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Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

And they have much in common.

Both came out of the popular culture, Reagan out of Hollywood, Trump out of a successful reality TV show. Both possessed the gifts of showmen — extraordinarily valuable political assets in a television age that deals cruelly with the uncharismatic.

Both became instruments of insurgencies out to overthrow the establishment of the party whose nomination they were seeking.

Reagan emerged as the champion of the postwar conservatism that had captured the Republican Party with Barry Goldwater’s nomination in 1964. His victory in 1980 came at the apogee of conservative power.

The populism that enabled Trump to crush 16 Republican rivals and put him over the top in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan had also arisen a decade and a half before — in the 1990s.

A decisive advantage Reagan and Trump both enjoyed is that in their decisive years, the establishments of both parties were seen as having failed the nation.

Reagan was victorious after Russia invaded Afghanistan; Americans were taken hostage in Tehran; and the U.S. had endured 21 percent interest rates, 13 percent inflation, 7 percent unemployment and zero growth.

When Trump won, Americans had gone through years of wage stagnation. Our industrial base had been hollowed out. And we seemed unable to win or end a half-dozen Middle East wars in which we had become ensnared.

What is the common denominator of both the Reagan landslide of 1980 and Trump’s victory?

Both candidates appealed to American nationalism.

In the late 1970s, Reagan took the lead in the campaign to save the Panama Canal. “We bought it. We paid for it. It’s ours. And we’re going to keep it,” thundered the Gipper.

While he lost the fight for the Canal when the GOP establishment in the Senate lined up behind Jimmy Carter, the battle established Reagan as a leader who put his country first.

Trump unapologetically seized upon the nationalist slogan that was most detested by our globalist elites, “America first!”

He would build a wall, secure the border, stop the invasion. He would trash the rotten trade treaties negotiated by transnational elites who had sold out our sovereignty and sent our jobs to China.

He would demand that freeloading allies in Europe, the Far East and the Persian Gulf pay their fair share of the cost of their defense.

In the rhetoric of Reagan and Trump there is a simplicity and a directness that is familiar to, and appeals to, the men and women out in Middle America, to whom both directed their campaigns.

In his first press conference in January of 1981, Reagan said of the Kremlin, “They reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat. … We operate on a different set of standards.”

He called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and the “focus of evil in the modern world.”

The State Department was as wary of what Reagan might say or do then as they are of what Trump might tweet now.

But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.

Reagan took office in a time of Cold War clarity.

Though there was sharp disagreement over how tough the United States should be and what was needed for national defense, there was no real question as to who our adversaries were.

As had been true since the time of Harry Truman, the world struggle was between communism and freedom, the USSR and the West, the Warsaw Pact and the NATO alliance.

There was a moral clarity then that no longer exists now.

Today, the Soviet Empire is gone, the Warsaw Pact is gone, the Soviet Union is gone, and the Communist movement is moribund.

NATO embraces three former republics of the USSR, and we confront Moscow in places like Crimea and the Donbass that no American of the Reagan era would have regarded as a national interest of the United States.

We no longer agree on who our greatest enemies are, or what the greatest threats are.

ORDER IT NOW

Is it Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Is it Iran? Is it China, which Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson says must be made to vacate the air, missile and naval bases it has built on rocks and reefs in a South China Sea that Beijing claims as its national territory?

Is it North Korea, now testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles?

Beyond issues of war and peace, there are issues at home — race, crime, policing, abortion, LGBT rights, immigration (legal and illegal) and countless others on which this multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic nation is split two, three, many ways.

The existential question of the Trump era might be framed thus: How long will this divided democracy endure as one nation and one people?

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 2017 Creators.com.

 
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  1. Lit Dog says:

    Excellent article to add to the thousand previous excellent articles. However, the concluding sentence is almost a contradiction of the penultimate sentence. A multicultural, multiracial, mutiethnic nation is no nation whatsoever. There isn’t any question of such a creature enduring. Either the “multiness” is ended, or there’s a state without a nation which will lead to a civil war to create an actual nation or several distinct nations. The myth of the Open Door – Proposition Nation will destroy America.

    Here are two stanzas from Ironman

    The errors made since ’65
    Construct a demographic tomb.
    The siren song of brotherhood
    Then deconstructs the nation’s womb.

    Without a change, his people face
    The ugly truth of conquered soil—
    A remnant left to fight the rape
    And curse the king who wasn’t loyal.

    http://www.DukeDougherty.com/mixed-genre

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  2. Randal says:

    But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.

    It might be simplistic and hyperbolic to say that when Reagan took over he was confronting the evil empire, whereas Trump is taking over the evil empire itself, but there’s more than a grain of truth in it.

    It’s true enough that when Reagan was in charge I instinctively supported the US alliance and the resistance to Soviet communism, whereas now I find myself opposed to the US regime and the globalist social radicalism it constantly seeks to impose on the world.

    More accurately, one could say that just as the great nation of Russia was in the grip of the evil Soviet empire in the post-WW2 years, so the great nation of America is in the grip of its unnamed but nevertheless very much real equivalent today. And just as Russia is infinitely less powerful than the Soviet Union was, but nevertheless no true Russian patriot would ever want to return to Soviet rule, so any true American patriot would want to see America released from the grip of the imperial project it finds itself hostage to, today, even though it means a withdrawal from overt world power akin to the Russia one. Patriotism is a nationalist thing, it does not fit with empire and can only support it when warped and misguided into doing so.

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    • Replies: @alexander
    Superb comment , Randal,

    Superb !

    And much more than a "grain" of truth to it.

    Of course there are differences,..... but consider the effect on the Soviet Empire of its prolonged occupation of Afghanistan. Did not its failure there, portend the collapse of its empire everywhere ?.
    Consider too, the near complete indifference to the truth that both the Pravda of the Soviet Era and our Big media of today, have in common.

    Sure there are differences, but its the similarities, isn't it, that seem to rear their head, every time you turn around .

    Great comment.
    , @Veritatis
    Bravo! As a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country), I can understand Randal's concern. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    During the campaign, it seemed that a Hillary win would be good for Mexico, and bad for the world, whereas a Trump win would be bad for Mexico and good for the world. Here's hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.
    , @WorkingClass
    Well said! Thank you.
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  3. alexander says:
    @Randal

    But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.
     
    It might be simplistic and hyperbolic to say that when Reagan took over he was confronting the evil empire, whereas Trump is taking over the evil empire itself, but there's more than a grain of truth in it.

    It's true enough that when Reagan was in charge I instinctively supported the US alliance and the resistance to Soviet communism, whereas now I find myself opposed to the US regime and the globalist social radicalism it constantly seeks to impose on the world.

    More accurately, one could say that just as the great nation of Russia was in the grip of the evil Soviet empire in the post-WW2 years, so the great nation of America is in the grip of its unnamed but nevertheless very much real equivalent today. And just as Russia is infinitely less powerful than the Soviet Union was, but nevertheless no true Russian patriot would ever want to return to Soviet rule, so any true American patriot would want to see America released from the grip of the imperial project it finds itself hostage to, today, even though it means a withdrawal from overt world power akin to the Russia one. Patriotism is a nationalist thing, it does not fit with empire and can only support it when warped and misguided into doing so.

    Superb comment , Randal,

    Superb !

    And much more than a “grain” of truth to it.

    Of course there are differences,….. but consider the effect on the Soviet Empire of its prolonged occupation of Afghanistan. Did not its failure there, portend the collapse of its empire everywhere ?.
    Consider too, the near complete indifference to the truth that both the Pravda of the Soviet Era and our Big media of today, have in common.

    Sure there are differences, but its the similarities, isn’t it, that seem to rear their head, every time you turn around .

    Great comment.

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    Cheers, alexander.

    Sure there are differences, but its the similarities, isn’t it, that seem to rear their head, every time you turn around .
     
    This, exactly.
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  4. Marcus says:

    Reagan was as far from a nationalist as you can get. When he took office the US was a creditor nation and the world’s largest exporter of manufactured goods, after he was through eviscerating it with neoliberalism it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.

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    it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.
     
    Agree. Completely. Reagan took the country with 70% manufacturing and 30% service economy, by the time he left office it was almost the other way around. It is not enough to just throw populist slogans to be characterized as a nationalist, one has to have, among many other true nationalist objectives, what can only be described by a phrase coined by one of the fathers of Russian cosmism (it also is credited to other Russian thinkers) Fedorov--the preservation of people. This preservation includes also sane economic policies which are, by definition, antithetical to transnational (global) capitalism the passionate enabler of which Reagan was. It was also Reagan who, wittingly or not, brought to the the American political scene this whole cabal of neocons. We all know how it worked out.
    , @bluedog
    True and then you had the booger in the woodpile the old CIA spook Bush Inc. himself setting up meeting with the Iranians in Paris , if this isn't treason I don't know what one would call it.The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%.....
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  5. Veritatis says:
    @Randal

    But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.
     
    It might be simplistic and hyperbolic to say that when Reagan took over he was confronting the evil empire, whereas Trump is taking over the evil empire itself, but there's more than a grain of truth in it.

    It's true enough that when Reagan was in charge I instinctively supported the US alliance and the resistance to Soviet communism, whereas now I find myself opposed to the US regime and the globalist social radicalism it constantly seeks to impose on the world.

    More accurately, one could say that just as the great nation of Russia was in the grip of the evil Soviet empire in the post-WW2 years, so the great nation of America is in the grip of its unnamed but nevertheless very much real equivalent today. And just as Russia is infinitely less powerful than the Soviet Union was, but nevertheless no true Russian patriot would ever want to return to Soviet rule, so any true American patriot would want to see America released from the grip of the imperial project it finds itself hostage to, today, even though it means a withdrawal from overt world power akin to the Russia one. Patriotism is a nationalist thing, it does not fit with empire and can only support it when warped and misguided into doing so.

    Bravo! As a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country), I can understand Randal’s concern. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    During the campaign, it seemed that a Hillary win would be good for Mexico, and bad for the world, whereas a Trump win would be bad for Mexico and good for the world. Here’s hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.

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    a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country)
     
    It's always tricky to respect a foreigner's patriotism, especially when his country's interests seem to run against those of your own. Credit is due to you for being able to do so in this case.

    There will also be ways in which Trump's patriotism will disadvantage my own country (England), but in my case it's easy to see how the benefits will likely outweigh them.

    Though there is no guarantee Trump will necessarily live up to his own virtues. Time will tell. At least, unlike the situation we would have faced with the Clinton or establishment Republican alternatives in office, there is the possibility of movement in some of the right directions.
    , @Rurik

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
     
    you said it hermano!

    Here’s hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.
     
    it's too bad there aren't more Hispanics (and Asians and Muslims and Africans, etc..) who share your insights and question the rot that has metastasized in the Western world- and threatens everyone's way of life- and indeed, all life on this planet- due to the Zionist's psychotic imperative to dominate all - even to the point of a very real potential nuclear war with Russia.

    Far too many are happy to let the Fiend slather its horrors and death upon their home countries, so long as they can feast like buzzards off the dying ((murdered)) flesh of the West. It's nice to hear someone from Mexico see the War-Fiend for what it is, and not be so full to the brim with resentment for Yankee gringos that they quietly relish watching the West succumb to the parasite that is rotting it away from the inside out.

    One wonders... what do these people think is going to happen once Western civilization is in its grave? Do they think the Fiend won't turn its demonic gaze upon Mexico (or Saudi Arabia or Ukraine) once the West has been Balkanized into a dystopian, Orwellian police state / hell on earth? Note to the world: you are ALL slated to become Palestinians, not just Libyans and Iraqis and Eastern Ukrainians and all the rest of us. All your nations are slated for strife and misery and slavery. The trajectory is for more Gitmos, and more police state surveillance and more power wielded in the hands of a the very few. And those few are pure psychopaths, make no mistake.

    http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/9-29-2015/H3B32s.gif

    A healthy West is not an imperial West. Look at Switzerland or Iceland for places that are happy, healthy, well-adjusted and friendly to all, but nationalistic to the core. The reason people rail against nationalism is because they dishonestly equate it to Nazism or fascism. When nothing could be further from the truth. A nationalistic United States would be a country that minds its own business, and heeds the inspired warning of George Washington vis-a-vis "entangling alliances".

    But then a healthy United States (and Western civilization) are not so vulnerable to the cabal of international banksters and their assorted legions of scavengers who're ripping at her dying flesh, tearing her literally apart.

    Kudos to you sir for seeing what far too many fail (or prefer not) to see. And Viva Donald Trump! .. if he really is the One to end the madness (he recently called NATO obsolete!) and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet.

    Salud
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  6. The Reagan Administration was the open enemy of the Historic Native Born White American Working Class.

    If POTUS Trump does not shut down Chinese-Hindu-Sihk-Korean Legal Immigrants down to 0….then POTUS Trump is aiding and abetting the Asian Fifth Column that is colonizing Native Born White American Living and Breeding Space.

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  7. Will Trump also face a Hinckley, likely sponsored by the deep state and his own Veep, to ensure he toes the line of the MIC? Aligning w/ the MIC and extracting some compromise in order to take on the intel community isn’t a bad strategy. Align w/ the blue empire to fight the red – a Mencius Moldbug strategy that might bear fruit.

    My guess is Trump will likely deal w/ one devil to ensure his path doesn’t wander too close to Nixon or, heaven forbid, JFK.

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    y'know, instead of hearing our leaders present their asses to AIPAC and pledge "we've got your back," (you've got our backside), We the People have got to make it clear to Trump and to those that would do him harm: We've got Trump's back.

    Harming Trump will trigger something more potent than melting a snowflake.
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  8. Randal says:
    @alexander
    Superb comment , Randal,

    Superb !

    And much more than a "grain" of truth to it.

    Of course there are differences,..... but consider the effect on the Soviet Empire of its prolonged occupation of Afghanistan. Did not its failure there, portend the collapse of its empire everywhere ?.
    Consider too, the near complete indifference to the truth that both the Pravda of the Soviet Era and our Big media of today, have in common.

    Sure there are differences, but its the similarities, isn't it, that seem to rear their head, every time you turn around .

    Great comment.

    Cheers, alexander.

    Sure there are differences, but its the similarities, isn’t it, that seem to rear their head, every time you turn around .

    This, exactly.

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  9. @Randal

    But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.
     
    It might be simplistic and hyperbolic to say that when Reagan took over he was confronting the evil empire, whereas Trump is taking over the evil empire itself, but there's more than a grain of truth in it.

    It's true enough that when Reagan was in charge I instinctively supported the US alliance and the resistance to Soviet communism, whereas now I find myself opposed to the US regime and the globalist social radicalism it constantly seeks to impose on the world.

    More accurately, one could say that just as the great nation of Russia was in the grip of the evil Soviet empire in the post-WW2 years, so the great nation of America is in the grip of its unnamed but nevertheless very much real equivalent today. And just as Russia is infinitely less powerful than the Soviet Union was, but nevertheless no true Russian patriot would ever want to return to Soviet rule, so any true American patriot would want to see America released from the grip of the imperial project it finds itself hostage to, today, even though it means a withdrawal from overt world power akin to the Russia one. Patriotism is a nationalist thing, it does not fit with empire and can only support it when warped and misguided into doing so.

    Well said! Thank you.

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  10. Randal says:
    @Veritatis
    Bravo! As a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country), I can understand Randal's concern. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    During the campaign, it seemed that a Hillary win would be good for Mexico, and bad for the world, whereas a Trump win would be bad for Mexico and good for the world. Here's hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.

    a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country)

    It’s always tricky to respect a foreigner’s patriotism, especially when his country’s interests seem to run against those of your own. Credit is due to you for being able to do so in this case.

    There will also be ways in which Trump’s patriotism will disadvantage my own country (England), but in my case it’s easy to see how the benefits will likely outweigh them.

    Though there is no guarantee Trump will necessarily live up to his own virtues. Time will tell. At least, unlike the situation we would have faced with the Clinton or establishment Republican alternatives in office, there is the possibility of movement in some of the right directions.

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  11. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @DCThrowback
    Will Trump also face a Hinckley, likely sponsored by the deep state and his own Veep, to ensure he toes the line of the MIC? Aligning w/ the MIC and extracting some compromise in order to take on the intel community isn't a bad strategy. Align w/ the blue empire to fight the red - a Mencius Moldbug strategy that might bear fruit.

    My guess is Trump will likely deal w/ one devil to ensure his path doesn't wander too close to Nixon or, heaven forbid, JFK.

    y’know, instead of hearing our leaders present their asses to AIPAC and pledge “we’ve got your back,” (you’ve got our backside), We the People have got to make it clear to Trump and to those that would do him harm: We’ve got Trump’s back.

    Harming Trump will trigger something more potent than melting a snowflake.

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  12. Rurik says:
    @Veritatis
    Bravo! As a Mexican who admires Trump as a patriot and a lion of a man (even while knowing his policies will have grave consequences for my country), I can understand Randal's concern. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    During the campaign, it seemed that a Hillary win would be good for Mexico, and bad for the world, whereas a Trump win would be bad for Mexico and good for the world. Here's hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    you said it hermano!

    Here’s hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.

    it’s too bad there aren’t more Hispanics (and Asians and Muslims and Africans, etc..) who share your insights and question the rot that has metastasized in the Western world- and threatens everyone’s way of life- and indeed, all life on this planet- due to the Zionist’s psychotic imperative to dominate all – even to the point of a very real potential nuclear war with Russia.

    Far too many are happy to let the Fiend slather its horrors and death upon their home countries, so long as they can feast like buzzards off the dying ((murdered)) flesh of the West. It’s nice to hear someone from Mexico see the War-Fiend for what it is, and not be so full to the brim with resentment for Yankee gringos that they quietly relish watching the West succumb to the parasite that is rotting it away from the inside out.

    One wonders… what do these people think is going to happen once Western civilization is in its grave? Do they think the Fiend won’t turn its demonic gaze upon Mexico (or Saudi Arabia or Ukraine) once the West has been Balkanized into a dystopian, Orwellian police state / hell on earth? Note to the world: you are ALL slated to become Palestinians, not just Libyans and Iraqis and Eastern Ukrainians and all the rest of us. All your nations are slated for strife and misery and slavery. The trajectory is for more Gitmos, and more police state surveillance and more power wielded in the hands of a the very few. And those few are pure psychopaths, make no mistake.

    A healthy West is not an imperial West. Look at Switzerland or Iceland for places that are happy, healthy, well-adjusted and friendly to all, but nationalistic to the core. The reason people rail against nationalism is because they dishonestly equate it to Nazism or fascism. When nothing could be further from the truth. A nationalistic United States would be a country that minds its own business, and heeds the inspired warning of George Washington vis-a-vis “entangling alliances”.

    But then a healthy United States (and Western civilization) are not so vulnerable to the cabal of international banksters and their assorted legions of scavengers who’re ripping at her dying flesh, tearing her literally apart.

    Kudos to you sir for seeing what far too many fail (or prefer not) to see. And Viva Donald Trump! .. if he really is the One to end the madness (he recently called NATO obsolete!) and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet.

    Salud

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    Thank you! I believe there are "pockets of sanity" all over the Western world. The battle is joined, we shall see. I'm the mother of three young girls, and I usually misquote Churchill to them, saying Western Civilization is the most imperialistic, racist, "machista", homophobic and worst ever, except for every single other.
    Where else would I want to raise girls? China? India? the Middle East? Africa? Ancient Rome? Those nice Aztecs? The West has failings, but compared to what? Buchanan is on to something when he sees nationalism on the rise, Hungary, Russia, Poland, now the U.S. Let's see which leaders can rise, let's see if the people can back them. Invisible elites are tough to battle.

    By the way, I'm thankful to jewish Ron Unz for providing this wonderful outlet of knowledge and ideas.
    , @alexander
    " If he really is the One to end the madness...and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet."

    Let us all pray that he is, Rurik.

    He may also surprise us all, on the upside, domestically.

    President Trump is a brilliant business man, who knows how to read a balance sheet.

    This may be very important "vis a vis" federal pot legislation.

    Not only has our federal government amassed a humongous debt, But nearly half the states are drowning in red ink too.

    By standing back, and allowing states voters to choose what they wish to do, he would be opening up huge tax revenue streams for states that opt to legalize.

    And this provide a "double boost" to the states balance sheet in another important way.

    Imagine the state of Pennsylvania spends 50 million a year in low level incarcerations for marijuana. The state opts to legalize and now generates a tax revenue stream of 50 million dollars through taxing it.

    When you subtract the cost of the "no longer needed" incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues....it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the" plus column" for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.

    It might even help reduce crime altogether, by allowing our Police Officers to focus on more serious felonies.

    Do you really think President Trump cares if some guy who is thirty eight comes home from work and instead of having a beer or a whiskey, chooses to fire up a bone ? He could not care less.

    Not only would waving his hand over federal cannabis legislation, initiate substantial revenue streams for states in hot water, it adds to his "Bona fides" as an authentic "small government Republican".

    Furthermore, It would not hurt him , in the least,( at the ballot box) with the tens of millions of young progressives who seem to hate his guts right now..

    They would say..."The Donald" legalized !?!?"...."Holy sh#t !"...".he's cool !".

    So we may all be pleasantly surprised how "The Donald" chooses to use his business acumen, to help our country climb out of its hole.

    We might all be quite surprised, indeed.

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  13. As Marcus said above, and it’s worth repeating: Reagan was the opposite of nationalist.

    Reagan and Thatcher – or rather what they represented, as they themselves were obviously mere figureheads – signified the turning point from strong national economies to neoliberal globalization. Destruction of the middle-class, of well-paying jobs, guaranteed pensions, life-long workplace careers, decent wages, social stability. Should Trump take this direction, in a few years there will be a revolution, probably.

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  14. Andrei Martyanov [AKA "SmoothieX12"] says: • Website
    @Marcus
    Reagan was as far from a nationalist as you can get. When he took office the US was a creditor nation and the world's largest exporter of manufactured goods, after he was through eviscerating it with neoliberalism it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.

    it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.

    Agree. Completely. Reagan took the country with 70% manufacturing and 30% service economy, by the time he left office it was almost the other way around. It is not enough to just throw populist slogans to be characterized as a nationalist, one has to have, among many other true nationalist objectives, what can only be described by a phrase coined by one of the fathers of Russian cosmism (it also is credited to other Russian thinkers) Fedorov–the preservation of people. This preservation includes also sane economic policies which are, by definition, antithetical to transnational (global) capitalism the passionate enabler of which Reagan was. It was also Reagan who, wittingly or not, brought to the the American political scene this whole cabal of neocons. We all know how it worked out.

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    That was basically the Reagan "con" engineered by his wealthy backers. Exploit the economic turmoil and dissatisfaction caused by the oil shock of the 70s by blaming them on American industry and especially on its unions. And bring in a guy who will say all the right patriotic and populist slogans that will make the people feel good and not notice while pulling out the economic base right out from under them.
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  15. bluedog says:
    @Marcus
    Reagan was as far from a nationalist as you can get. When he took office the US was a creditor nation and the world's largest exporter of manufactured goods, after he was through eviscerating it with neoliberalism it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.

    True and then you had the booger in the woodpile the old CIA spook Bush Inc. himself setting up meeting with the Iranians in Paris , if this isn’t treason I don’t know what one would call it.The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%…..

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    He sent McFarlane and North to Teheran on clandestine mission bearing chocolate cake and a bible signed by himself.
    , @MarkinLA
    .The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%…..

    Pat isn't stupid. He just knows that writing the truth about Reagan is the surest way to end your career as a political pundit. You get the same nonsense from PCR (and almost every other "conservative" one) when it comes to Reagan.

    I remember there was this kid, who was just starting in this game, who wrote a column about how, as much as we liked Reagan personally, we could not ignore his record. I believe it was on Townhall before they banned me for writing the truth about Reagan in my comments. His column didn't last too long.
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  16. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    It was good for Trump to call for end of tensions with Russia and Syria. If he ramps up tensions with China and Iran, he will be one big dumbass. So many troubles in the US, so it’d be stupid to get people riled up about Iran nuke deal(which is done) and China.

    But then, maybe it will be useful as diversionary tactic to get people’s minds off all the trouble at home.

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  17. Marcus says:
    @bluedog
    True and then you had the booger in the woodpile the old CIA spook Bush Inc. himself setting up meeting with the Iranians in Paris , if this isn't treason I don't know what one would call it.The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%.....

    He sent McFarlane and North to Teheran on clandestine mission bearing chocolate cake and a bible signed by himself.

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  18. Patty,

    Could you please go on record to state, with your own experience and credibility on the line that there was NO corruption in American politics during your ‘moment in the sun’ ? If per chance there was, could you give an indication of how much and from which corner?

    No of course you can’t. All your bromides about what is (R)right and what should be done is mind balm (fuck) for the so called conservatives who are of sub-normal intelligence of the sort that keep admiring the branch and either don’t realize that there is a root or are afraid to examine such.

    I always liked Nixon because my parents were refugees from the WW2 era and always held hope that hard nosed Americans would be the ones that would liberate their homeland ( Latfva).

    I was too young to be interested in politics when Nixon was going through the impeachment process but as a bright university student and drunk every night I basically didn’t care.

    Because the impeachment topic was current at the time but also political, a lot of the politics classes that I took merged the current with the historical. As a result I was reduced to having Time, US News and Report and News Week magazines as research material (only one of each) to write my final paper in one class under pressure of 3 other final exams and four other papers to submit. I got an ‘A’ and this was at the UofToronto. Sophistic agility is underrated.

    Be that as it may I always thought that Nixon was the last President that actually had Presidential qualities. He went through the hard road. The heroic family he came from ( his mother’s care for the sick) and his shoestring ability to go to Duke etc.

    But slowly getting to the point, I have an 800 page book that I reluctantly struggled through which were the final released transcripts of the ‘Watergate Tapes’ . It was like a Wikileaks thing.

    I lost all the accumulated respect that I had for Nixon. He was really only interested in red team/ blue team considerations. His lack of intellect astonished me. These people that make it to the top are really some form of retards/psychopaths. The concept of what is good for the nation or (gasp) the the citizens doesn’t exist.

    So if Patty’s credentials are that he was a speechwriter for the tricky dick, then well then he is indeed a hollow man.

    Sorry for the negativism but facts are facts.

    Cheers-

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    So if Patty’s credentials are that he was a speechwriter for the tricky dick, then well then he is indeed a hollow man.
     
    "Paddy's" credentials are made available to us all with every nuanced, well-researched and thoughtful article (and book and media appearance) that he blesses us with. Well, I should say those of us who're thoughtful enough to appreciate Mr. Buchanan's exhaustive historical erudition combined with his unique insider knowledge of the workings of the politics and cultural wrangling in this nation and beyond.

    Does he romanticize the Nixon and Reagan administrations and men? Yes, as far as I can tell. He does seem at times to absolve Nixon's and Reagan's warts, but then he is an unapologetic conservative, and so that's more or less to be expected. He never pretends to be unbiased when it comes to issues of politics and culture. So I just ignore those parts of his otherwise towering perspicacity on today's weighty and often dire issues. The main one being avoiding war with Russia, and on that score (and others like immigration, Israeli skullduggery, so many others...) Mr. Buchanan has been spot-on sagacious.

    Sure, he's an unreconstructed Catholic, and unlike the ones masquerading as Catholics today in the Vatican, he considers the tenets of the Church as inviolate. But then nobody's perfect.
    , @Marcus
    The Nixon tapes are great, I like when he talks about CBS "glorifying homosexuality" and how Jews are natural spies. Unfortunately he was paranoid and had a major inferiority complex due to being "low-born," so he didn't put the national good first. Still he was probably the best postwar president by far.
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  19. MarkinLA says:
    @bluedog
    True and then you had the booger in the woodpile the old CIA spook Bush Inc. himself setting up meeting with the Iranians in Paris , if this isn't treason I don't know what one would call it.The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%.....

    .The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%…..

    Pat isn’t stupid. He just knows that writing the truth about Reagan is the surest way to end your career as a political pundit. You get the same nonsense from PCR (and almost every other “conservative” one) when it comes to Reagan.

    I remember there was this kid, who was just starting in this game, who wrote a column about how, as much as we liked Reagan personally, we could not ignore his record. I believe it was on Townhall before they banned me for writing the truth about Reagan in my comments. His column didn’t last too long.

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    Right, Pat can't be oblivious to this, especially since he ran his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in '92 on trade and manufacturing, specifically on the economic devastation caused by the Reagan-Bush years that had immediately preceded.

    In Pat's case, it's also personal loyalty and affection, since he served in the Reagan administration and knew Reagan personally.
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  20. Rurik says:
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    Patty,

    Could you please go on record to state, with your own experience and credibility on the line that there was NO corruption in American politics during your 'moment in the sun' ? If per chance there was, could you give an indication of how much and from which corner?

    No of course you can't. All your bromides about what is (R)right and what should be done is mind balm (fuck) for the so called conservatives who are of sub-normal intelligence of the sort that keep admiring the branch and either don't realize that there is a root or are afraid to examine such.

    I always liked Nixon because my parents were refugees from the WW2 era and always held hope that hard nosed Americans would be the ones that would liberate their homeland ( Latfva).

    I was too young to be interested in politics when Nixon was going through the impeachment process but as a bright university student and drunk every night I basically didn't care.

    Because the impeachment topic was current at the time but also political, a lot of the politics classes that I took merged the current with the historical. As a result I was reduced to having Time, US News and Report and News Week magazines as research material (only one of each) to write my final paper in one class under pressure of 3 other final exams and four other papers to submit. I got an 'A' and this was at the UofToronto. Sophistic agility is underrated.

    Be that as it may I always thought that Nixon was the last President that actually had Presidential qualities. He went through the hard road. The heroic family he came from ( his mother's care for the sick) and his shoestring ability to go to Duke etc.


    But slowly getting to the point, I have an 800 page book that I reluctantly struggled through which were the final released transcripts of the 'Watergate Tapes' . It was like a Wikileaks thing.

    I lost all the accumulated respect that I had for Nixon. He was really only interested in red team/ blue team considerations. His lack of intellect astonished me. These people that make it to the top are really some form of retards/psychopaths. The concept of what is good for the nation or (gasp) the the citizens doesn't exist.

    So if Patty's credentials are that he was a speechwriter for the tricky dick, then well then he is indeed a hollow man.

    Sorry for the negativism but facts are facts.

    Cheers-

    So if Patty’s credentials are that he was a speechwriter for the tricky dick, then well then he is indeed a hollow man.

    “Paddy’s” credentials are made available to us all with every nuanced, well-researched and thoughtful article (and book and media appearance) that he blesses us with. Well, I should say those of us who’re thoughtful enough to appreciate Mr. Buchanan’s exhaustive historical erudition combined with his unique insider knowledge of the workings of the politics and cultural wrangling in this nation and beyond.

    Does he romanticize the Nixon and Reagan administrations and men? Yes, as far as I can tell. He does seem at times to absolve Nixon’s and Reagan’s warts, but then he is an unapologetic conservative, and so that’s more or less to be expected. He never pretends to be unbiased when it comes to issues of politics and culture. So I just ignore those parts of his otherwise towering perspicacity on today’s weighty and often dire issues. The main one being avoiding war with Russia, and on that score (and others like immigration, Israeli skullduggery, so many others…) Mr. Buchanan has been spot-on sagacious.

    Sure, he’s an unreconstructed Catholic, and unlike the ones masquerading as Catholics today in the Vatican, he considers the tenets of the Church as inviolate. But then nobody’s perfect.

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  21. KenH says:

    In his first press conference in January of 1981, Reagan said of the Kremlin, “They reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat. … We operate on a different set of standards.”

    The Russkies can now make the same claim about the U.S. We have essentially switched roles in the world thanks largely to the power and influence of Jewish neocons and the Israel lobby.

    Pat shouldn’t get too lathered up about Trump as American nationalist just yet until Trump provides something tangible to that end instead of tweets, speech sound bites and campaign pronouncements. For one element of Trump’s “America First” policy is to stand with Israel unquestionably and unflinchingly and doing so will mean perpetual involvement in the Middle East quagmire of Jew vs. Muslim and war without end.

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  22. Jason Liu says:

    Reagan was just a plain conservative, not a nationalist. If Trump turns out to be a nationalist, then he will have to do a lot more than Reagan’s conservatism in order to keep the country on the right track. Policies alone won’t do it, he’ll have to actively go after the left and permanently break their power.

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    Reagan was just a plain conservative

    Reagan was no conservative. He talked a good conservative game but his policies were anything but conservatism. What exactly did he conserve?

    Somebody somewhere coined a better definition of Reagan - he was a right wing liberal.
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  23. Veritatis says:
    @Rurik

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
     
    you said it hermano!

    Here’s hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.
     
    it's too bad there aren't more Hispanics (and Asians and Muslims and Africans, etc..) who share your insights and question the rot that has metastasized in the Western world- and threatens everyone's way of life- and indeed, all life on this planet- due to the Zionist's psychotic imperative to dominate all - even to the point of a very real potential nuclear war with Russia.

    Far too many are happy to let the Fiend slather its horrors and death upon their home countries, so long as they can feast like buzzards off the dying ((murdered)) flesh of the West. It's nice to hear someone from Mexico see the War-Fiend for what it is, and not be so full to the brim with resentment for Yankee gringos that they quietly relish watching the West succumb to the parasite that is rotting it away from the inside out.

    One wonders... what do these people think is going to happen once Western civilization is in its grave? Do they think the Fiend won't turn its demonic gaze upon Mexico (or Saudi Arabia or Ukraine) once the West has been Balkanized into a dystopian, Orwellian police state / hell on earth? Note to the world: you are ALL slated to become Palestinians, not just Libyans and Iraqis and Eastern Ukrainians and all the rest of us. All your nations are slated for strife and misery and slavery. The trajectory is for more Gitmos, and more police state surveillance and more power wielded in the hands of a the very few. And those few are pure psychopaths, make no mistake.

    http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/9-29-2015/H3B32s.gif

    A healthy West is not an imperial West. Look at Switzerland or Iceland for places that are happy, healthy, well-adjusted and friendly to all, but nationalistic to the core. The reason people rail against nationalism is because they dishonestly equate it to Nazism or fascism. When nothing could be further from the truth. A nationalistic United States would be a country that minds its own business, and heeds the inspired warning of George Washington vis-a-vis "entangling alliances".

    But then a healthy United States (and Western civilization) are not so vulnerable to the cabal of international banksters and their assorted legions of scavengers who're ripping at her dying flesh, tearing her literally apart.

    Kudos to you sir for seeing what far too many fail (or prefer not) to see. And Viva Donald Trump! .. if he really is the One to end the madness (he recently called NATO obsolete!) and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet.

    Salud

    Thank you! I believe there are “pockets of sanity” all over the Western world. The battle is joined, we shall see. I’m the mother of three young girls, and I usually misquote Churchill to them, saying Western Civilization is the most imperialistic, racist, “machista”, homophobic and worst ever, except for every single other.
    Where else would I want to raise girls? China? India? the Middle East? Africa? Ancient Rome? Those nice Aztecs? The West has failings, but compared to what? Buchanan is on to something when he sees nationalism on the rise, Hungary, Russia, Poland, now the U.S. Let’s see which leaders can rise, let’s see if the people can back them. Invisible elites are tough to battle.

    By the way, I’m thankful to jewish Ron Unz for providing this wonderful outlet of knowledge and ideas.

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    then it is hermana :) (I should have known by your 'name')

    racist, “machista”, homophobic and worst ever, except for every single other.
    Where else would I want to raise girls? China? India? the Middle East? Africa? Ancient Rome? Those nice Aztecs? The West has failings, but compared to what?
     
    isn't if funny how people from India can call the West 'racist', when every nuance of their culture is based on a person's value as a human being depending on how light their skin is. Their caste, and so forth. Or how a Muslim or Mexican might deride white American men as too homophobic or too machismo. Too funny really. Ya have to laugh.

    nationalism on the rise, Hungary, Russia, Poland, now the U.S. Let’s see which leaders can rise, let’s see if the people can back them. Invisible elites are tough to battle.
     
    it's notable that you mention 'Hungary, Russia, and Poland. Because Hungary is moving towards Russian- real (Western) nationalism, whereas Poland is acting like just another of Rothschild's bitches (perdón) - At least vis-a-vis Putin's Russia. And allowing for belligerent military activity on her soil. That is not real nationalism, when you align yourself with the imperial empire de jour. It would be nice to see Eastern Europe actually become nationalistic, and repudiate the Rothschild-west under Bush/Blair/Obama, et al- as it rains down terror from the skies all over the globe and mass-murders and displaces millions and foments war in Ukraine, etc..

    If Trump really is a nationalist, then he's going to put the interests of the United States over that of the imperial Deep-state fiends and Zio-war pigs who're dragging the planet to the brink of nuclear war. And that would be good for all of us, Mexican, Canadian, Russian, Ukrainian and all the rest.

    and yes Veritatis (love your handle ; ), I too am grateful to Mr. Unz for having provided this oasis of intelligence and robust debate in an otherwise desert of platitudes and mundane mendacity. I love it that there are so many voices from such diverse and wide ranging perspectives. There are people here from all over the globe, and some of them are treasure troves of knowledge and experiences and even, yes, wisdom, when you can find it.

    Dios los bendiga
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  24. alexander says:
    @Rurik

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
     
    you said it hermano!

    Here’s hoping that the new US government will avoid further wars/regime changes in Ukraine, the Middle East, and China. Western Civilization needs to recover an identity and, if possible, repopulate itself. May the Trump administration help in this endeavor.
     
    it's too bad there aren't more Hispanics (and Asians and Muslims and Africans, etc..) who share your insights and question the rot that has metastasized in the Western world- and threatens everyone's way of life- and indeed, all life on this planet- due to the Zionist's psychotic imperative to dominate all - even to the point of a very real potential nuclear war with Russia.

    Far too many are happy to let the Fiend slather its horrors and death upon their home countries, so long as they can feast like buzzards off the dying ((murdered)) flesh of the West. It's nice to hear someone from Mexico see the War-Fiend for what it is, and not be so full to the brim with resentment for Yankee gringos that they quietly relish watching the West succumb to the parasite that is rotting it away from the inside out.

    One wonders... what do these people think is going to happen once Western civilization is in its grave? Do they think the Fiend won't turn its demonic gaze upon Mexico (or Saudi Arabia or Ukraine) once the West has been Balkanized into a dystopian, Orwellian police state / hell on earth? Note to the world: you are ALL slated to become Palestinians, not just Libyans and Iraqis and Eastern Ukrainians and all the rest of us. All your nations are slated for strife and misery and slavery. The trajectory is for more Gitmos, and more police state surveillance and more power wielded in the hands of a the very few. And those few are pure psychopaths, make no mistake.

    http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/9-29-2015/H3B32s.gif

    A healthy West is not an imperial West. Look at Switzerland or Iceland for places that are happy, healthy, well-adjusted and friendly to all, but nationalistic to the core. The reason people rail against nationalism is because they dishonestly equate it to Nazism or fascism. When nothing could be further from the truth. A nationalistic United States would be a country that minds its own business, and heeds the inspired warning of George Washington vis-a-vis "entangling alliances".

    But then a healthy United States (and Western civilization) are not so vulnerable to the cabal of international banksters and their assorted legions of scavengers who're ripping at her dying flesh, tearing her literally apart.

    Kudos to you sir for seeing what far too many fail (or prefer not) to see. And Viva Donald Trump! .. if he really is the One to end the madness (he recently called NATO obsolete!) and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet.

    Salud

    ” If he really is the One to end the madness…and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet.”

    Let us all pray that he is, Rurik.

    He may also surprise us all, on the upside, domestically.

    President Trump is a brilliant business man, who knows how to read a balance sheet.

    This may be very important “vis a vis” federal pot legislation.

    Not only has our federal government amassed a humongous debt, But nearly half the states are drowning in red ink too.

    By standing back, and allowing states voters to choose what they wish to do, he would be opening up huge tax revenue streams for states that opt to legalize.

    And this provide a “double boost” to the states balance sheet in another important way.

    Imagine the state of Pennsylvania spends 50 million a year in low level incarcerations for marijuana. The state opts to legalize and now generates a tax revenue stream of 50 million dollars through taxing it.

    When you subtract the cost of the “no longer needed” incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues….it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the” plus column” for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.

    It might even help reduce crime altogether, by allowing our Police Officers to focus on more serious felonies.

    Do you really think President Trump cares if some guy who is thirty eight comes home from work and instead of having a beer or a whiskey, chooses to fire up a bone ? He could not care less.

    Not only would waving his hand over federal cannabis legislation, initiate substantial revenue streams for states in hot water, it adds to his “Bona fides” as an authentic “small government Republican”.

    Furthermore, It would not hurt him , in the least,( at the ballot box) with the tens of millions of young progressives who seem to hate his guts right now..

    They would say…”The Donald” legalized !?!?”….”Holy sh#t !”…”.he’s cool !”.

    So we may all be pleasantly surprised how “The Donald” chooses to use his business acumen, to help our country climb out of its hole.

    We might all be quite surprised, indeed.

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    When you subtract the cost of the “no longer needed” incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues….it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the” plus column” for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.
     

    not only that Alex, but it would go a long way towards ending the moral enormity of imprisoning people who've harmed no one other than potentially themselves. If we don't own our bodies, then we are owned, just as much as any slave is owned. That our owners tell us they are imprisoning us for our own good, and telling us what we can or can't ingest for our own good, hardly changes the fact that it is our owners that are telling us what we can and can't do to ourselves. I reject that paradigm. I own me. Lock, stock and barrel.

    And of course you're right about the fiscal benefits of legalizing weed. And I think they are far reaching and beneficial.

    Not to mention, as I was honored to just have a conversation with a Mexican national- the benefits to Mexico (and Columbia and others) if the US would legalize weed, perhaps other drugs. Mexico today is reeling from the violence of the Cartels. The money these cartels amass through the illicit drug trade is destroying the lives of many, many Mexicans and others. If the US would simply allow for the controlled and legal trade in these drugs, it would go a long way towards restoring lawful order to many places in S. America all the way to Afghanistan, where the CIA is amassing terrifying wealth and power though its global heroin trafficking operations. And systematically dumping cheap heroin all over the planet in a cynical attempt to hook as many (especially young) people as possible on this deadly drug.

    From what I've glimmered, marijuana legalization has worked OK in Colorado and Washington state (or Uruguay, where Ron Unz has never been ; ). They're raking in truck loads of tax revenue, and have stopped arresting adults for harmless recreation that harms no one but potentially themselves.

    (for the record, I do feel strongly that all these drugs, including tobacco and prescription drugs, etc.., must be kept away from children at all costs. That is one time when I'd be all for harsh prison time if someone was trying to get a minor hooked on anything, including weed. I will confess I've smoked it, but I've also seen a lot of adults whose lives have been harmed or destroyed by drugs, and I hate to see kids using them)

    In all tho, I agree with your sentiments and insights Alex, and how it would only benefit Trump to get out of the way of the legalization movement, that is coming no matter what. If he ends the insane and feckless War on Drugs, he not only will earn the respect and appreciation from a huge segment of society, he'll also toss a monkey wrench into the burgeoning police state apparatus that costs us untold billions of dollars every year so that some CIA thugs can use the DEA to crush their competition on the streets of this reeling nation. And monopolize the illicit drug trade. They work both sides of the coin, making money on enforcement and distribution.

    The main motivation for keeping it all illegal comes, I suspect, from Big Pharma and the alcohol lobby (Seagram's, etc... ) and of course the DEA themselves$. So there's that too that Trump will have to take on.

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  25. Marcus says:
    @Timur The Lame
    Patty,

    Could you please go on record to state, with your own experience and credibility on the line that there was NO corruption in American politics during your 'moment in the sun' ? If per chance there was, could you give an indication of how much and from which corner?

    No of course you can't. All your bromides about what is (R)right and what should be done is mind balm (fuck) for the so called conservatives who are of sub-normal intelligence of the sort that keep admiring the branch and either don't realize that there is a root or are afraid to examine such.

    I always liked Nixon because my parents were refugees from the WW2 era and always held hope that hard nosed Americans would be the ones that would liberate their homeland ( Latfva).

    I was too young to be interested in politics when Nixon was going through the impeachment process but as a bright university student and drunk every night I basically didn't care.

    Because the impeachment topic was current at the time but also political, a lot of the politics classes that I took merged the current with the historical. As a result I was reduced to having Time, US News and Report and News Week magazines as research material (only one of each) to write my final paper in one class under pressure of 3 other final exams and four other papers to submit. I got an 'A' and this was at the UofToronto. Sophistic agility is underrated.

    Be that as it may I always thought that Nixon was the last President that actually had Presidential qualities. He went through the hard road. The heroic family he came from ( his mother's care for the sick) and his shoestring ability to go to Duke etc.


    But slowly getting to the point, I have an 800 page book that I reluctantly struggled through which were the final released transcripts of the 'Watergate Tapes' . It was like a Wikileaks thing.

    I lost all the accumulated respect that I had for Nixon. He was really only interested in red team/ blue team considerations. His lack of intellect astonished me. These people that make it to the top are really some form of retards/psychopaths. The concept of what is good for the nation or (gasp) the the citizens doesn't exist.

    So if Patty's credentials are that he was a speechwriter for the tricky dick, then well then he is indeed a hollow man.

    Sorry for the negativism but facts are facts.

    Cheers-

    The Nixon tapes are great, I like when he talks about CBS “glorifying homosexuality” and how Jews are natural spies. Unfortunately he was paranoid and had a major inferiority complex due to being “low-born,” so he didn’t put the national good first. Still he was probably the best postwar president by far.

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  26. Tiny Duck says:

    Have you considered the views of People of Color?

    They vehemently disagree with you. That tells you something right there

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    "Have you considered the views of People of Color?

    They vehemently disagree with you. That tells you something right there"

    Yes, that people of color are wrong.
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  27. Rurik says:
    @Veritatis
    Thank you! I believe there are "pockets of sanity" all over the Western world. The battle is joined, we shall see. I'm the mother of three young girls, and I usually misquote Churchill to them, saying Western Civilization is the most imperialistic, racist, "machista", homophobic and worst ever, except for every single other.
    Where else would I want to raise girls? China? India? the Middle East? Africa? Ancient Rome? Those nice Aztecs? The West has failings, but compared to what? Buchanan is on to something when he sees nationalism on the rise, Hungary, Russia, Poland, now the U.S. Let's see which leaders can rise, let's see if the people can back them. Invisible elites are tough to battle.

    By the way, I'm thankful to jewish Ron Unz for providing this wonderful outlet of knowledge and ideas.

    then it is hermana :) (I should have known by your ‘name’)

    racist, “machista”, homophobic and worst ever, except for every single other.
    Where else would I want to raise girls? China? India? the Middle East? Africa? Ancient Rome? Those nice Aztecs? The West has failings, but compared to what?

    isn’t if funny how people from India can call the West ‘racist’, when every nuance of their culture is based on a person’s value as a human being depending on how light their skin is. Their caste, and so forth. Or how a Muslim or Mexican might deride white American men as too homophobic or too machismo. Too funny really. Ya have to laugh.

    nationalism on the rise, Hungary, Russia, Poland, now the U.S. Let’s see which leaders can rise, let’s see if the people can back them. Invisible elites are tough to battle.

    it’s notable that you mention ‘Hungary, Russia, and Poland. Because Hungary is moving towards Russian- real (Western) nationalism, whereas Poland is acting like just another of Rothschild’s bitches (perdón) – At least vis-a-vis Putin’s Russia. And allowing for belligerent military activity on her soil. That is not real nationalism, when you align yourself with the imperial empire de jour. It would be nice to see Eastern Europe actually become nationalistic, and repudiate the Rothschild-west under Bush/Blair/Obama, et al- as it rains down terror from the skies all over the globe and mass-murders and displaces millions and foments war in Ukraine, etc..

    If Trump really is a nationalist, then he’s going to put the interests of the United States over that of the imperial Deep-state fiends and Zio-war pigs who’re dragging the planet to the brink of nuclear war. And that would be good for all of us, Mexican, Canadian, Russian, Ukrainian and all the rest.

    and yes Veritatis (love your handle ; ), I too am grateful to Mr. Unz for having provided this oasis of intelligence and robust debate in an otherwise desert of platitudes and mundane mendacity. I love it that there are so many voices from such diverse and wide ranging perspectives. There are people here from all over the globe, and some of them are treasure troves of knowledge and experiences and even, yes, wisdom, when you can find it.

    Dios los bendiga

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  28. Rurik says:
    @alexander
    " If he really is the One to end the madness...and stop the wars and breath new life into the West and hope for all the people and life on this planet."

    Let us all pray that he is, Rurik.

    He may also surprise us all, on the upside, domestically.

    President Trump is a brilliant business man, who knows how to read a balance sheet.

    This may be very important "vis a vis" federal pot legislation.

    Not only has our federal government amassed a humongous debt, But nearly half the states are drowning in red ink too.

    By standing back, and allowing states voters to choose what they wish to do, he would be opening up huge tax revenue streams for states that opt to legalize.

    And this provide a "double boost" to the states balance sheet in another important way.

    Imagine the state of Pennsylvania spends 50 million a year in low level incarcerations for marijuana. The state opts to legalize and now generates a tax revenue stream of 50 million dollars through taxing it.

    When you subtract the cost of the "no longer needed" incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues....it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the" plus column" for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.

    It might even help reduce crime altogether, by allowing our Police Officers to focus on more serious felonies.

    Do you really think President Trump cares if some guy who is thirty eight comes home from work and instead of having a beer or a whiskey, chooses to fire up a bone ? He could not care less.

    Not only would waving his hand over federal cannabis legislation, initiate substantial revenue streams for states in hot water, it adds to his "Bona fides" as an authentic "small government Republican".

    Furthermore, It would not hurt him , in the least,( at the ballot box) with the tens of millions of young progressives who seem to hate his guts right now..

    They would say..."The Donald" legalized !?!?"...."Holy sh#t !"...".he's cool !".

    So we may all be pleasantly surprised how "The Donald" chooses to use his business acumen, to help our country climb out of its hole.

    We might all be quite surprised, indeed.

    When you subtract the cost of the “no longer needed” incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues….it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the” plus column” for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.

    not only that Alex, but it would go a long way towards ending the moral enormity of imprisoning people who’ve harmed no one other than potentially themselves. If we don’t own our bodies, then we are owned, just as much as any slave is owned. That our owners tell us they are imprisoning us for our own good, and telling us what we can or can’t ingest for our own good, hardly changes the fact that it is our owners that are telling us what we can and can’t do to ourselves. I reject that paradigm. I own me. Lock, stock and barrel.

    And of course you’re right about the fiscal benefits of legalizing weed. And I think they are far reaching and beneficial.

    Not to mention, as I was honored to just have a conversation with a Mexican national- the benefits to Mexico (and Columbia and others) if the US would legalize weed, perhaps other drugs. Mexico today is reeling from the violence of the Cartels. The money these cartels amass through the illicit drug trade is destroying the lives of many, many Mexicans and others. If the US would simply allow for the controlled and legal trade in these drugs, it would go a long way towards restoring lawful order to many places in S. America all the way to Afghanistan, where the CIA is amassing terrifying wealth and power though its global heroin trafficking operations. And systematically dumping cheap heroin all over the planet in a cynical attempt to hook as many (especially young) people as possible on this deadly drug.

    From what I’ve glimmered, marijuana legalization has worked OK in Colorado and Washington state (or Uruguay, where Ron Unz has never been ; ). They’re raking in truck loads of tax revenue, and have stopped arresting adults for harmless recreation that harms no one but potentially themselves.

    (for the record, I do feel strongly that all these drugs, including tobacco and prescription drugs, etc.., must be kept away from children at all costs. That is one time when I’d be all for harsh prison time if someone was trying to get a minor hooked on anything, including weed. I will confess I’ve smoked it, but I’ve also seen a lot of adults whose lives have been harmed or destroyed by drugs, and I hate to see kids using them)

    In all tho, I agree with your sentiments and insights Alex, and how it would only benefit Trump to get out of the way of the legalization movement, that is coming no matter what. If he ends the insane and feckless War on Drugs, he not only will earn the respect and appreciation from a huge segment of society, he’ll also toss a monkey wrench into the burgeoning police state apparatus that costs us untold billions of dollars every year so that some CIA thugs can use the DEA to crush their competition on the streets of this reeling nation. And monopolize the illicit drug trade. They work both sides of the coin, making money on enforcement and distribution.

    The main motivation for keeping it all illegal comes, I suspect, from Big Pharma and the alcohol lobby (Seagram’s, etc… ) and of course the DEA themselves$. So there’s that too that Trump will have to take on.

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    Big Pharma and big Ag are working hard to get it patentable and regulated with FDA approval necessary for each strain before it can be sold.

    see

    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1190-ellen-brown-asks-if-monsanto-will-win-the-war-on-weed/
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  29. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    We need to talk of National Rights. The right of each nation to maintain its territory, ethnicity, culture, and history.

    Globalism attacks and undermines the National Rights of each nation EXCEPT ISRAEL because the Zio-Glob sees national sovereignty as the barrier to financial and political infiltration.

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  30. @Rurik

    When you subtract the cost of the “no longer needed” incarcerations with the new liquidity from tax revenues….it represents a 100 million dollar swing in the” plus column” for the state.

    Which might go a long way in helping states swamped in debt.
     

    not only that Alex, but it would go a long way towards ending the moral enormity of imprisoning people who've harmed no one other than potentially themselves. If we don't own our bodies, then we are owned, just as much as any slave is owned. That our owners tell us they are imprisoning us for our own good, and telling us what we can or can't ingest for our own good, hardly changes the fact that it is our owners that are telling us what we can and can't do to ourselves. I reject that paradigm. I own me. Lock, stock and barrel.

    And of course you're right about the fiscal benefits of legalizing weed. And I think they are far reaching and beneficial.

    Not to mention, as I was honored to just have a conversation with a Mexican national- the benefits to Mexico (and Columbia and others) if the US would legalize weed, perhaps other drugs. Mexico today is reeling from the violence of the Cartels. The money these cartels amass through the illicit drug trade is destroying the lives of many, many Mexicans and others. If the US would simply allow for the controlled and legal trade in these drugs, it would go a long way towards restoring lawful order to many places in S. America all the way to Afghanistan, where the CIA is amassing terrifying wealth and power though its global heroin trafficking operations. And systematically dumping cheap heroin all over the planet in a cynical attempt to hook as many (especially young) people as possible on this deadly drug.

    From what I've glimmered, marijuana legalization has worked OK in Colorado and Washington state (or Uruguay, where Ron Unz has never been ; ). They're raking in truck loads of tax revenue, and have stopped arresting adults for harmless recreation that harms no one but potentially themselves.

    (for the record, I do feel strongly that all these drugs, including tobacco and prescription drugs, etc.., must be kept away from children at all costs. That is one time when I'd be all for harsh prison time if someone was trying to get a minor hooked on anything, including weed. I will confess I've smoked it, but I've also seen a lot of adults whose lives have been harmed or destroyed by drugs, and I hate to see kids using them)

    In all tho, I agree with your sentiments and insights Alex, and how it would only benefit Trump to get out of the way of the legalization movement, that is coming no matter what. If he ends the insane and feckless War on Drugs, he not only will earn the respect and appreciation from a huge segment of society, he'll also toss a monkey wrench into the burgeoning police state apparatus that costs us untold billions of dollars every year so that some CIA thugs can use the DEA to crush their competition on the streets of this reeling nation. And monopolize the illicit drug trade. They work both sides of the coin, making money on enforcement and distribution.

    The main motivation for keeping it all illegal comes, I suspect, from Big Pharma and the alcohol lobby (Seagram's, etc... ) and of course the DEA themselves$. So there's that too that Trump will have to take on.

    “The main motivation for keeping it all illegal comes, I suspect, from Big Pharma and the alcohol lobby (Seagram’s, etc… )”

    Big Pharma and big Ag are working hard to get it patentable and regulated with FDA approval necessary for each strain before it can be sold.

    see

    https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1190-ellen-brown-asks-if-monsanto-will-win-the-war-on-weed/

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  31. Jmaie says:

    “We no longer agree on who our greatest enemies are, or what the greatest threats are.”

    We have no external enemies with the capability to cause serious harm. At this juncture all true threats to the Republic are internal. Corruption is and will always be the quickest path to our destruction.

    And it is a mistake to think of corruption solely as a raiding of the public fisc through unethical behavior. Corruption takes a far more dangerous form, specifically the rampant unethical behavior shown by our elected officials in the pursuit of power, and their disregard for whether we the public even find out. The resultant disaffection has rendered the populace unable to consider anything beyond the (R) or (D) following a politician’s name. No sin is unforgivable as long as it’s our guy (or gal).

    Haven’t a clue how we come back from the edge of the abyss. Assuming we can.

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  32. Realist says:
    @Tiny Duck
    Have you considered the views of People of Color?

    They vehemently disagree with you. That tells you something right there

    “Have you considered the views of People of Color?

    They vehemently disagree with you. That tells you something right there”

    Yes, that people of color are wrong.

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  33. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @Andrei Martyanov

    it was a debtor and importer, and his successors have only accelerated his policies.
     
    Agree. Completely. Reagan took the country with 70% manufacturing and 30% service economy, by the time he left office it was almost the other way around. It is not enough to just throw populist slogans to be characterized as a nationalist, one has to have, among many other true nationalist objectives, what can only be described by a phrase coined by one of the fathers of Russian cosmism (it also is credited to other Russian thinkers) Fedorov--the preservation of people. This preservation includes also sane economic policies which are, by definition, antithetical to transnational (global) capitalism the passionate enabler of which Reagan was. It was also Reagan who, wittingly or not, brought to the the American political scene this whole cabal of neocons. We all know how it worked out.

    That was basically the Reagan “con” engineered by his wealthy backers. Exploit the economic turmoil and dissatisfaction caused by the oil shock of the 70s by blaming them on American industry and especially on its unions. And bring in a guy who will say all the right patriotic and populist slogans that will make the people feel good and not notice while pulling out the economic base right out from under them.

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  34. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @MarkinLA
    .The only problem with Pat is that he never connected the dots of just how much damage St. Reagan did to this country with his sell out to the 1%…..

    Pat isn't stupid. He just knows that writing the truth about Reagan is the surest way to end your career as a political pundit. You get the same nonsense from PCR (and almost every other "conservative" one) when it comes to Reagan.

    I remember there was this kid, who was just starting in this game, who wrote a column about how, as much as we liked Reagan personally, we could not ignore his record. I believe it was on Townhall before they banned me for writing the truth about Reagan in my comments. His column didn't last too long.

    Right, Pat can’t be oblivious to this, especially since he ran his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in ’92 on trade and manufacturing, specifically on the economic devastation caused by the Reagan-Bush years that had immediately preceded.

    In Pat’s case, it’s also personal loyalty and affection, since he served in the Reagan administration and knew Reagan personally.

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  35. @ Marcus

    Yes there were gems in Nixon’s ramblings but at the same time I was incredulous as to the general naiveness as to what one would think a sitting President should be aware of. Maybe the malaise has really ramped up in the last 3 or 4 decades and now with the aid of the internet it is to those who follow such things sort of self evident.

    Perhaps I was being a tad uncharitable towards Mr. Buchanan or perhaps my cynicism got the best of me but in my mind unless institutional corruption is completely eradicated no one person elevated to the Presidency can or will do anything that will be genuinely positive for the citizenry of the Republic.

    Arguably the last one that tried to veer off the driven course ended up soiling his wife’s pretty pink dress with his brains.

    So to me all this left, right, conservative, liberal banter is no more than different labels on breakfast cereal boxes all containing the same crap.

    In about a years time I suspect that the name Trump will be substituted for Obama on this site with the body of the rant essentially the same.

    And always hoping that I will be wrong….

    Cheers-

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  36. Roy says:

    Buchanan says Reagan was a nationalist like Trump, but the only example he gives is Reagan wanting to keep the Panama Canal. That does not make him a nationalist. Reagan granted amnesty to illegal aliens, supported free trade, and wholeheartedly supported military alliances to counter the Soviet Union. Not a lot in common with Trump.

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  37. MarkinLA says:
    @Jason Liu
    Reagan was just a plain conservative, not a nationalist. If Trump turns out to be a nationalist, then he will have to do a lot more than Reagan's conservatism in order to keep the country on the right track. Policies alone won't do it, he'll have to actively go after the left and permanently break their power.

    Reagan was just a plain conservative

    Reagan was no conservative. He talked a good conservative game but his policies were anything but conservatism. What exactly did he conserve?

    Somebody somewhere coined a better definition of Reagan – he was a right wing liberal.

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  38. Boris N says:

    the world struggle was between communism and freedom

    False dichotomy, wrong opposition. Deliberate deceptive word play. The opposite of communism is not freedom. The opposite of communism is capitalism. So if the author was fair he would have said: “communism and capitalism”. Capitalism won over communism in 1991, the result is the unipolar world with no ideological alternatives except capitalism. Americans wanted capitalism to run over the entire world, be the only ideology, they got it. Now enjoy your capitalism, Americans! You do not enjoy? Why? Your grandads fought for it in WWI and WWII, and you fathers fought for it for other 40 years, so why are you so ungrateful, why are you not enjoying capitalism?

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