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Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart
By Pat Buchanan
Thomas Dunne Books
HC, 304 pgs. US$25.95
ISBN: 0-3123-7696-0

The threat to America

By Carol Devine-Molin
web posted December 10, 2007

Day of ReckoningNo kidding this time. Now, America is absolutely, positively, without a doubt on the brink of national suicide because of the pernicious effects of illegal immigration, balkanization, New World Order globalism, worship of "free trade" and "Neocon" ideology. Mind you, Pat Buchanan examined many of these same issues in his prior works such as The Death of the West and State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America. However he believes that the tipping point or "existential crisis" is clearly at hand as a "perfect storm" of threats converge upon us.  Let me stipulate up front that I disagree with Buchanan on many issues, but to his credit, he's been at the vanguard of the evolving threat of illegal immigration and its destructive impact on our nation. Because Americans are now truly fed up with the significant problems posed by the flood of illegal aliens and the blight of globalism, Buchanan's tomes are in demand like never before. That being said, it's sometimes difficult to fathom his ongoing obsession with so-called "Neocons".   

According to Buchanan, who's to blame for the current illegal alien fiasco? The usual suspects, of course. The dreaded "Neocons", those ideologues or "true believers" in the "gospel of George Bush".  If Buchanan is to be believed, it's those darn "Neocons" that march in lockstep with the policies set forth by President George W. Bush, the high priest of the Neocons who dispenses universal judgment from on high. The Neocons are those Kool-Aid guzzling stalwarts always chomping at the bit to engage in warfare and empire building, especially in the wake of 9/11. For the uninitiated, the so-called "Neocons" are the mainstream Republicans and their leaders who actually have more legitimate dibs on the mantle of Reaganism than the fringe "Buchanan Brigade" will ever have. As a candidate for the presidency in past elections, Pat, the "Paleocon", was never able to capture the heart and soul of the Republican Party and hence his segue to "third party" activism. But he apparently carries a grudge of sorts against mainstream conservative Republicans, demonizing them in ways that are incomprehensible. The term "Neocon" is clearly meant to insult and denigrate.  

Buchanan asserts that "Ideologues ignore or sweep aside evidence that contradict the dogma. They stay steadfast in the faith even when failure is apparent." In other words, the ideologues – the "Neocons" – are ostensibly caught up in a type of religious fervor and dedication to Bush's leadership. Oh, really? Frankly, that's downright surreal. Buchanan must be functioning in some parallel universe. Perhaps on planet LaLa?

He totally ignores the fact that mainstream Republicans (i.e. the mainstream conservatives) are profoundly ticked-off at President Bush. Essentially, rank-and-file Republicans feel a disconnect toward Bush – They're extremely perturbed that he hasn't properly secured the border and built the fence, particularly in this post-9/11 world.  As to Iraq, even the Republicans that have supported the military campaign through thick and thin are upset with Bush for mismanaging the war before implementation of the surge. So much for the Buchanan notion of Republican "Neocon" blind allegiance to Bush and the "New World Order" crowd. Moreover, Buchanan should give credit where credit is due, and that's to the ever-vigilant mainstream conservatives that led the pack during "the national uproar and grassroots uprising against the Bush-McCain-Kennedy amnesty for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens".
 
In a recent book-tour interview at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Buchanan had the audacity to say "Look, the Democrats are better at understanding the impact of globalization on working people in America." What is this man talking about? It was mostly the Senate Republicans – standing in tandem with the GOP grassroots and much of the US populace – that defeated the Democrat-sponsored Amnesty bill.  .   

Let's be clear - It's not rank-and-file conservative Republicans (who Buchanan often refers to as "Neocons" because of support for the Iraq war) that are the culprits in this illegal alien and globalism debacle. It's a consortium of internationalists, comprised of Big Business, the liberal Democrat intelligentsia, and some Republican elites, such as the Bush family. If the truth be known, most Republicans: a) are sick of political "dynasty families", b) don't want to see another Clinton or Bush on the ballot again, c) have real reservations about our trade deals that result in job losses and erosion of sovereignty, and, d) want a GOP presidential nominee that's unequivocally opposed to illegal immigration and lax border security.

Let's delve into more of Buchanan's remarks on globalization: As to a possible "North American Union" (NAU) that "already exists on paper", it's Buchanan's prerogative if he wants to believe that our policy makers are conniving to unite "the three nations [US, Mexico & Canada] in a new transnational entity" that would ultimately destroy American sovereignty and independence. I have no idea if that's truly the case. In any event, most Americans are simply focused on the fact that our trade agreements and globalist proclivities (permitting an influx of millions of third world illegals for "cheap labor") are having a very deleterious effect upon the middle class. If the "elites" are up to no-good, then they'll eventually have to contend with a middle class revolt. Moreover, no one should underestimate the fact that the military is essentially a patriot and conservative institution, bound to the Constitution, and directly tied to middle and working class America. I doubt that the military would stand idly by while US sovereignty is decimated.       

Now onto issues of wider agreement: Buchanan indicates that "America is indeed coming apart, decomposing, and that the likelihood of her survival as one nation through mid-century is improbable." Most Americans understand that the current culture wars and societal fragmentation bode poorly for our nation. Moreover, Buchanan rightfully notes that: "America is today less a nation, than an encampment of suspicious and hostile tribes quarreling viciously over the spoils of politics and power". If nothing is done to halt the current levels of acrimony and disharmony, it's very conceivable that America could fully balkanize and descend into regional governance over the next two or three decades.

That being said, Pat Buchanan offers up "simple steps" to ameliorate our "tangle of squabbling nationalities", if we have the will to implement them: No amnesty for illegal aliens; a border security fence from San Diego to Brownsville; rigorous enforcement of immigration laws against employers; federal requirement for all employers to verify the identity and Social Security number of workers via toll-free calls; a cut-off of all federal and state benefits, except emergencies, to those who cannot prove legal status; Justice Department support for jurisdictions that seek help to enforce immigration laws; a congressional declaration that children born to illegal aliens are not automatic citizens; an end to chain migration; a congressional declaration that English is the official language of the United States; and a "time-out" on all legal immigration and, (when it commences), an annual admission of only 150,000 to 200,000 immigrants.   

At the end of his new book, Buchanan avers: "Our day of reckoning is at hand. Time to mind our own business. Time to lay down the burden and come home. Time to put America first."  Pat Buchanan may be correct. At some point, perhaps we should just hunker-down and take care of ourselves, instead of being the "policeman of the world". ESR

Carol Devine-Molin is a regular contributor to several online magazines.

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