Patrick Buchanan and the rejection election

Patrick Buchanan observes that backers of Saunders, Trump, Cruz and Carson have something in common: they are fed up with the way things are in the United States, and they reject the official candidacies of Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and those approved by the Establishment. He writes:

This then is a rejection election. Half the nation appears to want the regime overthrown. And if spring brings the defeat of Sanders and the triumph of Trump, the fall will feature the angry outsider against the queen of the liberal establishment. This could be a third seminal election in a century.

In the depths of the Depression in 1932, a Republican Party that had given us 13 presidents since Lincoln in 1860, and only two Democrats, was crushed by FDR. From ’32 to ’64, Democrats won seven elections, with the GOP prevailing but twice, with Eisenhower. And from 1930 to 1980, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress for 46 of the 50 years.

The second seminal election was 1968, when the racial, social, cultural and political revolution of the 1960s, and Vietnam War, tore the Democratic Party asunder, bringing Richard Nixon to power. Seizing his opportunity, Nixon created a “New Majority” that would win four of five presidential elections from 1972 through 1988.

After examining why that electoral majority has fallen away, Buchanan observes:

Still, whether we have a President Clinton, Trump, Sanders or Cruz in 2017, America appears about to move in a radically new direction.

Foreign policy retrenchment seems at hand. With Trump and Sanders boasting of having opposed the Iraq war, and Cruz joining them in opposing nation-building schemes, Americans will not unite on any new large-scale military intervention. To lead a divided country into a new war is normally a recipe for political upheaval and party suicide.

Understandably, the interventionists and neocons at National Review, Commentary, and the Weekly Standard are fulminating against Trump. For many are the Beltway rice bowls in danger of being broken today.

Second, Republicans will either bring an end to mass migration, or the new millions coming in will bring an end to the presidential aspirations of the Republican Party.

Third, as Sanders has tabled the issue of income equality and wage stagnation, and Trump has identified the principal suspect—trade deals that enrich transnational companies at the cost of American prosperity, sovereignty and independence—we are almost surely at the end of this present era of globalization….

For the Sanders, Trump, Cruz and Carson voters, the status quo seems not only unacceptable, but intolerable. And if their candidates and causes do not prevail, they are probably not going to accept defeat stoically, and go quietly into that good night, but continue to disrupt the system until it responds.

Unlike previous elections in our time, save perhaps 1980, this appears to be something of a revolutionary moment.

We could be on the verge of a real leap into the dark.

The complete article is published at Vdare here. Well worth a longer reading.

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old white guy

the election of FDR signaled that americans were now prepared to get as much from others as they could. this trend continues apace and they have now passed Canada in their rush to the trough. if getting americans out of the trough is leap into the dark, then America needs the lights out for awhile.

Dolleric

I usually pass over Pat Buchanan’s ramblings because he sounds like a scarred record, over-and-over the same myopic wish for an America huddling, wrapped in a security blanket. The modern world puts everyone only a twitter or a missile apart and it follows that no one can ignore blocs, whether trading, ideological, impoverished or military. Using Jimmy Carter’s words, there is a malaise sweeping across America and perhaps all other democratic nations; the feeling that we are going down and the reason lies somewhere in government. Of course conservatives can enumerate those reasons but if we scold the hapless electorate they just turn against us. Better to let them elect someone who will either fix or destroy our failing democracies and wait to pick up the pieces if it comes to that.

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