJ who each won resounding victories, Trump did not. He lost the popular vote and they did not. This does not mean Trump did not win the Presidency fair and square and within the rules. But it does mean he is not popular.

Keep that in mind. Should he jam through a policy agenda in the first 100 days that differs from his promises, the Democratic Party will be back a lot faster than you can possibly imagine.

#42 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On November 13, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

Good suggestions Mr. Buchanan, but Democrats and the neocons are not fools
and also a lot of them. They will fight for revenge, slow down and sabotage the Republican proposals. So 8 years fly by.
It seemed to me that the symbol of of Donald Trump is a wall. Who else but Donald Trump – the developer and the builder knows a lot about the walls.
In his election campaign, Donald Trump has expressed deep thought about the wall that was unfairly ridiculed in the press. Meanwhile, wall is a fundamental concept.
Whether it’s a car, a living organism or society, creator skillfully divided the different hostile environments and antagonistic materials from each other by means of walls and partitions. This allows the system to function, and heterogeneous components do not harm each other. When the neocons, the Democrats, the transnational elite are trying to break the wall between different people, it is like drilling a hole in the car battery or scraping insulation from electric wires.
If Donald Trump was able to build a secure wall between antagonistic groups of people for their own secure coexistence, it would be a really good start to the 21st century.

#43 Comment By Donald Pretari On November 13, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

“President Nixon’s great regret was that he did not bomb Hanoi and mine Haiphong in 1969—instead of waiting until 1972—and bring the Vietnam War to an earlier end and with fewer U.S. casualties.

Nixon’s decision not to inflame the social and political crisis of the ’60s by rolling back the Great Society bought him nothing. He was rewarded with media-backed mass demonstrations in 1969 to break his presidency and bring about an American defeat in Vietnam.”

Pat, Nixon was rewarded with a blowout election win in 72. Get a grip…

#44 Comment By Michael Bienner On November 14, 2016 @ 2:35 am

Trump has been accused of being ignorant about foreign policy,economics,a misogynist,xenophobic,racists,.well 1) Trump should call for a interfaith breakfast at he WH 2. Appoint conservative blacks,hispanic and more WOMEN to his cabinet 3. Revampt,modernize Nato with a new military doctrine 4. Distension with Russia, China,NKorea and Iran 5. Call for a International peace conference on Syria 6.Create the USA Investment Corp. Devise an economic recovery plan that will increase public spending along private investments through US Bonds,Tcertificates,Fiscal credits for investing in the Inner cities, Tax cuts for the middle class, increase the EIC for working families.REBUILD rails,supersonic rails,smart airports, ports,highways,terminals,smart cities,space exploration,more$$ for scientific research and devlp.7. An IMMIGRATION REFORM that will go align with USA economic interests especially in agriculture,hospitality, tourism, domestic,low skill jobs, 8. The key to world stability is appointinf a foreign policy team with high knowdledge of world affairs, 9 all these while reducing our national debt 10. Trump must reach out to conservative blacks especially in blue states,evangelucals,souther baptists,cobservative hispanic catholics.

#45 Comment By Michael Bienner On November 14, 2016 @ 2:44 am

National Medal of Freedom for Mr. Patrick Buchanan and please restore dignity to the WH, that the Clintons turned into a burdello.

#46 Comment By Alex Arr On November 14, 2016 @ 8:39 am

“Unlike FDR and LBJ, Trump doesn’t have a significant friendly media.”
He also lacks the support of the majority of American voters.

Also, Mr. Buchanan, it’s curious that, now that Republicans are the ones in charge, it’s time for Congress to accede to the wishes of the congressional majority. Presumably, when Obama was in office, the American People ™ couldn’t get enough obstructionism.

#47 Comment By Will On November 18, 2016 @ 5:45 am

As always, a beautifully written point very well made! Would be maddening after the tone of the campaign to spend the first 100 days dithering for the Democrats. They got ridden out of town on a historic upset, take the chance while it sits there I think. There’s too much resting on this golden opportunity for him not to do so.

#48 Comment By Marty Busse On November 24, 2016 @ 11:35 am

One wonders what Mr. Buchanan would have said to anyone making an argument for Obama (who had popular vote majority, EV victory, and control of both Houses of Congress) doing this when he came in 2009. (Mr. Buchanan appears to have had a great change of mind about LBJ, and I will be fascinated to read the article where he explains why he did. The one about George McGovern from a while back was a quite interesting read.)

And when talking about mandates, FDR won in 1932 with 57.4% of the popular vote and 472 to 59 electoral votes. LBJ in 1964 had 61.1% of the popular vote and 486 electoral votes to 52. Is Trump’s win really comparable to that? He doesn’t have a majority of the popular vote, and at best, he’s got 306 EV to 232. It’s true that popular vote is meaningless to who won the election, but it does factor in to calculations about how radical a change any administration should make.

And then there is the beauty of precedent. Let’s say a Democratic admin comes in with 46.38% of the vote and a GOP opponent who had a plurality. Would Mr. Buchanan and the readers of this publication accept that admin’s “mandate?” I suspect not, but pushing for it for Mr. Trump now means that future Democratic admins will be able to point to what their opponents said in this situation.