Now back to Pat Buchanan, who writes that, "the culture is collapsing and the nation is being deconstructed along the lines of race and class a fiscal crisis looms as the unfunded mandates of Social Security and Medicare remain unaddressed and all of these crises are hitting America at once."
One need not agree on all of Buchanan's positions (and I do not, especially on matters pertaining to Iraq and the war against terrorists - he wants to close most of the 1,000 American bases overseas, review all alliances and bring U.S troops home, which is a form of isolationism we cannot afford in an interdependent world), but it is undeniable that many of the issues he raises - and even some of those associated with Iraq - are legitimate and deserving of discussion and debate by the presidential candidates of both parties. The public has not signed off on any of these changes. Rather, they are being imposed on us by the elites. That's what dictators do, not constitutional republics.
Buchanan also writes something that is obvious to most people, but not to the politicians who want the votes of illegals cum citizens. To avoid what he calls "a tangle of squabbling nationalities," Buchanan urges: no amnesty for the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens; a border fence from San Diego to Brownsville; congressional declarations that children born to illegal aliens are not citizens and English is the language of the United States; and a "timeout" on all immigration.
Those who have dismissed Buchanan in the past as a gadfly might consider what he says in his book. The future of what's left of the country could very well rest on it.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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