This week starts out with an Idiot of the Week. It wouldn’t have. In fact, I was working on another post as I munched on my breakfast and sipped my morning java. But then … while trolling the news, a man popped up on my laptop screen with a really, really stupid remark and ruined my appetite. Spoiled my breakfast. I rarely eat breakfast, but today I thought to treat myself to an egg with cheese on an English muffin. I went to all the trouble to prepare it just so, lots of pepper, shredded the cheddar, and then it gets ruined. Well, you can already see how this man earned the award, right?
The man is Patrick “Pat” Buchanan, a political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, wanna-be-politician, and broadcaster. Three times he has run for President of the United States, and lost (thankfully) all three times. He served as an advisor to Presidents Ford, Reagan and Nixon. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. (How is it that these idiots all have degrees? We must raise the educational bar in this country!) Formerly of MSNBC, he is currently a commentator on Fox News. Need I say more? Okay, Mr. Buchanan let us hear it from you in your own words:
- “Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier in the Great War, a political organizer of the first rank, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him.”
- “The War Between the States was about independence, about self-determination, about the right of a people to break free of a government to which they could no longer give allegiance… How long is this endless groveling before every cry of ‘racism’ going to continue before the whole country collectively throws up?” (I thought his degree was in American Studies, but he has his wars confused!)
- “Americans are already deep in a culture war over morality—marijuana, abortion, same-sex marriage. We are already racially polarized over affirmative action and income inequality. And when we have ceased to be an English-speaking, Christian country and become instead an Asian-Hispanic-African-American-white nation, with large Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic and atheist minorities, and no defined borders, or common faith and culture, what holds us together?”
- “What is the moral argument for an affirmative action that justifies unending race discrimination against a declining white working class, who have become the expendables of our multicultural regime?”
- “Uncontrolled immigration threatens to deconstruct the nation we grew up in and convert America into a conglomeration of peoples with almost nothing in common — not history, heroes, language, culture, faith, or ancestors. Balkanization beckons.”
- “The West is dying. Its nations have ceased to reproduce, and their populations have stopped growing and begun to shrink. Not since the Black Death carried off a third of Europe in the fourteenth century has there been a graver threat to the survival of Western civilization.” (Has this man not seen population figures??? Overpopulation is one of the biggest problems in the world!!!)
- “The prognosis is grim. Between 2000 and 2050, world population will grow by more than three billion to over nine billion people, but this 50 percent increase in global population will come entirely in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as one hundred million people of European stock vanish from the earth.”
- “Chicano chauvinists and Mexican agents have made clear their intent to take back through demography and culture what their ancestors lost through war.”
- “High among the costs of immigration is the appearance among us of diseases that never before afflicted us and the sudden reappearance of contagious diseases that researchers and doctors had eradicated long ago. Malaria, polio, hepatitis, tuberculosis and such rarities of the Third World as dengue fever, Chagas’ Disease and leprosy are surfacing here…”
- “In 1960, the U.S. population was 89% white. By 1990, it was 76%. Today, it is under 70%. By 2050, white Americans, the most loyal voting bloc the Republican Party has, that provides 90% of all GOP votes, will be just another minority …”
- “The last consequence of a dying Christianity is a dying people. Not one post-Christian nation has a birth rate sufficient to keep it alive….The death of European Christianity means the disappearance of the European tribe, a prospect visible in the demographic statistics of every Western nation.“ (Yo, Pat … let me explain to you that there is no national religion! Read your Constitution!)
- “White America is an endangered species. By 2020, whites over 65 will out-number those 17 and under. Deaths will exceed births. The white population will begin to shrink and, should present birth rates persist, slowly disappear.”
- “Where equality is enthroned, freedom is extinguished. The rise of the egalitarian society means the death of the free society.”
Okay Pat, that last one was just too much, so your time is up! One last quote, not from Pat himself, but from none other than Donald Trump about Pat Buchanan in 1999:
- “I’m on the conservative side, but Buchanan is Attila the Hun.”
Mr. Buchanan, in other words, is even too “out there” for the most bigoted, vulgar person in the public eye today! That says something, folks!
Almost any of the above quotes could have spoiled my breakfast, but they are all from the past. Mr. Buchanan, however, is still at it, and last week he published an essay titled “Yes, the System Is Rigged”. You can guess, of course, that he is an avid fan of Trump and concurs with Trump that the only way he could possibly lose the election is if the system is “rigged”. I suggest you read his essay for yourselves, but a few snippets will serve to give you the general idea:
“This was the year Americans rose up to pull down the establishment in a peaceful storming of the American Bastille. But if it ends with a Clintonite restoration and a ratification of the same old Beltway policies, would that not suggest there is something fraudulent about American democracy, something rotten in the state?”
“Specifically, the Republican electorate should tell its discredited and rejected ruling class: If we cannot get rid of you at the ballot box, then tell us how, peacefully and democratically, we can be rid of you? You want Trump out? How do we get you out?”
“But if Hillary Clinton takes power, and continues America on her present course, which a majority of Americans rejected in the primaries, there is going to a bad moon rising. And the new protesters in the streets will not be overprivileged [sic] children from Ivy League campuses.”
On the surface, what he says in this essay pales in comparison to some of his previous outrageous quotes. But beneath the surface, I hear a threat, an ugly threat. This man is 77-years-old and college-educated. Words fail me at the utter stupidity that comes from his mouth and his pen. Therefore, without further ado, I will present to Mr. Patrick Buchanan, the coveted award of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week.