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Taibbi writes: "We all know Pat Buchanan is a little crazy. We also know that he has a reputation for racially explosive rhetoric. He's staked out this very territory before, in his last book, which hilariously had a chapter entitled, 'The End of White America.'"

Pat Buchanan. (photo: Fox News)
Pat Buchanan. (photo: Fox News)



Buchanan: "Decline of White Population Dooms GOP"

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

27July 12

 

o the Mad Hatter of the American conservatism, Pat Buchanan, wrote a piece today called "In the Long Run, is the GOP Dead?" It’s basically a fatalistic prediction that the GOP is doomed because it can’t promise enough free lunches for the inexorably rising percentage of nonwhite voters. And there's a line in there that I hope he clarifies, because it seemed crazy even for him.

The piece starts off by looking at California as a test case:

In the Golden Land, a state Nixon carried all five times he was on a national ticket and Reagan carried by landslides all four times he ran, the GOP does not hold a single statewide office. It gained not a single House seat in the 2010 landslide. Party registration has fallen to 30 percent of the California electorate and is steadily sinking.

Buchanan first posits that perhaps this problem is specific to California, a place where conservative positions on abortion and gay rights make statewide wins a challenge. But then he switches to demographics, quoting generally-astute Karl Rove acolyte Steve Schmidt, the hero of Game Change.

"When you look at the population growth," says GOP consultant Steve Schmidt, "the actual party is shrinking. It's becoming more white. It's becoming older."

Buchanan then goes on:

Consider ethnicity. Hispanics were 15 percent of the U.S. population in 2008 and 7.4 percent of the electorate. Both percentages will inexorably rise.

Yet in their best years, like 2004, Republicans lose the Hispanic vote 3-to-2. In bad years, like 2008, they lose it 2-to-1. Whites are already a minority in California, and Hispanics will eventually become the majority.

Say goodbye to the Golden Land.

Um … what?

We all know Pat Buchanan is a little crazy. We also know that he has a reputation for racially explosive rhetoric. He’s staked out this very territory before, in his last book, which hilariously had a chapter entitled, "The End of White America."

That amazing work contained lines like, "Whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus," and "Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night." He even wrote wistfully of the segregation era, seeming to suggest it was a time that even nonwhite Americans should remember with fondness.

Back then, black and white lived apart, went to different schools and churches, played on different playgrounds, and went to different restaurants, bars, theaters, and soda fountains. But we shared a country and a culture. We were one nation. We were Americans.

Right, except for the fire hoses and the lynchings, there was unity then! A sense of collective purpose! Sure, we used black men as lab rats for syphilis experiments, but dammit, we were all in this thing together. As Americans!

Buchanan’s mind is clearly ripening quickly and it’s been ages since he mattered in the Republican party, but this is pretty crazy stuff, even by his standards.

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+204 # pernsey 2012-07-27 14:59
The republican party is going down, because people are starting to wake up to their brand of crazy is starting.

The republicans are such cry babies, boo hoo my guy isnt going to win the reason really being that...hes a souless, heartless, and empty suit of a drone for the corporations. Hes tactless too, hes so rich he doesnt even know hes insulting people. Hes the new bubble boy.
 
 
+222 # kyzipster 2012-07-27 15:21
Hilarious, the Republican Party is all white because they embrace and defend bigots like Buchanan without question.

When they can no longer spew their racism, xenophobia and homophobia, they will have to stand behind their economic ideology which makes about as much sense as Buchanan. Good luck with that.
 
 
+59 # Feral Dogz 2012-07-28 11:46
There are still lots of stupid white people in places other than CA. Don't misunderestimat e(W's contribution to the lexicon) the power of money to buy propaganda.
 
 
+24 # Pancho 2012-07-28 17:25
Ironically, they bailed on Sturmfuhrer Pat because he opposed their crazy wars in Iraq, not because he was crazy.
 
 
+218 # davidr 2012-07-27 17:20
In his political prime as a Nixon operative 40 years ago, Buchanan saw in the Southern Strategy how racial animus and Kulturkampf could appeal to voters who were otherwise terribly ill-served by Republican policies.

Now, having committed everything to the Southern Strategy, Republicans worry about "losing their country." The same region experienced the same desperate fear 160 years ago, and in fact, the Confederacy did lose its country. For reactionaries, this is deja vu.

Today, a shrunken base of Pat Buchanans — aging white men (and often enough their wives and families) — trembles at the demographic handwriting on the wall. Obama represents a racial future impervious to the Southern Strategy. His life story ratifies immigration. His marriage exemplifies the power and equal dignity of women. As the country continues to urbanize, Obama represents the necessarily more liberal attitudes of diverse people living in close proximity. He is friendly toward gays, open-minded and tolerant in religious matters. Every element of the ascendant national demographics is identified with Obama.

Pat Buchanan is afraid because he knows that "Southern Strategy" must lose its meaning of 1970 and regain its meaning of 1870: "Reconstruction " — the dead end of a rotten social structure and its attendant political regime. Tough, Pat.
 
 
+104 # Billy Bob 2012-07-27 21:54
I agree with nearly everything you said. I just wish you could see the elderly the way I do. I don't see them as the problem. I see them as the generation that got the ball rolling towards civil rights. I don't see that kind of courage in any other generation. I also see the elderly as the last people left in America with a true sense of honor and with an earnest sense of caring for each other. They got through the Depression by helping each other. I can't imagine our generation getting through another Depression, for the very reason that we can't seem to get past our differences enough to help each other out.

It sounds like I'm arguing with everything you said. I'm not. I agree with everything else.

I just wish everybody knew the elderly as well as I do. It's heart breaking and I don't think most of you will know what you missed until it's too late.

Pat buchanan doesn't represent their values either.
 
 
+49 # genierae 2012-07-28 08:22
Billy Bob, you're lumping all seniors together, saying the majority are honorable and courageous. I disagree. Most white elders that I know are racist and selfish. Yes they will take care of each other, IF the "other" is white and in their class, or if the "other" is poor and very grateful for their services. As for civil rights, most white people of that generation were either indifferent or hostile to the rights of black people, only a minority were pushing it. Don't get me wrong, I worked in nursing homes for years, and I loved these people very much, but I got to know them and their biases very well. I am not hostile to them, but I do see them clearly. My mother is 89, she watches Fox News, and talks about President Obama as though he isn't quite human. All my efforts to enlighten her come to nothing. Thank heavens I'm a very patient person!
 
 
+20 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 10:46
"you're lumping all seniors together"

When we're pitting generations against each other that's what we're all doing.

There are regional, political and socio-economic differences between seniors just like with any other group of Americans. Some of them may be strongly conservative, although I don't know any senior skinheads. I DO however know many seniors who are as liberal as anybody on these threads, with one exception. Many of them actually did something about it.

I can't imagine younger generations ending segregation, protesting the Vietnam War, standing up to Hitler for the right reasons, or willingly paying a high income tax rate to fund the middle class the way that generation did, unless you count the voices that are only speaking up right now, due to the precedent that was set in the 1950s and '60s.

When people talk about how much racial strife there was back then, they conveniently forget that that had occured for hundreds of years prior. It wasn't UNTIL that time that someone actually did something about it.

If our generation had inherited the Great Depression, WWII, and the racial issues of that time, OUR generation wouldn't have had the courage to do anything about any of those problems. Our generation would be too busy arguing about the finer points of the nazi perspective to actual draw a line in the sand.

CONT.
 
 
+32 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 10:49
CONT.

We worked in different nursing homes. Our elderly parents are entirely different people. We are seeing different sides of the same social problem, that goes much deeper than an arbitrary divideb between generations.

To give the racist fox viewing seniors credit, at least they're more honest about it. The H.O.A. lawn manicured YOUNG repuglicans in my own neighborhood, when they're not cleaning their cars twice a week, are just as racist, but a lot more savy about which code words to use.

Besides, at this point, the last thing we can afford to do is turn away natural political alies, like people relying on the very Social Security and Medicare that repugs want to take away.

I really don't understand the political strategy behind insulting people who might actually agree with you.
 
 
+20 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 10:55
To further my point, read the comments on this very thread. Many of the left-wingers commenting here happen to be among the very old-farts you're talking about. From my experience, any political movement that relies on people under 30 is doomed to failure. People less than middle-age are notoriously shallow and politically lazy.
 
 
+14 # genierae 2012-07-28 20:54
Billy Bob, it is not an insult to make accurate observations about the people I have been surrounded by all my life. I didn't say that all white seniors are racist, (I happen to be one who isn't.). I said that in my experience most of them are. That still leaves a large group that aren't, and they are the ones who have done all the hard work to lift up the consciousness of those who have their heads up their butts. I salute them, they are true heroes. If you are so blessed as to have them in your life, then that's great, but I'm not. I wish I were, but I am able to read their comments on RSN, and feel an affinity with them. In these difficult times, leftist birds of a feather must flock together. And please don't tar all young people with the same brush, there are many who are working to make the world a better place, and they are much more open to change than their grandparents. I have great aspirations for the future of this planet. There are hard times ahead, that's certain, but there is also light at the end of the tunnel. You will see, Billy Bob, a new age where human beings will finally begin to live up to their amazing potential. Our spirituality will catch up and surpass our technology, and we will create a world based on love, not fear. Think on positive things, let go of negative ones. Your thoughts control your life. All the best.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 22:20
I only believe that new age you're looking for will happen when the people trying to make it happen wake up to the reality of politics. Pitting potential alies against us and our cause is self-defeating. Never give up on people.
 
 
-1 # genierae 2012-07-30 09:45
Billy Bob, you're totally misreading me if you think that I have given up on people. Seeing them as they are, and loving them anyway, is not giving up on them, it's acceptance of what is. And I really think that we are reaching critical mass in elevated consciousness, and so the road ahead is not as gloomy as many people think. Every thought we send out emits positive or negative vibrations that radiate throughout the universe, and so if we want a better world, we need to lift up our thoughts to a higher plane. And by the way, politics will have no place in the new reality. Who needs politics when we are all working together as One to create a new world?
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-07-30 10:28
I really like you and your ideas. This is the only thing we usually disagree about. I think human nature isn't going to change in the next hundred thousand years, unless what you're refering to is - with the help of computerized brain implants...?

Otherwise, politics is just reality. Death and disease are as well, and they can't be fixed by assuming they'll fix themselves.

It would be great if you're right. I just wouldn't get my hopes up.
 
 
-1 # genierae 2012-07-30 13:14
Billy Bob, the "human nature" that you are talking about is not the true essence of human beings, it has been acquired by conditioning. We have forgotten who we are, and now we are in the process of remembering. The women's movement raised the consciousness of millions of women, and some men, across this country. We saw things in a new way, and we were changed forever. My eyes were opened to the discrimination and suppression that women had lived with for centuries, which most of us didn't even question. It was a consciousness-r aising, our hearts were newly fired-up, and our spirits were re-energized. We are going through another consciousness-r aising now. We don't need different brains, we just need to wake up and realize our potential. I think it was Emerson who said, "Man is a God in ruins." We have no power to change others, but we have full power over ourselves. Awakening comes when you face what you don't want to face, long enough and bravely enough that it changes the kind of person you are. In order to uncover our true selves, we must clear away all that we are not. It really works! All the best.
 
 
+3 # Johnny 2012-07-28 22:43
Really? Then why are there no young people in the streets protesting Bush-Clinton-Bu sh-Obomber's genocide in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, etc., the way we protested Johnson-Nixon's genocide in Vietnam?
 
 
-2 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 13:57
They are all watching MTV and GLEE.

LOL

The left completely destroyed my generation, you don't have a future now.

Meanwhile Conservative youth like myself are just waiting to totally lead this generation.
 
 
-1 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 13:54
Don't worry, the older non whites hate all whites equally.

btw I am 23, you can panic now.

LOL
 
 
+42 # MEBrowning 2012-07-28 14:41
My mother is 81. In 2003, she marched with me in protest of the runup to the Iraq war. Later, she stood on a street corner with other seniors every weekend for over a year protesting GW Bush policies. She watches MSNBC and knows Fox News for what it is.

Lumping all seniors together is like lumping all GenXers or all Baby Boomers or all women or all people of color. Don't fall into that trap! It's what keeps us apart and fearful of each other. It's what Hitler did and it's what Republican strategists have been doing since 1968.
 
 
-1 # genierae 2012-07-28 20:56
MEBrowning: You need to reread my comment, I was not lumping seniors together. Read my answer to Billy Bob as well please.
 
 
-16 # Johnny 2012-07-28 22:44
Yes, and it's what the Democratic Party strategists have been doing since 1948.
 
 
-3 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 14:01
You mean the MSNBC that hosts a man who says that "old(white)peop le have a duty to die"?

The MSNBC with a known black supremacist named Al Sharpton as a host of his own show?
 
 
+2 # dusty1215 2012-08-11 09:50
lypocriteslol,Y ou really must watch Fox News as you parrot all their talking points, which is quite sad. As a resident of Cali, I can tell you that hispanics are the leading population and as such use that power..does that bother you?

Whites have done it for years. Now that hispanics are the biggest population in Cali they have earned the right to vote in the people they believe in.

The fact that you call Sharpton a black supremist shows your ignorance too btw.
 
 
+12 # Bodiotoo 2012-07-28 14:46
#genierae,
Some good points, my mother would be about 89 had she lived...she always stressed that blacks were equal, but her father was about the most bigoted person I ever knew...and probably would have adored Pat Buchanan.
 
 
+7 # genierae 2012-07-28 21:04
Bodiotoo: My mother was raised in W.Va., in an all-white rural area, where they escorted any black passers-by out of town. She was conditioned all of her life to feel superior to them, and it is still second nature to her. I don't allow her to get away with it in my presence, but she refuses to give any deep thought to why she's so racist. I accept her as she is, and hope by my example she might at least see a different side of the situation.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 22:23
Maybe what you're up against isn't a "senior" mentality, but a West Virginia one. Do you honestly think the South has improved much? Just today there was a Yahoo headline about a black couple told they couldn't get married in a Mississippi Baptist church.

The only thing that's changed is that younger racists are less honest and better able to maneuver around the code words. If you've lived in the deep South recently you know it's much like it always was.
 
 
-6 # genierae 2012-07-30 09:56
Well then Billy Bob, why did retired white seniors turn away from Barack Obama and vote for McCain? They weren't just from the south, they were from all over the country, and a great many were liberals. And I don't live in W.Va., haven't for many years. But the white seniors I know here are just as bigoted, they are simply more quiet about it. Yes the North freed the slaves, but outside of the abolitionists they were no more accepting of them then were southerners. As I recall, they wanted to ship them back to Africa.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-07-30 10:32
The people making laws right now to deny minorities the right to vote are not elderly. The politicians in the way of progress right now are primarily baby boomers.

How many 20 and 30 year olds have we had to read on these very threads who think ron paul and his son rant are the messiah? If you think racism is dying out ask any black person.

Black people and Hispanics DON'T seem to think it's getting any better. Wouldn't they know?
 
 
+2 # genierae 2012-07-30 13:18
I agree.
 
 
+10 # Johnny 2012-07-28 22:37
You are right. But nearly all young Americans, regardless of skin color, are also racist and selfish, because the ruling elite, through the big money that controls all the major media and public relations has brainwashed them to be that way. Otherwise, there would be no U.S. funding of Israeli aggression, genocide, and land theft, and no mass murder by the U.S. military of men, women, and children in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and North Africa to promote Israeli expansionism.
 
 
+51 # genierae 2012-07-28 07:17
Well said, davidr, you nailed it. Pat Buchanan, and his ilk, Michael Moore's "stupid white men", just don't get it. They are entrenched in the past, and so now that the future is here, they can't break free and get with the program. When Barak Obama moved into the "White" House, the shock knocked them clean off their rockers and now they're just flailing around in the dark. Complete obstruction is all that they can come up with, and the American people are getting very tired of that. I hope they will eventually come to their senses, but it may be that they will fight on to the last breath. Grumpy, ignorant old men, hateful to the end. How sad is that?
 
 
+17 # Billsy 2012-07-28 15:03
Well said! Republicans represent both a failed past, and a fantasy of a past that never really existed. Ya don't recall seeing any asians, blacks or hispanics in "Mayberry U.S.A." do ya.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 23:06
Actually, there were a few. The actors and producers wanted more, but the network wouldn't allow it. When you look at it through that lens not much has changed.
 
 
-215 # bartleby 2012-07-27 21:10
Great Scott, did Taibbi really write this pointless nonsense? Legal and illegal immigration has made whites a minority in CA and other states. Integration has wrecked US education in the cities. But Taibbi has all of a sudden discovered political correctness?
 
 
+17 # dragonflywings 2012-07-27 22:31
woah.... i am all about throwing anyone out who is in this country illegally. it gauls me to no end to see how those people have the nerve to demand an education, through college, blah blah blah...

but integration hasn't ruined education in the cities! education in the cities is fine! im a product of urban education- i was *until* my parents moved to a VERY affluent suburb of DC (one of the ten richest in the nation), and in 11th grade, they were using the *exact* same texts as we, in the city, were using in 9th grade.

it's not integration. it's political correctness. it's the idea that it's considered rude and even racist when a white (or even light skinned biracial, which is what i am) person/teacher dares to correct the speech of a black or latino or other "minority" student.
 
 
+3 # oldibtgdy 2012-07-28 10:14
Once burned twice shy.
 
 
+80 # cabotool 2012-07-28 00:34
Yes. Well educated White Boy here. People like you make me ashamed to be white! You think that integration wrecked US education when it was the Republicans that engineered the vast cuts in the number of teachers? You and your kind are facing a dead end of your own creation. I am too old (76) to participate what is coming. I will be a bystander to the demise of you and your ideas!
 
 
+28 # CreativeBlue 2012-07-28 00:55
"Integration has wrecked US education in the cities."

Wow. Just wow.
 
 
+48 # pernsey 2012-07-28 01:12
Quoting bartleby:
Great Scott, did Taibbi really write this pointless nonsense? Legal and illegal immigration has made whites a minority in CA and other states. Integration has wrecked US education in the cities. But Taibbi has all of a sudden discovered political correctness?


Great Scott did you really write this pointless post?
 
 
+34 # Ralph Averill 2012-07-28 02:38
"Integration has wrecked US education in the cities."
Inner cities are a mess because the middle class, of all colors, fled to the suburbs. Suburban public schools, I hasten to add, are as integrated as urban public schools.
 
 
+11 # Johnny 2012-07-28 22:51
Exactly. Because it better served the ruling class to legislate integration than equality of opportunity, of which integration was only a tiny part. In free countries like Cuba, all children get excellent education from kindergarten through, if they want it, graduate school. But then, that does not leave money for making wars of aggression against all the world. Our rulers' priority is genocide abroad, not the well being of our children at home.
 
 
+45 # VLR 2012-07-28 04:01
And the problem with whites being "a minority in CA and other states" is what, exactly? Saying integration has wrecked US education in the cities is to ignore economic and political decision making that has done more to destroy schools than some other-colored children.
 
 
+2 # Johnny 2012-07-28 22:52
Exactly. Because it better served the ruling class to legislate integration than equality of opportunity, of which integration was only a tiny part. In free countries like Cuba, all children get excellent education from kindergarten through, if they want it, graduate school. But then, that does not leave money for making wars of aggression against all the world. Our rulers' priority is genocide abroad, not the well being of our children at home.
 
 
-2 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 14:13
because whites don't have guaranteed seats in California's govt like other minorities do, nor any programs like NAACP or La Raza, nor any push by the majority population to make California's future govt diverse.
 
 
0 # charsjcca 2012-08-10 15:07
Chuck once had all the seats. And that was considered fair.
 
 
+1 # dusty1215 2012-08-11 09:52
Hispanics lead the population in Cali now and therefore have the right to vote in people they believe in, it has nothing to do with guaranteed seats for the love of christ. Grow up and quit watching Fox Noise and their propaganda which is usually nothing more than lies without substantiation.
 
 
+48 # Tazio 2012-07-28 06:13
Immigration is what makes America uniquely GREAT.
 
 
+50 # genierae 2012-07-28 07:22
bartleby, the ancestors of white Americans invaded this country, using genocide and theft to steal it from its rightful inhabitants. The ancestors of those immigrants that you insult, lived here before we threw them out. You need to read A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
 
 
+56 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 08:19
Lack of funding because of "conservative values" is the biggest threat to American schools.
 
 
+34 # ABen 2012-07-28 10:09
As a retired teacher who taught in both the inner city and in wealthy suburbs, I completely agree with your comment. Friends continually ask me how we can improve our education system and I always give the same answer--lower class sizes and increase funding for education.
 
 
+26 # LiberalRN 2012-07-28 11:39
Quoting Billy Bob:
Lack of funding because of "conservative values" is the biggest threat to American schools.

It's the "starve it, wreck it, blame it on liberal gov., then privatize it to your own image" model. Don't fit the "own image" profile for the newly privatized educational model? Sucks to be you...
 
 
-13 # bartleby 2012-07-28 21:26
"And the problem with whites being "a minority in CA and other states" is what, exactly?"

Only a complete fool, or equivalently, someone who is politically correct, can ask this idiotic question. Only a complete fool, or equivalently someone who is politically correct, can fail to see the difference between white and non-white cultures in the world.
 
 
+2 # genierae 2012-07-30 10:08
bartleby: The "white culture" has been the most poisonous culture on earth. It has caused massive suffering and great devastation around the globe, and it is still actively destroying everything precious on this planet. Only a complete fool would deny that. If whites were a minority we would see mankind turning away from war and hatred, we would see this earth return to the paradise that it formerly was.
 
 
+65 # Billy Bob 2012-07-27 21:46
It's true. Since the GOP hate anyone who isn't white, it really is beginning to be a problem for them. As a white male, I'm pretty happy about that.

The only thing buchanan got wrong is that he acts like the demise of the GOP is a "bad thing". No. In fact, it might save America.

Well, actually, the other thing he got wrong is assuming whites still go for the GOP like they did before bush jr. took the mask off and revealed he was the beast of the Apocalypse. Even whites are starting to get the big picture. Even whites are starting to turn away from the GOP.

Really, the only demographic the GOP still speaks for is people who own dresage horses.
 
 
+22 # mdhome 2012-07-28 09:26
Really, the only demographic the GOP still speaks for is people who own dresage horses.

And that is why the GOP is agonner.
 
 
+17 # Majikman 2012-07-28 11:23
OK you guys, enough with disparaging dressage horses, already. "Dressage", in the horse world, actually means training. Without getting technical, any horse benefits from dressage training. My opinionated, feisty Arabian is level one dressage. At the extreme end of the spectrum is the million dollar imported Warmblood trained to Grand Prix ++ level.It takes years of training to be able to ride such a horse. People like AnnRomney don't ride and show such horses...they hire others to do the training, riding and showing and buy the prestige of owning such a horse.
 
 
+31 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 11:56
They cost a lot more money than most Americans can afford. When John Kerry was photographed wind sailing (something which actually made HIM the athelete - rather than simply OWNING an athelete) he was derided for being "out of touch".

God forbid we'd subject a republican to the same ridicule.

For the record, I respect the people who ride the horses. I also respect the horses.

I don't respect billionaires who think they can BUY athleticism.
 
 
+22 # LiberalRN 2012-07-28 11:44
Quoting mdhome:
Really, the only demographic the GOP still speaks for is people who own dresage horses.

And that is why the GOP is agonner.

Don't I wish. They're "reaching out to youth" these days, and I would bet the farm that the message is, "They're paying for THOSE people [fill in the blank - seniors, poor, minority, people who don't look like you] with YOUR money." With the systematic gutting of civics education, let alone civic values, in lieu of the culture of greed and privatization, they're counting on youth to believe that they could do a lot better "investing" their own money instead of having Gubmint give it away. Imagine, just for a second, what would have happened in the 2008 crash had Bush been successful in "privatizing" Social Security.
 
 
+13 # Majikman 2012-07-28 11:06
Dammit, Billy Bob, twice in one day you've ruffled my feathers. Dressage horses prefer to be owned and ridden by liberals who don't have pots of money but treat them very well and don't use them for ego enhancement...j ust ask my boy.
The Romney's give dressage a bad name.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 11:57
Owning a dressage horse is not the same thing as riding one.
 
 
-4 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 14:31
"[Proposition] 187 was the last gasp of white America in California."
Art Torres
Chairman of California Democrat Party

As long as Democrats put people like this in power and host people like Louis Farrakhan in liberal universities while refusing Conservatives, I will do everything in my power to destroy your disgusting and hypocritical party and ideological stance.
 
 
0 # dusty1215 2012-08-11 09:55
You have the right to vote for whomever you please but not the right to your own set of truths.

Torres was voted in by the leading population in our state, the hispanics..if that bothers you its too friggin bad. And if you don't like his ideological beliefs that is too bad as well since he was voted in by the Democrats in the state, ALL of them, regardless of their race. You are the one that is hung up on race here hypocritelol.
 
 
+16 # cordleycoit 2012-07-27 21:46
I remember when Nixon took the helm and reversed the course. In the Southwest there was open warfare, gang rape and bikers slaughtering any minority unlucky enough to offend the victorious right. Right after Nixon came cocaine and that eliminated a whole lot of rich folk. Arizona turned fearful conservative. Black tar arrived and New Mexico Colorado fell to the right wing real estate hippies. And Pat sang his song of hatred.
 
 
+34 # solange 2012-07-27 22:11
the republican party, and some of the democratic party, consist of old, white men who are losing their primacy, and they are scared.

buchanan's is the politics of fear and he's becoming less and less relevant.
 
 
+34 # grandone@charter.net 2012-07-27 22:22
Buchanan is right statistically speaking, but wrong on the reason the party is going down. To be relevant, a political party must represent peoples' interests across the board. The GOP does not. It represents business interests and wealth, which resides primarily in middle-aged white males. For the GOP to be relevant, it must change. The nation's demographic changes will not. So it is adapt or die. The problem, however, is that they have dug the trenches between middle-aged rich guys and the rest of the world, that the abyss cannot be crossed. They've dug their own grave with their own political planks. Republicans are conservatives. Conservatives abhor change. Ipso facto, the party is dead.
 
 
+31 # freeportguy 2012-07-27 22:26
As long as the GOP will be in for and ONLY for the 1%, their base can only go down.
 
 
+38 # nimbleswitch 2012-07-28 09:01
Yes, but since the real goal of the Republican Party has always been to get as much money in as few hands as possible, they are used to duping voters into voting for them by offering them things that cost nothing like "prayer in schools," or "anti-flag burning," or "family values"—none of which they're ever going to give people, by the way. And they've been very successful at that. There are only two types of Republicans: the super-wealthy and the dupes of the super-wealthy. So, if you're a Republican and you're not super-wealthy, you know what you are.
 
 
+26 # Robert B 2012-07-27 22:27
When David Duke ran for President as a Republican in 1992, I had had enough of this nonsense. I wrote to Barry Goldwater in an effort to get him to switch parties. I said, "We used to shoot at Nazis, not vote for them." If Goldwater had bailed on the GOP, I believe it would have slammed the brakes on a lot of the craziness and stupidity we've seen over the past 20 years. Goldwater wrote back, to my surprise. He said he was "an old Republican" and would stick with his party. He did say that he wasn't too happy about things and that he hoped they would change. Well, they did: they got worse. I think Goldwater made a big mistake not taking my advice. A big mistake for the Republican Party, the USA and the world. Too bad!
 
 
+22 # Cdesignpdx 2012-07-27 22:30
Just an irrelevent party of "Mitt Twits"
 
 
+19 # LiberalRN 2012-07-28 11:51
Quoting Cdesignpdx:
Just an irrelevent party of "Mitt Twits"

If only those "Mitt Twits" weren't so obscenely wealthy, and the minds of so many of the electorate so easily bought by well-funded untruth. There's no penalty for lying - it's free speech! - and no inclination on the part of so many to educate themselves about what's true and what's not. And the media, for the most part, are a "wholly owned subsidiary" now.
 
 
+43 # GeeRob 2012-07-27 22:34
Buchanan's paranoia and that of the Republican Party is the reason we're seeing voter suppression laws and the passing of Citizens United.
 
 
+21 # dyannne 2012-07-27 22:39
....and good riddance, Pat, and the rest of your ilk.
 
 
+24 # angelfish 2012-07-27 22:43
You nail it again, Matt. What's left of the ReTHUGlican Party are rich, old, white men, terrified of the change they can't prevent. It is as inevitable as the Tide. Even so, Come quickly! Amen!
 
 
+7 # Howard T. Lewis III 2012-07-27 23:09
So, Mr. Buchanan, whose fault is that? Who did 9-11? Who intentionally blew up the DH oil well and the Fukushima facility? No genius. It is a safe bet this is what will doom the republican party if not the contamination from these stupid acts.
 
 
-27 # brux 2012-07-27 23:10
This is really the kind of idiot argument that jumps way out on a limb and goes too far. I see no problem with Buchanan saying whatever he wants, it is supposed to be a country where we have freedom or speech.

And what is wrong with looking at demographics and trying to consider the future. We will face problems. Our "dominant culture" is far from perfect, but attendant with all the immigration has been a lot of crime and problems. Does it make me a Nazi if I say I wish we would limit immigration - illegal and legal, if we want to have a decent country where we can afford to invest in our citizens - we simply cannot afford to have everyone in the world moving here.

That's the way Buchanon sees it, does not mean it is true. It's not like Buchanon is a member of the KKK, or a Nazi, in fact when you place him on the political spectrum he is a bit of a moderate compared to the NeoCons.

This idea of picking out people, saying how bad they are and having a big convulusion over them is so "right-wing". If that is how the left thinks they are going to win back public opinion I don't think it looks any more appealing when they do than when Ann Coulter or those on the right spews their vitriole.
 
 
+46 # m... 2012-07-27 23:16
After 60 years of living my life in America, born here, raised here, and remembering the America I grew up in.
I admit. I still pine for the 60's-early 70's.
But I also remember salads consisting of ice berg lettuce, a tomato and cucumber. A blandness of food and choice of textures.
I LOVE what greater diversity has brought to America. The multicultural intertwining and various forms of fusions, as well as all the still stand-alone 'What was America + What's been added to become America now.'
We live in a colorful soup, with a 'blend of flavors' that is US but still with all the individual, recognizable chunks of this and that which makes us what we are today. I love it.
What I loath is the Corporate Greed and growing nasty, separatist-like intolerance flowing from the ignorant actions of too many simple-single minded people now allied with super wealthy corporatists who seek dominion over everything and to force their intolerant, retro, anti-truth, anti-human condition, exclusive vision of America upon all of us for the sake of greater profit and power for fewer and fewer. Done through their sea of cash drowning our Republic and their deliberate media-construct ed driving force behind it all-- Division and Fear..!
I think they are anti-American and systematically destroying our Republic as they claw at trying to control everything because they are either greedy, afraid of and despise 'Others' unlike them, or both.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 08:18
In the Midwest a salad is still iceberg lettuce, a tomato and a cucumber. I lived in a small town in the Midwest that offered a "veggie burger" at the local dive. It actually consisted of a cheeseburger with iceberg lettuce on it.
 
 
+25 # MindDoc 2012-07-28 10:27
Maybe the vegetable was ketchup? I remember a certain President held in great reverence by the GOP, declaring that in terms of providing nutritious meals for needy children in schools (those who depended on subsidized school meals) ketchup was an acceptable 'vegetable'.The n again, he also said "facts are stupid things". And it's been a party mantra since.
 
 
+14 # Billy Bob 2012-07-28 10:51
I forgot about the ketchup! Throw a sliced pickle on that thing and you can call it a "Midwestern salad".
 
 
+16 # pernsey 2012-07-27 23:31
Pat pull your head out of your arse and wake up its 2012!!
 
 
+23 # ghostperson 2012-07-27 23:34
I am an unabased, unafraid to declare it liberal from deep in the Bible Belt now living in the parallel universe of Arizona. As a reader, I will literally pick up anything, especially, if it costs a buck at the Dollar Tree. I picked up Buchanan's "Where The Right Went Wrong." To my gasping, chest clutching amazement, I agreed with everything he said which caused me to want to get a foil hat. I even agreed about his condemnation of the Supreme Court; however, we differed only in our assignments of why its conservative block is off the mark. He is a masterful historian. In fact, he provides the only cogent account of the Middle East debacle that I have every found. Yes, he uses hyperbole. So does Taibbi, my favorite on Wall Street issues. I will never, ever, ever vote Republican. A vow I made when Gingrich got his boxers in a bunch and closed down government because he didn't get to ride in the front of Air Force I. I re-newed the vow when the GOP lost its mind on account of Tea Baggers, birthers and at the instance of pedophiles who wear dresses came to view probing female vaginas as an act of small government. I am not defending Buchanan but simply saying that his writings provide a critical road map to why the GOP is going to implode. None too soon for me. I went independent. I left the Dems when Obama began kissing the ass of right wing bullies and hired the very people who took us down the crapper to be his economic advisors. Lets send mothers to run the country.
 
 
+17 # Peace Anonymous 2012-07-27 23:38
Can't the GOP just go to Walmart and buy some white people?? Everything's for sale in this country isn't it?
 
 
+15 # chomper2 2012-07-28 10:13
Quoting Peace Anonymous:
Can't the GOP just go to Walmart and buy some white people?? Everything's for sale in this country isn't it?


They don't make white people in China, do they?
 
 
+14 # Peace Anonymous 2012-07-28 13:45
Quoting chomper2:
Quoting Peace Anonymous:
Can't the GOP just go to Walmart and buy some white people?? Everything's for sale in this country isn't it?


They don't make white people in China, do they?

LOL!!!
 
 
+2 # MEBrowning 2012-07-29 19:04
They will start if it earns them a profit.
 
 
+24 # Old Uncle Dave 2012-07-27 23:54
The GOP is losing members because it has moved too far to the right and embraced an extreme social agenda.
 
 
+20 # mdhome 2012-07-28 09:40
Another thing I believe that spells the end of them is that they only pander to the 1%, therefore the only way the can win is to spend several hundred tons of hundred dollar bills, they are left with the 1& and whomever they can snow and bullshit with lies and scare tactics. Partly by by eliminating a middle class, they are losing the swing voters that made the difference in elections.
 
 
-2 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 15:52
Try to prove Republicans have moved more to the right and I will make you, as well as all 23 people who liked this post look like the idiots you all are.

Hint: "Don't touch my Medicare"
 
 
0 # dusty1215 2012-08-11 09:59
Quoting hypocriteslol:
Try to prove Republicans have moved more to the right and I will make you, as well as all 23 people who liked this post look like the idiots you all are.

Hint: "Don't touch my Medicare"

All you did was prove how the extreme right votes against their own self-interest time and time again. They vote for the extremists on the right who want nothing more than to do away with Medicare and turn it into a voucher system, ala Ryan's budget plan.

If the GOP wanted to keep Medicare and fix it Ryan sure as hell wouldn't want to turn it into a voucher plan...thats a no-brainer. Polls show that the extreme rightwing voters don't even realize that Medicare is a federal program.
 
 
+32 # TomDegan 2012-07-27 23:59
My fellow crackers, someday in the not-too-distant future, we won't be in the majority anymore. In fact that day will come within the lifespan of most of you who are now reading this. I know this must be a bitter pill for some of you to swallow - but that's the way it is and there's nothing we can do to alter the unalterable . There has been such an insane, mass hissy-fit over the fact that, for the first time in history, a black family is living in the family quarters (as opposed to the servants quarters) of the White House. Honestly, we really need to get a grip here, folks.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
 
 
+14 # Tigre1 2012-07-28 00:30
I can't wait to wave good-bye to the reep-sheets.
Life has too many problems and opportunities, too much love...to be wasting time on confederates whose entire
premise is to return most of us to their basic cruelty and sadism: SLAVERY! Adios, reeps, and cut it short, please: just LEAVE. Go!
Yeah, I'm white and my family has been here since a Brit sea captain jumped and decided to stay in 1730...we'll get along just FINE.I've got too many friends to worry about those dirty old reep-sheets.
 
 
+12 # Maxwell 2012-07-28 02:55
Bartleby, one of your assertions is correct: whites are a numerical minority in California and other states. (The others are New Mexico, Texas, and Hawaii.) You didn't document this, but that's fine because this fact is well-known and documented by the US Census Bureau.

However, you also made the statement "Integration has wrecked US education in the cities."

I'm afraid that rather audacious statement requires some proof. If you'd care to provide any proof, I'd be happy to read it.
 
 
+13 # ghostperson 2012-07-28 14:49
Ohhhh, a thought. Wonder if the despised affirmative action will see a resurrection once privileged, white male authoritarians (as named by John Dean, Nixons former lawyer) become an officially-decl ared documented minority group? Betcha it will. On the same order that "welfare" is bad unless it moves up the food chain to greedy, obsessive compulsive, financial services sector gamblers, the exalted 1%'ers. It is my earnest hope that we as a people wake up from our coma and kick some 1% butt by taking out their bought and paid for handmaidens in Congress. Would you elect someone to beat you up? Well, let's not elect people who do it financially. I am not an environmentalis t but I know an endangered species when I see it: the American middle class. To maintain it, we need solid, affordable education for all,a good, affordable health care system, strong employment and leaders who listen to taxpayers rather than look at them as a funding source for plutocrats, their politicians and treasury-draini ng defense contractors.

Can the electoral college. We don't need a filter. To the contrary, we need to be heard.
 
 
-13 # bartleby 2012-07-28 21:40
Visit a public school in NYC, Washington, Detroit, Philadelphia, etc. All you have to do is open your eyes, visit a school. Yep, I've done it (NYC).

Fifty years ago public school in the US were great. I'm from a very poor state, poor county, all coal miners, like the place the writer of 'The Glass Palace' slandered (great book though), the schools, despite the book, were excellent.

Integration has destroyed public education in the US, but you can't say it. You'll be all but arrested.

My mother was a teacher, she used to joke about the new arrivals. Not funny any more. I'll give you something to read .... google "What it's like to teach math to black students'.

Now that public education is dead, the vultures are circling trying to privatize the whole thing. Political correctness is fine for a while, but to sit by as it destroys the entire society is a little bizarre.

But back to Taibbi - he is a great financial writer, the best. And then he writes this idiotic piece which consists of calling Buchanan names and NOTHING MORE. What gives with that? Why
 
 
+3 # genierae 2012-07-30 10:13
bartleby: The reason our schools are in such bad shape is because the Republicans are trying to destroy them. They don't want any of us un-rich folks to get any kind of education, especially the kind that teaches us to think for ourselves. The more we think independently, the more we are inclined to put a boot up their behinds, and ride them out of town on a rail.
 
 
+24 # hd70642 2012-07-28 02:56
GOOD RIDDANCE . I am sure I will miss them even less than I when I had ACNE and I am sure those pimples had more of an IQ than those Tea Party dim wits. AS a poor white person scapegoating black folks has did nothing for me so I voted primarily democrat and occasionally Green. My problem with President Ohbama economically he is not liberal enough .I remember the nation has been in economic free fall since the seventies due to the evaporating manufacturing base.Having an economy based on service and finance is even more flimsy than a house of cards in a hurricane
 
 
-20 # brux 2012-07-28 09:35
So white people are all TEA Party dimwits, did I read that right?

With a Democratic party full of CIA plants an fake Democrats who needs the Republican party to survive anyway?
 
 
+10 # reiverpacific 2012-07-28 13:59
Quoting brux:
So white people are all TEA Party dimwits, did I read that right?

With a Democratic party full of CIA plants an fake Democrats who needs the Republican party to survive anyway?

You sound like a Tea-Part fantasy-finder like Lionel Marcus, who accused Obama of being a racist, or the South Central LA T.P. ("Tripe-politic s" I calls 'em) founder and leader "rev" Jesse Lee Peterson raving on at Maxine Waters for comin' at the with their own strong rhetoric.
Nothin' white about these twits and others.
 
 
+11 # ghostperson 2012-07-28 15:15
We had a manufacturing base. Our 1% manufactured, churned and re-cycled personal debt to drain the last drop of vitality out of the economy. The same way BIG Oil demands to stick with non-renewal resources and old technology to squeeze the last penny of profit out of the petrochemical use that is burning our planet up.

We are not victims, we are accomplices because we don't raise enough hell, long enough or loud enough. Nixon didn't get out of Viet Nam until public outrage was incendiary. We are in our third cycle of Republican "overdrive." The Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties and the Reagan Revolution that caught fire then escalated Darwinian capitalism into vampire/grind-e conomies-into-t he-ground corporatist feudalism. The corporate state does not seem to fear people. The masses are robots to them. But the 1% is thin-skinned. Especially, the Boch Krothers. Ridicule is a delicious weapon against those who see themselves a deities. They cannot fathom that the unwashed masses would have the audacity to challenge their obvious superiority. Ask the clueless, Romney fund raiser guests interviewed in their chauffeur- driven limos as they slowly inched into the sumptuous estate where the event was held. One dowager dipstick said, "Ordinary people just don't understand." What's to understand. The rich get the uranium mine and ordinary people get the shaft along with a hail Mary, one-fingered salute to heaven to top it off. How hard is that to misunderstand?
 
 
+14 # VLR 2012-07-28 03:57
Race baiting always works. That's why the GOP is not going to speak out against or shut down Pat Buchanan. They use him to gauge how many people they can influence with race baiting, and how to further hone, fine-tune, and disguise their race messages. He's also disposable.
 
 
+25 # dfvboulder 2012-07-28 04:01
Pat is only partly crazy. It IS the end of the GOP as we know it -- the lily-white GOP.

If they don't adapt, they'll go the way of the dinosaurs.

Boo Hoo.
 
 
+2 # bingers 2012-07-29 13:36
It's no surprise that the Republicans came from the cadre of the racist No Nothing party. Of course the institutionaliz ed modern racism began with Nixon and Buchanan as they embraced the former Democratic bigoted Southerners because Johnson signed the Civil Rights bill even though he knew he was giving away the South because it was the right thing to do and was more important than politics. Can you imagine any Republican since Eisenhower taking that kind of stand? Not on your life!
 
 
+15 # Stuart McDonald 2012-07-28 05:01
How do you solve the problem of Whites becoming a minority? You ensure whites stay the majority by making sure racial minorities are always 2nd class citizens with limited or no rights, kicking racial minorites out of the country, or committing "ethnic cleansing" against them. Of course, Buchanan is not just a racist. He's also a rabid anti-LGBT hatemonger and misogynist. He's really just a Nazi pseudo-Christia n under a different name: Republican.
 
 
+18 # the wizard 2012-07-28 05:16
Of the two major political parties, which is more closely aligned with the Ku Klux Klan. Rmoney used the term Anglo-Saxon because Aryan is too close to reality.
 
 
+2 # bingers 2012-07-29 13:37
The funny thing about that is that Iran means Aryan.
 
 
+8 # hd70642 2012-07-28 05:21
Playing the racial card will eventually cause you to lose , where you try to constantly scapegoat the other while ignoring the fact every racial group has had an economic decline since the seventies. Blacks still face obstacles a lot of whites can not imagine and face the economic hardships because a lot of wealth is based inheritance . However both president Ohbama and Bill Cosby did get it half right some blacks do play the victim role and evade responsibility and scapegoat whites. While blatant discrimination has diminished to some degree they still could not climb economically since the economy itself was declining
 
 
-3 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 14:40
White people in inner cities have it FAR worse than any black person.

White people in the inner city are not treated as a minority, they simply don't exist according to local govt.

You couldn't pay black people a billion dollars to be a white person in Detroit.
 
 
0 # charsjcca 2012-08-10 15:09
That is what Wade Michael said, with his gun as he committed suicide.
 
 
0 # charsjcca 2012-08-10 15:17
Thanks. I keep reminding folks that when the Southern Manifesto was signed in 1956 it was to promote the preservation of a dying ember. Harry S. Truman signed an Executive Order to destroy the segregated military and he was hated, so much so that he chose to not run for re-election in 1952. When Dwight David Eisenhower became president he was expected to restore White supremacy, but he created the Warren Court. The Dixiecrats love their dixie. They will never die. All they need is a updated version of the Southern Manifesto to keep the game going. But the game is not new and as I listen from South Alabama hear not a word about the deaths of the innocent.
 
 
0 # dusty1215 2012-08-11 10:01
All people, regardless of race have it bad in the inner cities. Why do you insist on turning it into a race issue? Thats absolutely ridiculous and you know it..or should. You are nothing more than a troll who seems bent on turning everything into a race problem. That's quite sad on your part. Try becoming more informed before you shoot off your piehole.
 
 
+8 # Antler 2012-07-28 05:24
There are several reasons the Republican Party is failing. This racial identity crisis they are having is definitely part of it. Another aspect that needs to be understood is that the Republican Party has sold out Free-Enterprise to the marriage big business and big government, increasingly, finally understood as corporatism, which is "The American Business System".

So now, there really is no party for people who believe in honest, grass roots free-enterprise . Between the Democrats and the Republicans that is pretty much a thing of the past. The degree to which the two Parties agree on that by far outweighs their differences. It is just a question of which type of central control we are going to have, neither Party believes in the virtues of Individual Rights. And since the major media outlets are corporatist interests, they are certainly not going to cover that alliance.
 
 
+11 # Merschrod 2012-07-28 05:38
Classifying Hispanics as not white is a major display of ignorance.

The Hispanic voting population is diverse, (racially as well as ideologically) and their daily needs are as varied as the non-Hispanic. Most, as immigrants or first, second and third generation US citizens, comprehend the real "America" the America of opened arms and a land of dreams. The fact that the Republicans want to stifle those dreams or the opportunity for them probably makes the Republican Party unattractive, perhaps down right repugnant.
 
 
+19 # Merschrod 2012-07-28 05:41
I have to add, most Hispanic immigrants come from countries where the 1% has taken their "share" and made life impossible - zip education, crummy health, poor roads, no access to working capital (different from speculation capital) etc. So a Romney-like austerity program is what they have left behind - they know what a 3rd World Country looks like and they can see the US going that route with Republican policies.
 
 
+6 # brenda 2012-07-28 06:04
Years ago, he ran for President in a Republican Primary, where he won it in New Hampshire. He had the image of being a right wing Republican. Previously, he was representing the "conservative" Republican side in a CNN show called "Crossfire", which pitted a "liberal" Democrat spokesman against him. After all of 20 minutes long, the show would wind up in a shouting match. He wasn't known as a racist then. Only some years afterward did he show his true colors as a Neo-Nazi raciest. Thank God he never won the main Republican Primary. Instead, VP George Bush Sr. won it, to become the next President. But then that turned out to be somewhat of a bad thing too.
 
 
+16 # RMDC 2012-07-28 06:15
I would not count out the republican party so fast. There are a lot of reasons for this. The first is that the real power in the US is in the neo-cons. They occupy and control both the republican and the democrat parties so they don't really care. The competition between the parties is just bread and circuses for the idiotic masses of americans.

But while the white supremacist faction in the US may be shrinking (that god) it has never given up power easily. The first move it is making is to limit the voting rights on non-whites and to move back to the good old days (for them) of Jim Crow. The South has always had a left of center majority (a few liberals and most African Americans) but white and racist republicans have almost always been able to dominate southern politics. They know how to play minority politics.

It is not voters who decide elections but money. With the right advertising campaiggns Americans could be made to vote for dog shit for president (the last two presidents prove that). Americans are just politically stupid and infinitely gullible. So race and party don't really matter. The rich will still rule no matter what the racial make up of the nation is or what the party composition is.
 
 
+22 # NAVYVET 2012-07-28 06:15
I always said that "NeoCon" is a code word for "NeoConfederate "! My view is from observation. I was raised in the South and have lived 1/3 of my life down among the rednecks, of which, being a redhead, I was one.

Want to learn the background of all this? Read W.J. Cash's "The Mind of the South", an old book written by an honest, blunt Southern historian who reported what he knew and what he saw back in the 1930s. The white settlers wrecked humane society and democracy with slavery and genocide. They wrecked their land with carelessness and single crop farming, then, like slash-and-burn primitives, packed up and kept moving west.

One day they looked up and hollered, "Whoops! There's the Pacific Ocean! We can't go farther!" No wonder Southern California is notorious for so many neurotics and nuts. I lived there, too, and was glad to leave for New England, where conservatives are often actually conservative (i.e., careful and cautious, not Southern wimps and haters.

With rapidly increasing global warming, the hothouse South will become even more a place to escape from. I did. I'm a old (76) white person who's been marching Leftward all my adult life, and HARPERS wrote that we redheads are doomed since the sun will kill us off. From a rational perspective, I can't see why any person should give a damn about the survival of paleface whites.
 
 
-16 # charsjcca 2012-07-28 08:54
Then you might agree that Martin Luther King, Jr., was America "Convenient Lie." I am a 75 year old product of segregated mis-education.
 
 
+8 # letsfixit 2012-07-28 06:19
all of this is hard to swallow from both sides because the solution to resolve the conflicts requires a huge amount of compromise. Yes, we've had to deal with the immigration problems but we're also ignoring the fact that white america isn't a farming community anymore. We don't have five kids or more to man the tractor and plows. This term "white" concerns me also because that face came from Europe...not from here. We were not the indigenous race on the north american continent. However, what color is congress? What is the real representation of the nation in that fine institution? It does not match. At some point, this globe will realize that although we try to stand alone by ourselves at the dance when the rest of the world partners don't look like "us"- can't continue. He's right Buchanan is a bit of a nut, but he also gets us thinking about really who we are...a nation divided and growing more divided.
 
 
+1 # Labor-Lines 2012-07-29 16:31
We need more minds like yours "letsfixit" you are right on the money.
 
 
+14 # RMDC 2012-07-28 06:21
The history of whites in the Americas is really quite an interesting subject. These are the "bad seeds" or the genetically criminal and aggressive portion of the European populations who came to the Americas to rape and pillage. And they did what they were genetically programmed to do -- the raped and pillaged the lands even after they made them into independent nations. The remaining whites in europe at least do care something for tradition, culture, environment, health, historical preservation, but there bad seed offspring who came over here can only pillage.

So white americans will drive themselves into extinction and the Americas will return to the the brown people who originally inhabited it. That's all good. It will take some more time, but the future is pretty certain. Of course, there are some whites who do not carry the genetic defects for violence, aggression, greed, and destructiveness . But they are trampled by the whites who do.

Buchananan (or maybe better Gingrich) is the spokesperson for this cohort of bad seeds. He does not know it. He thinks they are a super race. this is really a delicious irony.
 
 
-2 # hypocriteslol 2012-08-10 14:50
Oh sure, forget about the religious persecution, the potato famine in Ireland etc, and just plow right in with your full on anti white agenda.

and you reward the whites in Europe with mass immigration and extinction.

You are a anti white piece of crap, nothing more.

You are a perfect example for me to use to destroy any shred of moral high ground the left thinks it has.

and the 13 likes proves there is at least 13 sickos like yourself.
 
 
+18 # kbarrand 2012-07-28 06:33
In spite of all this talk of Republican decline, they are still in a position to win the presidency, win the Senate and hold the house. With control of so many state legislatures they have the ability to create districts and deny voting rights in such a way as to make it virtually impossible for anyone other than a Republican to win. One more Supreme Court justice and they will be able to do it on a national scale as well. The movement to create a permanent Republican majority is alive and well and I, for one, am very concerned.
 
 
+10 # dick 2012-07-28 06:40
Citizens United was designed to offset U.S. demographics. We'll see. But in the meantime, Wall St. OWNS ObamaDems & GOP. We have to hope that Liz takes the sold-out, GUTLESS Democratic Party in a better direction. Send your $$ to her.
Rove & the Banksters should be in prison; Dems chickened out AGAIN.
 
 
+3 # Abigail 2012-07-28 06:46
And just what color are Hispanics? Green? Purple? Why are people whose ethnic origins are European or South American being singled out as a group?
 
 
+14 # Lulie 2012-07-28 07:28
I only wish it were true that the Republican Party is on the wane. It has been calling the tune and pulling the country to the right for over 30 years. And now it is merely the tool of the one percent, who hold all the power since they hold all the money.
 
 
+6 # DLT999 2012-07-28 07:39
The Republican Party is dying a natural death. It was inevitable. Anyone who studies the Vedas knows that the earth is evolving upwards spiritually, scientifically, etc. It's a slow upward climb, and ignorance slowly drops away and people become more awakened. Thus, the natural death of a dark party seeped in greed, hate, and ignorance would eventually have no more foot hold with the populace. It is slow-going. But it is going.......tha t's why they are pulling out all the stops right now in a futile attempt to bring it back. But get out the casket.....
 
 
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-07-28 07:43
Generate hate policies, then complain that people reject them: kindergarten argument from a kindergarten brain.
 
 
+7 # James Smith 2012-07-28 07:44
Pat Buchanan isn't a "little bit crazy." IN the words of Penn Jillette when referring to the religious reich Republicans, he's "bat-shit crazy."

UNtil people like him are laughed out of public like, they will always be a danger to responsible, rational leadership.
 
 
-22 # Pollard 2012-07-28 08:08
It was the Justice Department under Bill Clinton that released FBI statistics reflecting a black on white sexual assault ratio of 67 to 1 and a Latino on white sexual assault ratio of 42 to 1.
 
 
+6 # motamanx 2012-07-28 18:42
What the hell does this mean?
 
 
+27 # waltben 2012-07-28 08:31
It amazes me how 'out of touch' GOPers can be - while (naturally) pointing fingers and claiming everyone left of them (which is about 80% of our population) are the ones out of touch. They say they want the 50's or 60's back, but don't remember what the tax rates were then, the civil rights demonstrations and Viet Nam protests. I graduated from high school in '62 and my life was nothing at all like what GOPers seem to think it was then, or the very fictional movie "American Grafitti". Only three people of my class actually had their own car and no one had any money to speak of unless they worked a for real job. Besides that, GOPers don't remember how strong the middle class was back then. They don't remember anything but Mayberry, Father Knows Best and Captain Kangaroo - all extremely fictional depictions of what we never were. Like many others have said, I truly love what we are today. One of my cousins is married to an Indian immigrant. My two step-daughters are bi-racial. Another cousin is married to an African-America n. America's a much, much better place today because of our diversity, not in spite of it, and that's one of the two reasons the GOP can't go away fast enough.
 
 
-7 # charsjcca 2012-07-28 08:50
Hear Ye! The Tuskegee Project examining syphilis had this element. On one end of the church pew was the participant and at the other was the administrator. They may have lived in the same block and were childhood friends, but were from a different consciousness. They both identified themselves as Negro. So, why would one be an active party to this charade? America has been struggling to find its sea legs since the beginning. From about 1865 Negro males were given an opportunity to vote-15th Amendment- but they left their mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, aunts and grandmothers behind. WHY??? I would offer that they had a different consciousness. Buchanan discounts this difference. His take is much too easy. It does not reflect the cultural journey of America undressed.
 
 
+15 # lin96 2012-07-28 09:10
If the Republican party goes down they need to come to the conclusion that tricks don't work and look at themselves as the problem. What about the surge of millionaires and billionaires running for office in 2010... buying positions because they can afford it. And how's that working out for them? Government is not a business and shouldn't be run like one. Business' go out of business. Even with the Supreme Court "giving" them unlimited donations, they're still whining because that's not enough. Greed is destroying America and for the GOP whatever they get will not be enough.

They obstructed any progress for the last 4 years. Our infastructure is to the point of not being safe at all, but they don't care. The man who barely won the GOP nomination. It's pretty much a fact now that he can't talk without being insulting and putting his foot in his mouth. He wants to be elected and goes to England, and insults the Olympics. If you can't communicate how are you going to have good foreign policy or be a positive leader? The arrogance of the GOP makes it impossible for self examination and they have to blame someone because it could never be their problem. Both parties have allowed the financiers to dictate their every move. If you're not in charge....it gets away from you. It's gotten away from both parties and the financiers are in charge. That's the problem.
 
 
+9 # Regina 2012-07-28 12:04
Some Republican manipulator (I forget who) has already been quoted as saying that whoever they can manipulate into the presidency doesn't have to know more than how to sign his name. The manipulators will arrange everything they want him to sign. Romney sure fits that description.
 
 
+9 # Buddha 2012-07-28 09:19
Ah, the old "Welfare Queens" chestnut. Gotta love the GOP, sticking to the "oldies but goodies" to the bitter end.
 
 
+6 # brux 2012-07-28 10:34
The way you cut popular support for social programs is that you give support to a perceived undeserving sector of the population and then allow the resentment from everyone else who does not get such support to kill the whole idea.
 
 
-10 # brux 2012-07-28 09:41
Who needs the Republican party to survive when we have a Democratic party that is run by a guy, Barack Obama, who is more right wing than Nixon or Reagan on almost every issue?

The game in America is doing whatever it takes to maintain the myth of democracy and America while in fact evolving a global elitist empire that does its best to crush the individual and keep the average American so far from power that democracy doesn't matter anyway.
 
 
+15 # btraven 2012-07-28 10:18
I am shocked that all of the comments aboveaccept as fact that the GOP "is in a state of decline". On the contrary, the GOP has engineered a coup bypassing the open electoral process in 20 states where one form or another of voter suppression laws have been passed to reassure their supremacy. It's called 'fascism' in some countries where the vote is just a sham. The GOP-Dem corporate state is a reality today. Wake up!
 
 
-22 # brux 2012-07-28 10:33
It's called wishful thinking. Taibbi seems to know how to pander to the left … and until the people on the left learn how to see through those who manipulate them the left will always be "a day late and a dollar short".
 
 
-6 # brux 2012-07-28 15:17
-9 huh …. well, any of your people care to explain why things are the way they are then? The left seems to think all celebrities and rich people in the public spotlight are leftists … the problem with that is a little industry called the PR industry. They set up photo ops and sound bites to make their clients look really great, and as long as you idiots keep sucking it up nothing is going to change. You have to let go of your cherished notions and illusions of comfort and see things as they really are.
 
 
+8 # Texas Aggie 2012-07-28 21:53
Things are the way they are for the simple reason that fascism has come to America just as predicted.

I wasn't aware that the left thinks that everyone in the spotlight was a leftist. I was sure that they are upset with lots of prominent people for being wingnutters.

You'll excuse me for pointing out that you have a real conspiracy problem that needs attention.
 
 
+6 # bingers 2012-07-29 13:10
Quoting brux:
It's called wishful thinking. Taibbi seems to know how to pander to the left … and until the people on the left learn how to see through those who manipulate them the left will always be "a day late and a dollar short".


Good God man, how misinformed can you be? Trying to get the left organized is like herding cats while the right marches in lockstep behind every scurrilous hatemonger and always does what they're told. Little frightened sheep fueled by hatred and ignorance.
 
 
+17 # ABen 2012-07-28 10:20
I am one "older white guy" who will not vote for ANY GOP candidate until the party comes to its senses and nominates candidates who believe in science, know the difference between race and ethnicity, and aren't sucking at the teet of the Military Industrial Complex.
 
 
+12 # midwestgirl 2012-07-28 10:36
Buchanan is non too crazy about women either, unless they are barefoot, pregnant, or Michelle Bachman. Of course, if the majority of corporate media and publishing exectuives didn't share his views, he would not be given book deals, TV appearances, and news columns to spew his ignorant hate based drivel. Why aren't those enablers being NAMED and shamed?
 
 
+5 # ghostperson 2012-07-28 15:18
You missed one. He was a slobbering, drooling fool over La Palin. He behaved like a smitten adolescent male whenever he described or discussed her on MSNBC. It was riveting and repulsive at the same time. No fool like an old fool.
 
 
+12 # chucksz 2012-07-28 10:56
I disagree with Matt about one thing. Republicans still love the crap that Buchanan spews. They may not admit it in polite company but rest assured that they do.

Why else would a majority of Republicans continue to believe that President Obama is not a Christian?
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2012-07-28 11:21
The only amazing part of all this is that Buchanan gets published at all (ever tried it as a "commoner" nobody's heard of?) and still has a platform on the owner-media since being jettisoned after far too long on MSNBC.
Remember, this is the git who declared that Francisco Franco was one of his heroes and has been known to physically attack debate opponents who got the better of him.
"Crazy" is far too kind a word for this bully-pulpit sociopathic opportunist!
 
 
+5 # motamanx 2012-07-28 11:38
If one takes the time to study the history of Pat Buchanan, he'll find that the man was always a rather hateful, prejudiced and mean spirited sort of guy. He was a speechwriter for Nixon, and I suppose the two got along well because of similar personalities.
Pat mollified his behavior some when he entered the political stage as a player, but that's over now, and he's back to his own self. The fact that he still has a paying job as a "spokesperson" is a testament to the fact that this country has a hard right wing media. Like Nixon, Buchanan's time has passed. There is hardly a point to listen to him now, and there never really was.
 
 
+7 # MendoChuck 2012-07-28 11:48
This list of comment sounds like the current Congress talking about what THEY want to do.
Is it any wonder that this country is having so much difficulty getting it back together. The "One Per-centers" are the only winners and the division between The "Ninety Per-centers" gets wider and wider.
I still wonder why COMPROMISE has become a dirty word.
The life blood for "Reader Supported News" is getting contaminated by election year BullShit . . . . .
The Human Race seemed to be headed towards being a failed experiment.
 
 
+9 # ericlipps 2012-07-28 12:19
Pat Buchanan is a whiny old loser who resents the fact that a new generation of right-wing cuckoos has come of age and is crowding him out, and feels he has to push every far-right panic button to prove he IS TOO still relevant, SO THERE!
 
 
-8 # Pollard 2012-07-28 13:00
Both the establishment and the neo con right are dedicated to perpetual war for peace. New York's Democratic Party dictates to the rest of the country's Democratic Party, and their Manhattan media spin machine will forever paint the anti war Right (Buchanan, Ron Paul) and the anti war Left (Paul Wellstone and Ron Wyden) as the lunatic fringe. The adult eduacation system in the USA, The new York Times, MSNBC and Fox news propagate that war is good for the USA and it is patriotic to send your sons and treasure to the vipers in DC and NYC who profit wildly from gentile bloodshed.
 
 
-9 # Pollard 2012-07-28 13:34
Both parties love war. The establishment left (the New York Democratic party) through their media minions paints the right (Buchanan and Ron Paul) and the left (Paul Wellstone and Ron Wyden) as the lunatic fringe through MSNBC and the New York Times. The Rolling Stone portrays Occupy Wall Street as dirty pot smoking drop outs, dutifully falling in with the Manhattan war machine.
 
 
+10 # ganymede 2012-07-28 13:45
Wow! This is the best headline I've seen for ages. As a white man (actually light tan), I've been waiting for the miracle that will save us from the onslaught of the zombies. I hate to use such a derogatory term, but you angry, fearful white people deserve it. You sold out for a mess of pottage. You bought into the shallowness of Reagan and the stupidity and mendacity of both Bushes, especially the totally incompetent son, who you elected twice! You've supported wars, corruption and ignorance, "Keep your hands off my Medicaire!", "Global warming is a scam", "Obama isn't a real American", and a whole multitude of stupidities that your political leaders spout daily. Romney is probably the best you could do as a presidential candidate, and he is already faltering and may not even be your candidate in November. And it's all those Hispanics, Asian and Blacks along with most educated people who are going to put you into exile for at least four or more years. Hopefully, out of the ashes of your collapsed part will emerge a truly American conservative party. Buchanan may be a bigoted fool, but he's definitely on the money with his prediction of the demise of the current GOP.
 
 
+9 # Maxwell 2012-07-28 17:55
Quoting ganymede:
Buchanan may be a bigoted fool, but he's definitely on the money with his prediction of the demise of the current GOP.

One can only hope.
 
 
+7 # Texas Aggie 2012-07-28 21:48
"Many people did not care for Pat Buchanan's speech; it probably sounded better in the original German,"

- Molly Ivins
 
 
+2 # Johnny 2012-07-28 21:55
Who cares? The banksters' money controls the public relations industry, and the pr industry controls the vote. And voting on the basis of ethnicity is probably the most effective tool the pr wizards have to assure that the banksters' stooges will be elected on the basis of pr images, and that the idiot masses will not vote their real, material interests. Democrat or Republican, they are still sock puppets of the banksters.
 
 
+2 # TomDegan 2012-07-29 08:07
A message for my fellow white people:

http://tomdegan.blogspot.com/2012/07/message-to-my-fellow-white-people.html

Cheers!

Tom Degan
 
 
+7 # labman57 2012-07-29 08:58
Pretty much explains the motivation behind the recent rash of restrictive voter ID laws. If you can't increase the proportion of the voting population that supports your political party, then forcibly decrease the proportion of the populace that can vote for the opposition party.
 
 
+3 # wfalco 2012-07-29 10:50
The numbers of Republicans will certainly drop in years to come. Buchanan's doomsday scenario should not be so shocking. I have sort of admired his honesty and actually have agreed with some of his non-interventio nist beliefs.
The GOP is, without doubt, the party of elderly white Americans. That is Pat's demographic and people of his ilk reminisce about "the good old days" in only elderly white guy terms.
This will soon pass, however, there are still many who adhere to this propagandized philosophy.
 
 
+1 # bingers 2012-07-29 13:04
With any luck the Republican party will become a stump party without any power and all the bigots will have to cry in their moonshine.
 
 
0 # bingers 2012-07-29 13:14
waltben said: "I graduated from high school in '62 and my life was nothing at all like what GOPers seem to think it was then, or the very fictional movie "American Grafitti".

Well, if you lived in the Chicago suburbs you would feel American Graffiti was a documentary. It was exactly like that here.
 
 
+1 # Vern Radul 2012-07-29 13:16
They'll surprise everyone and survive by hijacking the the electorate into "voting" for a democratic party producing republican policies, just like they did in the 2006 midterms and in the 2008 presidential election.

They don't care what you call them - democrats or republicans - as long as you buy their two party scam and elect them.
 
 
0 # kurt.cagle@gmail.com 2012-07-29 15:31
Over the years, I've had to admit that Buchanan is more insightful than most give him credit for. He knows what his party is, where its support comes from, and is fairly unabashed when it comes to stating the problems it faces.

The Tea Party is made up primarily of Baby Boomers in their late 50s and 60s who are vocal but not all that numerous, and almost all southerners (the TP is almost non-existent on the West Coast). The next wave of "conservatives" are mostly technolibertari ans in their 30s and 40s, and they by and large tend to self-identify as independents. There are very few Millennials (1982-2000) that self identify as conservatives, but since they are also the first major Internet generation, I suspect that their internal identify as a generation is far stronger than association with either political party.

So yes, Pat's right. The GOP - in it's present form - will be extinct within eight years. Most of the major oil money players right now are in their 70s or 80s, and their hold is already beginning to slip as one by one they grow old and die. The Tea Party is busily self destructing - I expect that they will get hit hard everywhere except in the Deep South. There will be conservatives, but I think the GOP banner will end up being left where it falls.
 
 
+2 # kurt.cagle@gmail.com 2012-07-29 15:31
Over the years, I've had to admit that Buchanan is more insightful than most give him credit for. He knows what his party is, where its support comes from, and is fairly unabashed when it comes to stating the problems it faces.

The Tea Party is made up primarily of Baby Boomers in their late 50s and 60s who are vocal but not all that numerous, and almost all southerners (the TP is almost non-existent on the West Coast). The next wave of "conservatives" are mostly technolibertari ans in their 30s and 40s, and they by and large tend to self-identify as independents. There are very few Millennials (1982-2000) that self identify as conservatives, but since they are also the first major Internet generation, I suspect that their internal identify as a generation is far stronger than association with either political party.

So yes, Pat's right. The GOP - in it's present form - will be extinct within eight years. Most of the major oil money players right now are in their 70s or 80s, and their hold is already beginning to slip as one by one they grow old and die. The Tea Party is busily self destructing - I expect that they will get hit hard everywhere except in the Deep South. There will be conservatives, but I think the GOP banner will end up being left where it falls.
 
 
+5 # Labor-Lines 2012-07-29 16:28
The race thing is a non starter. It's a class thing. To many Americans Republicans are the party for the rich people, and as these new Americans become richer, like everyone else, many forget where they came from and are enticed by the local chambers of commerce to become Republicans. The only thing that currently keeps them out of the party is the rampant racism from some quarters of the party and the other insanity from some quarters. Buchanan doesn't want to talk about "class warfare" so he race baits. With Obama and Mitt running neck and neck and with some many Americans undeclared, I believe it is hard to make generalizations other than to note athat about 50% of Americans drink from the Kool Aid pitcher of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and their cronies, and 50% don't. The election is tough to call and so are the sentiments of most citizens. I will say this, from working with unions, while the leadership may lean left, many of the members are Tea partiers or sympathizers. Scarey. Just scarey.
 
 
0 # dusty1215 2012-07-31 05:21
Ah...but CA has given us that asshat Darryl Issa..isn't that enough for the love of christ?
 
 
0 # James Smith 2012-08-10 15:45
So the GOP, at least as we know it is doomed. Why is that a bad thing? They haven't done anything good for America in at least 20 years. They've spawned people like Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee. THe party should blow off this election and focus on rebuilding and finding a candidate who isn;t completely insane and that might defeat Hilary Clinton in 2016.
 

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