"TRUMP WAS, IN ALL FAIRNESS, FINISHING A ROAD THAT SOMEONE HAD ALREADY LAID MUCH OF. HIS MAGA WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF A MUCH OLDER POLITICIAN NAMED PATRICK JOSEPH BUCHANAN..."
HEROES OF THE WEST: THE WATCHMAN OF AMERICANISM
PUBLISHED: 26th September, 2018 | By MATT MARSHALL
Many people rightly celebrate Trump bringing nationalist and populist ideals back into the American right. After decades of neoconservative domination of the GOP and an increasingly embarrassing march of presidential candidates, Trump revitalized the Republican Party. His election was the biggest “bugger off” to the neo-Marxists possible. But Trump was in all fairness; finishing a road that someone had already laid much of. His MAGA was the brainchild of a much older politician named Patrick Joseph Buchanan.
As some will know, the trajectory of both American political parties has changed much since the creation of the Republic. Dinesh D’Souza’s ramblings aside, the Democrats used to have a radically different agenda than they do now. The Republican Party has also gone through a number of incarnations. It was originally an anti-slavery party that was made up of 19th century classical liberals. Northern businessman and staunch Protestants were some of the party’s greatest supporters. During and after the Civil War, a strong faction of “radical Republicans” that formed a significant chunk of the party was arguably on the far left. Fortunately, the strong pro-business leanings of the party prevented Marxist infiltration. However, the rise of social democrat president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and politicians like him created an alliance between alienated Southern Democrats, and various elements of the Republican coalition. Sometimes called “the Old Right”, these men and their voters were unified mainly by opposition to foreign wars and the League of Nations. Many also were skeptical of federal power and supported restrictions on immigration. Both the paleoconservative and paleolibertarian movements came out of this “Old Right”.
Entering into this tradition was Pat Buchanan who would become the bulwark of a distinctly cultural conservatism for the latter half or the twentieth century. He was born in 1938 in Pennsylvania to a devoutly Catholic family descended from Southern Scots-Irish on his father’s side. He took a masters degree in journalism and became an editorialist for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat paper while still in his early twenties. He quickly got invested in politics, critiquing Canada’s trade position during the American embargo of Cuba, supporting Barry Goldwater, and joining the Young Americans for Freedom. In 1966, Buchanan was hired as an advisor to the Richard Nixon campaign and worked with him throughout his entire administration. He remained a prominent journalist and featured on many radio and television shows as a prominent commentator. His crowing career move was serving as the Reagan administration’s White House Communication Director from February 1985-March 1987. In 1992 and 1996 he ran for the Republican nomination for presidential candidate. In 2000 he ran on the third party ticket, with the short-lived Reform Party. Since then Buchanan has continued to write editorials and has endorsed a number of Republican candidates, including Donald Trump.
Throughout this entire career, Pat Buchanan was a one-man wrecking ball of “America First” politics. He has been one of the most vocal opponents of neo-conservatism and served as an important restriction on it inside the GOP. He is a stalwart immigration hawk and has made numerous public and private pleas to lower immigration levels, pointing out the demographic change of the US over the last several decades. Buchanan has also critiqued several aspects of the American Civil Rights movement and defended the memory of the Confederate States of America. He has always been a vocal supporter of trade policies that put American workers and business first. On every front of the culture war, Pat Buchanan has been there to fight for the ideals of the United States he grew up in. On foreign affairs he has warned his countrymen to be wary of China, disregard the European Union and has argued for stronger relations with post-communist Russia. While holding some pro-Israel views, he has made his opposition to AIPAC and the “Israel First” lobby clear. His 2002 book Death of the West is one of the best right-wing books of the 21st century in this author’s opinion.
Basically you get the point; Buchanan laid the road for Trump. The two are as personally different as chalk and cheese, but share many of the same ideas. Buchanan even called George Bush Jr a “globalist”. At this point I should probably tell you something dear readers. I am starting a series of articles entitled “Heroes of the West”. They will be spread amongst my other articles and will focus on political figures that have made serious contributions to the preservation of Western Civilization. I will begin with a very short biography as I did and then explain how the subject fits into current events and the greater historical context.
I chose Pat Buchanan as my first choice because the future of America is in doubt. While Trump has done an incredible amount of damage to both the neoliberal establishment and the social radicals who populate the American left; there is still much to be done. I will be deeply surprised if his presidency survives the 2020 election. The continuous propaganda campaign against him by the lying press is so strong and the damage done to America in the name of Marcuse and Gramsci may be too severe. But what Trump has done is brought nationalism back within the Overton Window and sent a bolt of pure fear into the enemies of Western Civilization. The fact that millions were able to vote for a man like Trump, espousing the ideas that he did, is something existential for the Whig and the progressive. If it happened once, it can happen again. “Men are not as weak as he supposed.” The Left knows they are not going to be reversed in a day, what they fear is a gradual uprooting of their influence from swathes of America that are rejecting the status quo. Quiet rebellions, spreading like a fire that will reduce the power of the federal government and rise against leftist teaching. The disciples of Gramsci and Marcuse will find it hard to teach those who refuse to listen and attempting to shove more social indoctrination down their throats will result in open rebellion. Che Guevara spoke of “a thousand Vietnams”. I see the downfall of the left in “a thousand CSAs”. The leftist cause is itself doomed, as its coalition is impermanent. Hispanics colonizing the Southwest have little in common with Bay Area feminist radicals.
The way America once was is sadly gone. Maybe not forever, but it is gone for now at least. The rogue colonial state that transformed itself into one of the most powerful nations on the planet has been changed multiple times in its history, but like so many Western nations it has faced the curse of modernity. America is unique in those nations of having more of a classical liberal tradition than most, actively rejecting monarchism in its birth. Yet, the USA has preserved a certain reactionary tradition inherited from its European forefathers. Early America functioned not unlike an aristocratic republic, and the imperial eagle and fasces of Rome grace the nations capitol. The Southern states preserved some aristocratic traditions, as did some of the finest military academies. There remained an element of classical conservatism even in this land of liberal Whig democracy. And it is from this tradition that Pat Buchanan and his “Old Right” predecessors spring. Perhaps that’s why a monarchist Tory bastard like me is so fond of him.
Pat Buchanan deserves to be seen as a hero, not because he stopped America from falling into decadence, but because he preserved the best traditions of Americanism. His devotion to his Southern roots, his deep Christian belief and his nationalistic love of country are all textbook red, white and blue. Buchanan’s healthy distrust of the media, his appeal to working class voters, and his willingness to plunge into culture war fights make him the face of what the GOP should have been since Nixon, rather than what it became. Like many other Cold War conservatives, Pat Buchanan played the long game. He fought against the rising tide of cultural Marxism with all his strength and held the line as best as he could. This is why we should honour old Pat. Not because either he saved America but because he fought for it and stands as an inspiration to young Americans who realize something is wrong with their beloved country. The watchmen on the last remaining ramparts, Pat Buchanan’s example will shine the way forward.
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