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In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.

Yet it was a bold and decisive move, and it paid off in what was the best day of Donald Trump’s campaign.

Standing beside Nieto, graciously complimenting him and speaking warmly of Mexico and its people, Trump looked like a president. And the Mexican president treated him like one, even as Trump restated the basic elements of his immigration policy, including the border wall.

The gnashing of teeth up at The New York Times testifies to Trump’s triumph:

“Mr. Trump has spent his entire campaign painting Mexico as a nation of rapists, drug smugglers, and trade hustlers. … But instead of chastising Mr. Trump, Mr. Pena Nieto treated him like a visiting head of state … with side-by-side lecterns and words of deferential mush.”

As I wrote in August, Trump “must convince the nation … he is an acceptable, indeed, a preferable alternative” to Hillary Clinton, whom the nation does not want.

In Mexico City, Trump did that. He reassured voters who are leaning toward him that he can be president. As for those who are apprehensive about his temperament, they saw reassurance.

For validation, one need not rely on supporters of Trump. Even Mexicans who loathe Trump are conceding his diplomatic coup.

“Trump achieved his purpose,” said journalism professor Carlos Bravo Regidor. “He looked serene, firm, presidential.” Our “humiliation is now complete,” tweeted an anchorman at Televisa.

President Nieto’s invitation to Trump “was the biggest stupidity in the history of the Mexican presidency,” said academic Jesus Silva-Herzog.

Not since Gen. Winfield Scott arrived for a visit in 1847 have Mexican elites been this upset with an American.

Jorge Ramos of Univision almost required sedation.

When Trump got back to the States, he affirmed that Mexico will be paying for the wall, even if “they don’t know it yet.”

Indeed, back on American soil, in Phoenix, the Donald doubled down. Deportations will accelerate when he takes office, beginning with felons. Sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants will face U.S. sanctions. There will be no amnesty, no legalization, no path to citizenship for those who have broken into our country. All laws will be enforced.

Trump’s stance in Mexico City and Phoenix reveals that there is no turning back. The die is cast. He is betting the election on his belief that the American people prefer his stands to Clinton’s call for amnesty.

A core principle enunciated by Trump in Phoenix appears to be a guiding light behind his immigration policy.

“Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time Washington. … There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people. … Nothing even comes a close second.”

The “well-being of the American people” may be the yardstick by which U.S. policies will be measured in a Trump presidency. This is also applicable to Trump’s stand on trade and foreign policy.

Do NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China, the South Korea deal and TPP advance the “well-being of the American people”? Or do they serve more the interests of foreign regimes and corporate elites?

Some $12 trillion in trade deficits since George H. W. Bush gives you the answer.

Which of the military interventions and foreign wars from Serbia to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to Yemen to Syria served the “well-being of the American people”?

Are the American people well served by commitments in perpetuity to 60- and 65-year-old treaties to wage war on Russia and China on behalf of scores of nations across Eurasia, most of which have been free riders on U.S. defense for decades?

Trump’s “core issue” might be called Americanism.

Whatever the outcome of this election, these concerns are not going away. For they have arisen out of a deeply dissatisfied and angry electorate that is alienated from the elites both parties.

Indeed, alienation explains the endurance of Trump, despite his recent difficulties. Americans want change, and he alone offers it.

In the last two weeks, Trump has seen a slow rise in the polls, matched by a perceptible decline in support for Clinton. The latest Rasmussen poll now has Trump at 40, with Clinton slipping to 39.

This race is now Trump’s to win or lose. For he alone brings a fresh perspective to policies that have stood stagnant under both parties.

And Hillary Clinton? Whatever her attributes, she is uncharismatic, unexciting, greedy, wonkish, scripted and devious, an individual you can neither fully believe nor fully trust.

Which is why the country seems to be looking, again, to Trump, to show them that they will not be making a big mistake if they elect him.

If Donald Trump can continue to show America what he did in Mexico City, that he can be presidential, he may just become president.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2016

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  1. Mark Green says: • Website

    If Trump gets elected, no public intellectual deserves more credit for his victory than our nation’s foremost conservative trailblazer, Pat Buchanan.

  2. Rehmat says:

    Let American elect Patrick J. Buchanan as next president to see if he put his actions where his big mouth is.

    “And if there is a “moral” obligation to intervene, why does it not apply to Israel and Turkey, Syria’s nearest neighbors? Why does that moral duty not apply to the European Union, upon whose doorstep Syria sits? Why is it America’s moral obligation, 5,000 miles away?,” asks Buchanan on February 28, 2014.

    “It is not. The Turks, Israelis, EU and Gulf Arabs who hate Assad would simply like for us to come and fight their war for them,” Buchanan replies his own question.

    On August 20, 2013, in an article, entitled Who Owns the Future, Buchanan claims that by supporting the military junta in Egypt, the United States is jeopardizing the Christians and American interests in the Muslim world. He is right in believing that Washington expects that the US-Israel trained generals would be more reliable than the democratically elected Dr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters in looking after US-Israel interests in the region….

  3. Rurik says:

    Trump’s “core issue” might be called Americanism.

    or anti-Semitism, which is what ‘America first’, “isolationism” means

    hatred of Jews and Israel

    why don’t they just say it?

  4. @Rurik

    or anti-Semitism, which is what ‘America first’, “isolationism” means

    hatred of Jews and Israel

    why don’t they just say it?

    Because Jews and Israel know better than to say “It’s all about Jews and Israel”. Duh. They know better than to bring Jews and Israel into any real, and accurate, public focus.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  5. w says:

    Trump’s next major meeting should be with Putin…..the Lefty/NEOCON meltdown would be EPIC!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    , @Seoulsurvivor
  6. pat buchanan is a white supremacist, fanatical christian. isn’t he the author of the ‘southern strategy’ that every presidential candidate since nixon has employed? capture all the redneck yahoos who hate niggas & homos, but love duck dynasty, you win the republican nomination.
    and so trump did.
    other than his naked bigotry, buchanan makes a lot of sense.

    • Replies: @iSteveFan
    , @Rurik
  7. iSteveFan says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    pat buchanan is a white supremacist

    Back up that accusation or retract it.

  8. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Yeah, compared to iSteve, Pat Buchanan isn’t much of a white supremacist.

  9. Rurik says:
    @John Jeremiah Smith

    Because Jews and Israel know better than to say “It’s all about Jews and Israel”. Duh.

    but they don’t have to say it

    it’s self-evident!

    the mantra ‘America first’ meant during the run-up to WWII, that certain selfish (and anti-Semitic) Americans didn’t care about all those Jews Hitler was gassing. They didn’t care about the Holocaust!

    they could have bombed the railroads to Auschwitz, but they didn’t, because all these “America firsters” were too busy worrying about their own lives and own children and their own so-called country. Not about all those Jews (God’s people) in Germany under Hitler’s genocidal regime who were America’s responsibility to save!

    Now it’s the exact – same – thing!

    These same ‘America firsters’ are all worried about their own petty little lives, and their own petty little children, and their own so-called (racist) country. When they should be worried about all those terrorists/Palestinians who’re trying to push the Jews into the sea! It’s America responsibility to ensure that Israel can have the Golan Heights!

    For America to ignore Israel’s security needs (the Golan Heights) is the same as America not bombing the railroad to Auschwitz. It’s the same as America wanting to wallow in their own “no entangling alliances” greedy and self-absorbed pathetic lives, rather than saving God’s people!

    Is that what America wants to be? A country that defies God?! That sides with terrorists like Assad and the Palestinians?

    “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

    that is a direct quote from the Bible!

    Genesis 12:3 to be exact

    do we really want to go there? Do we really want to stick our heads in the sand and talk about “America first”?! When God’s people are being attacked and Assad is using chemical weapons and is acting like Adolf Hitler! Putin too!

    I think we better do a lot of soul searching if we really want to go down the road of “America first”

  10. Rurik says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    pat buchanan is a white supremacist

    aren’t you one of those British fags who like to bugger little boys and watch your English school girls being gang raped by Pakistani Muslims in the streets, and sold on the block like chattel?

    I guess that’s what it means to be a Brit today. If you object to your 10 year old daughters being throttled and beaten and raped and doused with petrol if they object by dusky Muslim immigrants- if you have a problem with that- why then you must be a “white supremacist”

    huh Lawrence?

    If I were a Brit today, I don’t think I’d show my face. I think I’d take to the streets of England with a blowtorch and wouldn’t let up until every last scrap of that stinking “multicultural” stench was forever scorched from the sacred ground of my ancestors, who must most assuredly be spinning in their graves at the abomination of what once was a proud country, with proud men, who would not only defend their lands, but their daughter’s honor and dignity and safety with their very British lives.

    Not so the sniveling worms and homos who call themselves Brits today. I guess what happened is all the virile, noble blood that once rippled through the veins of British men, took to the seas, and to far away places where the hardy genes of the proud and strong English race flourished and proliferated- like America or Australia, while the simpering and effete genes stayed and bred into the notorious pedophiles and lackluster cowards who cry like babies when someone calls them a “racist”.

    Sad it is. Tragic.

    • Replies: @Lawrence Fitton
  11. Anonym says:

    Pat, you are John the Baptist to the Jesus of Trump. It must be gratifying.

  12. Lagertha says:

    Why not Angela? Satellites would burst if that happened :0! Angela is having second thoughts about the wisdom of flooding Europe with 80% single, unattached, war-age men from MENA/near Asian countries. Open borders does so not work in Europe, too. Brexit is the first calving of an iceberg.

    • Replies: @Seoulsurvivor
  13. @Rurik

    You can always move to Israel, a country made just for you. And enjoy the benefits of a government that puts Israel first.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  14. Rurik says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    move to Israel

    I’m not worthy

    I’m not of chosen blood. My mother was not descended from Khazars in Russia, who converted to Judaism a few centuries ago, and so God didn’t promise me ownership of that land. Duh.

    For me and my children and my countrymen, our duty is to serve. To serve the chosen of the Lord, and smite their enemies and burn the children of the Philistines and Canaanites and Egyptians to the ground, and bring a flaming sword of vengeance and tribulation to any who look at the chosen crosswise. Like the Palestinians for instance, or the Iraqis, or the Libyans or the Syrians today (just like we did to the Germans yesterday!). My job (indeed, my sacred duty) and the duty of my fellow countrymen and women and our children is to act as cannon fodder for the greater glory of Israel and the Jews. ~ It is written.

  15. @iSteveFan

    read what he writes. he declares the purity of the white race is degraded by third world, dusky races(particularly latins)in the united states. he doesn’t declare outright “im a white supremasist.” he’s smarter than that. read between the lines. inferential meaning takes a subtle form. his bigotry is of the soft variety, but it’s bigotry nonetheless.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @iSteveFan
  16. @w

    I agree. Putin is simply NOT the evil troll the media and the politicians make him out to be.

  17. @Rurik

    no wonder you hide behind a pseudonym. please, take a vacation from hate. confront your fears on the couch. wonderful things are being done with insecurity these days. perhaps, prescription medication is in order, as well.
    “sad it is. tragic.” couldn’t agree more.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  18. @Lagertha

    “Brexit is the first calving of an iceberg.”

    Nice phrasing

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  19. Rurik says:
    @Lawrence Fitton



    that’s what you’d tell the Amerindians as the Euros were invading and replacing the native tribes off their ancient lands

    you’d tell Geronimo that his objection to the white man is ‘bigotry’

    at least if you were consistent. But you’re not are you? You’re ONLY worried about ‘bigotry’ when it’s white nations and nationalists who’re trying to preserve their ethnic identity and culture and way of life. For a bag of shit like you, you never care about how Mexicans don’t allow the Guatemalans to immigrate into Mexico. Or how Japan or Saudi Arabia or Mozambique or Israel and all the rest- all have border protections against mass invasions of foreigners for obviously sane reasons. But a bag of shit like you never complains about those. You ONLY call white people ‘bigots’ for not wanting to be replaced in our own, often like England, ancient lands. Huh, anti-white bigot?

    Because to anti-white shit-bags like you, genocidal hatred of whites, and demands that they all relinquish their ancient lands and look the other way as their children are raped and/or murdered by these new-comers, is a no brainer, huh? Anything less would be bigotry!

  20. iSteveFan says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    State a specific passage of his writing that declares the purity of the white race is being degraded by third world, dusky races (particularly latins) in the United States.

    • Replies: @Lawrence Fitton
  21. Rurik says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    please, take a vacation from hate.

    how many British school girls were gang raped this year in Briton by middle aged Muslim immigrants Lawrence?

    do you know?

    what was it.. some 1200 young British school girls in one town alone? Where the revolting, emasculated British people (no men among them) all let it all happen right out in the open, and why? Well we all know why, don’t we Lawrence. Because there was a small amount of handwringing when it all came out in the open, and the reason why these loathsome Brits did nothing as their daughters were being systematically subjected to rape and beatings and threats and worse, was because the local Brits were too afraid of being called a ‘racist’, if they complained. Since virtually all of the rapists were Muslim foreigners and immigrants and all of the victims were white, British school girls. To notice this would make you a ‘racist’, so they kept their heads down.

    I watched one video where the news reports of a father (racist bigot) who was enraged that his 12 year old daughter was inside a building where Muslim immigrants were raping her, was arrested by the British police for causing a disturbance, and perhaps also for a hate crime, for objecting to England’s new enlightenment.

    When I try to wrap my brain around the kind of sniveling, cowardly maggots that these British people have become, I can’t. It’s literally impossible for me to comprehend that level of self-loathing and pusillanimous (I always wanted to use that word in perfect context) yellow submission of a once proud people. It used to be, that being English was a reason to be proud. Now it’s a reason to hang your lowly heads, and walk in shame for what you’ve allowed yourself to become. = a nation of cowards and pedophiles

    just Google British pedophiles and you’ll see that your entire society tolerated this stuff, from that top of the BBC all the way down to local police forces in small towns

    it isn’t so much that these monstrous crimes happen, but that it’s all tolerated by the British people, who’re way too outraged that America is looking to elect a populist (who isn’t a pedophile) than to look in a mirror

    • Replies: @Lawrence Fitton
  22. The well being of the American people. What a concept! The deafening and continuous hateful rage against Trump is aimed directly at the American People. Both political parties, Hollywood and the corporate media and even the supreme court (citizens united) are arrayed against the people. Government of, by and for the .01% is threatened. The entire edifice of empire is threatened from within by the lumpen proletariat and their unlikely champion Donald Trump. I’m glad I lived to see it.

  23. @Rurik

    calm down, madame. you seem unhinged. your wild rants have nothing to do with what i wrote. the off topic attributions are the product of a delusional mind. you’ve invented a straw man and burned him in effigy.
    if i wrote about the corruption of language, you’d reply with a diatribe on the color of coconuts.
    prescription refills are in order.
    have a nice day.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  24. @iSteveFan

    state a passage in which he praises latins and the benefits of latin immigration.

    • Replies: @iSteveFan
  25. Rurik says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    your wild rants have nothing to do with what i wrote

    what you wrote, was that Pat Buchanan was/is a “white supremacist”

    and that seems to be based on the fact that Pat doesn’t think (like you obviously do) that all white nations must, with all haste, genocide themselves with non-white immigrants and come under non-white domination to the point of having their daughters treated like gutter-slut sex-slaves and dishonored and terrorized for the fun and amusement of the non-whites, who white nations must import, lest some low life piece of shit calls them “white supremacists”.

    OK? Nothing at all unhinged about it. Very plain and simple.

    there are shit birds like you who call the Swedish citizens of Sweden “white supremacists” because they simply want to maintain their ethic identity (and culture and way of life)

    same with England (or Norway or the United States etc…). There actually are sacks of shit that would smear and malign anyone questioning the wisdom of massive and unlimited immigration of non-whites into these countries as “white supremacists”.

    can you even imagine someone being that rotten and filled with anti-white race hate?

    it staggers and confounds the sensibilities, but they really do exist, and I like to point out what pieces of shit they are.

  26. iSteveFan says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    You are the one who initiated the charge that Buchanan is a white supremacist. When I pressed you to substantiate, you then said he declared the purity of the white race is being degraded by, among others latins. I then asked you for proof. To which you provided none.

    You are the one who needs to supply the proof because you are the one who accused Buchanan. If you cannot provide proof of your charge, retract it.

  27. Wyrd says:



    [mon-uh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh]


    1. (no longer in technical use) A psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.

    2. An inordinate or obsessive zeal for or interest in a single thing, idea, subject, or the like.

    Synonyms: Rurik.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  28. Rurik says:

    silly Wyrd

    all you’d have to do is take one moment to click on my name and you’d see that my posts are all over the place.

    my interests and comments are a cornucopia of varied and very diverse subjects and unrelated phenomena

    funny that you’d take the time to post something that is so egregiously in error and wildly wrong, in order to make some kind of point, I suppose. Even if it does make you look ridiculous.

    perhaps you just don’t like that ‘Rurik’ is unassailably correct in his comments and perceptions even when he does occasionally comment on something you seem so keen on. Huh?

    perhaps this is just projection on your part, but then if I cared enough, I’d click on your name and read some of your posts. Alas, I just don’t care. 😉

    • Replies: @Wyrd
  29. Rurik says:

    you post something from South Park and it’s not even funny!


    OK, I get it

    I'm too concerned about the "Jooos"

    yea, yea

    but when I read your comment directed at moi, I had to wonder, WTF is he/she talking about?

    so I gave it a little thought, and I do have an agenda for posting here. Actually it's two tiered, but basically I post here with an anti-war / pro-truth agenda

    and insofar as that agenda is opposed by certain Zionist Jews, neocons and their assorted war mongering shills, yes I suppose I'm often railing against Zionism, and those Jews and other like the execrable Christian Zionists- who are their shit-eating, pro-war dogs.

    (please pardon my language)

    Pat Buchanan has been anti-war for as long as I can remember. And I suspect it's because he also knows that so many of the wars, including the world wars, and especially these latest wars in the Middle East, are intended to bolster Zionism. Duh.

    So as it is my stated and transparent agenda to oppose contrived wars for fun and profit, I will find myself railing against the MIC, assorted corrupt politicians like McCain and Nuland and others. And also I'll find myself at odds with the likes of Senators Schumer and Graham and all the rest of the war pig scum who send men and women to kill and die for lies and Zionist supremacy.

    guilty as charged, and proud of it.

    so write your trite (and unfunny) little comments all you want. I'm proud of the things I stand for. And will defend them all the way to Valhalla.

    • Replies: @Wyrd
    , @FLgeezer
  30. Wyrd says:

    No Allah in Valhalla, fam.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  31. Lagertha says:

    let’s see who is the first one to steal Lagertha’s phrase! The arctic region is a lovely place.

  32. Rurik says:

    No Allah in Valhalla,

    silly Wyrd

    there are lots of non-Muslims who are against the Eternal WarsⓊ in the Middle East

    in fact, you sort of betray your perspective by implying I’m a Muslim

    why wouldn’t Americans be against all these wars?

    It’s Americans who’re expected to fight and die in them. It’s Americans who’re expected to fund them. And more importantly, it’s Americans whose good name is being denigrated, dishonored and disgraced by these contrived wars based on lies, that have butchered so many innocents and destroyed their lands and left them reeling in shock at the sheer evil of it all. I’m ashamed of these wars, Wyrd. I’m ashamed that so few Americans care that these wars are abominations to reason and truth. That they’re just as illegal and more so than any of the wars of the twentieth century. We have no justification whatsoever for waging them. None Wyrd. They’re criminal and all the scumfucks who’re responsible for them ought to hang just as the Nazi high command hanged.

    Don’t get me started..

  33. Klokman says:

    “Americans want change, and he alone offers it.”

    The second half of the statement is why the first half never happens.

    Change in Washington will only happen if my lobbyers , mypolitical party, my ideology has sway over all the others. The D.C. is where changes in our national problems must take effect. Never at the one place where it has the best impact–in one’s own backyard.

    Pat, have you never heard that the most trustworthy aspect of a politician is their untrustworthyness? Mendacity is the standard tool of politics. Go back to the Tom Paine reader for a refresher.

  34. FLgeezer says:

    Terrific riposte Rurik. Keep speaking truth to the hasbarists, one and all.

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