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As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady.

Last Monday’s lead editorial began:

“Here we go again. In the 1990s Pat Buchanan launched a civil war within the Republican Party on a platform targeting immigration and trade. Some claimed Pitchfork Pat was the future of the GOP, though in the end he mainly contributed to its presidential defeats.”

But, woe is us, “the GOP’s Buchanan wing is making a comeback.”

Now it is true that, while Nixon and Reagan won 49-state landslides and gave the GOP five victories in six presidential contests, the party has fallen upon hard times. Only once since 1988 has a Republican presidential nominee won the popular vote.

But was this caused by following this writer’s counsel? Or by the GOP listening to the deceptions of its Davos-Doha-Journal wing?

In the 1990s, this writer and allies in both parties fought NAFTA, GATT and MFN for China. The Journal and GOP establishment ran with Bill and Hillary and globalization. And the fruits of their victory?

Between 2000 and 2010, 55,000 U.S. factories closed and 5 million to 6 million manufacturing jobs disappeared. Columnist Terry Jeffrey writes that, since 1979, the year of maximum U.S. manufacturing employment, “The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000 — or 37 percent.”

Does the Journal regard this gutting of the greatest industrial base the world had ever seen, which gave America an independence no republic had ever known, an acceptable price of its New World Order?

Beginning in 1991, traveling the country and visiting plant after plant that was shutting down or moving to Asia or Mexico, some of us warned that this economic treason against America’s workers would bring about political retribution.

And so it came to pass.

Since 1988, a free-trade Republican Party has not once won Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois or Wisconsin in a presidential election. Ohio, the other great Midwest industrial state, is tipping. The Reagan Democrats are gone. Who cast them aside? You or us?

Since the early 1990s, we have run $3 trillion to $4 trillion in trade deficits with China. Last year’s was $325 billion, or twice China’s defense budget. Are not all those factories, jobs, investment capital and consumer dollars pouring into China a reason why Beijing has been able to build mighty air and naval fleets, claim sovereignty over the South and East China seas, fortify reefs 1,000 miles south of Hainan Island, and tell the U.S. Navy to back off?

The Journal accuses us of being anti-growth. But as trade surpluses add to a nation’s GDP, trade deficits subtract from it. Does the Journal think our $11 trillion in trade deficits since 1992 represents a pro-growth policy?

On immigration, this writer did campaign on securing the border in 1991-92, when there were 3 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

But the Bush Republicans refused to seal the border.

Now there are 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants and the issue is tearing the party apart. Now everybody is for “secure borders.”

We did urge a “moratorium” on legal immigration, such as America had from 1924 to 1965, to assimilate and Americanize the millions who had come. The Journal Republicans called that xenophobia.

Since then, tens of millions of immigrants, here legally and illegally, mostly from the Third World, have arrived. Economically, they consume more in tax dollars than they contribute.

Politically, most belong to ethnic groups that vote between 70 and 90 percent Democratic. Their children will bury the GOP.

Consider California, which voted for Nixon all five times he was on a national ticket and for Reagan in landslides all four times he ran.

Since 1988, California has not gone Republican in a single presidential election. No Republican holds statewide office. Both U.S. Senators are Democrats. Democrats have 39 of 53 U.S. House seats. Republican state legislators are outnumbered 2-to-1.

Americans of European descent, who provide the GOP with 90 percent of its presidential vote, are down to 63 percent of the nation and falling.

By 2042, they will be a minority. And there goes the GOP.

Lest we forget, the “Buchanan wing” also opposed the invasion of Iraq while the Journal-War Party wing howled, “Onto Baghdad!”

“Unpatriotic Conservatives,” we were called in a cover story by a neocon National Review for saying the war was unnecessary and unwise.

Now, a dozen years after the “cakewalk” war, GOP candidates like Marco Rubio and Bush III are trying to figure out what it was all about, Alfie, and what they would have done, had they only known.

Our agenda in that decade was — stay out of wars that are not our business, economic patriotism, secure borders, and America first.

The foreign debt and de-industrialization of America, the trillion-dollar wars and the chaos of the Middle East, the shortened life span of the Party of Reagan, that’s your doing, fellas, not ours.

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 2015

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  1. Not “Onto Baghdad!” but “On to Baghdad!” Can your delicate ear for our Mother Tongue discern the difference? It shows the state of our culture when even literate souls such as thou make egregious errors like this.

    Otherwise, an excellent article. It must feel happy/sad (but mostly, sad) for you to be able to tell the 1% who read the Journal, “I told you so.”

    • Replies: @Kat Grey
  2. Blobby5 says:

    Great article! To think I used to listen to those WSJ clowns.

  3. Kat Grey says:
    @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Isn’t Buchanan a Scottish surname?

    • Replies: @Eustace Tilley (not)
  4. @Kat Grey

    Your query is a bit O.T. (off-topic), but if you have a bent for history and heraldry, check out

    • Replies: @Kat Grey
  5. Oldeguy says:

    Pat at his best. What is surprising is not that the Globalist GOP has done so poorly, but rather that it hasn’t done far worse.
    The GOP vote has become The Lesser Of Two Evils vote and is therefore dependent on the Dems being unable to get their act together with a program that would appeal to Economic Nationalists. If they ever do, Bye, Bye GOP.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  6. MarkinLA says:

    Dems being unable to get their act together with a program that would appeal to Economic Nationalists.

    That would require stopping immigration especially from south of the border. They have a bigger problem than the Republicans. The Republicans could easily be the party of economic nationalism and it would please their base immensely. The problem is that the GOP has always been all about its donors and not its voters.

    • Replies: @Realist
  7. MarkinLA says:

    The Reagan Democrats are gone. Who cast them aside?

    Well when Reagan pulled down his pants and crapped on them after they helped get him elected, they got the message.

    What with him looking the other way while corporations used illegals to break unions and lower wages and then amnestying them. What with him using the NSF to create the big lie that there was a tech worker shortage so the H-1Bs could cheapen the degrees of those with STEM degrees. What with the GOP finally getting their Reagan administration inspired NAFTA to move factory jobs to Mexico who could blame them?

    • Replies: @Realist
  8. Capitalism has morphed into Corporatism hopefully one day it becomes Communtarianism. The stress on economic growth at any cost is highly predicated on:

    (a.) we don’t damage the environment
    (b.) we’re able to leave the earth or have an alternative strategy
    (c.) technology bails us out

    It’s going to have to become sustainable sooner or later.

  9. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    Who is to blame? The globalist elites? But here’s a problem. Consider the article below.

    Article is true, but here’s one thing that people overlook.

    It’s like what Charles Foster Kane said: “(People will think) what I tell them to think.”

    This article makes a distinction between elite interests and mass interests, but the masses can easily/eventually be swayed to adopt the elite interests as their own.

    Then, it is more difficult to distinguish between elite interest and mass interest.

    Take gambling. At one time, most Americans saw it as a vice. But elites promoted it all over, and now the masses are for it.

    Take the Iraq War. Americans generally don’t like foreign interventions, but mass propaganda about WMD made 80% of Americans support the war.

    And there is no better example than ‘gay marriage’. It was overwhelmingly rejected by the masses.
    But the oligarchs poured vast sums into its propagation in media, entertainment, and academia.
    So, what began as an elite-oligarchal issue turned into a mass issue.

    As most people are sheeple, what is an elite interest becomes a mass issue.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  10. Realist says:

    “The problem is that the GOP has always been all about its donors and not its voters.”

    Yes, just like the Dems.

  11. Realist says:

    The WSJ is a propaganda organ for the war party. Wall to wall hegemony.

  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Yet another dumb article stuck in the past that doesn’t dare mention the word automation. That’s the real primary cause of manufacturing job loss.

    “because machines have replaced humans at almost every point in the production process.

    Take Parkdale: The mill here produces 2.5 million pounds of yarn a week with about 140 workers. In 1980, that production level would have required more than 2,000 people.”

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    , @AnAnon
  13. Rich says:

    The Republicans are probably finished as a Presidential party due to the numbers. The Northeast is solidly Democrat giving the Dems 82 electoral votes, along with California’s 55, throw in Oregon and Washington for another 19, the Midwest, starting with Illinois, gives them an automatic 20 more. Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin are solidly leftist giving them another 36. DC, Delaware and Maryland give the Dems another automatic 16. That’s 228 out of the needed 270. The Dems took Virginia and Florida the last two elections and I don’t see any evidence they’re going back. and that puts them over the top. How do the Repubs break through when demographics, both ethnic and economic, push the country further to the left? The Repubs seem to be stuck, since they are unable to go leftward for fear of losing their socially conservative base. A wink and a nod over abortion and homosexual marriage is never going to appease the social liberals and their obsession over “free” trade will never win them back the Reagan Dems. Maybe Rand Paul can win them the younger libertarians, but I don’t think that’s enough to give them a shot. Keep in mind, Obama was the most leftist candidate to run for President and he won easily, the only thing that might save the Repubs is if Hillary gets the nomination.

  14. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Another great article by Pat Buchanan. He has spoken out for a long time on various issues and it’s obvious that he is a patriotic American who wants what is best for this country. And he certainly has been proven right where trade, immigration and foreign policy are concerned.

    I do think the figure of 11-12 million illegal aliens is wrong. The U.S. government and the media have used the figure 9-12 million for decades but our borders haven’t been secured or our immigration laws systematically enforced in all that time. I think the figure is probably closer to 20 million illegal aliens, maybe even more.

    Regarding trade and the loss of manufacturing jobs, my question is: Where are the Democrats? After all, they are supposedly the party that looks out for the “working man” so where were they when all of these trade agreements were going through? And who is it that is now supporting the TPP? President Obama, a Democrat.

  15. MarkinLA says:

    Well there has always been some form of automation and new industries picked up the slack for those no longer needed in the old industries. In the 1980s, the PCs and many of their components were made in the US as the auto industry was shedding jobs.

    If it was only automation, nothing that you buy in America would be made in China or Mexico, especially since much of the steel used to make it came from the US.

  16. MarkinLA says:
    @Priss Factor

    When ever the elites want a policy change they have an army of bought and paid for academics and pundits to write papers and articles all supporting the position the elites want. The academics present “scientific” proof that the policy is the right one and the pundits are all searching for the sales pitch to fool the rubes just enough to sneak the policy past in a middle of the night vote.

    What you see is pundit after pundit pushing the same basic policy but each has taken a different tack. One might emphasize “jobs” while the other “security”. Once one of these themes starts to resonate all the other pundits write essentially the same article with only a slightly different spin to inundate the rubes with the message that there is only one correct way to think.

    Now the groundwork is laid to have the phony Congressional panels so they can say there has been a debate. Of course, the Congressmen have already been bought off and nothing said to the panel will make any difference but it all serves the purpose of giving the veneer of “democracy”. Nowhere was this more obvious than the debate on H-1Bs. Even the economists present said that any shortage of workers would be handled eventually by market forces and Congress still gave the corporations what they wanted.

    I remember reading something about this process by some professor at Tennessee, I think. I like to remember it every time the issue of gun control comes up and how it plays exactly like this except that there is usually enough people in pro-gun land with money to stop it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  17. Patrick is absolutely right as is his habit. The current status of the R party–somewhere between malaise and disaster–is much more a result of ignoring Patrick’s advice than anything else. Now all they are is all-war, all-immigration, and throw in some rewards for the super-rich, and clown-car religious nutcase material now and then. Hardly a winning formula.

    Where we stand as a nation is that there’s a two-party stranglehold on power, each wing of which seems determined to offer up its most horrifying candidates. Woe is Us.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  18. MarkinLA says:
    @Kyle McKenna

    and clown-car religious nutcase material now and then

    That is just for show to keep the religious nutters on the plantation. Name anything that has actually been enacted in law for them that they didn’t away from when the chips were down.

  19. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    Maybe Western Culture is just finished.

    When a society creates idiots like this(videos below), what is life about?

    One thing about millennials. They are glib and robotic, cartoon-like. They act colorful but in an artificial and programmed way. They never seem to think about anything as they are too busy spitting out verbatim what PC fed to them in class and from pop culture.

    Just watch the videos. Big Ewwww.

  20. Kat Grey says:

    The last generation before the Robot Era

  21. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    Finally an anti-immigration movie.

    The corruption, the violence, the deceptions, and etc.

    And the white guy who’s trying to stop the problem isn’t presented as a bad guy but as a law-abiding patriot.

    If this movie hadn’t been made by Asians, it’d be called ‘racist’.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    If National Review isn’t even willing to conserve and defend the true meaning of marriage, what is it trying to conserve?

    NR isn’t conservative but pro-servative meaning that it is pro-serving-the-powers-that-be. Since the oligarchs who dominate the industries and institutions are decadent elites, NR wants to go there too.

    These same oligarchs call for open borders, and the GOP colludes with Obama on amnesty.

    Notice NR doesn’t call for open borders and ‘gay marriage’ in Israel. Jews are wonderful no matter what they do.
    But for white gentiles? Bend over to globalist open borders and the radical homo agenda.

    NR is not conservative. It is a pro-servative collaborationist rag. It defends not the principles and values of conservatism but serves the libertarian decadence of the rich class.

    The rich love the homo agenda because it puts class/economic issues in the back-burner while favoring homo neo-dandies who cater to the people in Wall Street, Hollywood, and Las Vegas.

    NR isn’t about defending virtue. It is about serving the power of vice.

    It practices Bruce Jenner Republicanism. It features vapid voices like that of Kathryn Timpff, a decadent libertarian who finds the idea of true marriage ‘disgusting’.

    A true conservative is not afraid to offend the offensive. NR is a cowardly rag that bends over to the offensive.

    When Buckley started NR, conservatism was in the intellectual wilderness. But he fought on despite the forces arrayed against him.

    But the likes of Lowry have no cojones. They are just wusses. They might as well follow Jenner and get sex change operations.

  23. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I cancelled my subscription to the WSJ about 8 or 9 years ago because of their stance on immigration.

  24. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    I watched the trailer. Is it really an anti-immigration movie? It looks like an anti-American movie to me. It looks like it shows Asians invading our country and taking over – wielding power and being violent in a way they’re not usually depicted. A woman says in a negative manner, “It’s what this country’s built on. It’s the American way.” That sounds like a negative comment on America, not on the Asian immigrants. It makes me feel kind of sad to see this.

    Oh, and I stopped reading NR awhile back, too. It doesn’t resonate with me.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  25. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:

    “I watched the trailer. Is it really an anti-immigration movie? It looks like an anti-American movie to me. It looks like it shows Asians invading our country and taking over – wielding power and being violent in a way they’re not usually depicted.”

    The white guy played by Liotta says the illegals are like ‘rats’.

    And they really are like that in the movie.

    Almost zero redeeming facet.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. AnAnon says:

    Automation is not responsible for the 11 trillion dollars in trade deficits run up since 1992. There is nothing that can be done about automation, and indeed automation is desirable, since it indicates that workers are earning a high enough wage that expensive capital investment is worthwhile, but something can be done about free trade.

  27. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    Oh, that’s interesting. I didn’t realize you’d seen the movie.

  28. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The real issue, one only intimated but not expressly addressed by PB, is the apparent learning disability or state of delusion in Congress and the White House that precludes them from recognizing and acknowledging mistakes. Therefore, they keep doing the same things over. Even a significant number of Republicans in Congress today fail and refuse to recognize the damage done by NAFTA and the tax increases under Bush I and Clinton that killed the after tax profit potential in so many lower margin industries. Therefore, they are ignorant and foolish enough to promote “free trade” with Asian nations with lower or no standards on labor conditions and wages, enviro and general regulations, and lower taxes as a method to improve the US economy. There is no doubt a group with money and lobbying clout that would be winners under the deal pushing them, but the number of losers will be much bigger. The numbers are very clear and tell a story to anyone with the honesty and clarity of vision to see them. The numbers demonstrate that the US had a trade surplus with Mexico before NAFTA but it turned into a deficit after NAFTA that has continually gotten bigger. The trade deficit with Canada that pre-dated NAFTA got bigger. Now that the US Dollar is so strong against the Canadian Dollar, it will get bigger.

    MFN status for China and admission to the WTO was a clear mistake and few if any in D.C. will admit it. We are giving China everything it needs to cheat us and rise to the preeminent nation in the world. And they will increase poverty in the US in the process, causing chortling about inequality and the need to take more from creators and shift it to others.

    More importantly, who and where jobs have been lost matters in context where jobs have been “created.” NAFTA and higher tax a job killer for a lot of people with lower education and skills and lower income and it gutted a lot of communities with lower income levels and relatively small tax bases. Those were breadwinner jobs that ran households and fed kids in lieu of taking government money. The creation of jobs in NYC, San Fran, Austin, and Silicon Valley are not substitutes for the jobs lost, because those jobs are often for educated younger people with no households and families yet.

    Repubs compounded the mistakes with education policy like No Child Left Behind which virtually killed vocational training in high school, watered down school for everyone else, misdirected resources, allowed many to flounder in school, and created a skills gap. Only 25% or so of all jobs in the US require a college degree. What kind of idiot could internalize that and and then conclude that everyone in the US needs a college education? And worse, that everyone needs a college degree paid for by taxpayers? Anyone with a lick of sense also knows that not all majors and institutions are equal in the marketplace, and college degrees are not fungible or all worth the same. Some institutions and degrees are a complete waste of time. In Georgia, we have technical schools in which enrollment is 30-40% students that have college degrees. But according to a large number of idiots in DC and elsewhere, what we need is more young people (with low academic acumen and interest) getting degrees rather than learning to be electricians, carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, instrumentation specialists, mariners, etc., many of which actually have a shortage of personnel and pay well.

    Stupid Repubs are helping the Dems move the country left through repeated, self-inflicted mistakes.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  29. Priss Factor [AKA "The Todd Conspiracy"] says:

    “Even a significant number of Republicans in Congress today fail and refuse to recognize the damage done by NAFTA and the tax increases under Bush I and Clinton that killed the after tax profit potential in so many lower margin industries.”

    It has nothing to do with learning. It has everything to do with pandering to those with the power.

    A politician can know that A is entirely correct and B is entirely wrong. But he will go with B if it’s the only way he can win elections.

    Politicians need money and media support. And those with control of money and media get to control what is obligatory in politics.

    So, politicians can see and learn all the truth they want. When it’s crunch time in election season, they look not to the truth but to what will get them re-elected. They need money to run for re-election, and the people’s minds are molded by big media.

    In the past, American political and cultural power was dispersed among Wasps, Catholics, Jews, Labor Unions, big business, ethnic groups, and etc. Today, it’s all about Jews and homos and some of their precious allies.

    Is it any wonder that the only truly passionate issue in the GOP is serving the Jews and Israel?

  30. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I really notice this in the media these days…

    A certain topic will bubble up and all of a sudden there are articles about it everywhere.

    This whole thing about transsexuals is the most obvious example…somehow, somebody decided this was a very pressing issue, and now there are broadway plays, articles almost daily, television spot about ‘trans folk’ in the army, Bruce Jenner hourly updates….and on and on

    It’s truly weird. Whatever your position on the issue…it’s something that affects a microscopic portion of the population…why is this *everywhere* now?

    There seems to be an almost coordinated campaign in the media to make this the most important issue of our time. Why is this?… And even more importantly *how* is it that virtually all the mass media are on the same page in such a hive minded way?…it’s almost as if they have a meeting and decide that this month we will collectively push this or that agenda…and everyone jumps on board.

    Something is very ‘off ‘ about it all…I literally don’t even pay attention to the mass media any longer, because I feel like I’m being manipulated. Maybe it’s always been that way to a degree, but it’s so aggressive now, and the agenda being pushed is so obvious.

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