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As of April 30, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 61,500 Americans in two months and induced the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

And if history is our guide, the economic crisis, which has produced 30 million unemployed Americans in six weeks, may prove more enduring, ruinous and historic than the still-rising and tragic death toll.

The Spanish flu of 1918-1919, the deadliest pandemic in modern history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide, a third of the planet’s population, and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including 675,000 Americans.

“Adjusting for the difference in the size of the American population then and now,” writes Chronicles columnist Roger McGrath, “that number will be equivalent to two million deaths today.”

Yet, the Spanish flu did not shut America down.

As the Spanish flu hit and spread in 1918, the U.S. raised, trained and equipped an army of 4 million men, sent 2 million soldiers to France, broke Gen. Erich Ludendorff’s army, and turned the tide in favor of the Allies.

By December 1918, Doughboys were arriving in New York harbor — having sailed home from Europe’s battlefields on flu-infested transports.

As the scourge continued to take its toll, Woodrow Wilson sailed to Europe, participated for months in the Paris Peace Conference, returned, went on a national train tour to sell his Paris treaty and League of Nations, and suffered a stroke.
In September 1919, Gen. Pershing led his victorious troops in victory parades in New York City and Washington. This writer’s father, a teenager then, was in the D.C. crowd.

In the history books of the 1950s, World War I, Wilson and the Senate battle over the treaty he brought home and U.S. membership in the League of Nations loomed far larger than the Spanish flu that had killed as many U.S. soldiers as the Kaiser’s armies.

But the Great Depression, to which our current crash is now being compared, did not last for just a year like the Spanish flu. The Depression lasted from the stock market crash in October 1929 to the eve of World War II.

Economically, it was devastating. Unemployment during the 1930s never fell below 14%. In 1937, it was back up to 17%.

At the bottom of the Depression, the stock market had lost 90% of its value, and the GDP had fallen 50%. Not until the end of FDR’s second term, in 1940, when the U.S. began to gear up for the war, did America really begin to pull out of it.

FDR’s New Deal, however, while it did not cure the Depression, was a historic political triumph for both the president and his party.

From 1930 through 1946, Democrats controlled both houses of the Congress every year, elected and reelected FDR four times and gave him a 46-state landslide in 1936, losing only Maine and Vermont.

What this suggests is that the economic devastation we have brought upon ourselves to battle the pandemic may prove more lasting and historic in its impact than the terrible losses of human life to COVID-19.

Politically, the Depression worked for the Democratic Party like no other event in history. After the Crash of 1929 under Herbert Hoover, the GOP held the House and Senate for only four of the next 50 years.

From 1932 to 1968, the GOP lost the presidency in seven of nine elections. Only Dwight Eisenhower’s two terms in the 1950s interrupted a 36-year reign of the Democratic Party in the White House.

Richard Nixon broke the Democratic dominance and took back the White House for the Republicans in 1968. But it would still take another dozen years before the GOP won control of either house of Congress.

President Trump predicts a V-shaped recovery, the greatest boom in U.S. history. But it is well to recall what happened to the GOP when it failed to deliver in the last Depression.

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Just as the Civil War was the defining event of the 19th century, giving us 13 Republican presidents from Lincoln to Hoover and only two Democrats — Grover Cleveland and Wilson — how and when we emerge from this new Depression may tell us which party not only wins 2020 but also dominates the new era.

And as one sees the growing divisions along political lines, with conservatives and populists calling for the country to be opened up, and liberals and Democrats calling for continued sheltering in place, both seem to realize the stakes.

Democrats may proclaim that they are eager to see the pandemic come to a swift and early end and the economy to return quickly to the robust state it was in last February.

But the cold political interests of the Democratic Party today are what they were in Hoover’s time, to pray that the president fails, and fails badly, so that they inherit the estate.

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. anonymous[200] • Disclaimer says:

    Beltway politics, as always, focus Mr. Buchanan’s cornball history lessons about “Spanish Flu,” Uncle Sam’s boys making the win in WWI, etc. He’s such a GOP hack that he has accused people who aren’t as anxious to lift public health restrictions of cunningly wanting to keep an economy banged up until November to win an election.

    Hey, whatever it takes to get Team Red fired up enough to participate in the Next Most Important Election Ever. Including the fantasy that this will magically allow “the economy to return quickly to the robust state it was in last February.”

    • Agree: Saggy, WHAT
    • Replies: @Richard B
    , @BADmejr
  2. TG says:

    As always Pat Buchanan argues his case intelligently. But I think what we need to remember, is that the elites that governed the nation a century ago were very very different from the elites we have today.

    The United States a century ago was not paradise, it had a lot of rough edges, corruption, what have you. But the elites – even the anti-worker ones – did care about the nation as a whole. There was some level of obligation, of duty, of honor, of fair dealing, and honesty.

    Our elites today are completely rotten and corrupt and their only concern about this nation show much they can loot from it short term. We don’t have the masks or tests or reagents to make the tests or even the factories to make the reagents to make the tests, because they’ve all been shipped to China, and the reaction of our elites is: too bad. Let’s have more “surprise medical billing” so we can suck even more money out of workers!

    A big deal was made about these stimulus checks given to (some) working class people. Against these crumbs, the elites are showering themselves with free money. There is no longer any shred of restraint. Wealthy investors are selling junk-grade investments to the federal reserve and getting 100% face value cash no questions asked. I sure wish I could take a billion dollars of worthless paper and get full face value cash, but only the elites get to play that game.

    And we see industries that have hollowed themselves out loading up on debt, buying their stocks, now getting bailed out by the taxpayer – and of course these industries aren’t maintaining employment or making any investments, they are maintaining their CEO bonuses and cashing out and gutting the business. And unlike a century ago, there is virtually no press reaction to this extreme corruption.

  3. A123 says:

    American voters understands two Truths:

    -1- The WUHAN-19 virus came from China.
    -2- Biden is a sexual predator.

    In the short-term this means that Trump’s re-election is near guaranteed.
    _____

    The issue is longer term. Trump’s will need MAGA 2.0 to overcome the shock to the U.S. economy.

    –Disengagement from economic predator China is a solid start to reviving economic growth for blue/pink collar workers.
    — For white collar workers he is going to have to end the disastrous H1B/OPT visa give away.

    Hopefully, the failing & pro-China DNC Globalist party will lose enough seats to make this possible. The Corporate SJW Elite swamp is still filled with establishment lobbyists working against U.S. Citizens.

    PEACE 😷

  4. J Adelman says:

    It already has.
    Trump is not gonna win in the Rust Belt the way he did in 2016.
    Florida, North Carolina, Arizona and maybe Georgia will also be in play this year.
    I doubt old white folks will be voting this year to keep the “Divider in Chief” in power this year.

    Economy was the only thing he used to boast about but it has all gone down the drain.
    Joe Biden is a pathetic candidate in each and every aspect but still leads Trump in various polls. I see trend suggesting otherwise.
    I am pretty sure Trump will be the last Republican president in a generation.

  5. swamped says:

    “And if history is our guide, the economic crisis, which has produced 30 million unemployed Americans in six weeks, may prove more enduring, ruinous and historic than the still-rising and tragic death toll”…that’s the nub of it – once again America’s premiere pundit, the indispensable Pat Buchanan, nails it.
    “In the history books of the 1950s, World War I, Wilson and the Senate battle over the treaty he brought home and U.S. membership in the League of Nations loomed far larger than the Spanish flu that had killed as many U.S. soldiers as the Kaiser’s armies”…and for no little reason. The Treaty of Versailles led to an even greater calamity a few short years later in the shape of another European World War that killed more than WWI & the Spanish Fl combined. But you still have to admire the courage & resilience of a young America a century ago, facing off so many cascading crises without hardly flinching. Hard to imagine the Snowflake America of today enduring such a drawn out ordeal without cowering-in-place. Or even surviving in a self-reliant Maine & Vermont in 1936 without a New Deal to suckle from. The Old Yankees of the ’30’s would be aghast at the thought of a socialist Senator representing VT.
    “What this suggests is that the economic devastation we have brought upon ourselves to battle the pandemic may prove more lasting and historic in its impact than the terrible losses of human life to COVID-19″…& that 2020 America is far less steely in its national character to face up to it & man up, like a century ago. “The cold political interests of the Democratic Party today” may be “what they were in Hoover’s time” but since the Democratic Party no longer allows prayer (except to Mecca) they will have to tweet worst wishes “that the president fails, and fails badly, so that they inherit the estate”. An estate of safe-space serfs, eager to do what they’re told by state apparatchiks.

  6. nsa says:

    “Will Depression II dictate Trump’s fate?”
    The answer is no. First, what Depression II? Second, Stink Finger Joe vs Grab Em By The Pussy Don is at least a tossup.

  7. Escher says:
    @A123

    2- Biden is a sexual predator

    .

    And Trump isn’t?
    IMO what will carry the day for Trump is the obvious senility of Biden.

    • Replies: @Richard B
  8. @J Adelman

    Good comment! Up until February of this year, Trump basically pointed to the stock market and unemployment figures as justification for his re-election. Both of those are now gone. In looking at Trump, I wonder whether he has any genuine enthusiasm for a re-election campaign.

    As another commenter noted, the demographics of the U.S. are different and becoming more different every year from the U.S. demographics of 1932. Trump is likely the last Republican president as the U.S. is transformed into a one-party state.

  9. Wielgus says:

    I think Trump would lose against a half-decent Democratic opponent. However, that is not Biden.

  10. Realist says:

    As of April 30, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 61,500 Americans in two months and induced the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

    As of April 30, the coronavirus pandemic has killed 61,500 Americans in two months and unnecessary induced the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

    FIFY

    • Replies: @Realist
  11. Realist says:

    At the bottom of the Depression, the stock market had lost 90% of its value, and the GDP had fallen 50%.

    The stock market would be a hell of a lot lower now if the goddamn Fed didn’t prop it up.

  12. Realist says:

    Democrats may proclaim that they are eager to see the pandemic come to a swift and early end and the economy to return quickly to the robust state it was in last February.

    But the cold political interests of the Democratic Party today are what they were in Hoover’s time, to pray that the president fails, and fails badly, so that they inherit the estate.

    And that is why Democrats…especially Democrat governors and mayors… are fighting tooth and nail to continue the stupid Covid-19 shutdown.

  13. I dunno, did Hoover tell his constituents to drink bleach? Hoover at least was an engineer. Trump’s just an idiot.

    • Agree: Wielgus
    • Replies: @Wielgus
    , @Prester John
  14. @J Adelman

    “I am pretty sure Trump will be the last Republican president in a generation.”
    On its face I agree with you…. But. Let’s wait & see what happens when Biden, the dementia laden sexual sleaze has to actually open his mouth & go “after” Trump. Can he do it? Trump maybe a toxic imbecile in many ways, but, I suspect he’s more “saleable” than Biden (how, how, how could they have voted for him? Never mind Bernie — there had to be someone better than Biden….. )
    Trump v Biden? Just-dont-vote. If the winner, whoever it is, garners no more than 10% of voters he will have NO mandate.
    Force the universal corruption of US democracy into the msm.
    Call it a political STRIKE.

    • Replies: @Escher
  15. True, the much more devastating (and mis-named) Spanish Flu did not shut down America.

    But, there was not an omnipresent 24/7 corporate mass media then, inflating the daily death tolls. There was no TV. If there had been, and if journalists then were as corrupt and one-sided as today’s fake reporters, then the serfs at home might have been cowering under their beds too. Americans are weak because that has been part of the plan for the past 50 odd years.

  16. Ace1 says:
    @J Adelman

    What are you taking? Or is it being in the house too long.

  17. Sam 12123 says:
    @TG

    Well said TG. You have done a fine job of encapsulating what is taking place. It is entirely outside of the awareness of the average American because there is no mention of it in the corporate media that propagandizes them on a daily basis. While the economy is crashing in an unprecedented fashion the stock market has had one of the biggest run-ups in its history. The citizenry is oblivious to the “extreme corruption” that has made this possible. I believe that all the Treasury and the Federal Reserve have achieved is a postponement of the day of reckoning. It may be postponed long enough for Trump to be reelected.

  18. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    The virus hasn’t induced the economic collapse. That was done by politicians running the country. Apparently the Democratic party has an interest in ruining as many people as possible so as to breed discontent and thus enhance its chances to capture the White House. They are extending the lockdown far beyond what’s necessary in order to do so. Will they succeed? Trump is currently talking about getting back to normal which is what people want and the Democrats are trying to keep the depression going and the public sees that. Plus Biden has gotten weaker as his faltering mind has gotten to be more apparent everyday along with his unconvincing response to the harassment charges. He’s no longer a viable candidate.

  19. Realist says:
    @Realist

    Should read …unnecessarily induced…

  20. @TG

    There used to be a concept known as “noblesse oblige.” That seems to have been replaced by “noblesse malice.”

  21. Rurik says:

    Would the Democrats and progressive leftist ‘woke’ BLM/La Raza/CAIR/SPLC/ADL/NOI/CNN, et al…

    want
    to see another Great Depression and mass starvation and suffering unimaginable..

    if it meant they could be rid of Trump?

    That’s a no-brainer.

    And as one sees the growing divisions along political lines, with conservatives and populists calling for the country to be opened up, and liberals and Democrats calling for continued sheltering in place, both seem to realize the stakes.

    I wonder how many people actually do “realize the stakes” ?

    Consider, once the ‘wokes’ are established in power, things are going to be different this time. The Democrats used to be moderates, the Clintons used to talk about tax relief for the middle class, and cracking down on “super predators”. Today they all demand open borders, and free everything for everybody!

    There’s been a paradigm shift in the Democrat party. It’s no longer a party for working class white and black labor union members. It has recently morphed into an overtly anti-white party of every kind of butt-hurt POC/homo/radical feminist/Jewish supremacist.. who resents or even hates white America with a murderous zealotry.

    The reason the stakes are so high, is because if we look at South Africa, the ONLY thing that has kept the whites there alive, (for now), is that the world’s super-power would frown on a wholesale massacre of the whites. And so they stay their hands, (for now).

    But when the ‘wokes’ are firmly entrenched in the White House and congress, then it won’t just be South Africa that is telling the white farmer and land owners, that they have no more rights, because they’re racist and guilty.

    If anyone here doesn’t think that AOC and Omar and Spartacus and Maxine and Kamala and Michelle and Bernie and the ((media)) and all the rest of them, don’t feel exactly the same way about whites as the South African blacks feel, then you’re either deluded or dishonest.

    And when the ‘wokes’ are firmly in control of the world’s remaining super-power, then we’re going to see just what those ‘stakes’ really are.

    This is not an endorsement of Trump. Hardly. I despise the guy. But for all his treasons and arse licking of Bibi, at least he doesn’t seem to want to kill us all.

    That’s more than I can say for AOC and Omar and Maxine and the ((media)), et al…

    If you could ask a hypothetical question of AOC or Omar or Maxine or the rest of them..

    ‘Should every single person of color on the planet, be allowed and encouraged and funded to come to America and be given the homes and property and (stolen) wealth of white America – that has used racism and exploitation and theft and slavery and genocide- to loot the POC of this world of all they’ve owned and worked for, for generations before and after colonialism, only to have all their wealth stolen by white racist colonizers and enslavers?’ ‘Is it time now for some racial comeuppance, and for whitey to finally feel the whip of oppression for once?’

    I bet there are some POC boehners out there right now just reading those words.

    How many POC have lamented what’s been done to Zimbabwe by black rule? Like America today, they had a choice between prosperity and putting it to whitey. They chose putting it to whitey, and few POC (none) that I know of, will even hint that maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.

    Does the all-consuming, unhinged hatred (for whitey) of the left, trump even their rationality?

    That’s another no-brainer.

    • Replies: @fish
    , @animalogic
  22. Yet, the Spanish flu did not shut America down.

    As the Spanish flu hit and spread in 1918, the U.S. raised, trained and equipped an army of 4 million men, sent 2 million soldiers to France, broke Gen. Erich Ludendorff’s army, and turned the tide in favor of the Allies.

    Shameful.

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @anon
    , @Wielgus
  23. Rurik says:
    @Fuerchtegott

    Shameful.

    thank you

    an understatement

  24. Escher says:
    @animalogic

    What a sad state of affairs in America, when these are the best 2 candidates to run for the highest office in the land.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  25. Wielgus says:
    @Escher

    You have to be a fool or a knave to get anywhere in American politics, and also have money or at least back moneyed interests.

  26. Wielgus says:
    @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    Hoover could translate Latin and had some grasp of Mandarin. Trump may not be able to find his own dick in the toilet.

  27. fish says:
    @Rurik

    Well I guess it will burn then!

    • Replies: @Rurik
  28. @Wielgus

    Herbert Hoover is in the mining hall of fame in Australia and the exhibit doesn’t even mention that he was president of the United States. He also arranged the purchase and delivery of food to Belgian civilians in World War I, risking his own money for the original purchase, and later raising enough money to cover the expense.

  29. As the Spanish flu hit and spread in 1918, the U.S. raised, trained and equipped an army of 4 million men, sent 2 million soldiers to France ….

    By December 1918, Doughboys were arriving in New York harbor — having sailed home from Europe’s battlefields on flu-infested transports.

    There’s ample evidence that the Doughboys took the flu to Europe, where it spread quickly across that continent. The only reason it was called the Spanish Influenza is because Spain was one of the few countries not supressing news of the toll the flu was taking, as was the case with other countries interested in protecting their war efforts. The return of infected troops to the USA was literally the USA’s chickens coming home to roost.

  30. Rurik says:
    @fish

    likely

    very, very likely

  31. anon[185] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fuerchtegott

    Pat Buchanan cannot bring himself to criticize the greatest evil the world has ever known, the US Military.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  32. jsinton says:
    @Wielgus

    Probably Trump can’t find the toilet either.

    • Agree: Wielgus
  33. jsinton says:

    My sense is the whole COVID-19 experience is a hail-Mary play to get Trump with 10 seconds remaining. All the conspiracies to get Trump failed. Muellergate and impeachment scam were a political disaster. Muellergate became a blowback event, as Barr and Durham have methodically gathered the goods. Trump was looking like he would win 2020 as all the establishment candidates (the homosexual, mixed race woman, Granny Clampet) couldn’t be sold. And Biden can’t tie his own shoes anymore. Wu flu promises to implode the economy like never before. Surely that will stop Trump and restore the Empire to its former glory.

  34. @A123

    So if the globalist pro-China dnc’s stooges lose seats to the globalist pro-China rnc stooges in congress, how will we Americans benefit?

  35. Richard B says:
    @anonymous

    Mr. Buchanan’s cornball history lessons

    It’s how the Right and Left always use history.

    And how they use history is why it’s high time to ditch the Right and Left forever.

    It can be done.

    Of course, there’s a good chance history itself might do it for us.

    So, how do the Right and Left use history?

    They cherry pick for moral plums, sanitizing it in the process.

    Doesn’t get much cornier than that.

    The end result is always the same.

    The one doesn’t conserve what it wants to and the other never progresses.

  36. Hannity is right that journalism is dead in America, and the US is really a gangster-fascist state(than a sane humanist-fascist nation). But he also killed journalism by shilling for scum Bush and making excuses for Trump’s crimes against Venezuela and Iran.

  37. Richard B says:
    @Escher

    And Trump isn’t?

    No. He’s not.

    Getting women was always easy for him.

    Same for Clinton.

    But not even fellow Democrats want to f*ck Biden.

    Hence all of the inappropriate and creepy touching.

    On camera. In public.

    He is totally out of control, in more ways than one.

    In short, he’s the perfect symbol of the DNC.

    And, so, the perfect candidate.

  38. Shows again the appalling defects of the US system of government. Bicameral would be good with both houses elected by lot for single fixed terms and a purely symbolic head of state without executive powers chosen for a fixed term by one house.

  39. @A123

    Your “economic predator China” is silly. The economic predators are within. Read the revised “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” warning that the hitmen are now targeting the US itself from within. And read “Killing the Host” by Michael Hudson. Compare wonderful Communist Cuba https://on.rt.com/afuu with woeful Capitalist USA https://on.rt.com/ag4h and tell me which is the better system.

    And remember that when a certain group effectively took over Poland, Poland was soon partitioned and given away. The same group have now taken over the USA.

    Go for election by lot. The only hope to fix all US woes.

  40. Wielgus says:
    @Fuerchtegott

    That’s right. The 1918 pandemic did not shut the world down – it was even partially ignored by the media, at least until WW1 ended. Whereas this one is built up.
    I have never read anything mentioning the 1918 pandemic’s impact in Russia. Perhaps because it was competing with typhus, cholera and the Russian Civil War.

  41. It gets funnier and funnier. Evidence of Israel colluding with Trump in 2016 goes ignored by MSM.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  42. Anonymous[432] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    The daily agitation against “Russian” interference was produced largely to direct attention away from israel, with a knock-on effect of getting brown-skinned America ready for its next forever war against “white supremacist” Russia. None of this information about israel is new and was obvious in real time during the 2016 campaign.

  43. @Rurik

    It’s not that I disagree with your central contention that the Woke, Dem’s, PC’ers etc “hate whitey”. What I do question is their sincerity & their competence.
    These people are ALSO just about the Benjamins. Sure they’ll sprout all the tired “white supremacy” stuff… right up to the point their Corp’ paymasters tell them to shut up.
    Nor could they (in Aust’ slang) “organise a piss-up in a brewery”. They’d be too busy fighting each other — trannies against feminists, black feminists against white feminists. 1001 shades of pseudo-left slagging each other off.
    Are they all a threat to cultural sanity? Yes. But a threat like TB rather than Black-death.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  44. Trump didn’t shut down the economy. The states did and the blue states did it because they had massive debt (of their own making) and knew they needed a bailout and something to blame it on.

  45. BADmejr says:
    @anonymous

    I despise both parties, but regardless, this COVID-19 doomer hysteria is bullshit, and the effects it will have on the economy will be deep and long lasting. I don’t really care for playing politics on this issue, which both sides are definitely doing. The fact of the matter is that our rights have been trampled, and our livelihoods destroyed (the worst is yet to come) over engineered panic over a virus that isn’t much more dangerous than the flu. There is an agenda here, and both parties, the media, and all the other power players are in on it. The masses, who by and large cannot think for themselves, believe in this nonsense, as they believe whatever the narrative preached by every branch of authority says, particularly when the message is in unison. Whether the red team or the blue team is in charge, it is only going downhill from here.

    • Agree: SteveK9
    • Troll: Corvinus
  46. Rurik says:
    @animalogic

    Nor could they (in Aust’ slang) “organise a piss-up in a brewery”.

    someone recently (and comically) mentioned that most blacks can’t organize a barbeque without taking casualties.

    But as I just pointed out on another thread, we have precedent. Bolshevik Russia was a consortium of a wide and diverse ‘coalition of the willing’. Mongols, Uzbeks, criminals and losers of every stripe. But the organization came from Jews. Just like today.

    The Ukrainian farmers were renowned for their hardiness, intelligence, independence and many other qualities that make them a grinding affliction to Jewish supremacists everywhere, like being generally a handsome lot of fair-haired, light-eyed Gentiles. A Jewish supremacists nightmare.

    The Ukrainian peasant farmers of the 1930s figured they would be OK, because there wasn’t an army of Mongols on the horizon. But what they didn’t realize is how a few Mongols and a few Uzbeks and a few Muslims and a few homos and criminals and others, all swept into a fury by a handful of Jewish supremacists, could be their undoing, before they realized what was even going on.

    There’s a lesson for us all in the Kulaks, if we’d only pay attention.

  47. Anon7 says:

    OK, I’m curious.

    Who believes that Joe Biden is really suffering from cognitive decline and can’t serve out a full term as President?

    If you believe it, do you think the Dems will run him anyway? If so, who’s your guess for VP, since that person will become President. Hillary? Michelle? Gretchen? Kamala?

    Who believes that the Dems will realize that they CAN’T run Biden for President? Who will they pick?

    I want to know what the people here are thinking.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  48. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7

    Well, this one is thinking that it doesn’t matter, it’s all to keep the Establishment safely in place.

    But if you’re into the Beltway puppet show, there’s a subsequent column by Mr. Buchanan (“How Long Can Biden Stay in His Basement?”) about this next act. You might generate more interesting replies if you repost your comment over there.

  49. @alex in San Jose AKA Digital Detroit

    “Trump’s just an idiot.”

    Maybe. If so, he’s no worse than Junior Bush, who couldn’t string two intelligent sentences together without a speech writer; nor is Trump any worse (or better) than that empty suit who proceeded him. Face it, since the Pepsi Generation took over in ’93 the pickings have been pretty lean.

  50. @Prester John

    Sadly, I have to agree. Numerous leftist writers have talked about how it almost doesn’t matter who’s President, the US just does US things, by which is meant massive inequality, child hunger, and things non-USians will never understand like school lunch debt, dying for lack of insulin, having your water shut off, “your permanent record” yadda yadda. Trump’s just turning up the heat.

    I could say that Shrub at least was a hotshot pilot whereas Fat Orange probably can’t pilot a golf cart without ending up in a water trap, but in the end it’s the same bunch of Calvinist WASP evils calling the shots.

    I can (and have) go on about how the Clintons were great because when they were in office it was the last good time, the 90s. But all that means is that’s the last time we still had an appreciable amount of the New Deal still in effect. The Clintons did all they could to dismantle it.

    The US could have taken a different path under a Huey Long presidency, but his career was sadly cut short. Where is our American Khruschev?

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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
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