At Last, America First!

By Pat Buchanan

Donald Trump
Donald Trump : At Last, America First!
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA -( Whether the establishment likes it or not, and it evidently does not, there is a revolution going on in America.

The old order in this capital city is on the way out, America is crossing a great divide, and there is no going back.

Donald Trump's triumphant march to the nomination in Cleveland, virtually assured by his five-state sweep Tuesday, confirms it, as does his foreign policy address of Wednesday.

Two minutes into his speech before the Center for the National Interest, Trump declared that the “major and overriding theme” of his administration will be — “America first.” Right down the smokestack!

Gutsy and brazen it was to use that phrase, considering the demonization of the great anti-war movement of 1940-41, which was backed by the young patriots John F. Kennedy and his brother Joe, Gerald Ford and Sargent Shriver, and President Hoover and Alice Roosevelt.

Whether the issue is trade, immigration or foreign policy, says Trump, “we are putting the American people first again.” U.S. policy will be dictated by U.S. national interests.

By what he castigated, and what he promised, Trump is repudiating both the fruits of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy, and the legacy of Bush Republicanism and neoconservatism.

When Ronald Reagan went home, says Trump, “our foreign policy began to make less and less sense. Logic was replaced with foolishness and arrogance, which ended in one foreign policy disaster after another.”

He lists the results of 15 years of Bush-Obama wars in the Middle East: civil war, religious fanaticism, thousands of Americans killed, trillions of dollars lost, a vacuum created that ISIS has filled.

Is he wrong here? How have all of these wars availed us? Where is the “New World Order” of which Bush I rhapsodized at the U.N.?

Can anyone argue that our interventions to overthrow regimes and erect democratic states in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen have succeeded and been worth the price we have paid in blood and treasure, and the devastation we have left in our wake?

George W. Bush declared that America's goal would become “to end tyranny in our world.” An utterly utopian delusion, to which Trump retorts by recalling John Quincy Adams' views on America: “She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”

To the neocons' worldwide crusade for democracy, Trump's retort is that it was always a “dangerous idea” to think “we could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming Western democracies.”

We are “overextended,” he declared, “We must rebuild our military.” Our NATO allies have been freeloading for half a century. NAFTA was a lousy deal. In running up $4 trillion in trade surpluses since Bush I, the Chinese have been eating our lunch.

This may be rankest heresy to America's elites, but Trump outlines a foreign policy past generations would have recognized as common sense: Look out for your own country and your own people first.

Instead of calling President Putin names, Trump says he would talk to the Russians to “end the cycle of hostility,” if he can.

Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave,” sputtered Sen. Lindsey Graham, who quit the race to avoid a thrashing by the Donald in his home state of South Carolina.

But this writer served in Reagan's White House, and the Gipper was always seeking a way to get the Russians to negotiate. He leapt at the chance for a summit with Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva and Reykjavik.

“Our goal is peace and prosperity, not war,” says Trump, “unlike other candidates, war and aggression will not be my first instinct.”

Is that not an old and good Republican tradition?

Dwight Eisenhower ended the war in Korea and kept us out of any other. Richard Nixon ended the war in Vietnam, negotiated arms agreements with Moscow, and made an historic journey to open up Mao's China.

Reagan used force three times in eight years. He put Marines in Lebanon, liberated Grenada and sent FB-111s over Tripoli to pay Col. Gadhafi back for bombing a Berlin discotheque full of U.S. troops.

Reagan later believed putting those Marines in Lebanon, where 241 were massacred, to be the worst mistake of his presidency.

Military intervention for reasons of ideology or nation building is not an Eisenhower or Nixon or Reagan tradition. It is not a Republican tradition. It is a Bush II-neocon deformity, an aberration that proved disastrous for the United States and the Middle East.

The New York Times headline declared that Trump's speech was full of “Paradoxes,” adding, “Calls to Fortify Military and to Use It Less.”

But isn't that what Reagan did? Conduct the greatest military buildup since Ike, then, from a position of strength, negotiate with Moscow a radical reduction in nuclear arms?

“We're getting out of the nation-building business,” says Trump.

“The nation-state remains the true foundation for happiness and harmony.” No more surrenders of sovereignty on the altars of “globalism.”

Is that not a definition of a patriotism that too many among our arrogant elites believe belongs to yesterday?


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 27 thoughts on “At Last, America First!

    1. “Look out for your own country and your own people first.”

      That is first and foremost what ANY politician is sent to office to do. All else is secondary. 0bama has made that his absolute last priority.

    2. From what I understand is that Obama is a lawyer who circumvent the laws all the time and Hillary is a lawyer as well who has circumvented the law even if she’s not yet a president. Aren’t you afraid to vote for another lawyer in the white house. Although people will say that Trump is surrounded with the best lawyer a rich person can afford, the fact is he is not a lawyer and DOES NOT THINK LIKE A LAWYER. By the way, why do this lawyers trying to gain control of the white house. Hmmmmm

    3. The problem with Washington is our senators and congressmen who we the people have voted for over and over again. Why not limit their term the same way the president’s is. Limiting their time in Washington would keep them from lining their pockets with the big corporations money. This way they have only so long to get their promises to the people completed. We have far too many politicians that have made a living stealing from the very people that put them there. At least Trump has plenty of his own money, so who is going to bribe him.

    4. Oh Lord, please give back all the talented singers and actors that recently passed. We will trade you four presidential candidates and all the Kardashians … we’ll even throw in Bruce Jenner. Amen

    5. My last post did not get posted, so here is the basic context of it.

      VOTE TRUMP 2016

      He is not a lame politician.

    6. Let’s try something new. A business man that knows how to get things done. Not a politician that does not know his ass from a hole in the ground because he has always been on the govt. teet.
      Haven’t we had enough of them? Everyone here is bitching about them, then get rid of them.

      TRUMP 2016!

    7. I can get better and more developed “policies” by walking into a bar and asking the first guy on the first barstool. Of course it won’t matter anyway because

      a) both parties in both houses of Congress have ZERO interest in helping him succeed, esp. with his many wacko ideas. And remember, there are no coattails with Trump; no one in Congress owes his seat to him, he doesn’t campaign for them, he doesn’t head the Republican party, and no one fears him. He’ll be a lame duck from Day 1.

      b) his nomination will guarantee Hillary wins. The percentage of Democrats claiming they’ll vote for Trump instead of Hillary equals half the number of conservatives who will sit on their hands and not vote. Remember, this is decided by electoral vote. He’ll lose ALL the cities (after alienating women, college-educated, Hispanics, the very people Republicans needed to win). He has a negative approval rating; more dislike him than support him. He has a Mickey Mouse political machinery, with no synergy or bonus from down-ballot races. Senators and Congressmen will be running against his policies to get re-elected. It would be embarrassing, except that this is a man who can’t be embarrassed.

    8. Amazing the two party system has you all brain washed
      There is a National Party that has been saying what Trump
      is saying for years AND MORE

    9. Meanwhile the “Mexi’s” in L.A. who fear being deported, are allowed to vandalize, and destroy public property outside a Trump Rally; all under the watchful eye of BHO and his cronies! Damn right it’s time for A M E R I C A!

      1. +just try it , Because of this corrupt disgrace of an Admin. AND it’s supporters we haven’t got a Justice Department worthy of the name . Guarantee that isn’t too popular with Agents who do the grunt work either. Just look at the Border Patrols comments ,and leaks of late. Poor decision indeed to piss on, and off- your Preatorian guard!

    10. I would vote for daffy duck before I voted for crooked hillary!!! Sounds good to me president Trump, I’m all in!

      1. I’d vote for Vlad the Impaler at this point. Perhaps Attila the Hun? VS. Any of the criminals who would sell us out ,it is a no brainer!

    11. Mr Trump has some good ideas. He also is an egomaniac with no temperament to be President, We do not need an arrogant ass leading our country. No Trump.

      1. What do you think OdumbAss is anyway? His motto is My Way or the Highway! I have a PHONE AND A PEN.. Screw Congress.. MULATTO community organizer! He created CHANGE in America all right and set back race relations 50 years. The ONLY thing BLACK about ODUMBO is his skin color. He’s half black and HALF WHITE..

        Shame on this turd for what he has done to America.

      2. Guess the criminal ,corrupt ,status quo is just fine by JohnC! There’s something we all didn’t see coming . 🙂

      3. JohnC,You’re an idiot and moron ! You voted twice for Obanana and you think the black scum should be treated with ‘respect and dignity’ ! (Those are your words loser)

    12. I just saw on the news where a bunch of democrats went out of control outside of Trump’s speaking event last night in Cali. It is time for these f*&ing idiots get a steel toed boot shoved right down their throat. We the people have to get involved and fight the fight that is right. I pledge to do my part.

    13. Although not much for politics and not sure how Trump would or will be as president I do know the rich and powerful will always be comfortable. It would not matter if the US became part of China or Russia they would fare well. It is the rest of us who will or would bear the lack of liberty and freedom as the citizens of those nations, So I for one is with him and America first, We the people deserve it and demand it.

      1. Grimreaper, I’d tend to agree with you right up to the point Nancy Pelosi says something like ,”Let them eat cake!” And brother let me tell you that will happen at some point. When it does ? The protected classes, and their stooges are in for a very rough ride. They and their Orwellian media mouthpieces will make it happen guaranteed!

    14. The brain dead liberal media is trying to tie Trumps use of “America First” to the pre-WWII isolationist movement to keep America out of WWII prior to Pearl Harbor. Interesting that this same media ignored Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan “Forward” which was used by the Hitler Youth as their theme “Vorwarts”, which is German for “Forward “.

    15. Where is the new world order? The instability in the Middle East is necessary to bring about the new world order of which you speak. And you say the new world order like it is a good thing. It appears that, from this statement you make, either you are clueless as to the goals and details of the new world order or you are complicit with it. The new world order is NOT in anyone’s best interest, other than the super rich who will further flex their control over the masses of “regular citizens.”

    16. I like the idea. I am not sure about the fellow speaking those words. Oh well, Not my Circus, Not my Clowns!

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