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“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

This was the nightmare of Ben Franklin.

Yet, with passage this spring of a $4 trillion bailout of an economy facing historic losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nancy Pelosi’s House having voted out another $3 trillion, we may have reached Franklin’s peril point.

Indeed, if Democrats capture the Senate and win the White House, as many polls now project, it is not easy to see who or what prevents an uncontrolled explosion of fresh spending and a concomitant expansion of federal power.

Consider. In his eulogy to John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Barack Obama called on Democrats, if victorious in November, to kill the Senate filibuster, all but calling the filibuster an instrument of systemic racism.

Yet, the filibuster has been and remains one of the distinguishing features of the United States Senate. It allows for extended deliberation by requiring, not 51 but 60 votes, a supermajority, to shut off debate and pass major bills.

If Democrats capture the Senate and abolish the filibuster, the Republican minority in 2021 would be stripped of virtually the only effective weapon in its arsenal to halt, slow, or shape U.S. law.

That is exactly what Obama was urging in his eulogy to Lewis.

“If politicians want to honor John,” said a surprisingly militant Obama, “Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law he was willing to die for … (And) once we pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, we should keep marching.”

“Keep marching”? To where?

Said Obama: “By making sure every American is automatically registered to vote, including former inmates… By adding polling places, and expanding early voting, and making Election Day a national holiday… By guaranteeing that every American citizen has equal representation … including the American citizens who live in Washington, D.C., and in Puerto Rico.

“If all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic … then that’s what we should do.”

By calling the filibuster “another Jim Crow relic” the ex-president was putting progressives on notice that failure to get rid of it would be to collaborate with racists.

After abolishing the filibuster, says Obama, Democrats should ram through statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., thereby expanding the Senate to 104 members, and adding four new Democratic senators.

That new Senate, says Obama, should enact every law possible to enlarge and expand the electorate, including extending the ballot to ex-convicts.

His eyes open to the potential of a Senate where 51 Democrats can enact a socialist agenda, Sen. Bernie Sanders hastily endorsed Obama’s call:

“President Obama is absolutely right. … Getting rid of the filibuster would enable Democrats to pass a comprehensive agenda to guarantee the rights and dignity of everyone in this country.”

This is but the beginning. If Democrats deprive a Republican minority of the filibuster, there would be no one stopping Congress from passing or the president from signing new anti-gun legislation.

The door would be open to legislation putting DACA “dreamers” on a fast track to citizenship, and to granting amnesty to illegal migrants, and to putting the 11 million to 22 million who are already here on the road to citizenship and the ballot box.

ORDER IT NOW

With amnesties, open borders bills, a renewal of chain migration, an end to deportations and new restrictions on ICE and the Border Patrol, a Democratic Congress, by opening the gates to millions, could turn traditionally red states such as Arizona, Georgia and Texas as blue as New York, Illinois and California.

As The Wall Street Journal also notes, one of the agenda items of the Biden-Bernie-AOC Democratic Party is the raising of payroll taxes, personal income taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes and estate taxes.

All of these newer and higher tax rates are included in a $3 trillion package to which Joe Biden has signed on.

If Democrats gain control of Congress and the filibuster is killed, reparations for slavery, the Green New Deal, “Medicare for All” and harsh climate change laws are on the table for Democrats to decide alone, without hearing from the GOP.

In a 2017 public letter, Democrats endorsed the retention of the filibuster, both on principle and because of the unique character of the Senate: “We are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this great American institution continues to serve as the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

If the filibuster is thrown out, writes the Journal, “The door to radicalism is getting busted wide open, and Americans of both parties may not like what comes out the other side.”

Another Ben Franklin quote comes to mind.

“A republic if you can keep it,” Franklin told the lady in Philadelphia who had asked what kind of government they had created.

If the filibuster goes, and the Democratic left runs wild in the next two years, will that republic survive the disfiguring surgery?

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

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  1. Infinite spending = socialist tyranny.

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  2. USA1943 says:

    They want to get rid of the Filibuster, Pack The Supreme Court, Open Borders, add D.C. and Puerto Rico = 1 party rule.

    I kind of think it will happen unfortunately, if not in 2020 then in 2024.

  3. It’s about time someone figured this out! Almost feels like PJ’s been reading my brilliant posts on this topic. Okay, slightly spastic but still flecked with brilliance and foresight.

    The cruel fact is that if the Senate tips it really is all over for the USA as we have known it. I’m bringing marshmallows, but also thinking about what the next step might be, because with a one-party state the percentage will be found in future splinter groups. Not each of which can be the ultimate wokest.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/pelosi-rule-of-law-is-like-canceled/#comment-4024499
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-voice-of-america/#comment-4068373
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/activists-demand-action-on-althea-bernstein-hate-crime-murder-attempt/#comment-4062076
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/the-social-scientific-reason-for-the-uptick-in-crime-dawns-upon-aoc-while-she-is-rewatching-les-miz/#comment-4030459

  4. KenH says:

    If Democrats capture the Senate and abolish the filibuster, the Republican minority in 2021 would be stripped of virtually the only effective weapon in its arsenal to halt

    Demographic changes are coming home to roost. The Republican base futilely warned the corrupt leadership for decades this would result but they were ignored or dismissed as “racists”. Besides, the party donors demanded mass immigration as well as tax cuts and that’s who got what they wanted.

    In a 2017 public letter, Democrats endorsed the retention of the filibuster,

    Because radical left Democrats are f*cking hypocrites. They love the filibuster when they’re the minority party in the Senate but it becomes a “Jim Crow relic” if and when they regain the majority. Just like I knew they would embrace state and local rights when Trump got elected to nullify his immigration agenda. But when Obongo was president states rights were dismissed as anachronistic and “a relic of America’s racist past” just as they will be once again if Biden wins.

    If the Democrats take the Senate and oval office in January 2021 America could descend into a might makes right one party state just like Latin American hellholes and other third world nations within the first 100 days.

    • Agree: Gunga Din
    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @follyofwar
  5. Saddest day I can remember when I heard Obama speak. There is going to be a civil war if we cannot calm down and deal with our opposition. If there is an attempt at one party rule. All hell will break loose.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Al Liguori
  6. El Dato says:

    The US is literally “shovel ready”

    • Agree: Realist, ruralguy
  7. Realist says:

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

    This was the nightmare of Ben Franklin.

    A Republic is just Democracy with lipstick…and Democracies alway fail.

  8. Realist says:
    @Fran Taubman

    Sadly this country is in for very bad times…for many reasons.

  9. Yeah, the Democrats/Liberals are hypocrites. So what? People have been calling them hypocrites fro 50 years, and all the Left does is say “Yeah, well the Right are hypocrites too”. Its an attack that is feeble and worthless, yet people keep bringing it up like its some sort of killer argument.

    If the D’s get control of Congress and Biden is president they will run wild. Buchanan is minimizing it. The D’s will give statehood to DC and PR. That’s 4 Left-wing D senators FOREVER. They have “voting reform” teed up, to make it almost impossible to keep foreigners and illegals from voting. Or to prevent voter fraud. They will require “fair” redistricting which will give them another 10-2o house seats. They will legalize 10-20 million illegals and make sure 3 million immigrants come in every year. IOW, they are going to make it impossible for the R’s to ever win again.

    I forgot to mention they will “expand” the SCOTUS and the federal judiciary, so if you think the courts will save us, think again.

    Of course, the center-right can’t get worked up about that. They never see beyond their nose. The elite R’s only care about $$, while the proles yap endlessly about Guns and abortion.

  10. Al Liguori says: • Website
    @Fran Taubman

    (((Big media))) and (((big finance))) have been manipulating both the news, the economy, and “protests” to goad the victims of their economic crimes against humanity to fight each other over skin color.

    Meanwhile the perpetrators and accomplices hide in their gated communities and bolt holes tallying their loot.

    Let us not follow the script (((they))) have written for us. Let us address the real problem.

  11. Rurik says:

    … open to legislation putting DACA “dreamers” on a fast track to citizenship, and to granting amnesty to illegal migrants, and to putting the 11 million to 22 million who are already here on the road to citizenship and the ballot box.

    With amnesties, open borders bills, a renewal of chain migration, an end to deportations and new restrictions on ICE and the Border Patrol, a Democratic Congress, by opening the gates to millions, could turn traditionally red states such as Arizona, Georgia and Texas as blue as New York, Illinois and California.

    Not to worry!

    Our host here at The Unz Review has shown the Republicans the way forward to electoral success!

    They simply need to embrace immigration and immigrants even more so than Obama and Bernie and AOC and the rest of the ‘woke’ Democrats, who for all practical purposes, are already saying that every single human on the planet is already an American citizen. Republicans simply need to out-Democrat the Democrats, and import the entire population of Bangladesh and Indonesia and Haiti and Sri Lanka and pretty much everywhere else. Once these few billion people are fast-tracked with Section eight housing and EBT cards and “free” health care and all the rest, the Republicans can point out to them that they owe their new status as first class citizens in the ZUS to them! The Republicans! This is a sure-fire way to electoral victory in the immediate future! A win/win all around.

    As The Wall Street Journal also notes, one of the agenda items of the Biden-Bernie-AOC Democratic Party is the raising of payroll taxes, personal income taxes, corporate taxes, capital gains taxes and estate taxes.

    You forgot the social justice progressive Carbon Tax Mr. Buchanan. Perhaps the most ‘woke’ tax of all!

    Yet, with passage this spring of a $4 trillion bailout of an economy facing historic losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nancy Pelosi’s House having voted out another $3 trillion, we may have reached Franklin’s peril point.

    I’m all for this.

    I know it will cause a lot of suffering when the dollar collapses, and I’m heartsick that a lot of good people will fall on unbelievably tough times, and for them, I’m sad.

    But for the forces of ‘wokeness’ in this nation and beyond, and for the banksters and zio-scum and corrupt politicians and corporate CEOs and the whole rotten system, I say print baby print!

    Hand every ‘person of color’ a hundred thousand dollar guaranteed income, for social justice and to make up for ‘four hundred years of slavery and colonialism and racism, that has had the ‘white man’s knee on POC’s necks for centuries! And that has to end now! What better way than to pay every POC the world over a guaranteed income. And that goes for ((Wall Street)) too, who has also suffered and suffered. What are a few dozen trillions, when it’s simply printed on paper? How hard is it to bail out Detroit and California, when all it amounts to is hitting some keys on the Fed’s computer?!

    People are starving in Africa! and white racism and stinginess are preventing America from sending 40 or 50 trillion over there every year, or month if that what’s needed to bring social justice!

    Please someone tell me why we can’t print literally infinite Federal Reserve Notes. Enough trillions to make every Puerto Rican a billionaire, if we’d simply stop being racists!

    If Zimbabwe can do it (for Christ’s sake)…

    Then why the hell can’t we?! Every single POC can be a trillionaire, and I say the time is now!

    So let’s do it. Let’s get this thing going, and get it done with. Give Goldman Sachs a blank check. What ever they need to keep the economy ‘strong’. New Yorkers can always use some walking around money. Every nation in Africa needs aid, and we should finally atone for America’s congenital racism, and give every single African a living wage of $174,000.00, plus free healthcare and a home in the red states. I’m not kidding.

    It’s time for social justice, because if we don’t do it now, it will only make it ten times worse when it finally does happen, but whitey is a tiny, miniscule shadow of what he still is today.

    Bring it all on now. Print baby print those trillions! No more racist stinginess! We owe, and now is the time to pay our depts.

    On the other side of this, after the economic Armageddon, perhaps something worth while will survive to rise up on the other side.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  12. an uncontrolled explosion of fresh spending

    Well, at least they will match new spending with new taxes so that the deficit will not go up.
    That’s not good but compare that to harebrained Republicans who lowered the taxes on the rich and on corporations, thereby increasing the deficit. The corporations expressed their gratitude by enthusiastically endorsing every possible woke insanity.

    Having said that, the biggest problem with Democrats is that they want to elect a new people (to paraphrase Bertolt Brecht.) Republicans could have done something about this during the first two years of Trump’s presidency, when they controlled the House and the Senate but instead, they focused on tax cuts.

    • Replies: @TheRandyGuy
  13. Rahan says:

    Eastern Europe, from the Baltics in the North, to Serbia and Bulgaria in the South, are all in dire need of a demographic boost from normal people.

    Should the worst come to the worst, a hundred million real Americans spread across the eastern half of Europe may very well save the world in the longer run. Maybe that was America’s destiny all along–to create a nation of peoples who can then be injected back into Europe and save Western civilization’s cradle.

    After that North America can be reconquered.

  14. a hundred million real Americans spread across the eastern half of Europe

    At first glance, this seems like good idea. But will they import homomania as well?

  15. Rurik says:
    @KenH

    Demographic changes are coming home to roost. The Republican base futilely warned the corrupt leadership for decades this would result but they were ignored or dismissed as “racists”. Besides, the party donors demanded mass immigration as well as tax cuts and that’s who got what they wanted.

    Right now the Republican scum are doing all in their fealty to ((donors)) to derail the Senate campaign of Kris Kobach. They’re lying (of course) that it’s because they’re afraid he’ll lose to a Democrat, but even if he wins the primary today, they’ll still work against him, because he seems to be an honest and patriotic American, and that is anathema to the ((donors)) of the Republican party, and the GOP whores who kneel before them.

    I can’t find any honest information about the primary and Kobach’s chances, as the entire Internet is abuzz over Kobach’s ‘incendiary’ views. But I have to wonder, as the people of Kansas have been privy into the id of wokeness that we’ve all marveled at over the last couple of months, and how ‘diversity is our ‘strength’, how is that going to effect their vote for a man who advocates for less diversity?

    Unlike Mr. Unz, who suggests that Republicans need to embrace immigration for election success, I suspect that Kobach might just win running on a pro-Heritage America platform.

    And if not, then we can always print infinite trillions to pay for all the new immigrants, and more!

  16. In the 1960’s, the US was 85% white. Today? With the explosion of Hispanics in the US, whites will soon be a minority. What has been the effect on professional education and employment? Very little. Whites and Asians still dominate the medical/legal/dental/engineering schools and jobs. Blacks are severely underrepresented (13% of the population, single digits in professional education and employment) and Hispanics are in the same boat (20% of the population, single digits in professional education and employment). So, we are creating a nation where the dominant population will be relying upon the minority for the essential professional services. The earning potential for the masses will remain low, for the new minority it will remain superb. The outcome? A lower standard of living for many, mostly financed by higher taxes returned to them via government services. And the dream of what the United States represented is extinguished. We did it to ourselves.

  17. @Undocumented Shopper

    The financial problem is and always has been a spending problem, not a revenue one. As the government spends increasing amounts on social welfare programs that generate not one penny in revenue, keep thinking you can tax your way out of the problem.

  18. If this comes to fruition then all I can say is good. It’ll be fun watching the white supremacists and white nationalists have a melt down over losing an America they see as ‘theirs’.

  19. @Rahan

    Why the heck do you think Eastern Europe would want more than a handful of American trash? Do you think white Americans have much in common with Eastern Europeans besides skin colour? The cultures are completely incompatible. Besides, the Americans most likely to emigrate are older with more resources (since they are the ones most resentful of the new America) – so how would that rejuvenate demographically dying EE countries?

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  20. A Dem majority wouldn’t be the end of the world. What many of you forget is that about half of the Dems privately think AOC is a dingbat.

    Independents and alt-right have been saying that the Republican strategy is an ultimately losing strategy and it might take a supermajority of Democrats in DC for them to get that. I guess losing California wasn’t enough.

    Conservative Inc is really the problem. They along with the libertarians have been completely wrong while alt-right has been correct. You can’t win Hispanic voters with the same script that works for the White middle class. We pointed this out in California and they ignored us.

    We could finally be seeing the opportunity for a populist third party. That would be a nightmare for libs since they couldn’t just fall back to the “but we care” argument.

    Some of you are worried but I see it as a win/win. AOC is a bartender and probably doesn’t know how many millions are in a trillion. The idea of her being in charge of energy policy is a joke. This new left doesn’t understand how the economy works and will be punished by Wall St to which they will ultimately cower because they don’t understand it either. They are too emotional to get anything done. They will probably retreat to police reform or something similar that just gives them the feelz.

  21. @Rahan

    Screw that, my ancestors didn’t tame the west so I could run off to Belarus.

    This race denial clown circus can only go one direction which is down. It’s not like they can manufacture new DNA evidence. It’s a race against the clock for them. Eventually the Russians will do the work to keep the west from going completely crazy.

    The fact that egalitarians riot over Black criminals shows how low their expectations have become. Liberals blame shootings in Black areas on White gun owners for not locking up their guns properly. How is that not treating Blacks like bears?

    This was supposed to be the Great Egalitarian Age where Africa leaps ahead now that it isn’t held back by Whitey.

    I’ve actually seen a PSA that was basically Look at this Black person that volunteers.

    Fascinating stuff. Egalitarians have really stuck it to those pesky White men.

    Clown town can’t last. It’s just too ridiculous.

  22. @Rurik

    Unlike Mr. Unz, who suggests that Republicans need to embrace immigration for election success, I suspect that Kobach might just win running on a pro-Heritage America platform.

    For decades I have referred to immigration as an economic issue. There should be no immigration, irrespective of source, while there is unemployment. You don’t need a “pro-Heritage America” platform. All that is needed is to pose the question of why the government allows immigrants to compete for jobs with your kids, as well as your friends and families kids. Legal immigrants have done nothing wrong. They have applied and were accepted. They didn’t force the government to accept them. Opposing immigration policy is not racist, it’s nationalistic/patriotic. I want the best for the citizens of my country, regardless of race, creed, color, or religion. Full employment will help that.
    The pro-immigration crowd always refers to wanting “the best”. Well, here is reality: in 99%+ cases, there is always somebody better than you. In countries like China or India with 4 times the population of the US, there is an even better chance that someone is better than you. That aside, if there are that many people better than you and 99% of others, what does that say about your educational system? The US turned post secondary education into a commodity long, long ago. In order for consumers to buy something, they have to believe it is wanted or needed, and it has to be easily attainable. That is what education has become. It’s a fallacy that anyone can be anything they want to be. Some people are not university material. That doesn’t make them sub-human or stupid, just not suited to a university setting. The same for technical and trade schools. People excel at different things. Finding out what those things are is as important as the education itself. Fewer people, better results would be a smarter way to go. Educate your own first, then think about others later.
    The solutions are not complex. The messaging for the solution has been a dismal failure.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @August
  23. “Getting rid of the filibuster would enable Democrats to pass a comprehensive agenda to guarantee the rights and dignity of everyone in this country.”

    It “would” enable Democrats to do so but they won’t pass any such agenda because they have no interest in guaranteeing the “rights and dignity of everyone in this country”.

    More lawyer speak from a lawyer.

  24. @KenH

    Republicans trying to hold onto the Senate for two more lousy years in order to keep the filibuster in place is pretty thin gruel, especially with a loser like Senator McConnell to lead them. Why do they stick with this counterproductive seniority system anyway? At least if they manage to hold onto the Senate by one vote, they should select the other KY Senator Rand Paul as their leader. That might at least give them a fighting chance going forward. As is, with silent, do nothing McConnell the GOP Senate boss, it appears that slimy, outspoken Chuck Schumer and the demon-rats are in charge, which they soon will be anyway.

    BTW, what are the chances of Princess Pelosi and the demon-rats losing the House? I don’t know how anyone with half a brain can stand her. It only took 55 years for the 1965 Hart-Celler Act to completely destroy the racial make-up country, as young Teddy Kennedy lied through his teeth when he said that it wouldn’t change the country’s demographics.

    Trump-hater Paul Ryan, fulfilling the Koch Brothers agenda of mass immigration to lower wages, free trade, and more Wall Street tax cuts, may well have been the last GOP Speaker. He derailed Trump’s agenda and really stuck it to the White Working Man, then, damage done, he skipped out of town. He should have been tarred and feathered.

  25. MEexpert says:

    There is no danger to the United States from outside terrorists. The real terrorists are the politicians, Wall Street, and big Companies who are systematically destroying the country from within.

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  26. KenH says:
    @Rurik

    If Trump took Unz’s advice on immigration he wouldn’t be sitting in the oval office.

    You are right about Kobach. Gutless wonder McConnell and the powers that be are attempting to undermine his campaign and convince Kansas Republicans that he can’t win in a general election. But even if they fail to derail his campaign are Kansas voters smart enough to vote for him?

    Republicans have their share of low information retard voters like the Democrats evidenced by Jeff Sessions losing in Alabama when his immigration record was outstanding according to Numbers USA. Alabama voters stupidly blamed him for the impeachment fiasco and that’s understandable but Sessions was not acting in bad faith and since Trump was finally vindicated the Democrats can’t use Russiagate anymore without looking completely unhinged.

    But in the Republican primary Alabama voters idiotically voted for a guy who doesn’t support the confederate flag and supports some form of amnesty for the tens of millions of illegal aliens.

    Kobach and Sessions would have been a formidable 1-2 punch in the Senate but again the GOP base are proving themselves to be complete morons.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  27. MEexpert says:

    If the Republicans lose majority in the senate, no one is to be blamed but the Republicans. Republicans are the most divided people.

    You have to give it to the Democrats. 99.99% of the time the Democrats will stick together, no matter what. They will almost always stand behind the Democrat President. How many Republican senators, congressmen truly support President Trump. Not that Trump is totally innocent. He too is his own worst enemy. He can’t keep his mouth shut or keep his fingers off of his twitter.

    Trump is the first president with so many disloyal staffers including his own cabinet. The only person Trump can count on is Jared Kushner and even he is working for Israel.

  28. Thomasina says:
    @Rurik

    I remember Kris Kobach wanted to look into voter fraud, and after Trump was elected he appointed Kobach to look into it, but many states refused to hand over the requested documents to Kobach’s commission. No evidence = no crime, apparently. What a complete joke. The Wiki page on him is also a complete joke.

    It’s almost like both the Democrats and Republicans are purposely and with intent trying to destroy the country, like they’re both on the same page – and of course they are. The Republican politicians have been just letting Trump twist in the wind. I guess their donors are more important than the country.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  29. Rurik says:
    @Curmudgeon

    All that is needed is to pose the question of why the government allows immigrants to compete for jobs with your kids, as well as your friends and families kids.

    Because diversity is our strength?

    Not only compete with your kids, but on a tilted playing field. Because most immigrants are POC, and so if your kids are white, then those immigrant kids are going to get built-in advantages when it comes to jobs and promotions and coveted university slots. No matter how wealthy they are, and how poor the white kids are. A government minister’s son from Nigeria is going to be given every advantage in every way over a poor white kid from Nebraska.

    You’re right about the ones coming legally, they’d be fools not to. It isn’t their fault, it’s the fault of our corrupt politicians that betray their own nation and constituents to pander to the donors$ – who want the immigration for their own respective reasons. Mostly out of a seething hatred for white people and white culture, but also because they want the cheap labor. Hatred and greed. The twin pillars of America’s and Europe’s immigration/invasion policies.

    It’s sort of sad, but you have to find the silver lining. Somehow even that isn’t always satisfying. When pondering America’s future, if you wanted to look at Zimbabwe , then perhaps you might take some small glimmer of pleasure at how the blacks sent their nation reeling into starvation once they killed the golden goose. And the ones screaming for white blood, ended up starving when whitey stopped feeding them. Perhaps something along those lines will happen here as well.

    But even if it does, I still wouldn’t take pleasure in seeing all those hatred-consumed POC falling on hardship, because they’re often too stupid to see past their blind hatred. But the politicians, now if they could be made to suffer, like few people on this planet have ever suffered, then that might be something!

    There’s a reason Dante reserved his ninth circle for the Paul Ryans and Mitts and Marcos of the world. McCain is already there, and I hope he can attest to the suitability of the place, considering his own personal efforts to earn his well-deserved place there for eternity.

  30. It’s almost like both the Democrats and Republicans are purposely and with intent trying to destroy the country, like they’re both on the same page – and of course they are.

    I’m convinced about half of each party wants to get to Brazil 2.0.

    Whites are just too much of a pain in the ass for the establishment.

    White men especially do things like investigate corruption and point out the piles of BS that these politicians try to pass.

    Republicans would rather have serfs that work 60 hours a week and Democrats are sick of having to explain themselves to pesky White men and their damn logic.

    So you have people on both sides that would rather just rule over Guatemala.

  31. Rurik says:
    @KenH

    But in the Republican primary Alabama voters idiotically voted for a guy who doesn’t support the confederate flag and supports some form of amnesty for the tens of millions of illegal aliens.

    sad, very sad and tragic.

    But I grew to despise Sessions as well. What a total shitball as AG. You’ve got the full power of the US justice dept. at your finger tips, and you don’t investigate any of the uber-crimes of your enemies?! You just go after a MS13 orc here and there?

    Pathetic!

    Kobach as least seems for real, and I suppose that’s why they hate his guts.

    I agree with follyofwar on Rand, he’s the best thing we’ve got going.

    ..

    Gold just popped $2k

    We could all be on the train to Mad Max sooner than we thought.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  32. It’s sort of sad, but you have to find the silver lining. Somehow even that isn’t always satisfying. When pondering America’s future, if you wanted to look at Zimbabwe , then perhaps you might take some small glimmer of pleasure at how the blacks sent their nation reeling into starvation once they killed the golden goose.

    Sure but there was a still a global economy that propped up Zimbabwe after they finally accepted that Mugabe was in over his head and Whitey wasn’t the problem. In fact they had largely switched to dollars by that point.

    The kook left in this country could crater the global economy if left unchecked by moderate Democrats. Leftists like AOC would borrow trillions upon trillions and inflate the dollar to where none of it could ever be paid and we would lose our oil buying power. Potentially a Mad Max type meltdown.

    The fact that everyone still has to learn these lessons is the annoying part in all this. Both Zim and SA did not become utopias after handing them over to Blacks. But the left in this country still wants to believe that Whitey is the cause of all problems. I don’t see why our offspring should have to sit through yet another lesson for the dunces of the world. We need to challenge the left on their assumptions about race and let the chips fall where they may.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  33. Rurik says:
    @Thomasina

    It’s almost like both the Democrats and Republicans are purposely and with intent trying to destroy the country, … … I guess their donors are more important than the country.

    and more important than their souls

    I’m not too religious, but I sure would like to think that there’s a divine justice that will give these politicians what they truly deserve.

  34. Daniel H says:

    Good flippin’ riddance to the GOP. Should we really care that the likes of the Bushes, McConnells, Grahams, Romney’s, Doles, et. al, are permanently thwarted? I don’t care. Over the past 50 years or so the GOP have demonstrated that they are worthless. They have provided no real resistance, let alone a bulwark to American Bourgeois leftism. I suspect that covertly most of them endorse the drift toward ruin. I’m not worried, I’m hopeful that a new, authentic alt opposition will arise.

    Good flippin’ riddance. My hope for November is that the GOP gets blown out of both the House and Senate – permanently trashed – and Trump loses the popular vote by 10 million yet still squeaks through the Electoral College.

    Just say no to cucks.

    • Replies: @Derer
  35. @MEexpert

    A revealing comment from the Terrorist Lincoln – who unnecessarily killed hundred of thousands of his fellow citizens, as he destroyed the Constitution.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
  36. The Left has both normalized defiance of the law and demonstrated that violent protest is effective.
    The pendulum swings both ways.

  37. @Rurik

    I’m not too religious, but I sure would like to think that there’s a divine justice that will give these politicians what they truly deserve.

    They are punished here on earth.

    I went to a political social party once.

    Never seen such miserable people at a party.

    Probably the most surprising thing was how many of the Democrats smoked.

  38. @SeekerofthePresence

    Infinite spending = socialist tyranny.

    Do you know what infinity means? How can you write of “infinite” spending? Your insanity proclaimed at the start, I see.

    Let’s say you mean amply high government spending.

    Okay, why? What is tyrannical about super-high taxes for the super-rich, providing money to service the infrastructure, and keeping everyone well with free medications and free hospital stays, and everyone well educated and debt-free with free education to the highest levels?

    And zero military or “intelligence” spending because there is no threat to North America?

    And these days with automation and resulting huge profits a Universal Basic Income would be so, so easy, meaning no frenzy over “jobs” yet everyone housed and comfortable.

    How is that tyranny? Please explain how it is, for those who find it hard to understand.

    You sound brainwashed.

  39. Escher says:

    Buy gold outside America.

  40. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Assume you are writing sarcasm, in which case you explain the utopian nonsense pretty well yourself.

    If not sarcasm, then the socialist paradise will no doubt be fulfilled under President Biden. Although Trump could still win if his silent supporters come out of their closets and vote “bigly.”

    Tyranny starts out by soaking the rich for new social programs. When that proves insufficient, they rob everyone else. Anyone who disagrees with their universal “solutions” is doxed, canceled, deplatformed or imprisoned. All this for the public good or fairness.

    When the tyrants’ complete incompetence is exposed, they start new wars. All must now unite behind Big Brother to overcome the wartime threat. The dictators stay in power through forever national crisis. Thus to never-ending spending they add perpetual war. The nation goes broke and the people in fear and misery. This is socialist paradise.

    • LOL: Ann Nonny Mouse
  41. Rurik says:
    @Rurik

    Unlike Mr. Unz, who suggests that Republicans need to embrace immigration for election success, I suspect that Kobach might just win running on a pro-Heritage America platform.

    Well, apparently the good citizens of Kansas went for Cuckservative Inc.

    We get the government we deserve.

    • Replies: @KenH
  42. Rurik says:
    @John Johnson

    Leftists like AOC would borrow trillions upon trillions and inflate the dollar to where none of it could ever be paid and we would lose our oil buying power. Potentially a Mad Max type meltdown.

    If something is unsustainable, then it’s unsustainable. It’s only a question of when. Perhaps sooner is better than later. When those planes hit those towers, it ended the American experiment in human freedom. I wonder if the Cornhole virus is simply the next step in a long plan.

    The fact that everyone still has to learn these lessons is the annoying part in all this. Both Zim and SA did not become utopias after handing them over to Blacks. But the left in this country still wants to believe that Whitey is the cause of all problems. I don’t see why our offspring should have to sit through yet another lesson for the dunces of the world. We need to challenge the left on their assumptions about race and let the chips fall where they may.

    Challenge them?

    How?

    Their arguments have been vapid/insipid since day one. You can’t reason with emotional butt-hurt. ‘I don’t like it! that so many blacks languish behind whites economically and are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, and so I want to make everyone equal!’ – Is not rational, it’s the ‘arguments’ of force, and force is not reason.

    And the GOP is fully owned by the 1%, so there’s not any hope there. Just more tax cuts for the 1% and immigration.

    What’s left to us, is to make the best of it. Get out of the cities, and move to the countryside, or even emigrate, if that’s doable. As the dollar collapses, things are going to get interesting.

  43. KenH says:
    @Rurik

    Well, apparently the good citizens of Kansas went for Cuckservative Inc.

    Unfortunately. Big business and Big Ag supported Marshall who no doubt will cast “yea” votes for increased H1B visas and more third world farm workers. But he does want to curtail abortion so America can be blessed with more surly and violent black people.

    Even the FOX news article described Kobach’s views on immigration as “controversial”. So what is clearly patriotic and common sense views on immigration policy is now “controversial” while advocating for granting the entire third world American citizenship is mainstream.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  44. SafeNow says:

    The number of illegal immigrants should not be stated as 11 to 22 million, as if those are entitled to equal weight. Recent Yale, MIT, and Princeton studies place the number at 22 million. The range is stated to be between 16 and 29 million. It is not as if there has been a recent increase; rather, newer and more honest methodologies are used.
    https://thehill.com/latino/407848-yale-mit-study-22-million-not-11-million-undocumented-immigrants-in-us

    A prominent columnist recently referred to the number as being 11 million. I emailed him to point- out that his number was almost certainly fully discredited, and at a minimum, the issue is controversial. He replied. He did not defend his number as being accurate. Rather, he admitted that he was using what he called the “house number.” (I will respect his sheepish, honest admission and not disclose his identity. We have a good relationship.) Thus, there are apparently “house numbers“ for this, and I assume, for various other numbers. Conservatives should not give equal weight to objective (an endangered species) numbers and ”house numbers.”

  45. Rurik says:
    @KenH

    But he does want to curtail abortion

    Oh

    For a moment I thought we were in trouble.

    common sense views on immigration policy is now “controversial” while advocating for granting the entire third world American citizenship is mainstream.

    when federal judges declared that deporting illegals is ‘unconstitutional’, they effectively declared that all seven + billion people on the planet are all US citizens.

    It’s OK to assassinate an actual US citizen if he’s considered inconvenient, our federal courts seem to consider that A-OK. But deporting Mexicans or Guatemalans here illegally or denying them freebies is ‘unconstitutional’.

    Running an American torture camp where people’s human right not to be tortured – is ignored, so long as it’s America that is doing the torturing. (We’re the exceptional people, after all!) Constitutional rights are guaranteed to foreigners depending on how well those foreigners align with our elites respective whims at the moment.

    If they’re coming here to displace the hated white communities, then they’re all granted first class status over the native born white folks. Because to deny them anything, would be unconstitutional !

    But if they’re goat herders from the Himalayan foothills, who don’t want the ZUS occupying their nation, then you can torture them to your black heart’s content, and still be considered an American in good standing with the Constitution. Even appointed to head up the CIA! Our federal judges and Justices have no problem with that. Torture is now as American as baseball and apple pie.

    When it comes to our Constitution- assassination of citizens, torture, mass-murder, wars of aggression and attempted coups to remove a sitting president, are all perfectly fine!

    But telling someone who invaded the country illegally, that they have to go back, is unconstitutional !

    As the dollar collapses into it’s long overdue death spiral, it’s going to take a lot of delusions and hubris with it.

    • Thanks: RadicalCenter
  46. DanGood says:

    If any party gain a”filibuster proof” majority, it can wield dictatorial powers. So Pat is only talking about “at what point” these powers can be granted, not “whether or not” they can be granted.

  47. Exile says:

    6 trillion of the 7 trillion allocated around March for Covid was gobbled up by NGO’s, churches and mega-corps including spouses, relatives and friends of Trump admin austerity and moral hazard shills like Laffer, Mnuchin & Kudlow.

    Never forget the 6 trillion.

  48. Derer says:

    $3 trillion package to which Joe Biden has signed on.

    If he can remember only what was the issue. Pushing Biden for presidency, the DNC become dangerously cynical. If i remember correctly some VP candidate (I think Stevenson) resigned because of history of mental instability. Biden has dementia for haven sake…triggered by the stress from the Ukrainian corruption. Nation affairs run by the backroom corrupted clique is the Democrats’ sinister plan that must be stopped.

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
  49. Derer says:
    @Daniel H

    Do you think they will be able to surge from the ashes, optimist?

  50. SafeNow says:
    @follyofwar

    Victor David Hanson put it well — Lincoln “harvested” 750,000 lives…to solve a problem that pertained to only the 7% of households that owned slaves. Resentment lingers in the South to this day. Lincoln was the worst President. Lincoln’s so-called greatness showed that you can go a long way in the U.S. with a distinctive hat. This reminds me of how, in professional wrestling, what you really needed to make it big was some sort of distinctive look. Lincoln as Sgt. Slaughter. (BTW, I do not imply this as a criticism professional wrestling; fastidiously choreographed athleticism and performance art, boys and their dads having a good time together.)

    • Replies: @VinnyVette
  51. “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

    Correction. “When Corporations found that they can influence votes, at a cheap enough price point, to give themselves money, that was the end of the republic, such as it ever was.”

    People do not matter. Never have. That is a myth.

    The trillions for 9/11, for GFC bailouts, and for the current project, those trillions went to Corporations, primarily the large Banks.

  52. Quite interesting. However, how much money was spent since 911 accomplishing what? 8 Trillion? bankers rescue – ? If 1% —-lobbyists – perpetual war machine require funds it is open season but when the taxpayers on Main Street require assistance–it is NOT acceptable? Something wrong here but my stockpile of Lysol is good and MAGA cap fits well –the alternative an Amtak derailments departing Delaware ?

  53. August says:
    @Curmudgeon

    >>>Some people are not university material.

    80%-plus of people are not university material. Sure, just about anyone can have fun for years, learn a bit, and enjoy watching student-athaletes perform their various rituals, but to believe that “college is for everybody” is idiocy.

    The bulk of the American educational establishment has morphed into day-care for purported “students”, and a source of middle-class income for purported “teachers”. The sooner that establishment dies (OK… or is radically restructured), the better off the students, the teachers and the entire culture will be.

    We don’t really profit by living out lies, although in post-modern America we give it a damn good try.

  54. @Rurik

    I may be wrong, but I think you’re an accelerationist.

    It does have a kind of barbaric splendor, I admit.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  55. @Pseudonymous

    Sadly, I have to agree with your analysis. I would add the fact that emigrants often recreate the society they left. I’d tell any eastern European government inclined to listen to keep immigration from the United States very low and screen the applicants very carefully; accept only those with skills, preferably manual skills, and a degree of language aptitude.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  56. @Derer

    I believe Senator Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the vice presidential race in 1972 when it was revealed that he had undergone electro-convulsive therapy for depression.

    • Thanks: Derer
  57. @SafeNow

    You forgot Lincoln’s “distinctive beard.” Lol

  58. At this point GOP / Dems makes no difference.
    The GOP has done nothing to “conserve” or repeal a damn thing, holding the presidency, congress, the Senate… NOTHING!
    GOP holds power, we still live under the tyranny of democrat policies, that much of the GOP is in favor of, they just tell their constituency what they want to hear, get elected, nothing changes, except for the worse.
    Filibuster, no filibuster, matters not!
    I despise the Democrats, but have to give them their due… They go after what they want and make no bones about it. I respect that!
    The GOP is only worthy of contempt!

  59. The Republican party has been out to lunch for the last 6 months. America has gone through profound social convulsions and almost nobody in the Republican party has had anything to say about it. The Never Trumpers have all but taken over Fox News and it seems like they are winning at destroying his presidency. There are only two national level republicans left so far as I can tell: Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is a Mormon, which is idiotic. We have to stop politely indulging that lunacy. He also has no ideas whatsoever about anything. He’s basically the kind of guy who thinks a new Subway restaurant franchisee in his town equates to economic development and that’s all he cares about. Ted Cruz has at least grown into a more entertaining, aggressive national role lately, partly inspired by Trump. Even so, the fact that he is a Republican makes him all but irrelevant for most voters.

    If the Republicans are not going to aggressively engage on any social topic, they are irrelevant. They seem to be unwilling to fight for anything and without Trump they haven’t won any issue I can think of except for NAFTA and globalized free trade, both of which have been disasters for most Americans. All the Republicans ever do is promote “business” in the most bland possible way.

    I think it’s really time to put an end to the Republican party and create a movement that can go on offense to confront the Left in the Western World and America. Otherwise we are all going to end up in gulags pounding rocks and being re-educated to love our female penises by trans prison camp guards from San Francisco.

    • Agree: VinnyVette
  60. Rurik says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    barbaric splendor

    I like that.

    to keep plodding away, and working and of course, paying taxes, and more taxes, and more and more taxes, to keep the 1% flush in bailout billions, and the unproductive half of the country fat and arrogant and lazy..

    just seems like a drudgery after so may decades. Especially when you know the trajectory and goal is for the middle and working classes to founder under the weight of unlimited immigration.

    We can all keep rowing the ship of state, such as it is..

    or see the ship sink, and with it perhaps our own fate, or.. if we’re resourceful and lucky, we’ll survive to see our enemies drop the whip they’ve been so happy to wield, and swim on their own for the first time in their privileged lives. Without us galley slaves to keep them all propped up.

    The state of affairs is rotten to the core. The head of America is putrid with gangrene, which will eventually result in the whole organism dying slowly.

    America had a good run. They showed true heroics when they told the British tyrant to suck on musket balls. Their mettle was strong, as they tamed the west, and created an amazing country and society, with freedom as its founding aspiration.

    But the charactor of a people who create a nation, is much different than the charactor of the people who inherit it, without having to do the work. And so Americans sold out their nation and their progeny for shinny trinkets. Woodrow Wilson died in a bed, rather than with a patriot’s bullet in his head. Say what you want about John Wilkes Booth, at least he was willing to step up to the plate and do something.

    Anyways the spirit of Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine are long gone. Today CEOs and athletes get on their knees with bowed head in homage to George Floyd, and beg forgiveness for offending their enemies by existing.

    A sniveling display of abased self-loathing to the wry amusement of the people who hate their white guts.

    But that’s all fine, so long as Wall Street and Tel Aviv can get a few more trillion in tax slave lucre.

    What’s left to preserve?

    Move your families to the countryside, America, and disconnect from the (((cultural and spiritual sewer))), and wait out the death spiral into the abyss, as your children learn to hunt and farm, and grow into men and women with grace and pride and self-respect. As the rest of the nation descends into the mire of dissolute depravity and a shuffling, mumbling, soulless living death – on their knees.

    • Agree: VinnyVette
  61. frontier says:
    @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Do you know what infinity means? How can you write of “infinite” spending? Your insanity proclaimed at the start, I see.

    Infinity in this case means always growing government and other debt – and it’s a fact. Every debt ceiling is always lifted higher – ad infinitum. Pretty obvious this is the insanity… defending it is plain idiotic.

    Okay, why? What is tyrannical about super-high taxes for the super-rich, providing money to service the infrastructure, and keeping everyone well with free medications

    It turns out, idiotic insanity is too mild of a description for this… where do we start?… well, “the super-rich” taxes come from the working poor… who work FOR the super-rich… do you understand? The rich simply raise prices and lower wages, they won’t lose anything.

    “providing money to service the infrastructure” – gov spending is through the roof as it is even now, printing money doesn’t “provide” them, it steals them from the above-mentioned working poor by product inflation and lower wages.

    “and keeping everyone well with free medications” Same retarded arguments as the dumber-than-dirt AOC, When asked who’d pay for her “free healthcare” she said – “nobody, it’s free”… However, somebody MUST pay… the rich won’t pay for it because they can extract money from the poor souls working for them. The working poor will be paying for whatever excess and social engineering the crooked government desires under the command of their rich masters. The permanent underclass will have no say or influence whatsoever… That’s communism and it’s never been different.

    And these days with automation and resulting huge profits a Universal Basic Income would be so, so easy…

    Right, right… and millions upon millions of 3-rd world immigration for jobs “American automation won’t do”? And for jobs “American automation can’t do”? … the idiocy of this bold faced lie is too glaring to miss. If automation was a solution, our entire production base and tech monopolies wouldn’t be operating in foreign countries… with millions of Asians on conveyor belts… this isn’t “automation”, it’s commie lies.

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
    • Replies: @voicum
  62. opat says:

    When I read the opening Franklin quote about “voting themselves money”, I thought Buchanan was referring to the Citizen United and the unleashing of endless money into the electoral politics thereby ending whatever vestige of “democracy” still remained.

    Instead he misreads the entire political field, and, like a typical Fox News watching dinner-puree-er, reduces all Dems to “socialists”: Biden gets hyphenated with Sanders with AOC.

    No need to panic Pat. Biden will not commit to any “socialist” agenda. His donors would promptly punish him and confiscate both his bib and his dentures. Hell, they would probably demand he return his hair plugs too.

    As far as the “socialist agenda” is concerned, as per Pew Research, it is gaining traction (it is supported by more than 50% of Americans). Why? If I have to explain it, you probably live in a gated community and work in some gleaming office park building and thus never set foot in actual America. I read somewhere that most of Kamala Harris voters lived mere blocks from a Whole Foods. She was and is, we and Honest Joe were reminded, “that” girl.

    “Socialist agenda” is on the rise because of the Franklin’s quote. The plunder and extraction of America has been vicious and systematic. For decades, America has reserved this honor only to the Global South. After decades of deliberation, it is now clear that “money voting” Establishment has been running out places to plunder and has set its sights domestically. You had to have been a moron not to see it. Capitalism is, after all, predicated on endless growth. When you run out of Soviet Unions, Chinas, Vietnams to grow and you are left with Cubas, Venezuelas, Irans to mop up, you will eventually set your sights on your own coin jar and junkdrawer to raid.

    Rest assured, Honest Joe is a staunch defender of the “Republic”: he will not re/distribute anything to anyone who doesn’t have at least one real leather chair and whose furniture is from Ikea. The “Republic” will live to live another day. Another election.

    Unless, of course, we see more pitchforks (Molotovs, leaf blowers, etc).

  63. rgl says:

    I must agree with Mr. Buchanan on this one.

    The filibuster is a tool to curb out of control legislation. Now, I am all for increased taxation, primarily on the rich who in practice pay little or no tax as it is, because it is not fair, in fact egregious, to expect future generations to pay for Wall Street and Pentagon greed. Removing the filibuster though, is assuredly not the way to do it.

    I am also for abolishing the 2nd amendment, but not through a tyrannical process. Getting rid of Citizens United would also be a very good thing. And the Fed. And the Electoral College.

    Maybe I should run for President.

  64. voicum says:
    @frontier

    Man , what can i say??? You should have not dropped out of school after first grade .. It was not a good idea.

  65. @Diversity Heretic

    Wise counsel. They can admit a lot of good white folks fleeing Afrimerica or Eurabia — just give them permanent residency, NEVER citizenship or any voting rights.

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