Pat Buchanan: Conservatives are in a civil war

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The Civil War of the Right
Patrick J. Buchanan • CNS News • Jan. 29, 2016
The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria.
Baited, taunted, mocked by Fox News, Donald Trump told Roger Ailes what he could do with his Iowa debate, and marched off to host a Thursday night rally for veterans at the same time in Des Moines.
Message: I speak for the silent majority, Roger, not you, not Megyn Kelly, not Fox News. Diss me, and I will do fine without Fox.
And so the civil-sectarian war on the right widens and deepens.
And two questions arise: Will the conservative movement and Republican Party unite behind Trump if he is the nominee? And will the movement and party come together if Trump is not the nominee?
A breakdown of the balance of forces in this civil-sectarian war finds most of the media elite of the right recoiling from Trump, while Trump leads by a huge margin in Middle America.
National Review, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, Wall Street Journal, and the conservative and neocon columnists on the op-ed pages at The Washington Post and The New York Times have almost all come out viscerally against Trump.
He, in turn, has trashed several by name. Wounds have been inflicted that will not soon be forgiven or forgotten.
But while columns and magazines appear in print twice weekly, weekly, biweekly and monthly, millions listen to talk radio every hour of every day. And though websites might be updated daily, radio, more than print, is a medium that moves people.
Among the top talkers, Trump gets more than a fair hearing. Some of the talk shows with the largest audiences are sympathetic, others are supportive. And the Drudge Report, the daily newspaper of Middle America, tracks Trump’s every move.
In the media battle, then, the media elite are being swamped by Trump. And Trump is winning the political battle as well. According to almost every poll, state or national, Trump is ahead of all rivals, with his closest challenger trailing by 10 or more points. Among the populist and Tea Party right, Trump has lapped the field, and he is now competitive among Evangelicals.
How will the civil war on the right end?
Because the differences are not simply about personalities and politics, but principles and policies, it may not end with this election.
There is talk of having the anti-Trump conservatives unite behind the one establishment candidate — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie — who emerges strongest after New Hampshire, to storm through the later primaries and take down Trump.
Yet such a scenario seems implausible.
That audience of 24 million that tuned in to the first Fox News debate and the 22 million that tuned in to the CNN debate were drawn to Trump, and Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, because these men seemed to represent real change.
Democrats who support Bernie Sanders and Republicans who support Trump may disagree on where America should go, but both agree on the need for America to radically change direction.
Yet, if this battle for the GOP nomination should yield another establishment Republican, would not all the fire and energy of the campaign of 2015-2016 soon disappear?
Consistency not being their long suit, some among the conservative elites who denounced Trump’s walkout from the debate, threaten to walk out of the party should Trump win.
But walkout is an option open to populists as well. And if, after the rise of the Tea Party, the capture of Congress in 2014, the Trump-Cruz-Carson rebellion, the GOP offers the silent majority yet another establishment candidate, will populists and Tea Party types rally to him?
Perhaps. One recalls that, after the Revolution of 1789, the march on Versailles, the guillotining of Louis XVI, the rise of Robespierre, and the Era of Napoleon, the French got the Bourbon Restoration — Louis XVIII, brother of the beheaded king, sitting on the old throne.
Still, if the populist-conservative struggle of the last five years, to put behind them the days of Bush 41 and Bush 43, produces Bush 45, or his moral equivalent, how many would shoulder arms and march for him?
And, again, the argument over the acceptability of Trump aside, there is a deeper conflict within the GOP and conservative movement that may be irreconcilable. Millions of conservatives and independents believe it was the Republican policies of the recent past that also failed America.
The Bush-Clinton-Obama trade policies produced the $12 trillion in trade deficits, which measures the net export of U.S. factories and manufacturing jobs, which explain the wage stagnation.
The Republican-neocon foreign policy of intervention and nation building is a primary cause of the present disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.
The immigration policies championed by Bush Republicans as well Clinton and Obama Democrats produced the immigration crisis that propels the Trump campaign.
In short, it will be difficult for populists to unite with Beltway conservatives in 2016, when the former see the latter as part of the problem, not the solution.


See also “Seismic shift in U.S. political party system: Independents now outnumber Democrats & Republicans“.
~Eowyn

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presumtious infidel
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trump simply needs to say democrat or republican party is the same donkey/elephant show, Trump has already shown it so. It only needs verbalized with Trump leaving the republicrats and going solo. It would be the coup’de grace. Washington District of Communists is far from America. There is not 1 American in the whole lot. shame the sheople do not see it.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

None of the options fit me. I will vote for the most conservative candidate who can get through the process and has a chance of winning. Period.
Those who have to have the perfect man/woman in order to vote, are useless. They can blame themselves for the fact that Obama got a second term.

presumtious infidel
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problem is there is no such animal as “most conservative”. there is constitutional and not constitutional. Rubio, Cruz are not natural born Americans. Cruz never mentions his father, the Cuban aligned with Castro. bringing despair to Cuba. Rubio is simply more of a child than the commie pink Kenyan. there is no regard or respect to the constitution, only lip service.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

I believe the most honest and best informed will acknowledge that it is not trump’s party affiliation that has drawn his massive support. It is his promise of confronting the ridiculous immigration policies that are rapidly making the true U.S. citizens the minority, and his references to obama’s and cruz’s ineligibility. Though personally, I am yet to be satisfied as to his commitment to the true uncontestable definition of “Natural Born Citizen”

Hadenoughalready
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With all the infighting, greed, hypocrisy and corruption, I’m surprised anything gets done. Time to remove ALL those in congress and the senate, on both sides, clean out DC COMPLETELY and start over.
I’d rather see the place filled with veterans, farmers and janitors than these vipers.

josephbc69
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Gadzooks, you demand a democracy! How dare you, you upstart rebellious citizen!! Somewhat more seriously, I believe the money powers are so vast & so deep that very, very few are immune to it. And the privileges of Congress are simply appalling: just imagine geting a full pension for life after ‘serving’ one term? Just who the Hell’s being served here? It sure as Hell doesn’t look to be the 90%, the sheople they’ve become. And finally, the electoral process is so drawn out that there’s far too much opportunity for ever-new corruption/temptations to arise, far beyond what the Founders… Read more »

Hadenoughalready
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I know…I must be out of my mind, right…? I’m sure I’m on someone’s “T-List” somewhere…

evh
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evh

I am not ready for another Bush in the White House and I sure as heck am not ready for another Clinton.

josephbc69
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Granted, and who is? Please step forward to the firing line….

josephbc69
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How about Chelsea? Jes’ funning ya! But who could ever be ‘ready’ for another Bush or Klinton [sic] or Obama or Carter or Ford or… my arm’s tired & vision’s gone.

cs
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cs

The elephant in the living room is Israel. The only candidate that prob won’t do its bidding is Rand Paul. The others all fight over who would be the toughest. These wars (for Israel, not us) are bleeding us dry.

josephbc69
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Absolutely correct: all the while the illegitimate [never fully adopted by the UN] Zionist machine works as much as fast as it can to enrich the Rothschilds, whose London branch gave the first huge donation to a radical terrorist Zionist for that purpose, as then it could get diplomatic immunity, the greatest benefit a bank could ever have! At this site, https://www.illuminati-news.com/2007/0113b.htm, you will find a time-line that delineates the Rothschild mischief in creating Israel. To wit, here’s when the funding began: “1891: The British Labour Leader makes the following statement on the subject of the Rothschilds, “This blood-sucking crew… Read more »

trumplove
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Im ready for a civil war.

josephbc69
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Agreed, at least 25% of us are, and I know what that means, as I’ve been under live gunfire: it’s no damn joke or party!!

cs
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cs

Well, they pretty much own all the news outlets. That’s how come they get away with this stuff–that and the (primary) fact that we have lost our moral bearings. Did you get a load of the secret architecture of the Supreme Court building in Jerusalem? Jesus cried over Jerusalem for good reason down through the ages. We need to educate our well-meaning politically-correctized friends.

josephbc69
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You are absolutely correct, it’s VERY subtle, and that’s the way the enemy likes it.