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Donald Trump: Middle-American Radical

President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party.

Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk, or William F. Buckley.

In the primaries of 2016, all his rivals claimed the mantle of Mr. Conservative, Ronald Reagan. Yet Trump captured the party’s heart.

Who, then, and what, is Donald Trump?

In a Federalist essay, “Trump Isn’t a Conservative—And That’s a Good Thing,” Frank Cannon comes close to the mark.

Trump, he writes, “would more accurately be described as a ‘radical anti-progressive'” who is “at war with the progressives who have co-opted American civil society.” Moreover, Trump “is willing to go further than any other previous conservative to defeat them.”

Many “elite conservatives,” writes Cannon, believe the “bedrock institutions” they treasure are “not subject to the same infectious politicization to which the rest of society has succumbed.”

This belief is naive, says Cannon, “ridiculous on its face.”

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“Radical anti-progressives” recognize that many institutions—the academy, media, entertainment, and the courts—have been co-opted and corrupted by the left. And as these institutions are not what they once were, they no longer deserve the respect they once had.

Yet most conservatives will only go so far in criticizing these institutions. We see this in how cradle Catholics find it difficult to criticize the Church in which they were birthed and raised, despite scandals and alterations to the liturgy and doctrine.

Trump sees many institutions as fortresses lately captured by radical progressives that must be attacked and besieged if they are to be recaptured and liberated. Cannon deals with three such politicized institutions: the media, the NFL, and the courts.

Trump does not attack freedom of the press but rather the moral authority and legitimacy of co-opted media institutions. It is what CNN has become, not what CNN was, that Trump disrespects.

These people are political enemies posturing as journalists who create “fake news” to destroy me, says Trump. Enraged media, responding, reveal themselves to be not far removed from what Trump says they are.

And, since Trump came on the scene, media credibility has plummeted.

Before 2016, the NFL was an untouchable. When the league demanded that North Carolina accept the radical transgender agenda or face NFL sanctions, the Tar Heel State capitulated. When Arizona declined to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a holiday in 1990, the NFL took away the Super Bowl. The Sun State caved.

This year, the league demanded respect for the beliefs and behavior of NFL players insulting Old Glory by “taking a knee” during the national anthem.

Many conservative politicians and commentators, fearing the NFL’s almost mythic popularity in Middle America, remained mute.

But believing instinctively that America would side with him, Trump delivered a full-throated defense of the flag and called for kicking the kneelers off the field, out of the game, and off the team.

“Fire them!” Trump bellowed.

And Trump triumphed. The NFL lost fans and viewers. The players ended the protests. No one took a knee at the Super Bowl.

Before Trump, the FBI was sacrosanct. But Trump savaged an insiders’ cabal at the top of the FBI that he saw as having plotted to defeat him.

Trump has not attacked an independent judiciary, but courts like the Ninth Circuit, controlled by progressives and abusing their offices to advance progressive goals, and federal judges using lifetime tenure and political immunity to usurp powers that belong to the president—on immigration, for example.

Among the reasons Congress is disrespected is that it let the Supreme Court seize its power over social policy and convert itself into a judicial dictatorship.

As Cannon writes, Trump is no Beltway conservative.

“Trump doesn’t play by these ridiculous rules designed to keep conservatives stuck in a perpetual state of losing—a made-for-CNN version of the undefeated Harlem Globetrotters versus the winless Washington Generals. Trump instead seeks to fight and delegitimize any institution the Left has captured, and rebuild it from the ground up.”

The Trump supporters who most relish the wars he is waging are the “Middle American Radicals,” of whom my columnist colleague and late friend Sam Francis used to write.

There was a time such as today before in America.

After World War II, as it became clear that our long-ruling liberal elites had blundered horribly in trusting Stalin, patriots arose to cleanse our institutions of treason and its fellow travelers.

The Hollywood Ten were exposed and went to jail. Nixon nailed Alger Hiss. Truman used the Smith Act to shut down Stalin’s subsidiary, the Communist Party USA. Spies in the atom bomb program were run down. The Rosenbergs went to the electric chair.

Liberals call it the “Red Scare.” They are right to do so.

For when the patriots of the Greatest Generation like Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy came home from the war and went after them, the nation’s Reds had never been so scared in their entire lives.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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44 Comments To "Donald Trump: Middle-American Radical"

#1 Comment By Brian Villanueva On February 9, 2018 @ 1:55 am

As much as I dislike Trump personally, I do feel like he’s the first politician to actually try beating liberals back instead of surrendering slower.

To be a “conservative”, you must have something to conserve. Looking around the American social landscape today, I see little worth conserving, but much that needs to be clawed back.

Unfortunately, it will take more than 1 reality TV star to make that happen. We need a political party, not a political messiah.

#2 Comment By William Foster On February 9, 2018 @ 1:58 am

“Trump doesn’t play by these ridiculous rules designed to keep conservatives stuck in a perpetual state of losing …”

Only in the fever swamp of Cannon’s and Buchanan’s imaginations can one interpret control of the White House, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and a solid majority of State legislatures and Governorships as “a perpetual state of losing”. Nevertheless, Pat once again uses the Nixonian tactic of portraying Trump as the victim of “a cabal”, failing to note that the cabal now seems to include a majority of the American public.

Buchanan and the rest of Trump’s base can gloat over Trump demand to “Fire them!”, and call it a “triumph” even though no one has been fired. And yes, viewership for the Super Bowl was down, but with 103 million viewers it was still the 10th most watched TV program ever, and had the most live-streaming viewers in history. (Could someone explain live-streaming to Pat?)

And why is Buchanan so chummy with Frank Cannon? Cannon, after all, wants a return to the gold standard, something that was done away with by … Richard Nixon.

#3 Comment By Lefty On February 9, 2018 @ 5:31 am

Trump is a fraud, through and through.

#4 Comment By KD On February 9, 2018 @ 6:08 am

What’s next? A House of Un-American Dreamer Activities?

#5 Comment By K squared On February 9, 2018 @ 6:59 am

Mr. Buchanan has unfortunately jumped the shark.

#6 Comment By SDS On February 9, 2018 @ 9:04 am

“The Trump supporters who most relish the wars he is waging are the “Middle American Radicals,” of whom my columnist colleague and late friend Sam Francis used to write.”

Those are also the cannon fodder being bled in the REAL wars Mr. Trump has decided to keep going….
Didn’t he promise to get us out of those?
Isn’t that why a lot of us voted for him in the first place? In spite of everything else?

Seems Mr. Buchanan has drank the Kool-Aid as well…SAD!

#7 Comment By collin On February 9, 2018 @ 9:47 am

How come in every election since the 2016 victory, we have seen the ‘middle class’ are consistently voting Democrats. (Sean Trende even called them the Obama Democrats.) I know Virginia is considered a lost cause but even any view of Alabama showed Roy lost a lot of support from the suburbs. (And the governor election solidified the Ds gains in the suburbs versus the Rs gains in WWC districts.) Or even the best election for Republicans, GA-06, last was a standard Bush Republican Handel won by 4% in a district that consistently won by 20% before 2016?

#8 Comment By David Nash On February 9, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

Mister B, I know you did not write the headline, but it is so misleading. Trump is as far from Middle-American as if Trump Tower were sited in Moscow (not Idaho.) — He is not a Cornhusker but a New York slumlord writ bloated.

And pardon me for finding your gushing exuberance at Trump’s alleged “radicalism” more than over-the-top.

Radical Right is very little different from Radical Left, since both seek to destroy American society and culture as it has naturally evolved, and replace it with some Utopian vision gleaned from theoretical abstractions. I can well understand your frustration and anger at the way society has changed, and I share much of it, but the “Burn It All Down” mood and rhetoric of the #ForeverTrump brigades is frankly nauseating.

As for Trump himself, I cannot but laugh aloud at the folks who presume Trump actually has an “Agenda”, and that it is much the same as theirs. The sad and sorry reality is that he has proven, time and again, his only agenda is getting applause and high ratings from his “viewers”.

Should he ever somehow realize he is NOT the star of Celebrity President, he would disengage quickly and go home, leaving all his fans adrift. It is his pattern.

Meanwhile, there is hope. Ash Wednesday fast approaches, and the season of Lent is a good time to recollect, repent, and reform one’s ways.

Forego the Carlyle hero-worship, and return to your roots, there is only one God who deserves what you are lavishing on Donald John Trump… a False Messiah every whit as much as his immediate predecessor in the Oval Office.

#9 Comment By Michael Kenny On February 9, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

It’s nice to see Americans waking up to the fact that Trump isn’t a conservative! He’s not “conserving” America, he’s destroying it! Although not even he seems to know what he wants to put in its place. Whether that’s what Americans really want or whether they will notice what he’s doing before it’s too late remains to be seen. Trump could easily be the American Gorbachev.
It’s slightly amusing to see Mr Buchanan waxing lyrical about the post-WWII “cleansing” of those who “blundered horribly in trusting Stalin”. Those who so blundered sought to persuade their fellow Americans to let Stalin’s Soviet Union defeat the US. Today, people like Mr Buchanan are committing the same blunder by trying to persuade their fellow Americans to let Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation defeat the US, going so far as to assimilate the Russian Federation to the Soviet Union by calling them both “Russia”. Perhaps America needs a new generation of patriots to “cleanse” the country of those who have “blundered horribly in trusting Putin”.

#10 Comment By enjoying the uproar On February 9, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

Although I did not vote in 2016, I have become a strong admirer of President Trump. Just as Reagan refused to accept that the Soviets were invincible, defied the unions, and in general overturned the conventional wisdom, President Trump is also backing the entrenched, self-serving elites. Maybe he is a bit crude at times, but LBJ st the bar for crudity.

#11 Comment By Brian On February 9, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

“Trump instead seeks to fight and delegitimize any institution the Left has captured, and rebuild it from the ground up.”

Rebuild it? When has he shown any signs of an interest in rebuilding these institutions?

#12 Comment By One Guy On February 9, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

If TAC would stop publishing articles by Buchanan and start publishing articles by David Nash, it would be a good thing. I agree with everything David Nash said, but especially this: “(Trump’s) only agenda is getting applause and high ratings from his “viewers”.”

#13 Comment By baldy On February 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

Pat’s right, Trump isn’t conservative, and neither is Pat if he’s celebrating the destruction of our society’s institutions. They both are radicals, just a different flavor than the left wingers they think they are attacking. Like a lot of people I know, Trumpophilia has caused Buchanan to lose his mind.

#14 Comment By lcw On February 9, 2018 @ 2:07 pm

Trump biggest accomplishment is not fighting progressives, it is rather taming and molding Republicans into championing Deficit, waging wars on foreign soil, ignoring family values and playing second fiddle on foreign policy. Pat: are you giving him a mulligan as well?

#15 Comment By JKS On February 9, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

Ironic how if not for Patrick Buchanan, “The American Conservative” would be oddly bereft of
conservatives.

#16 Comment By A DC Wonk On February 9, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

Trump and Middle America should never even be in the same sentence.

Jan. 25, 2017: Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after a surge in membership applications following Trump’s presidential victory, according to the New York Times.

Feb. 13, 2017: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned just after the Washington Post first reported that the Justice Department had informed the White House that Flynn could be subject to blackmail.

May 9, 2017: Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. Two days later, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt the firing was due to the Russia investigation. “When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story.”

Aug. 18, 2017: Billionaire investor Carl Icahn resigned from his role as a White House adviser amid allegations that he pushed for regulatory changes that benefited his investments.

Sept. 29, 2017: Tom Price resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after reports surfaced that he used private and government planes for travel.

Oct. 2, 2017: The Interior Department’s inspector general’s office announced it opened an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayer-funded charter planes.

Oct. 30, 2017: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and 2016 campaign aide Rick Gates were indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe; another 2016 adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty.

Dec. 1, 2017: Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI.

Jan. 31, 2018: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned following a report that she bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her tenure.

Jan. 31, 2018: The Washington Post reported that HUD Secretary Ben Carson “allowed his son to help organize an agency ‘listening tour’ in Baltimore last summer despite warnings from department lawyers that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules… Career officials and political appointees raised concerns days before the visit that Carson’s son, local businessman Ben Carson Jr., and daughter-in-law were inviting people with whom they potentially had business dealings.”

I see they left out the completely corrupt awarding, by Interior Secy’ Zinke, of a sole-source 6-figure contract to a two-person firm from Zinke’s home town to clean up Puerto Rico. As well as Zinke’s pledge to open up the ocean coasts for drilling — with an exception granted for GOP-important Florida.

Now we learn of Trump’s inner-circle protecting a spousal abuser, and about how many of these folks can’t even get a security clearance!

Supporting the hard-working middle class! My oh my, what a radical!

#17 Comment By A DC Wonk On February 9, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

President Trump is also backing the entrenched, self-serving elites.

You probably meant bucking. But, he really is *backing* them. See, e.g., Koch brothers — and my other post. (And that’s not to even mention emoluments)

#18 Comment By fabian On February 9, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

Like him or not this President holds a pair. And this country must be lead by somebody who has one. Otherwise; France.

#19 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On February 9, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

Hopefully we’ll soon also see Trump’s final take-down of Nancy Pelosi, whose eight-hour DACA love-fest on the floor of the Senate lends credence to the perception that PELOSI is an acronym for Politician’s Eerie Lesson On Suicidal Insularity.

#20 Comment By KXB On February 9, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

“Otherwise; France.”

A country where no one goes bankrupt from healthcare costs, excellent infrastructure, and higher voter turnout. Unfortunately, they do seem to be following the US track of overseas adventures that are of no national security interest.

#21 Comment By AJ-in-LA On February 9, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

Pat, this is dumb. Even for you.

#22 Comment By Gabriel On February 9, 2018 @ 4:31 pm

I’d be hard pressed to find better examples of the state of contemporary conservatives than some of the comments on this article. It’s sad to see those who hold themselves up as well-informed readers completely misunderstand just what a Middle American Radical is, and how Trump so fully embodies its ethos. It is not about economics and where he stands in monetary relations to the middle-class. It is, and always has been, about culture and the war surrounding it.

President Trump recognizes that we are in a fight that we have been losing. He was correct when he discarded the label of “conservative” for himself, and the rest of us will have to discard it as well if we are to learn how to win. For those of us who are still youths, Trump revealed that the conservatives who were so adamant about “standing athwart history yelling STOP,” were at best playing acting a rear-guard retreat.

#23 Comment By AJD On February 9, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

I don’t always agree with, but more or less respect what TAC publishes…but Mr Buchanan is completely off the mark with this article, and demonstrates a woeful lack of historical understanding to boot. To call Joe McCarthy a patriot is beyond ridiculous. The man was a fear monger whose accusations had no basis in reality, and whose witch hunts led to the discovery of exactly zero communist agents anywhere in the US government, military or intelligence. He ruined many people’s lives by simply accusing them of being communists.

Furthermore, to state that trusting the Soviets during WWII was some fault of the “liberal elite” and something that McCarthy remedied is mind bogglingly stupid. We had no choice but to ally ourselves with the Soviet Union, and a military alliance requires a certain degree of trust. During WWII the US lost around 200,000 men while the Soviets lost 20 million. To somehow insinuate we could have won the war without the Soviets is ridiculous.

Lastly, Mr Buchanan’s characterization of Pres Trump’s attacks on CNN, the NY Times, the Wash Post and the rest of the mainstream media as a way to hold them accountable in some way to what he views as the truth demonstrates that he lacks a firm grasp of the constitutional principle of freedom of the press. Mr Trump’s calling unflattering coverage fake news simply because he doesn’t agree with it, while praising Fox News, for example (which by the way, has been shown by nonpartisan sources to peddle the most false and misleading coverage of any mainstream outlet) does nothing but undermine democracy. To think it serves any other purpose is naive and frankly, ridiculous.

#24 Comment By The Scientist 880 On February 9, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

Pat Buchanan is listed as having a net worth of $7 million. I would bet its higher than that since he owned the TV station that controlled the family channel. His father was a partner at an accounting firm. He’s a white grievance merchant. There is no definition under which Pat could possibly be considered anything other than an elite. He went to Georgetown and then Columbia. The high school graduation rate in 1956, when he graduated high school was only 62.3%. Less than 9% of the public had a BA or more in 1950 when he graduated from undergrad. The number of people with graduate educations was so small, I can’t even find it broken out. I fail to see how this guy isn’t an elite.

#25 Comment By baldy On February 9, 2018 @ 6:08 pm

re Fabian:

Where was his pair during Vietnam? Where I come from having a big mouth doesn’t prove anything.

#26 Comment By David Smith On February 10, 2018 @ 9:47 am

In the end, we all see what we want to see, whether it is there or not.

#27 Comment By David Smith On February 10, 2018 @ 9:48 am

We all see what we want to see, whether it is there or not.

#28 Comment By Andrew Mann On February 10, 2018 @ 11:37 am

This is exactly why he’ll win again in 2020, because the left won’t learn their collective lesson. The Democrats have let New York and California progressives represent their entire party, there’s not a prominent centrist left on the national stage. You see the very few blue dog Democrats who are left (Joe Manchin, Henry Cueller, etc) looking like strangers in their own party. Anybody remember when Jim Webb talked about killing commies in Vietnam in the Democratic debate, only to get booed by the audience? Class envy, socialism, race based hatred and intersectional feminism are the ethos of the modern Democratic party.

#29 Comment By Dan Phillips On February 10, 2018 @ 11:56 am

Thank you Mr. Buchanan. A few of us in the paleosphere have been pointing out that Trump is a MAR and is appealing to MARs since he came down the escalator at Trump Tower and before because we recognized the pattern, while the professional pundits were still scratching their heads and trying to figure it all out.

#30 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On February 10, 2018 @ 2:41 pm

“I fail to see how this guy isn’t an elite.”

Pat Buchanan isn’t an economic elite because he opposes the neoliberal Washington Consensus of free trade and open borders, and he can’t be an intellectual elite because he’s the very antithesis of BARACK (Beyond Any Republican A–hole’s Calcified Ken)–the bone of arrogant liberalism is found nowhere in Pat Buchanan’s body. Ergo, he’s not an elite in any way, shape, or form.

Think about that for a moment. For the true elites, if you complain about Lois Lerner and the IRS, or about the airport tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton and the A.G., or about Obama siccing the intelligence agencies on Trump, you just don’t get it. You’re not enough of an **arrogant liberal** to get it (unlike you-know-who).

BARACK is what gave us the Mueller investigation. BARACK is the Kantian truth about politics. BARACK justifies dirty tricks by one party and one party alone–the Democrats.

To paraphrase Goebbels on Hitler: Elitism is BARACK; BARACK is elitism.

#31 Comment By Conewago On February 10, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

Oh, Patrick.

#32 Comment By old new lefty On February 11, 2018 @ 12:20 am

How interesting that Buchanan compliment Trump on bashing “fake news” and the NFL. I find it even more remarkable that he talks about basic institutions (the courts?, intelligence community?) as being riddled with left wing bias.

If Trump were a true conservative, he would be using intelligent policy initiatives that preserved vital objectives like environmental projection and public health. Instead, he prattles on about taking a sledge hammer willy nilly to institutions both inside and outside of government.

And finally, he waxes nostalgic forJoe McCarthy! To me both Trump and Buchanan appear to be suffering from some kind of Mad Cow disases infecting the current state of conservative thought.

The good news is, that like the radical left of the 1970s, the crackpot conservative right is digging its own grave! I am looking forward to one party Democratic government very soon!

#33 Comment By JohnT On February 11, 2018 @ 9:22 am

I’m guessing, of course, but I’ll bet Patty Boy wrote this bit of purse hypocrisy seated next to Little Kenny Copeland riding one of Kenny’s private jets on the latest Jesus Tour. Once done he took a limo over to Mikey Huckabee’s multi-million dollar Florida beach front home to put that real Christian shine on it. But, hey, as I recall that most remarkable bit in Luke, “When Jesus created the Republican Party He wasted not time on mere banalities and placed Conservatism at the Right Hand of God.”
But, I could be wrong and it could be Patty Boy ain’t nothing more than yet another example of the cancer that has doomed conservatism in our remarkable nation.
Yea, I’m a bit off topic but, hey, how in the world does one talk facts to pathological liars?

#34 Comment By Hibernian On February 11, 2018 @ 9:40 am

@ The Scientist 880 – I have no use for Buchanan, however, he very much did not grow up as a part of the elite of his time, Columbia graduate journalism degree notwithstanding. Few populist leaders in recent years grew up in log cabins.

#35 Comment By Joe F On February 11, 2018 @ 3:54 pm

Radical yes, middle-American never. At most the President pays lip service to middle-American concerns.

#36 Comment By Black On February 11, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

Pat Buchanan….LAST OF THE ANGRY OLD RICH WHITE MALES…The Greatest GEN-ERATION?

#37 Comment By DrivingBy On February 11, 2018 @ 9:39 pm

” During WWII the US lost around 200,000 men while the Soviets lost 20 million. To somehow insinuate we could have won the war without the Soviets is ridiculous.”

Wellll, the Soviets were at war with Germany in any case. We could certainly have let them lose 20.2 million, and then done a cleanup on the exhausted remains of both of them if need be thanks to our Hammers of Doom: Robert Oppenhiemer, Einstien, Slizard, Fermi and others.

Hindsight is easy, but the Cold War and now North Korea show what happens when you make an accomodation with evil. Running to wrong war or away from the right one creates generations of misery, or sometimes the violent end of one’s society (e.g., Mecca’s appeasement of Mohammad). The question of what is the right war is perhaps, answered correctly only decades after, and even then only by dispassionate observers with no emotion about the participants.

#38 Comment By Dr. Diprospan On February 11, 2018 @ 10:55 pm

A radical is a molecule with a high level of energy. Reactions involving radicals often cause burning.
Not without reason, Putin called Donald Trump a bright man.
The lamp of the electric flashlight shines in the dark, if connected to the plus and minus of the battery, between which there is a difference in potentials.
The idea of communism did not leave people indifferent: the revolutionaries tried to implement it with all their passion,
the conservatives no less passionately resisted.
If plants, insects and animals fight, the result of the struggle is easily predictable.
The situation is different with people.
As a result of people’s struggle, such amazing by-products appear as an ax, a bow, a wheel, iron, gunpowder…
In 10 000 years no one will remember that countries such as Russia and the United States existed, and what ideas provoked confrontation. But people will use the products of their confrontation: space, nuclear energy..
“The nation’s Reds had never been so scared in their entire lives.”
So that’s why some of them came to Soviet Russia and in extremely difficult conditions they tried to build American settlements in Siberia.
One “scared” American is even buried in the Kremlin wall.
[1]
Certainly, Christian values are subject to preservation.
But it’s also good to preserve such a fundamental human value as a pioneer spirit, regardless of who is its bearer: a communist or a conservative.
Certainly Mr. Buchanan is a representative of the conservative elite. Radical elite.
Neither the middle class nor any other class could have appeared in America if the royal elite did not finance Christopher Columbus.
[2]
Is Donald Trump a radical? Good question.
Recently I received a red baseball cap from America as a gift.
The inscription in white letters said on it:
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

#39 Comment By The Scientist 880 On February 12, 2018 @ 7:25 am

Hibernian,

Pat Buchanan’s dad was the partner of a law firm in a day when the majority of the population didn’t even make it through the 10th grade. He grew up a rich kid with lots of connections to the powerful people in DC.

#40 Comment By EarlyBird On February 12, 2018 @ 5:19 pm

Gee. What did I just read? Mr. Buchanan still wants to believe that we’ve voted in a man of vision and principle.

Trump is utterly reckless in every possible way. He’s corrosive and a hazard.

#41 Comment By Sheila On February 12, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

Brian is right; Trump has no interest in building anything but tacky hotels and the Trump brand name.”Rebuilding leftist institutions”??? It appears that Pat is projecting onto Trump.

#42 Comment By John F. On February 13, 2018 @ 4:37 am

An old white guy who sounds like he’s going deaf writing about another old white guy who sleeps with hookers, sprays carrot juice on his face and has trouble reading a one-page memo while eating McDonald’s hamburgers because he fears that somebody might poison him. What a spectacular demonstration of American Conservatism.

#43 Comment By Tulan G On February 14, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

Good article Mr. Buchanan. Very truthful and accurate.

#44 Comment By Lies Awake On February 15, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

Loved the titled. Like Mr. Buchanan, he’s obviously corn fed.