Patrick J. Buchanan has been called many things--neo-isolationist, anti-Semite, protectionist, xenophobic--but never electable. Wingnut columnist, television commentator, and scourge of the 1992 Republican convention, Buchanan just can't swing the kind of Big Business money contributions that make or break a Republican bid for the party's presidential nomination.
Parimary electoral failure didn't make Buchanan or his annoying sister go away. Buchanan announced the formation of American Cause in the spring of 1994. The organization evolved out of the failed 1992 Buchanan for President apparatus and was clearly meant to be a support system for a future Buchanan for President campaign. The kickoff event for American Cause, was held in Washington in April 1994 It was a two-day conference called "Winning the Culture War," which Buchanan proclaimed "the Boston Tea party of the cultural revolution." Whatever else it may have been, the event was a bigoted revel designed to enhance Buchanan's stature in the eyes of his fans and allies. Speakers included professional homophobes Lon Mabon of the Oregon Citizens Alliance and Will Perkins of Colorado for Family Values; "traditional values" advocate Michael Medved; Dan Quayle's vice presidential chief of staff William Kristol; home schooling proponent Mary Kay Clark, who described the NEA as "the training camp of the enemy of the family;" and Ezola Foster, representing Black Americans for Family Values, who referred to public schools as "socialist training camps." The emphasis was on curbing freedom of expression in the name of "taking back the culture" for the reactionary right.
Buchanan, a former CNN commentator, at one time represented the zenith of the "far right" but today is more aligned with Libertarian/cultural conservative/neo-isolationist causes. During the 2000 campaigns, and in some circles after, he appeared opposite Ralph Nader to discuss disturbing imperialist and globalization trends in the Republican Party and Democratic Party. In general, their analyses of problems sometimes converged, but their solutions diverged sharply.
He is still a frequent critic of gay rights legislation, socialism and universal health care - which, combined, might explain his revulsion for Canada which he referred to in 2002 as "the spoiled brats of the New World Order" and "Soviet Canuckistan." Canadian news humour programs such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes treasure Buchanan.
Buchanan, a rather skillful stump-speaker, believes that United States sovereignty has been sacrificed to the gods of the global economy. In 2003, he helped establish a new magazine called The American Conservative to wrest conservative politics from the neoconservatives.
"Nixon didn't make a big deal about the votes in Cook County in the 1960 election for one very good reason--we (the GOP) had done the same thing in S. Illinois and Kentucky!" --Pat Buchanan, this past election night on MSNBC
Books by Buchanan
- Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (2004) ISBN 0312341156
- The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (2001) ISBN 0312285485
- A Republic, Not an Empire (1999) ISBN 089526272X
- The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy (1998) ISBN 0316115185
- America Asleep: The Free Trade Syndrome and the Global Economic Challenge : A New Conservative Foreign Economic Policy for America (1991) ISBN 0944468039
- Right from the Beginning (1988) ISBN 0316114081
- Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories: Why the Right Has Failed (1975) ISBN 0812905822