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Published on: Friday, November 30, 2007
The United States in decline
Nation confronted by issues that may lead to its downfall

No one ever accused Patrick J. Buchanan of lacking conviction or of consulting a focus group before saying what he thinks.

In his new book, "Day of Reckoning," the former presidential candidate, columnist and TV pundit confronts readers with many irrefutable facts that if left unaddressed, he believes, will lead to America's destruction.

That may sound extreme, even apocalyptic, until one considers his assertions: "The Army is breaking and is too small to meet America's global commitments; the dollar has sunk to historic lows and is being abandoned by foreign governments"; and perhaps most controversial of all - "the greatest invasion in history, from the Third World, is swamping the ethno-cultural core of the country, leading to Balkanization and the loss of the Southwest to Mexico."

There's plenty more, but to this last point first. No nation can survive without passing its heritage, language and, yes, faith to the next generation. A country must be built on something substantial and if the cultural elitists think it can be built on "diversity," that is a foundation of shifting sand.

We have moved beyond importing foreigners to mow our yards and build our homes. The political parties are now importing votes, cynically signing up new "Americans" as rapidly as possible before the next election. Let the devil take tomorrow and even the country; help me make it through my election, or re-election.

Consider Montgomery County, Md., a wealthy and heavily Democratic Washington, D.C., suburb. The Washington Examiner reports that large numbers of high-income people are migrating out of the county because of what they regard as a declining quality of life. The net population is growing, but the growth is made up mostly of immigrants who do not make the kind of money (and thus will not pay as much in taxes) as those who are leaving. Foreign-born residents now account for nearly one-third of the county's population.

According to the Examiner, "nearly one in four students in the public school system are now receiving free or reduced-price meals, the largest fraction since 1990.

"At least four Washington-area charities have established Montgomery County offices since 2003, citing a growing need among the area's residents."

County officials say they are increasingly receiving complaints about overcrowded homes, a common story in many counties where there are large numbers of illegal aliens.

As the wealthy residents leave, the strain on the tax base increases and the character of the county inevitably will change. Political correctness constrains school districts from teaching a common language and a common American history. That, too, can quickly decimate a nation.

Now back to Pat Buchanan, who writes that, "the culture is collapsing and the nation is being deconstructed along the lines of race and class ... a fiscal crisis looms as the unfunded mandates of Social Security and Medicare remain unaddressed ... and all of these crises are hitting America at once."

One need not agree on all of Buchanan's positions (and I do not, especially on matters pertaining to Iraq and the war against terrorists - he wants to close most of the 1,000 American bases overseas, review all alliances and bring U.S troops home, which is a form of isolationism we cannot afford in an interdependent world), but it is undeniable that many of the issues he raises - and even some of those associated with Iraq - are legitimate and deserving of discussion and debate by the presidential candidates of both parties. The public has not signed off on any of these changes. Rather, they are being imposed on us by the elites. That's what dictators do, not constitutional republics.

Buchanan also writes something that is obvious to most people, but not to the politicians who want the votes of illegals cum citizens. To avoid what he calls "a tangle of squabbling nationalities," Buchanan urges: no amnesty for the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens; a border fence from San Diego to Brownsville; congressional declarations that children born to illegal aliens are not citizens and English is the language of the United States; and a "timeout" on all immigration.

Those who have dismissed Buchanan in the past as a gadfly might consider what he says in his book. The future of what's left of the country could very well rest on it.

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JanetP wrote on Nov 30, 2007 4:37 PM:

" Very well said. I am pleased to see respected columnists such as Cal Thomas weigh in on the issue. I truly believe that we are witnessing the demise of our country. It feels a little like George Bush should be fiddling?? "

Observer wrote on Nov 30, 2007 9:17 PM:

" I agree with Pat Buchanan. He's been sounding a clarion call for years. He's been ridiculed and ignored. The elites cannot ignore him any longer. It's been a quickening since G.W. Bush has been in office. He's an internationalist who doesn't give a hoot about domestic issues in the U.S. of A. Look at the open borders since he took office (after 9-11-01). We're going downhill fast. "

Larry wrote on Nov 30, 2007 9:53 PM:

" The lastest news on what's being done: "

Red wrote on Nov 30, 2007 10:47 PM:

" Bush's grandpappy attempted a coup back in the grandfather like son. The coming America will be like the proverbial unending bad camping trip, ..except instead of fighting off bear, we'll be fighting off NATO/Blackwater goons. "

old guy wrote on Dec 1, 2007 8:37 AM:

" The rules of today's world are that any comment posted by a white person is a racist remark. "

.... wrote on Dec 1, 2007 11:01 AM:

" You're right old guy, us poor white people have it so hard. "

@ the ignorant wrote on Dec 1, 2007 11:20 AM:

" Our resident racists-- despite providing countless examples of antisemitism, Islamophobia, moaning about opposition to racism, threats of mass expropriation and deportation of non-white citizens and incessant warbling about IQ differentials and genetic gobbledygook-- staunchly maintain that they're "not racist" "

Overview wrote on Dec 1, 2007 2:51 PM:

" When "race" is interjected into an argument about sovereignty and the rule of law - the argument is lost. For the last time - race plays no part in a situation where the president who knowingly puts his citizens at risk of terrorism because he refuses to keep our national borders secured is the real issue. He's got a war going in Iraq supposedly so al Qaeda won't come here to kill us again. Well, with Bush's open borders, they're here! Race? Get a life. "

The United States in decline . . . Yes, I believe it's true! wrote on Dec 1, 2007 3:37 PM:

" How else could you explain the fact that we as a country elected a moron like GW Bush not just once but twice. "

raffanna wrote on Dec 1, 2007 10:55 PM:

" What's deplorable, is the fact made known through comments made by Fredo Arias-King in a Backgrounder paper (July 2006 at fortells of "Politics by Other Means". He cites, as an aide to President Vincente Fox in meeting with elected reps on both sides of the aisle, that American politicians are "overwhelmingly pro-immigration, and for dubious reasons. He claims that these illegal immigrants, comfortable with "clientelismo" or patron-client relations between those in power and "citizens" both accept and expect corruption in their elected officials. "Usurpation" is how the Founding Fathers described what is happening here. Ready votes from illegal, passive, take care of me "constituents" that dilute what was cited in the Federalists Papers as the "vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America" and would restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves. What is happening here, is far more important and reaching than tax base your homework and note the change in the one man, one vote issue and seats in the House since the 2000 census... and electoral votes? This is democracy by dilution. "

Bobby wrote on Dec 1, 2007 11:17 PM:

" How is it that so many Americans are always talking about witnessing the demise of" their" country? Aren't we the people bringing democracy to Iraq? Aren't we the ones who continuously lecture folks around the world about the viirtues of our system? Why then, do we seem to be so powerless? Could it be because we do the same things over and over again, yet expect a different result? Time and again, canididates came on the scene that would change things iIF the public massively supported them. Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot, now Congressman Dr. Ron Paul. Yet, how many millions of Americans are going to go through the same ritual and vote for one of the worthless, Republican, or Democratic estanblishment candidates.? It's insane. "

raffanna wrote on Dec 1, 2007 11:28 PM:

" I think the problem is Bobby, that we have no REAL power or standing with our "elected officials" and there are few statesmen in the real sense of the word, only career politicians...if we did have standing and power with them, then they would be acting in our best interest and not running their own game. But to your second point, I agree, however, I don't believe any third party candidate actually has a chance to win an election...check out any of Chomsky's writings on the concission of American civic debate in the media. It IS insane! "

Bobby wrote on Dec 2, 2007 12:59 PM:

" raffanna, HI! I get your point. "

Miss Manners wrote on Dec 3, 2007 6:03 AM:

" Don't forget to thank our president for a large role in the decline of our country. Lets give him a big hand for his uncompromising, anti-intellectual and inarticulate approach to running a scatter brain government. He's the king of strategery. "

Alex Sanchez wrote on Dec 3, 2007 11:22 AM:

" Political Correctness is the anesthesia that allowed the poison of Multiculturalism to enter our body politic. Multiculturalism is a sham faith created in thinktanks for the purposes of expanding the power of Global Corporatism. Multiculturalism is a STATE RELIGION. It needs to be erradicated from our land along with all of its creators and enthusiasts. VISUALIZE MASS DEPORTATION "

Toby wrote on Dec 3, 2007 12:13 PM:

" I could never have said it better (the article). To respond to Bobby, 12/1/07, no one votes for the underdog because they are afraid it would be a wasted vote thus they go along with the "masses". If everyone would stop thinking that way and vote for who they REALLY believe in we might actually get some new ideas in the White House. "

To Alex Sanchez wrote on Dec 3, 2007 2:34 PM:

" You do know that multiculturalism is about having several cultures coexist into one state? So how is that multiculturalism is a sham? "

Little Elk wrote on Dec 3, 2007 9:59 PM:

" We should have closed the borders before the Pilgrims got here! We really compounded that mistake by not deporting all the Irish (they talk funny)! "

bob wrote on Dec 4, 2007 4:55 PM:

" I am going to agree with Miss Manners. George W. Bush and his cronies have had a lot to do with the decline of our country. The man has no class, no brains, no common sense and basically no morals when it comes to what they have done. Going after Iraq and the phantom WMDs, creating Abu Grayeb, and Guantanomo, refusing to do anything proactive about health insurance, bragging about an ownership society while foreclosures skyrocket.....George we can't wait till your ride is over. "

A Sad Day wrote on Dec 4, 2007 8:41 PM:

" America is coming apart by the seams in so many ways. A. Greed, The rich get richer the poor get poorer and the middle class disappears. B. Machiavellian rule in the elected, Keep us divided on every issue and nothing can be accomplished for the betterment of humanity. Keep us fearing every one wearing a turban, than a backwards baseball cap, than anyone who speaks a foreign language. What's next Reeboks? C. No election reform, whomever makes the most money wins. I forgot the best wardrobe, the best hair, the best makeup, the best handlers, the best propoganda, definitely not the most qualified. Alan Greenspan for president anyone? D. General Selfishness by the citizens of our country. What's in it for me, How do I benefit. Me Me Me Me Me. What ever happened with us or we. That we seems to be working for the Patriots so far. E. Lack of Respect for ourselves, our neighbors, our planet, etc. Why is America disliked so much? Maybe cause we force people to cave in to our demands instead of letting each culture find their own way. I.E. Iraq, Iran, China, Chile, Cuba, etc. Some forms of government other than Democracy work well for certain cultures. Is that really a bad thing? Don't get me started on Health Care. Those are some of the ways we are falling apart. It has nothing to do with Mexico, Guatemala, Nicauragua, or any other immigrant illegal or otherwise. It has to do with us. We are the problem. We would rather sit on the sofa with a can of soda and a bag of chips than read the newspaper and write letters and emails to fix the issues, or form government lobbies to influence decisions. We would rather whine and make excuses. Here is a solution let's form a third party with enough money to make the 'Crats and the 'Pubs' take the world seriously. That party should be called the Moderate Democratic Republican Independent Centrist Party for the Average Joe. Even with all of that pessimism, I still have some optimist qualities. God Bless America, and yes that means Pat Buchanan and our President too. "

Frank wrote on Dec 5, 2007 2:48 PM:

" Let it fall apart, evolution will take over and the strong will rise up. The collapse of the US will bring in a new man, a new, post-political correctness man. The West has gotten weak, struggle is the way to back to strength. Do you really want to live in a "multicultural America?" I sure don't. If I wanted the 3rd world I'd go there. No, this collapse is deserved, so lets start preparing for the new dawn. "

A Sad day wrote on Dec 6, 2007 6:12 AM:

" Move to France Frank.....Oh that would make you an immigrant then. Oh wait Mars has a population of zero. America has been multicultural for centuries. Wake up and smell the coffee. The west has gotten weak because we lack the motivation to be the best. We won't collapse we will adjust. It will be our children who lead us that way. They are not afraid of something different. Struggle does not make us strong, motivation and drive make you strong. Struggle forces you to deal with an issue. Have a nice day or go find your optimism. "

Bush-Cheney Defined wrote on Dec 6, 2007 10:15 AM:

" It's not hard to figure out why this country is in a world of sh!t The great moralist C.S. Lewis recognized this: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." "

The end is near! wrote on Dec 6, 2007 6:03 PM:

" Matthew 24 "

To Bush-Cheney wrote on Dec 8, 2007 5:46 PM:

" Sure you're not speaking about our Democratic legislators that enact smoking bans, mandate carbon monoxide deters, ridiculous laws like the moment of silences in our public schools, require new signs to tell people that the river below the dam is a dangerous place, etc...? "

Check your facts wrote on Dec 8, 2007 6:45 PM:

" Check your facts on the moment of silence. It passed over a democratic governor's veto. That takes both parties to accomplish that. All of these laws that you are complaining about are just good common sense. If you want to use tobacco products feel free. Just use them away from people who do not wish to die from smoke. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are a good move. Like smoke detectors they save lifes. However, if you smoke you already have half the CO that is needed to kill you already in your blood. I don't think Dem's or Rep's are to blame for your dislikes. I think your upset because both parties are being inconveniencing you. Frank said that struggle will make you a stronger American. Maybe this struggle will make you stonger and healthier, but as sad day said you need motivation and drive to overcome the obstacle. Either of them could be right. I don't think Bush-Cheney can come to your defense on that. "

To check your facts wrote on Dec 14, 2007 2:37 PM:

" In the Illinois Senate, not a single republican vote is needed to override the governor's veto. In the Illinois House, only 4 of the 51 republican votes are needed to override the governor's veto. It doesn't take bipartisan agreement to accomplish an override in Illinois. Not that there is much difference between a democrat and a republican anymore. They‘ve both spent Illinois into a huge financial hole and only care about winning the next election. **** The new moment of silence law changed exactly one word (the word "may" was replaced by the word "shall") from the old law which allowed individuals the right to a moment of silent reflection. The new moment of silence law is proof of the C.S. Lewis quote that Bush-Cheney Defined posted on Dec. 6. The "moral busybodies" deemed that people were not capable of thinking properly for themselves, so they mandate that all people be forced to take a moment for silent reflection (prayer), whether they want it or not. ***** As Frank said “this collapse is deserved, so lets start preparing for the new dawn.” Maybe you already speak Chinese. "

To To Check your facts wrote on Dec 14, 2007 10:02 PM:

" If only four republicans are needed to override a governors veto than it takes both parties to do so. If one republican votes for any bill that all the democrats vote for and vice versa it's a bipartisan bill by definition. Shall and May have two definitions and when you consider that the state has failed to provide consequences for not following the law you should know it's a law that appeases a demographic. AKA Pulaski Day. How many school's still observe it in the state? I do not fear the Chinese, for they are closer to free enterprise than Russia. I fear Saudi Arabia, and all of the other OPEC nations. They are the ones who truly own power over all the industrialized nations. Will a collapse happen? Maybe. It's speculation. I think the Generation Y and Z will come to the rescue of the failed Generation W and X. They know public service. They know tolerance. They respect difference. They have the drive and knowledge to rectify the cynicism of caused by their parents and grandparents. You have the power to change opinion. Yet you choose unwisely by being a doomsayer. You are by example with your propoganda an Orwellian example of rule by division. Ex. 1984. You have the power to be a voice for positive change, yet you use your intelligence to be negative. If you truly feel that you can change things run for office. An unsuccessful bid for office is a greater sign of success than whining and moaning about things. Have a nice day, weekend, and holiday season "

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