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On many issues — naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts — President Trump is a conventional Republican.

Where he was exceptional in 2016, where he stood out starkly from his GOP rivals, where he won decisive states like Pennsylvania, was on his uniquely Trumpian agenda to put America and Americans first — from which the Bush Republicans recoiled.

Trump alone pledged to kill amnesty and secure the border with a 30-foot wall to halt the invasion of our country.

Trump alone pledged to end the de-industrialization of America and bring back our lost factories and lost jobs.

Trump alone pledged to end the democracy-crusading and extricate us from the endless Mideast wars into which George Bush, Barack Obama and the War Party had plunged the nation.

And, upon how he delivers on these three uniquely Trumpian issues will hang his political fate and history’s assessment of whether he was a good, great or failed president.

Where this city stands is not in doubt. It is salivating to see Trump’s presidency broken, his agenda trashed, and him impeached. This city looks to Robert Mueller as the Moses of its deliverance from the tyrant whom an uncomprehending electorate imposed upon it.

While Trump’s support among his deplorables is holding — indeed, he is creeping back up in the polls — the outcome of the battle to bring him down remains in doubt.

Consider. Trump’s border wall was treated like a disposable bauble in the GOP Congress’ $1.6 trillion budget deal. Cities and whole states are declaring themselves sanctuaries for people here illegally and defying U.S. authorities’ requests for help in deporting accused criminals.

A “caravan” of a thousand Central Americans is passing through Mexico, aided by the authorities, and headed for the U.S. border.

When they arrive, rely upon it, the anti-Trump media will be there to bewail any transgressions by the Border Patrol.

The hysterical reaction to news that the 2020 census will include a question, “Are you a U.S. citizen?” testifies to what this is all about.

America’s elites are adamant that our country should vanish inside a new Third World nation that resembles in its racial, religious and ethnic composition the U.N. General Assembly. The old God-and-country America the people loved they detest.

Trump is likely the last president who will try to preserve that country. If he leaves office with the border unsecured, it is hard to see what stops the Third World invasion, even as it is also coming across the Mediterranean into Europe.

“The Camp of the Saints” is no longer a dystopian novel.

Enoch Powell’s warning, 50 years ago, about mass migration into Europe, “Et thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno,” “I see the River Tiber foaming with much blood,” is now seen as prophecy.

And Trump’s agenda of economic nationalism — restoring the industrial dynamism and self-sufficiency America knew from Lincoln to Reagan — faces relentless hostility from institutionalized power.

Against Trump stand corporate elites, whose profits and stock options depend on producing outside America, and the managerial class of a New World Order that runs the EU, U.N., IMF, World Bank and WTO.

Yet if global elites are hoarding the largest slice of the wealth of nations and a goodly slice of their political power, one senses that they are an unloved crowd, and they are sitting on a volcano.

ORDER IT NOW

The third unique Trump issue was his commitment to extricate us from the Middle East wars into which Bush and Obama had entrenched us, and to keep us out of any new wars. Trump also pledged to reach out to Vladimir Putin and to Russia to avoid a second Cold War.

Those who voted for him voted for that foreign policy.

And if Trump is drawn into new wars with Iran or North Korea, or reaches 2020 with U.S. forces still fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, he will be perceived as having failed.

Yet the resistance of this city to giving up its vision of U.S. global hegemony is broad and deep, for that vision is almost a defining mark of our foreign policy elites. For them to give it up would be like death itself.

The stunned reaction to Trump’s suggestion last week that we will be leaving Syria after ISIS’s caliphate is destroyed, testifies to how much their identify is tied up in this vision.

That Trump would accept an end to Syria’s civil war, with Bashar Assad still in power, is intolerable. Yet how we can reverse that reality without putting thousands of U.S. combat troops into Syria is unexplained. In the last analysis, then, it is upon three questions that the Trump presidency will be judged:

Did he secure America’s borders? Did he restore the industrial might of America? Did he take us out of and keep us out of any more neocon wars?

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.”

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  1. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you Pat Buchanan. You put the issues on the table simply and clearly for all to see. I’m struck with how much room there is for the political left to embrace all three of these issues. If you move far enough to the left you end up over on the right. That the politcal left will never allow themselves to agree with Pat Buchanan (even when they agree with you!) is a measure of how bigoted they are. They just can’t conceive that bigotry against white Christians is bigotry.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  2. It is much too early to judge how Trump’s Presidency will be judged. It is fine to judge individual actions that he has or has not made. One could say that he has disappointed many and there are also many who didn’t expect much anyway. The fact remains that he was preferable to HRC and that all manner of rank and dirty tricks have been employed to impede any good that he might have attempted but still, at this point, judgement of his Presidency is premature.

    • Replies: @Dani
  3. That was an excellent column, Mr. Buchanan, the gist of it being “keep your promises and we’ll re-elect you and more of the Red Squad”. I have no disagreement with any of your writing here, but I will say you sound a whole lot like a Washington, FS Beltway insider when you repeat “this city” a number of times. You didn’t specifically mention “Washington, FS”, so it sounds like this is written only for the people of “the city”.

    See, we’ve got the internet now, Pat. I am nowhere near Washington, FS, and yet, I can read this fine. Thanks.

  4. Oh, for Pete’s sake people, I shouldn’t have to keep …..

    Washington, FS = Washington, Federal Shithole

    OK?

    • Replies: @turtle
  5. Beb says:

    Right on! A frank, honest, and accurate assessment.

  6. KenH says:

    Did he secure America’s borders?
    Reports say illegal immigration is increasing again and a growing caravan of Central Americans is heading our way. That coupled with no progress on the wall other than a few prototypes and the answer at this time is no, he has not. It’s just too bad you can’t secure the border with tweets or we’d be home free.

    Did he restore the industrial might of America?
    Trump seems to be making progress in that direction, but it’s baby steps.

    Did he take us out of and keep us out of any more neocon wars?
    No, and all signs points to an increasing Middle East presence and possibly war with Iran based on the two neocon warlords he picked for Nat Security advisor and CIA and the media egging him on. We have no legal right to be in Syria and if we’re claiming we’ll leave as soon as ISIS is destroyed then that means ISIS will never be destroyed and we’ll deliberately leave pockets of Sunni terrorists giving us reason to hang around indefinitely and enact regime change.

    We’ll claim that the deposition of Assad will make ISIS and other rebel groups into peace loving progressives.

  7. Really what Trump has done is abandon any kind of conventional presidency in favor of using the White House as a bully pulpit to tweet random ideas culled from Fox News, rather than using the resources of the Presidency to obtain the best and wisest advice based on research and intelligence.

    Of course George W. Bush and Cheney had all the intelligence in the world, but they themselves did not have enough intelligence to make sense of it, so possibly having a Know-Nothing President is a good thing.

    But in many ways Trump seems to be a glove puppet for Rupert Murdoch, rather than his own man. It also seems that Trump wants to be all things to all men. For example he urges lawmakers not to be intimidated by the NRA, then himself suggest following ideas like arming teachers that are pure NRA/gun industry nonsense, but perhaps he is not aware of this himself.

    The immigration thing is total confusion. As an immigrant myself, I have no problem with legal immigration, but see no reason why the US should not secure its borders against illegal immigration, and throw out illegal immigrants, but Trump is not even doing that.

    And it is not really clear whether he is opposed to legal immigration as well as illegal immigration. I cannot see the point of the wall, as there is already a fence. If the problem is so severe, why not build a line of military forts along the southern border to patrol with helicopters and dogs. Or just build barbed wire fences with guntowers like those that delineated Eastern Europe from the West not so long ago. West Germany was not swamped with East German immigrants in the days of the Berlin Wall.

    His first executive order which led to people with Green Cards being stopped at airports was absurd and poorly thought out and executed, and made Trump look like a dummy. And then the attack on Yemen. What was that all about?

    The only way to get rid of all the illegal residents is to make it impossible for them to work, go to school, receive medical services and so on. The quickest way to implement this would be to use the antiterrorism and RICO laws to prosecute employers of illegal immigrant labor.

    The job of a Chief Executive (I think) is to appoint the best people with subject matter knowledge to advise him and to make wise decisions that benefit the whole enterprise. Is Trump fit for purpose?

    • Replies: @Rex Little
    , @LTDanKaffey
  8. The way legal and illegal immigration continue each day under trump, here’s how people living in the US are likely to write about his presidency 25 years from now: in Spanish.

  9. Rurik says:

    This city looks to Robert Mueller as the Moses of its deliverance

    ahh Pat, just couldn’t resist

    The old God-and-country America the people loved they detest.

    don’t you mean (((they))) detest?

    and the managerial class of a New World Order that runs the EU, U.N., IMF, World Bank and WTO.

    ‘managerial class’?

    really?

    just say it Pat!

    Yet if global elites are hoarding the largest slice of the wealth of nations and a goodly slice of their political power, one senses that they are an unloved crowd,

    yes, because anti-Semitism didn’t die with the Nazis

    as long as the goyim tenaciously (and sinfully) resist their role (as slaves to the chosen, which is why god himself put them here!), anti-Semitism will regretfully persist

    its vision of U.S. global hegemony is broad and deep, for that vision is almost a defining mark of our foreign policy elites. For them to give it up would be like death itself.

    “foreign policy elites”?

    just say it Pat!

    and you’re right, it would be death. What is it about ‘Never Again’ that you stubbornly refuse to comprehend?!

    living as equals with the goyim is a virtual Holocaust. Having to work, is a Holocaust! I guess six million wasn’t enough for Pat Buchanan!

    The stunned reaction to Trump’s suggestion last week that we will be leaving Syria after ISIS’s caliphate is destroyed, testifies to how much their identify is tied up in this vision.

    I too was stunned.

    The imperative to steal the Golan Heights is existential! Wasn’t six million enough?!?!?!

    I figured that with ((John Bolton’s)) appointment, that the destruction of Syria, and on to Lebanon, etc… was a done deal.

    That Trump announced that we’d be leaving Syria, is a game changer, and returns to me a shred of hope, John Bolton or no John Bolton.

    That Trump would accept an end to Syria’s civil war, with Bashar Assad still in power, is intolerable

    it’s a Holocaust!

    Yet how we can reverse that reality without putting thousands of U.S. combat troops into Syria is unexplained.

    by bombing Damascus, dummy!

    instead is sitting on our hands as Hitler, (Vladimir Putin) builds the gas chambers on Israel’s doorstep.

    This is our new Munich moment, when this generation of goyim are stubbornly refusing to save god’s chosen because they’re too worried about their worthless hides. They were PUT HERE to serve the chosen! They exist to die for the chosen. Didn’t the world wars teach these stupid cows anything?! Do they need another one to finally figure out why god put them here in the first place?

    Did he secure America’s borders? Did he restore the industrial might of America? Did he take us out of and keep us out of any more neocon wars?

    IOW, is Trump a reincarnated Adolf Hitler.

    that’s the question. Because if he does those three things, then he will prove to all the world that he was all along, Adolf Hitler. And that making nice with Bibi and his kosher grandchildren were all a ruse.

    If Assad stays in Damascus, then the future status of the Golan Heights remains uncertain. This is a Holocaust, there’s no two way about it.

    For over a hundred years, no ZUSA president has ever had the nads to go against the cho$en. Just as they’ve controlled England and France, and Germany after the wars, so too they’ve dominated Washington, DC as their personal, private playground.

    For Trump to defy them now, and allow Assad to stay, would be an existential crisis for the only people on the planet with souls. To allow the cattle to defy the chosen!, is as unthinkable as if jehova himself were to go down on Allah. Or Moses going down on Muhammad. (picture that for an idea of just how existential this catastrophe would be)

    (with apologies to all decent Jews and Muslims. I mean no offense to you. But I do mean to offend the zio-cons and their murderous delusions of supremacism with my every breath ; )

  10. Rurik says:
    @anon

    That the politcal left will never allow themselves to agree with Pat Buchanan (even when they agree with you!) is a measure of how bigoted they are. They just can’t conceive that bigotry against white Christians is bigotry.

    it’s been Pat Buchanan from the beginning who’s tried to save the jobs and wages of the working poor. And that includes American blacks, and browns, even if yes, it also includes the evil white racists [redundant] too.

    The left are so blinded by their ((university indoctrination)), that they’d send the American blacks reeling into destitution and despair, just to harm the hated, (with a netherworld insanity) poor, working class white men- (who don’t want their daughters to have black babies or their sons to be “gay”, and for those ‘hate-crimes’, the left would cut off everyone’s nose- black and brown, out of pure spite / racial hatred for whites)

    all the things the left used to care about:

    • ending contrived wars for the fun and profit of evil men

    • privacy and civil liberties, no to torture, no to Total Surveillance, no to the Police State, etc..

    • the lot of the working poor

    • the environment, and all the rest are all tossed out the window in their apoplectic, psychotic hatred for poor, working class white men – who don’t want their daughters to have black babies or their sons to be ‘gay’.

  11. @Jonathan Mason

    West Germany was not swamped with East German immigrants in the days of the Berlin Wall.

    That’s because the East German authorities did everything in their power to keep people from leaving. If Mexico did that today, immigration from that direction would barely reach triple digits per year, with or without a wall.

  12. Another way we will judge Trump is on his promise to abolish Obamacare on his first day in office and replace it with something much better that would have everyone covered affordably and with cheaper drugs.

    Wisely, he is not rushing on delivering on his health care plan.

  13. Brabantian says: • Website

    Trump is doing more than just “creeping back in the polls” as Buchanan writes above

    Yesterday from Rasmussen, the more accurate USA polling – Eight years ago, on 2 April 2010, Barack Obama was at 46% popularity … Yesterday on 2 April 2018, Donald Trump was at 50% popularity, 4 points higher than Obama at the exact same point in his presidency

    As is noted, most mainstream media adored Obama, but constantly bash Trump … yet Trump is more popular despite media bashing … For average normies in the USA or Europe, the increasingly leading political issue is migrants migrants … And this sentiment grows despite pro-migrant media

  14. Trump has said he will withdraw from Syria and deploy the military to the southern border. Actually doing these things will be two steps toward putting America First. Flawed though he may be, Trump is in my opinion the last and only hope for the country I was born into.

    Yes. Imperial Washington hates Mr. Trump and wants my country to be a shithole. I doubt Trump and his deplorables will prevail. But neither will the Zempire rule the earth by force of arms. China and Russia are not having it.

  15. The question “How will Trump’s presidency be judged?” begs the question, “By whom?”. If he builds the wall, seals the border, deports every illegal resident and gets every Clintonista jailed on various corruption charges, leftist historians will rate him a tyrant and a disaster.

  16. turtle says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    D.C. = District of Criminals

  17. KenH says:

    I think Trump’s claim of leaving Syria is all a ruse. They’ll be another false flag chemical attack around the time we’re scheduled to leave.

    • Replies: @Dani
  18. A much needed succinct articulation of the Trump presidency; the basis of Trump’s election and the basis for how he will be judged.

    Let’s hope history shows that Trump answered affirmatively to all three questions:

    Did he secure America’s borders? Did he restore the industrial might of America? Did he take us out of and keep us out of any more neocon wars?

    Our future depends on it.

  19. And Trump alone pledged…

    Psst, hey Pat, ever hear of the concept of campaign rhetoric?

    Do you really need to have it explained that one should avoid judging a politician by his promises?

  20. Only recently Trump was tweeting that illegal border crossings at the US southern border were at a 45-year low.

    Now he is rushing defensive troops to the southern border armed with hot sauce sprays and attack chihuahuas to keep out the masses of taco-chomping invaders and create a Maginot line beyond which they shall not pass.

    So which is it?

    It is all very well to say that Trump is not serious, and this is just being done to please the ignorant masses who voted for him, but come on, he is the President of the US.

  21. @Jonathan Mason

    It is interesting that in your critique you omit any mention of the 8 years between Bush and Trump.

  22. Dani says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    NoseytheDuke, I am not understanding the unwarranted criticism.

    Mr. Buchanan is clearly speaking in a futuristic tone and at no point in his excellen article is he judging, rating, or ranking our President as of present day & time – he is not doing this for himself personally nor anyone else.

    It wouldn’t matter so much if you had not gone out of your way to really drive this point home. You are borderline hysterical about it, practically. I forgot where I was & thought this might be a troll comment, as I have yet to come across a comment on this website such as yours, a comment that is very much out of place & out of line. You do not appear to be qualified to be so critical of the work of such an accomplished person (including being an accomplished author, of course) as Mr. Buchanan.

    Sorry but I couldn’t read it and just sit on it & not speak my mind. This is more than a case of difference of opinion. You are incorrect. To be this way with this author makes it all the more incredible to me.

  23. Dani says:
    @KenH

    KenH – hey Mr. KenH, just exactly who ARE YOU? Lol, Swamee that you are. Love it. What is actually a sad testament to our country at this point is that yours is not the first eerily accurate prediction of the future I’ve come across these last several days. Very good call, indeed.

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