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Pat Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Credit: BBSRock (Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0))
BornNovember 2, 1938
EducationBA (Georgetown University), MA (Columbia University)
Alma materColumbia University
Home BaseWashington, D.C.
Published ByOPP HQ
Published On12 March 2004

His name is synonymous with fascism and hate. Three-time Presidential Candidate, syndicated columnist, speechwriter for Nixon, advisor to Reagan, on the board of advisors to the Southern League (now League of the South), which promotes southern secession (their slogan at one time was "if at first you don't secede, try try again"). It was only after he left the Republican Party and helped make it a very rich party that you heard Republicans call him on his racism. Buchanan has an affinity for militia groups, and appointed Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. as his campaign co-chairman in 1996. Pratt had to resign when it was discovered that he had on several occasions addressed militias and white supremacist groups like Aryan Nations.

There is so much we have on Pat that it will take a good long while to note it all here, but a gem came in 1998, when Buchanan fired off a shot that had set off a number of people who read it. In a column titled 'The Dispossession of Christian Americans' he complains about a voting bloc being built to "deprive America's white middle class of its birthright, and handing it over to minorities, who just happen to vote Democratic."

We know nothing of this so-called 'birthright', and we are certain no one else does. This assertion is bad enough, but there is more here.

The article was about the racial and religious makeup of universities, in particular Harvard, where he found a study showing Hispanic and black enrollment has reached 7 percent and 8 percent,respectively, slightly less than the 10 percent and 12 percent of the U.S. population that is Hispanic and black. The report goes on to say that nearly 20 percent of the Harvard College student body isAsian-American, and 25 percent to 33 percent is Jewish, though Asian-Americans make up only 3 percent of the U.S. population and Jewish-Americans even less than 3 percent. Buchanan concludes by saying 50 percent of Harvard's student body is drawn from about 5 percent of the U.S. population!

    "When one adds foreign students, students from our tiny WASP elite and children of graduates, what emerges is a Harvard student body where non-Jewish whites -- 75 percent of the U.S. population -- get just 25 percent of the slots," Buchanan claims. "Now we know who really gets the shaft at Harvard -- White Christians."

Buchanan is good for an anti-Semitic crack here and there, whether he is defending Nazi war criminals or referring to them as the 'Amen Corner' in the US pushing for Desert Shit back in '91. This however was a rather underreported diatribe where he, despite his past opposition to quotas for everybody else, calls for 'proportional representation' this time around. 'If proportional representation is the name of the game,' he writes, 'Christian and European-Americans should get into the game, and demand their fair share of every pie: 75 percent, and no less.'

In 2000, Pat became a candidate for president for Ross Perot's Reform Party. He left the Republican Party when it dawned on him that money beats ideology everytime, evidenced by the coronation of George W. Bush as the GOP nominee and eventually president. Buchanan also set folks off with a part in his book 'A Republic, Not an Empire', in which reportedly he rationalized Hitler by saying that it was not his intention to go after the US and England until after war was declared. Hitler wanted to sweep through Russia and rid the world of communism. Oh.

Since he left the Republican Party, all the conservatives in the GOP who made him a rich and powerful man, and also benefitted from that power are now feeling free enough to call him out for the fascist that he is. It is still distressing, however, that Buchanan had carte blanche to be one until after he left their little club. Republicans are either cowardly, full of shit or both. No, check that. They're both. Meanwhile, Pat still talks of White Christian America's birthright. Pat's going to hate what the birthright of bigots is.