I find it impossible to defend Pat Buchanan against the charge that what he did and said during the period under examination amounted to anti-Semitism, whatever it was that drove him to say and do it: most probably, an iconoclastic temperament.
It only took MSNBC twenty years to get the message. Buchanan, a political commentator for the all-progressive network has been off the network for two months Network President Phil Griffin told reporters that the bigot’s day at the network may be over.
Mr. Griffin said that Mr. Buchanan, who has not appeared on the network since he began a book tour in October, was still employed by MSNBC, but that his future with the channel was unresolved.
“Pat and I are going to meet soon and discuss it,” Mr. Griffin said. But he cited some of the arguments Mr. Buchanan made in the book as reason the commentator had not come back, even after his book tour ended.
“During the period of the book tour I asked him not to be on,” Mr. Griffin said. “Since then the issue has become the nature of some of the statements in the book.”
Mr. Buchanan argues in “Suicide of a Superpower” — which has the subtitle “Will America Survive to 2025?” — that the “European and Christian core of our country is shrinking,” which is damaging the nation “ethnically, culturally, morally, politically.” The book also contains a chapter titled “The End of White America.”
Mr. Griffin said, “The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.” The network has set out to brand itself as a network designed to appeal to progressive and liberal viewers.
Buchanan has a long history of racist and anti-Semitic writings.
For example, when Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court most conservatives (including me) opposed her nomination because based on her history it was clear that she would be an activist justice who would change the meaning of the constitution to fit the progressive agenda. Pat Buchanan had a different reason, there are too many Jews on the Supreme Court.
Today, once again the human rodent spewed his his anti Semitic hatred:
….Not since Thurgood Marshall, 43 years ago, has a Democratic president chosen an African-American. The lone sitting black justice is Clarence Thomas, nominated by George H. W. Bush. And Thomas was made to run a gauntlet by Senate liberals.
Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats.
Buchanan made almost the same statement in 2007, but that time it was about the Senate:
“If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, 13 members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from 2 percent of the population. That is where real power is at..” (“The McLaughlin Group,” Feb. 2, 2007).
Probably the most harmless statement Buchanan ever made was to perpetuate the Myth that the Jews controls foreign policy.
In Buchanan’s essay “Whose War” he blames the Iraq war on a bunch of mostly Jewish public figures such as Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Max Boot, and Richard Perle. Buchanan charges those public figures with “colluding with Israel to ignite wars and destroy the Oslo Accords. We charge them with deliberately damaging U.S. relations with every state in the Arab world that defies Israel or supports the Palestinian people’s right to a homeland of their own.” He goes on to say, “For whose benefit these endless wars in a region that holds nothing vital to America save oil, which the Arabs must sell us to survive? Who would benefit from a war of civilizations between the West and Islam? Answer: one nation, one leader, one party. Israel, Sharon, Likud.” ( The American Conservative Whose War?, A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interest. by Patrick J. Buchanan, March 24, 2003 issue)
Buchanan is also a holocaust denier, he challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka:
“Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.” -New Republic, 10/22/90
If Buchanan was attacking any other group he would have been fired long ago, yet he is allowed to continue spewing his hatred But Jews have company on Buchanan’s hate list, the Blacks.
Racial Segregation “In the late 1940’s and 1950’s…race was never a preoccupation with us, we rarely thought about it…. There were no politics to polarize us then, to magnify every slight. The ‘Negroes’ of Washington had their public schools, restaurants, bars, movie houses, playgrounds and churches; and we had ours.” – Right From the Beginning (1990)
Back in 1991 he accused David Duke of Theft. “David Duke is busy stealing from me. I have a mind to go down there and sue that dude for intellectual property theft.” – Manchester, NH Union Leader, December 15, 1991
In 1969, Buchanan urged Nixon not to visit King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, because he felt, “It would outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue, and perhaps worse. … It does not seem to be in the interests of national unity for the president to lend his national prestige to the argument that this divisive figure is a modern saint memo dated April 1, 1969, quoted in AP wire story: Buchanan’s Positions … In His Own Words Charleston Gazette March 03, 1996.
Sadly some good people allowed have recently given a voice to this bigot. Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs and former Fox News star Glenn Beck have given a soap box to this bigot for his latest book tour. Shame on Them All.
If Buchanan is terminated it will still leave MSNBC with one on-air bigot, Al Sharpton.