March 10, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
Expanded Essay on “Pat Buchanan and the Age of Trump” Now Published by THE UNZ REVIEW
Back on March 10 I wrote an appreciation of journalist and author Patrick J. Buchanan and the critical role that I believe he has occupied in recent American history: “Patrick Buchanan’s Vision: What He Foresaw and Understood – And Its Significance in the Age of Trump” [https://boydcatheyreviewofbooks.blogspot.com/2019/03/march-8-2019-my-corner-by-boyd-cathey.html]. I have expanded and rewritten portions of that essay, offering more detail on just why he was so disliked (and feared) not only by the political Left, but also by the Establishment Republican Party elites. His refusal to bow to the transnational economic globalists who would sell out America and its native industries in a heartbeat, his rejection of the dominant Left-leaning Neoconservatives who ran the GOP, his prescient words about how immigration would, if unchecked, transform and destroy the Old Republic, and his willingness to buck the powerful Israeli Lobby in the United States—all incurred incredible enmity and wrath.
Pat persevered through two national Republican primary contests, each time garnering nearly a fourth of the vote, and finally, in 2000, running as the Reform Party candidate….for which he was bitterly attacked by establishment Republicans for potentially splitting the “conservative vote.” That ruse worked, and George W. Bush won the deeply divisive election in a squeaker, decided only weeks afterwards by a Florida re-count.
In 2000—just like in 1992 and 1996—Buchanan was right, and his issues did not go away. Sixteen years later, in 2016, regular Americans—the broad middle classes—had had enough. And the issues, many of them that Buchanan had brought to the electorate in three campaigns, were front and center in the campaign of Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is no Pat Buchanan. He lacks knowledge of the insidious workings of the Inside-the-Beltway crowd, he appears too often to trust those who come to him to offer advice and counsel but who seek only to derail or undermine his stated policies, he seems
not to comprehend the historical background and legacy of the American political system, and too often he lacks the sang-froid so forcefully required when dealing with the nest of thieves and vipers, as Washington DC has become.
Yet, President Trump, if he has done anything beneficial, has managed to tear the mask off the hitherto hidden face of the Deep State, tear the scab off concealing its machinations and outed its vast host of miserable minions who have been determining and shaping our destiny for decades. He has forced them out, so to speak, into the light of day, but also into open and ferocious combat in which there can be no quarter or compromise. The diabolical “Rough Beast” which seeks to destroy Western Christianity civilization that poet William Butler Yeats wrote about exactly 100 years ago, in 1919, in his apocalyptic poem “The Second Coming,” is now visible for all to see, despite the best efforts of the media and its enablers to occlude that vision.
In “keeping hope alive” over the past several decades, much credit must go to Pat Buchanan.
My enlarged essay has now been picked up by THE UNZ REVIEW, and I offer it here:
THE UNZ REVIEW
Patrick Buchanan and the Age of Trump