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The Path to a ‘National Emergency’

In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump’s stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States.

Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West.

The American people know this. Even the elites sense it.

Think not? Well, check out the leading liberal newspapers on Thursday.

The Washington Post and The New York Times each had two front-page stories about the president’s battle with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on funding the border wall.

Inside the first section, the Post had more stories, including one describing walls in history from China’s Great Wall to the Berlin Wall to the Israeli West Bank wall to the wall separating Hungary from Serbia.

Inside the Times was a story on a new anti-immigration party, Vox, that’s surging in Andalusia in Spain, and a story about African migrants being welcomed in Malta after being denied entry into Europe.

Another Times story related how the new president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has pulled out of a U.N. pact on migration, declaring, “Brazil has a sovereign right to decide whether or not it accepts immigrants.”

Half the columns on the op-ed pages of the papers dealt with Trump, immigration, and the wall. There was nothing significant in either on the Democrats’ hot new issue, a green New Deal.

Consider. In 1992, this writer’s presidential campaign had to fight to have inserted in the GOP platform a call for “structures” on the border.

Now, the whole Western world is worried about its borders, as issues of immigration and identity convulse almost every country.

Looking ahead, does anyone think Americans in 2030 are going to be more concerned about the border between North Korea and South Korea, or Turkey and Syria, or Kuwait and Iraq, or Russia and Ukraine, than about the 2,000-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico?

Does anyone think Pelosi’s position that a wall is immoral will not be regarded as absurd?

America’s southern border is eventually going to be militarized and defended, or the United States, as we have known it, is going to cease to exist. And Americans will not go gentle into that good night.

Whatever one may think of the face-off on Tuesday with “Chuck and Nancy,” Trump’s portrait of an unsustainable border crisis is dead on: “In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings.”

The Democrats’ routine retort, that native-born Americans have a higher crime rate, will not suffice as new atrocities, like those Trump related, are reported and repeated before November 2020.

What should Trump do now? Act. He cannot lose this battle with Pelosi without demoralizing his people and imperiling his presidency.

Since FDR, we have had presidential government. And when U.S. presidents have been decisive activists, history has rewarded their actions.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. On taking office, FDR declared a bank holiday. When Britain was barely hanging on in World War II, he swapped 50 destroyers for British bases. He ordered U.S. ships to chase down German submarines and lied about it. Truman fired General MacArthur.

Reagan fired the striking air controllers and ordered the military to occupy Grenada to stop Marxist thugs who had taken over in a coup from taking 500 U.S. medical students hostage.

Critics raged: Reagan had no right to invade. But the American people rewarded Reagan with a 49-state landslide.

Trump should declare a national emergency, shift funds out of the Pentagon, build his wall, open the government, and charge Democrats with finding excuses not to secure our border because they have a demographic and ideological interest in changing the face of the nation.

For the larger the share of the U.S. population that requires welfare, the greater the need for more social workers, and the more voters there will be to vote to further grow the liberal welfare state.

The more multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual America becomes—the less it looks like Ronald Reagan’s America—the more dependably Democratic it will become.

The Democratic Party is hostile to white men, because the smaller the share of the U.S. population that white men become, the sooner that Democrats inherit the national estate.

The only way to greater “diversity,” the golden calf of the Democratic Party, is to increase the number of women, African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics, and thereby reduce the number of white men.

The decisive issues on which Trump was elected were not the old Republican litany of tax cuts, conservative judges, and increased defense spending.

They were securing the borders, extricating America from foolish wars, eliminating trade deficits with NAFTA nations, the EU and China, making allies pay their fair share of the common defense, resurrecting our manufacturing base, and getting along with Russia.

“America First!” is still a winning hand.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of 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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67 Comments To "The Path to a ‘National Emergency’"

#1 Comment By thomas r oconnor On January 12, 2019 @ 1:03 am

You speak the truth and so many can’t handle it. We’re going into Koo Koo Banana Land and Trump is the only one that can possibly have any chance of this country changing course into third world banana republic.

#2 Comment By FJR – Atlanta On January 12, 2019 @ 8:29 am

I say give Trump the $5B for the wall – this will only cover a small fraction anyway. What we’ll get in return is the biggest, greatest, huuugest, monument to the worst presidency in history. Just think of the tourism it will bring. And then in 50 years we can seal his legacy by tearing it down.

#3 Comment By cjayneb On January 12, 2019 @ 9:26 am

Perhaps Pat should have just said, ” For the sake of white men, Nancy Pelosi must lose and the Wall must be built.” I think old Pat would be right at home in the Republic of Gilead.

#4 Comment By Paul E. Merrell, J.D. On January 12, 2019 @ 10:41 am

Has no one noticed that Trump is planning on blinking before the Dems on the government shutdown? That’s what declaring an emergency to build the wall is about. So Trump would do that, then allow the appropriations bill to proceed through Congress. The construction project gets tied up in the courts, then Trump can tell his base that he tried but the courts tied his hands.

#5 Comment By CE in CA On January 12, 2019 @ 11:06 am

I, for one, would be thrilled to see Trump set this precedent.

Tens of thousands of Americans die every year on the wrong end of a gun. Climate change imperils our children. And yet many conservatives claim there’s no emergency, or that these things aren’t even happening. These are the mirror images, politically, of the border issue.

Please, God, inspire Trump to set the precedent that political stalemates should be solved by emergency powers. I’ll make the popcorn

#6 Comment By Egypt Steve On January 12, 2019 @ 11:23 am

By the way, any American kid who has to go to Grenada to study medicine is a $50 million malpractice verdict waiting to happen. We’d all be better off if they were all still chained to a radiator in St. George’s to this day.

#7 Comment By Fred Bowman On January 12, 2019 @ 1:19 pm

CE in CA says

“I, for one would be trilled to see Trump set this precedent.”

Be careful what you wish for. Once a precedent is set, then it’s going to that much easier for another President now the line to do the same thing. Can you imagine a very liberal Democrat President closing the government and declaring “national emergency” until they get their way? An issue I see the liberals doing this type of thing would be “Gun Control”. Couple of “School Shooting” would be all it takes for such a President to close the government to get their way in a “weapons confiscation” program. Remember, what goes around, comes around, and that’s reason enough not to give any President that much power.

#8 Comment By Lee Green On January 12, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

And this is how democracy dies.

#9 Comment By Charles Cassil On January 12, 2019 @ 2:09 pm

Archon, Fred Bowman, JeffK, TomG, CLW, Sid Finster, John R, DRZ–

Thank you! for the great examples of my claim. The best thing about Mr. Buchanan’s essays is that they elicit many responses immeasurably better than his essays.

#10 Comment By Ken Zaretzke On January 12, 2019 @ 4:53 pm

We early-on Trumpists know Trump is doing good on immigration when, in today’s online New York Times, no fewer than six (!) op-ed articles are on Trump and the wall-funding impasse, a.k.a. The Shutdown.

Maureen Dowd: “Nancy Pelosi Spanks the First Brat”; Gail Collins, “Down the Rabbit Hole With Donald”; Roger Cohen, “Donald Trump Just Cannot Help It”; Nicholas Kristof, “Trump’s Five Craziest Arguments About the Shutdown”; Puny Anonymity, “Trump Furloughed Me. Should I Take Up Pole Dancing?”; and The Editorial Board, “Zzzzzzzzzzzz.”

The (gray) lady doth protest too much.

#11 Comment By jimmer On January 12, 2019 @ 6:13 pm

Who is stupid enough to find “I counted the articles in one day in a newspaper that I say is (but any intelligent person knows is NOT) the leading spokesperson for liberals” even slightly persuasive?

And Reagan was the king of amnesty for illegal immigrants, so that’s what his America was.

Now one can argue the overriding importance of massive worldwide migration due to the hell on earth many countries are, but this article is just silly.

#12 Comment By EliteCommInc. On January 13, 2019 @ 11:13 am

As far as i am concerned the immigration question has made bankrupt those who have repeatedly touted “law and order” application on citizens while actively abetting illegal entry, and employment of foreigners.

It leaves the contention — bare and useless — making plain it facade to cover a much deeper intent – to hyper control a particular US citizen population.

And I appreciate that the current president’s tenure is exposing more of the country’s damaging polity.

#13 Comment By Egypt Steve On January 13, 2019 @ 11:34 am

Re: “Many of us who have spent out lives in the working-class/union movement voted for Donald Trump because of his stand on jobs/immigration.”

American industrial jobs are not poached by Mexican hotel maids, lettuce pickers and roofers.

#14 Comment By IranMan On January 13, 2019 @ 8:15 pm

“The more multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual America becomes—the less it looks like Ronald Reagan’s America—the more dependably Democratic it will become.”

I personally know of a lot of those multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual upstanding citizens whose scientific, business, social and political contributions to America has made it much better than “Ronald Reagan’s America. You need to get with the program.

#15 Comment By phree On January 14, 2019 @ 12:21 pm

Pat is back in his racist, xenophobic, hyper-partisan glory — We need the Wall cuz brown people will vote for the Dems!!! This says it all:

“The more multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual America becomes—the less it looks like Ronald Reagan’s America—the more dependably Democratic it will become.”

Well, maybe if the GOP didn’t make explicitly racist statements like this, they could appeal to some more brown and black voters.

Just when the rhetorical bait and switch from “the Wall” to “barriers” and “border security” looked like it might be paying off, Buchanan comes out of the wood work to snatch defeat by reminding anyone that, yeah, racists love and want the wall, and don’t care how many laws Trump has to break to get it.

It’s a loser of an argument, if not on this issue then for the GOP going forward. Apparently, no-one at TAC had either the courage or the ability to get Buchanan to delete the explicitly racist part of the argument.

Buchanan didn’t get the memo — racists are now supposed to talk about “culture” not “race.” A cultural superiority argument can be rationally defended by non-racists, but once you throw race into it, the game is up — you are by definition a racist.

Plus, Pat is too late to the “Wall” game — Trump’s ocean to ocean wall is already politically dead. The GOP has abandoned it in favor of “barriers” and “border security.”

Polling must show that the “Wall” loses the moderates that both parties need to win elections. So, Trump and the GOP have to bait their base with the ocean-to-ocean wall that will never get built and switch to “barriers” and “border security” when they attack Democrats for not supporting the Wall.

Almost everyone of reason agrees that what we need is EFFECTIVE border controls (despite the GOP staw-man attacks on the Dems). But that does not mean we should build a $25 Billion boondogle of a Wall from Ocean to Ocean. Build some walls or “barriers” as the GOP is calling it now that they see that the “wall” is losing. Build walls at strategic points, but spend the rest of the money on something that will actually have more positive impact on the problems.

It’s just sad that Buchanan had to come out at this late stage of this idiotic shutdown to remind everyone that the GOP is indeed infected with racism.

#16 Comment By vern On January 14, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

Well racism has finally reared its head and guess who it looks like.

#17 Comment By jay kalend On January 14, 2019 @ 7:08 pm

Please divide 700 miles into 266,000 refugees, give or take the cost of lives, including law enforcement, either taken or violated by the ‘undocumented’.

And for those of you who discredit emergency powers, look up my disqus conversation at thefederalist.com (kalendjay), listing the legal points on which Trump will win here.

For those who do not bother to read actual laws passed by the United States.