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On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.”

Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone?

We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer broke into the “Hallelujah” chorus of Handel’s “Messiah.”

“Amen,” they thundered in The New York Times.

Trump should declare “total trade disarmament” to be national policy and make free trade his “legacy” to America. Such a proclamation, they wrote, would assure Trump the “moral high ground” in the global debate and transform him from “evil disrupter of international commerce to potential savior.”

For free trade is always and ever a “win-win for trading partners.”

To read the Times op-ed is to appreciate that what we are dealing with here is an ideology, a political religion, a creed, a cult.

For consider the fruits of free trade policy during the last 25 years: the frozen wages of U.S. workers, $12 trillion in U.S. trade deficits, 55,000 factories lost, 6 million manufacturing jobs gone, China surpassing the U.S in manufacturing, all causing a backlash that pushed a political novice to the Republican nomination and into the presidency.

To maintain a belief in the superiority of free trade to economic patriotism, in the face of such results, is to recognize that this belief system is impervious to contradictory proof.

Still, the enduring enthusiasm of free trade zealots is not the only sign that GOP globalists, having learned nothing and forgotten nothing, are looking to a post-Trump era to resurrect their repudiated dogmas.

In USA Today, Jeffrey Miron, director of economic studies at the libertarian flagship think tank Cato Institute, wrote last week:

“The solution to America’s immigrant problems is open borders. … Open borders means no walls, fences, screenings at airports, ICE … deportations, detention centers or immigration courts.”

And what would happen after we declare open borders?

“Immigrants will not flood into America. … Crime will not skyrocket. … Even if values and culture change, so what? … Who says America’s current values — some of them deeply evil — are the right ones?”

Bottom line for Cato’s Miron: If we throw open America’s borders and invite the world to come in and to remake who we are as a nation, “Think about the money we could save and make.”

This is truly economics uber alles, economy before country.

Other open borders and free trade true believers have begun speaking out. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, a megadonor to the GOP, has just lashed out at Trump as “divisive” and denounced the “rise in protectionism.”

Nations, organizations and individuals, said Koch, “are doing whatever they can to close themselves off from the new, hold onto the past and prevent change.”

He added, “This is a natural tendency, but it is a destructive one.”

In a pair of tweets, Trump fired back:

“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. I made them richer.

ORDER IT NOW

“Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker — a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!”

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, are threatening to have their network, Americans for Prosperity, withhold funding from GOP candidates who echo Trump on immigration and trade.

The open borders, free trade ideology of the Kochs, the Cato Institute, and such supply-siders as Moore, Forbes and Laffer, have deep roots in the Republican Party establishment.

Milton Friedman was of this school, as was the longtime editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, Bob Bartley, who for years pushed for a constitutional amendment declaring, “There shall be open borders.”

Bartley, somewhat prematurely, predicted that the nation-state was “finished” in the New World Order. Yet, today, as tribalism and nationalism are making a comeback, it looks more like the transnational “New World Order” that may be headed for the dumpster.

As long as Trump is in the White House and the party base is so viscerally behind him and his America First agenda, a renunciation of tariffs or a return to globalism is dead.

But what happens after Trump? Who and what comes next?

Republican recidivism — a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Bush Republicans — would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.

Yet, while these ideas have lost Middle America, they are alive and well among the establishment elites of both parties, who have also not given up on a foreign policy of using America’s economic and military power to attempt to convert mankind to democracy.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2018 Creators.com.

 
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  1. MarkinLA says:

    Republican recidivism — a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Bush Republicans — would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.

    Republican recidivism — a return to the rejected open borders, free trade agenda of the Reagan Republicans — would ignite a firestorm of protest that would tear the party of Trump apart.

    There fixed it for you. Pat you normally try to sneak a plug or two for Reagan in your columns and this time you kinda forgot. Now why would you do that?

  2. Realist says:

    Many of Trumps worst problems are the result of his own egregious choices. Such as the appointment of obvious Deep State apparatchiks to Cabinet and advisory positions, allowing GOP Inc sycophants such as Ryan, McConnell, Graham and others to ride rough shod over his campaign promises. Playing good cop to the bad cop Deep State, with Russia. Taking a belligerent stance with North Korea, Iran, China and the EU.
    I strongly suspect he is playing a Nationalist swamp drainer to his base, while in reality he is a Deep State Globalist.
    No fighter of the establishment would make such stupid mistakes as Trump has.

    • Agree: bluedog
  3. CalDre says:

    the establishment elites of both parties, who have also not given up on a foreign policy of using America’s economic and military power to attempt to convert mankind to democracy.

    Really, Pat? Surely you know they are trying to convert mankind to Globalism/Bolshevism, as the rest of your article makes clear. But for some reason Pat feels compelled to put some stupid lie like this in every article. Cognitive dissonance? Or an effort to keep getting invited to the DC Club Parties?

  4. Anonymous[310] • Disclaimer says:

    Economy before country is just a reboot of the globalist cult started by an Internationalist Jew that put religion before country.

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)

    Because we all bleed red! Guess where that globalist mantra originated…

    “He made from one blood every nation.” (Acts 17:26)

    Which is why the Internationalist Jew taught his antifa dupes to “hate” their own blood kin (Luke 14:26) and “forsake” their own soil (Matthew 19:27-30). Those white patriarchal Roman Goyim/Gentiles fascists were just the worst example ever! (Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25)

    Note how the Internationalist Jew’s cult recruited Africans early (Acts 8:26-40) and had a Black Prophet (Acts 13:1).

    • Replies: @Svigor
  5. nickels says:

    “The terrible and fateful events that befell our wonderful and tragic homeland, are carried as a searing and purifying fire on our souls.
    In this fire are burnt the false basis, the errors and prejudices on which the ideology of the former Russian intelligensia were built. On these basis it was impossible to build Russia; these falsehoods and prejudices led her to decay and death.”
    Ivan Ilyin, On Fighting Evil by Force

    Sound familiar?

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  6. MarkinLA says:
    @Realist

    I hope he is only doing this because he thinks he needs to go slow and play along sometimes because of all the swamp dwellers aligned against him. However, it is allowing the swamp to run the clock out on him. It is also allowing the intelligence community to avoid the shake up it needs and force his foreign policy into something the people don’t want.

    If he truely is willing to fight the swamp, there will come a time when he can fight and the swamp won’t have any bullets left. However, it doesn’t help when he continues to agree with the swamp that the Russians are meddling in our elections.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Realist
  7. KenH says:
    @Realist

    For supposedly being so brilliant Trump has done many boneheaded things such as refusing Paul Ryan’s rumored offer to resign as house speaker immediately following the 2016 election and firing everyone that’s loyal to him and his agenda while replacing them with neocons and never Trumpers.

    It was Ryan who royally f*cked up the Obamacare repeal since he was just trying to make the insurance companies rich and had to be stopped by members of his own party. And it’s the snake Ryan who’s obstructing Trump’s attempt at ending chain migration, lowering legal immigration and funding for a wall.

    Yet last year the Donald said Paul Ryan was a fine wine that gets better with age or something to that effect. I scratch my head but the Trump cultists are convinced this is 4D chess and part of some grand master plan.

    • Replies: @Realist
  8. Issac says:

    Trump was no revolution and has been little deviation from the norm. The hyperventilating diaspora not withstanding, nobody would know he was anything but another middle of the road neocon with a bit more hawkish immigration policy (that he never intends to implement). Global flavela bazaar neoliberalism for everyone is the revolution and it is still on schedule everywhere outside of the Visegrad.

  9. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    Don’t forget that he has chosen Bolton, Giuliani, Haley …

    Linh Dinh not only called the election months out, but explained that President Trump, like President Obama, would amount to nothing more than a vent pipe for a different group of gullible Americans.

    I, too, said that Mr. Trump neither believed nor would act effectively on much of what many of us here loved hearing in those speeches written by young Mr. Miller. I encouraged people not to vote, and was accused of doing so to help Jeb, then Hillary.

    It sounds like you may be coming to see things differently than you did in 2016.

    And while many of us are amused with some of his antics, President Trump seems at other times to be evolving into a caricature of the anti-PC candidate. Remember the hijacking of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, with bigots and flakes becoming the faces of the organizations in the mass media? The Establishment may in the same way be using Trump to discredit the views of those who voted for him.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  10. @Realist

    AGREED, on the stupidity of his picks for underlings. He has total responsibility for most of the Feral Gov. bureaucracy, and you don’t start off picking people that are against you.

    I don’t suspect Trump is a Globalist at heart, though. He may be under tremendous pressure of some sort by the Deep State to ACT LIKE one. Remember Ross Perot!

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @bluedog
  11. @CalDre

    CalDre, I’m not sure if Mr. Buchanan wasn’t just using those politicians’ words somewhat facetiously. That was their STATED goal back after 9/11/01 – we’ve got to “regime-change all those countries into democracies” was the mantra – that’ll fix everything.

    Well, hopefully that’ what Pat meant. He does get a little old-fashioned sometimes in his writing.

    • Replies: @Futurethirdworlder
    , @David
  12. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    No, I always knew that Trump might not be everything we hoped. I just knew that only he could beat Hillary. Anybody else but Trump or Cruz and we would already have that Luis Gutierrez amnesty for 30 million illegals and 100 million more put on the fast track.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Wally
  13. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA

    Linh Dinh, published here June 12, 2016, in part:

    “In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.”

  14. MarkinLA says:
    @anonymous

    I don’t know what your point is? Are you saying we should not have voted or chosen somebody we know could not win? What is the point of crying that Trump is a bad guy when there was no other choice?

  15. Realist says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I don’t suspect Trump is a Globalist at heart, though. He may be under tremendous pressure of some sort by the Deep State to ACT LIKE one. Remember Ross Perot!

    It is probable he is under threat from the Deep State, but he should have known that going in.
    The Deep State probably has an unbreakable hold on our government at least by electoral means. Other means will be needed to crush it.

  16. @Achmed E. Newman

    “Democracy is currently defined as a country ruled by jews.”
    Ezra Pound
    Pat is an avid reader.

  17. Realist says:
    @KenH

    I scratch my head but the Trump cultists are convinced this is 4D chess and part of some grand master plan.

    Not a chance. He should have known this would happen going in. The Deep State will not be uprooted by electoral means

  18. Realist says:
    @MarkinLA

    If he truely is willing to fight the swamp, there will come a time when he can fight and the swamp won’t have any bullets left.

    I wish that were true, but I believe the Deep State is so entrenched in our government (it is the government) that it will not be destroyed by electoral means.

  19. ” … Who says current values — some of them deeply evil …”

    “Think about the money we could save and make.”

    So says the materialist flesh-bot from the Cato Institute in regard to open borders. I’m assuming the libertarian is okay with the attempt at mainstreaming transgenderism and the sexualization of children by cultural Luciferians. I’d guess the freedom fighter views transhumanism as a positive evolutionary step. I’m sure the liberty lover will fit right into the synthetic/organic hive-mind that will be the result.

  20. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Don’t blame me,don’t blame thee,blame the fellow behind the tree,and of those rather than blaming Trump (who is in way over his head) they blame the deep state instead…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  21. Svigor says:

    Cato

    Libertarianism has gone hard Jew over the last decade because all the White Men are fleeing into the altright. They’ve lost tens of thousands of adherents.

    The open borders, free trade ideology of the Kochs, the Cato Institute, and such supply-siders as Moore, Forbes and Laffer, have deep roots in the Republican Party establishment.

    Milton Friedman was of this school, as was the longtime editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, Bob Bartley, who for years pushed for a constitutional amendment declaring, “There shall be open borders.”

    It’s so much easier to lead the goyim off a cliff if there’s some spergy ideology to hang your Jewish Supremacist goals on.

  22. Svigor says:
    @Anonymous

    Oh look, it’s the Christian-hating kike again. Hi, kike.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  23. Svigor says:
    @anonymous

    Nonsense, Trump and the altright have forced the J-Left to accelerate their plans, tipping their hands and awakening a lot more people. Thousands will flock to our banner over Sarah Jeong alone.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
  24. David says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The best thing about Pat Buchanan is that, nowadays at least, he’s always polite. His is an example that all of us should take to heart while we still can: Not insulting your adversary is the first step to bringing him onto your side.

    Pat isn’t always absolutely frank in his supporting points or in his framing of a political objective, but then he’s not the kind to give up when the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor either.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  25. anon[322] • Disclaimer says:

    The elites have always been the enemies of the people throughout history, in every country. From the pharaohs of Egypt to the Patricians of Rome, the British aristocracy, the European monarchies, the Bolsheviks, Soviet Politburo, Chinese princelings to the present day tech plantation owners, Wall Street billionaires and political elites, these people will do everything they can to maintain their elitism, if everyone else has access to what they have, namely money and power, they wouldn’t be elite anymore.

    It’s why democracy does not work. Anyone who can get elected president has to come from the elites or have wide support of the elites, like Obama. Those who are rich enough to run their own campaigns, like Trump, is already by definition an elite. Can you trust an elite to look out for the masses? Not since time immemorial.

    Trump campaigned on no more foreign wars and no more illegal immigration, America First. Two years on and we continue to have wars everywhere, last year we granted more OPT for foreign grads than at any time in history, he hasn’t done jack on H1b, has increased H2b, still allows H1b spouses to work, no cut on legal immigration, and managed to completely fuck up healthcare. If it’s truly bipartisanship that tripped him up, you wouldn’t know it judging by the umpteen Cohens from Wall Street in his cabinet, and his backing of RINOs like Ryan and neocons like Pence, Bolton and Haley. Instead of focusing all his energy fighting the Deep State, he’s trying to start a war with Iran. What the fuck do we care about Iran? Trump’s true identity and intention are in doubt. His biggest problem is he lacks principles. There’s only so much you can trust a guy who got rich working almost exclusively with shysters.

    America is going through our own Bolshevik revolution, but too many are either unaware, apathetic or too afraid to speak out.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  26. Anonymous[984] • Disclaimer says:
    @Svigor

    Not a Jew. Not a wannabee-Jew either.

    • “For it is we who are the circumcision.” (Philippians 3:3)
    • “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” -The Pope

    Are you projecting, Svigor? I thought so.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  27. @bluedog

    In deeper over his head than the former community organizer/ constitutional scholar (wow, what a resume!) fool Øb☭ma? Yeah, there’s a lot going on, but picking the right underlings should not be hard for a businessman – delegation of work is a big part of the job.

    Did you read the post about Mr. Ross Perot? What happened back in 1992 was pretty damn strange, looked at with the understanding I have now.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  28. Mr Buchanhan, you wouldn’t know free trade if it slapped itself upside your head. When you learn what true free trade is you will learn to appreciate the benefits. You are most likely speaking of crony corporate/government trade agreements

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @MarkinLA
    , @cassandra
  29. Anonymous[118] • Disclaimer says:

    But Trump is right about Free Trade: either everyone has zero tariffs, or we all have the same tariffs. That is the definition of Fair Trade.

  30. @David

    You are right, David. Mr. Buchanan is VERY polite. He’s as civil as he can be, as if this were 1985 and the more American-oriented GOP was quibbling over the budget with the more American-oriented Democrat party in some committee hearings. I’ve written this before a couple of times regarding Pat Buchanan:

    IT! IS! NOT! 1985! The people we are dealing with will absolutely NOT come to our side if we treat them nice. It just greatly encourages their stupidity when you are polite and try to be understanding (unless they are, which is NEVER). David, you are under the highly erroneous impression that you are dealing with people who are sane. I hate to break it to you this time of night, but our enemies are deeply insane.

    I hope this reply was respectful enough to you, though, David.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @David
  31. map says:

    Mr. Buchanam,

    The supply-side economics of Jude Wanniski does not require open borders or free trade. In fact, without a gold standard, free trade is unworkable.

  32. TTSSYF says:
    @Anonymous

    So, just a Christian-hater. Okay; got it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  33. TTSSYF says:
    @therevolutionwas

    I think it’s that he’s a patriot and a realist about the need to maintain this country’s manufacturing ability as part of national defense, even if it means a certain amount of protectionism. He’s said as much in his books, where he’s lamented the greed of American globalists and their lack of patriotism.

  34. TTSSYF says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Agree entirely. You’ve expressed much more clearly what I was attempting to say in my reply to therevolutionwas.

  35. David says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You’re not impolite. I addressed you because I didn’t want to argue with they guy who put down Buchanan. But you’re missing something. A long while ago you wondered when the majority of Americans would snap out of their torpor and take back their country — before it’s too late! But someone or some idea has to serve as an organizing force to make it happen.

    The air molecules in a room could all materialize on one side of it suddenly. From a quantum mechanical point of view, it’s definitely possible. But more likely, if the air were to end up on one side of the room, some organizing force would have put it there. If you want Americans to come over to your side, don’t wait for a quantum miracle!

    We still need to make friends if we want to favorably shape our world. As Orwell said about writing, eliminate any unnecessary unpleasantness.

    • Replies: @densa
  36. Anonymous[116] • Disclaimer says:
    @TTSSYF

    Yep, the Jewchrist told me I must “hate” my blood and kin (Luke 14:26) and “forsake” my native soil (Matthew 19:27-30).

    I say: Hate the Jewchrist back.

    Are you too frightened of the Magical Jew to reciprocate his hatred of your blood and soil, coward?

    And why do you debase yourself to worship Jews, anyway? What really does the Jew offer that the White man can’t do for himself?

    We worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.” John 4:22

    The man who needs salvation from the Jews is the kind who needs Jewpoz in his neghole. Admit it, you want to be a bride of a swarthy middle-eastern guru, freak. Looking forward to consummating that perverse Jewmarriage in Jewheaven, aintcha, boi.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  37. APilgrim says:

    Reportedly Richard Spencer created the term “alt-right”.

    Richard Bertrand Spencer (born May 11, 1978) is president of the National Policy Institute, as well as Washington Summit Publishers. Spencer rejects considers himself a white nationalist or white identitarian. Spencer created the term “alt-right”, which he considers a movement about “white identity”. Spencer advocates white-European unity and a “peaceful ethnic cleansing” of nonwhites from America, criticizes Euroskepticism, and advocates the creation of a white ethno-state that would be open to all “racial Europeans”, which Spencer considers a reconstitution of the Roman Empire.

    Spencer sounded as dumb as a brick on Dinesh Joseph D’Souza’s new movie, ‘Death of a Nation’, but I suppose that a director can make anybody look the fool, with their edits.

  38. bluedog says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If you can’t stay on same page then at least try to stay in the same book,Trump was the one I was referring to not Obama for he’s history,as far as Perot he was playing a part,part of the game that never stops..

  39. cassandra says:

    What I’ve liked about Trump:
    a) Watching the smugness of Hillary and the MSM disappear on election night: by itself worth the price of admission.
    b) Using twitter to go over the heads of the pearl-clutching MSM.
    c) Seeing the partisanship in the intelligence community exposed, especially the FBI.
    d) Trying to have a formal rather than discretionary immigration policy.
    e) Restricting immigration from Mideast countries with radicals.
    f) Seeing him try to get along with Putin.
    g) International independence in foreign policy.
    h) Shutting down the trans-oceanic secret trade treaties and reexamining trade.
    i) Just talking to Kim il-Sung
    j) Covfefe, because it upsets prudes.

    What I haven’t liked about Trump:
    a) Even more sanctions on Russia.
    b) Losing his original advisers to neocon types, one by one.
    c) Implacable hostility toward Iran.

    Ambiguities in Trump’s behavior:
    a) Saying he doesn’t trust the intelligence community, then retracting.
    b) Sanctions, Syrian bombings and military buildup while trying to have talks.

    Trump’s strange political decisions:
    a) What is Jared Kushner?
    b) Why didn’t he fight Flynn’s resignation?
    c) Why did he appoint Mueller & Rosenstein?
    d) Why did he appoint Pompeo & Bolton?

    Trump’s behavior is very obviously conflicted, but I don’t think it’s because he doesn’t know his own mind. My working hypothesis is that he’s making some effort to carry out his platform (very unlike Obama), but that behind-the-scenes forces are resisting mightily. In some cases I think he’s being worn down, in others, I think he’s being subjected to very heavy pressure to avoid and even walk back certain policies. Why did he get rid of his campaign policy advisers, why did he make politically hostile appointments in the FBI and Justice, why did he appoint advisors who hold stated positions contrary to his? What made him retract what he said about trusting intelligence agencies? These were the same guys who let 911 happen after all.

    I wouldn’t necessarily be happy if he succeeded with all his goals. However, it seems that every time he tries to do something, massive political barriers and MSM hostility are thrown up in front of him*. So, I do think that he’s fighting the deep state, that the situation is pretty much revealing how it works, as I’d hoped. There’s a chance that he might do some effective swamp-draining eventually, but we’re still in the shallow end.

    *With the unfortunate exception of Iranian sabre-rattling.

    • Replies: @Mike P
    , @El Dato
  40. cassandra says:

    Buchanan’s discussion of the Pundits’ opinion starkly exposes their elitist arrogance:

    For free trade is always and ever a “win-win for trading partners.”

    Maybe for the trading partners, but what about the rest of the population? But the most revealing is:

    Who says America’s current values — some of them deeply evil — are the right ones?

    That’d be the people, wouldn’t it? And who exactly are the “we” here:

    “Think about the money we could save and make.” This is truly economics uber alles, economy before country.

    Buchanan reveals a bad attitude: imagine suggesting that money might not be the bottom line.

    But of course the Globalists are plotting; what would make them stop? My money is on the Kalergi-Coudenhove Plan, formed in 1924, for the Jewish people to rule Europe, based on lame excuses derived from eugenics theories that make Hitler’s racial policies look positively enlightened. After you’ve had a chance to look it up, and you stop laughing that such a preposterous idea could possibly get enough traction to last beyond the next day’s hangover, see this link: https://uia.org/s/or/en/1100019566, and then search for the Coudenhove-Kalergi prize recipients in 2010 and 2012. This mad project is about to survive its centennial.

  41. lavoisier says: • Website
    @anonymous

    Boy, he sure seems like a prophet with that quote.

    Trump does appear to be more talk than substance for sure.

    When the wall gets built, I will start to believe again.

  42. MarkinLA says:
    @therevolutionwas

    When you learn what true free trade is you will learn to appreciate the benefits.

    Substitute communism for free trade and it’s true believers say the same thing about their imaginary utopia. Hell, why stop there, put in any ISM you want and get the same thing.

  43. cassandra says:
    @therevolutionwas

    When you learn what true free trade is you will learn to appreciate the benefits.

    …or else? It’s not even clear that “true free trade” is possible, or what it is, for that matter. The term is a propaganda meme: it’s emotionally evocative but linguistically vague. It’s not at all clear what specific policies (i.e., legislation) are being advocated.

    Buchanan criticised consequences of the agreements that we have, not hypotheticals with consequences we’d like to have. The former may have been good for the traders, but they haven’t been beneficial for the middle class, nor the nation at large.

  44. Mike P says:
    @cassandra

    My working hypothesis is that there are three forces at play:

    1. Trump with his own agenda – MAGA, terminate wars, stop globalisation
    2. Zionist radical globalists
    3. Zionist MAGA sympathisers

    No. 3 are of course really still Israel-firsters and don’t care much about America, but they do realise that the radical globalist agenda undermines U.S. power, which is causing the U.S. to lose its grip on the rest of the world. Thus, they support MAGA in order to preserve and restore U.S. power, so that it may continue to serve Israel.

    Trump has allied himself with No. 3, because without any allies he would go the way of JFK in a hurry (he still might). They let him pursue his nationalist economic agenda, but each time he tries to pursue his other aims – detente, mostly, a foreign policy that truly serves America first – they yank his leash.

    As I said, this is my working hypothesis; there may be better explanations.

  45. @CalDre

    Yeah, I waded through this goofy article only to be faced with that and wondered what the heck has this dude been smoking.

    I think the man would do himself a favor and retire his quill.

  46. densa says:
    @David

    Agree that Mr. Buchanan should be respected, not denounced for not being someone else. He has long worked in the trenches, and I don’t think it too much to say that he and others like him helped create the alt-Right and made Trump’s win possible. This is another fine piece by him.

    I was impressed with Trump’s tweet reply to the Kochs. In part Trump said, “I’m for America First & the American Worker — a puppet for no one.” I’d like to believe that but it gets harder as his words of support for America are beginning to pale against his acts of neocon continuity.

    Maybe it is right that Trump is just the latest iteration of Obama, a sop to our nation’s discontent. But what choice did we have other than to support him and hope for the best? He does seem increasingly under neocon influence. The pressures are intense. The negative ones only relent when he does what they want. The positive pressures reward him with the decadence of wealth and power. I’d be surprised at this point if he can remember the people he promised he’d never forget. But we got a mention in twitter…

  47. @anon

    America is going through our own Bolshevik revolution, but too many are either unaware, apathetic or too afraid to speak out.

    Done deal. Happened nearly 100 years ago, and got a huge boost under FDR. Been downhill ever since.

    The remainder of your comment is spot on.

  48. For free trade is always and ever a “win-win for trading partners.”

    This is what people are taught when they study Economics, often with a counter-intuitive example to illustrate the idea of comparative advantage. Many never question the idea, and shrug off the evidence of their own eyes.

    The idea would hold if China spent its export earnings on goods and services produced by its trading partners. Instead, it lends the money back to us so we can go on buying Chinese.

    The underlying problems are the globalization of the financial markets, and our willingness to accumulate unsustainable levels of debt.

  49. TTSSYF says:
    @Anonymous

    I’m no Jew worshipper, and I am fully aware of how much many of them hate us goyim. I’m no practicing Christian (although raised one). I’m a scientist and agnostic.

  50. Seneca says:

    I think your rough outline is fundamentally correct . Some other commentators have mentioned the pro Trump / anti Trump split amongst Jews. Other groups are involved of course. I
    also noticed his strange personnel choices on ocassion (John Bolton?) and chalked it up Trump’s realization that he needs “some” Allies. Without Allies you really can’t do anthing.

  51. El Dato says:
    @cassandra

    Good list.

    You forget the permanent humoring of the psycho tendencies of the Tidally Locked Dark Suns of the Middle East – Saudia Arabia and Israel.

    There is probably not much one can do about those two for now.

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  52. Pat Buchanan and Steve Sailer are such genius, The upper Midwest are dumping Republicans according to recent election results, In Michigan, Pa, and Wisconian and Ohio illegal immigration is not an important issue like its in Texas or even Florida. It was basically trade but since most new manufacturing jobs are opening up in the south instead of the Midwest Trump’s popularity is dropping there.Also, with lots of Tariffs ,jobs are leaving the Midwest for the south, In fact Republicans are doing a lot better in the south than the upper Midwest After 2020, the upper Midwest loses about 8 electircal college votes to Texas, Florida, Georgia and Carolinas her Republicans are doing a lot better than PA where poor Lou Bareletta is losing badly to Bob Casey. Yes, Trump barely won the upper Midwest and the election but in2020 the Dems will probably picked up Michigan and PA. Trump needs to appeal better to Oregon where a Republican is running well and Nevada where the Republicans are tied unlike Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconian, and PA where they will probably lose. Most of the e-verify was passed in the south not the Midwest. Why did Mr Sailer thought it was important when there are a lot less illegal immigrants in the upper Midwest compared to Arizona, North Carolina, and Georiga. Pa has the most due to being closed to New York but they like Casey over Barletta according to polls.

  53. cassandra says:
    @El Dato

    …psycho tendencies of the Tidally Locked Dark Suns of the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Israel

    Thank you, and point taken. Mention of Iran does include these obliquely, however: supposedly sinister Iranian influence (e.g., Hezbollah & Hamas) is trotted out whenever bombing of Yemen, Gaza and Syria has to be justified.

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