COMMENTARY | Flaming conservative Pat Buchanan has parted ways with MSNBC, citing "liberal leanings" as the reason for the relationship break-up, says the NY Times. Buchanan is getting flak for his book "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?"
The better question is, will America survive white supremacist, ethnocentric, right-wing capitalist, anti-Semitic, Christian jihadists like Buchanan? He loves to look around him for problem people (liberals, Jews, non-whites). Attitudes like Buchanan's are where the real problems lie.
By my having asked that, Buchanan and his ilk would doubtless brand me another leftist, liberal like the ones who he claims want to silence him. (Curious that he borrows anarchist leftist jargon and aligns himself with quotes from noted social democrat George Orwell in his parting rant "Blacklisted, but not Beaten," but I digress.)
I am, in fact, a fellow Catholic pro-life Christian with progressive Democrat leanings and an activist for social justice. I also need to clarify. I belong to these groups and accept as true most of their principles. These are not personal characteristics; they are beliefs and affiliations. I am not "a" social Democrat -- I believe in many principles of social democracy. In the U.S. we can't seem to separate principles from people.
Note in my diatribe against Buchanan, I listed his beliefs, principles and affiliations (as identified by him in his writings). I did not list physical or character traits, ethnicity, race or culture. That's where Buchanan goes wrong. In his book, Buchanan basically says America is going to "Hades in a handbasket" because it's less white, European and Christian now. He points to the ever-increasing minority and Jewish presence in America, like that's a bad thing and somehow related to the problems with our country (ADL).
How can he link a race, color, religion, country of origin or creed to a decline in society? Why even bring up the ethnic and racial points, except to be antagonistic and divisive? If he simply argued principle to principle, I'd still disagree with much of what Buchanan said, but at least it would be fighting clean.
- Pat Buchanan