Is the Party Over for Bushism?

By Pat Buchanan

AmmoLands America Hell Yeah
Is the Party Over for Bushism?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees.

These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump.

Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so.

For Trump's nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma.

America crossed a historic divide and entered a new era. Even should Trump lose, there is likely no going back.

Trump has attacked NAFTA, MFN for China and the South Korea trade deal as badly negotiated. But the problem lies not just in the treaties but in the economic philosophy upon which they were based.

Free-trade globalism was a crucial component of the New World Order, whose creation George H. W. Bush called the new great goal of U.S. foreign policy at the United Nations in October of 1991.

Bush II and Jeb are also free-trade zealots.

But when the American people discovered that the export of their factories and jobs to low-wage countries, and sinking salaries, were the going price of globalism, they rebelled, turned to Trump, and voted for him to put America first again.

Does anyone think that if Trump loses, we are going back to Davos-Dubai ideology, and Barack Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership is our future? Even Hillary Clinton has gotten the message and dumped TPP.

Economic nationalism is the future.

The only remaining question is how many trade deficits shall America endure, and how many defeats shall the Republican Party suffer, before it formally renounces the free-trade fanaticism that has held it in thrall.

The Bush idea of remaking America into a more ethnically, culturally, diverse nation through mass immigration, rooted in an egalitarian ideology, also appears to be yesterday's enthusiasm.

With Republicans backing Trump's call, after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, for a moratorium on Muslim immigration, and the massacres in Paris, Nice and the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, diversity seems to be less celebrated.

Here, the Europeans are ahead of us. Border posts are being re-established across the continent. Behind the British decision to quit the EU, was resistance to more immigration from the Islamic world and Eastern Europe.

On Sunday, French President Francois Hollande was booed at memorial services in Nice for the hundreds massacred and maimed by a madman whose family roots were in the old French colony of Tunisia.

Marine Le Pen of the National Front, who wants to halt immigration and quit the EU, is running far ahead of Hollande in the polls for next year's elections.

As for the foreign policies associated with the Bushes, the New World Order of Bush I and the crusade for global democracy of Bush II “to end tyranny in our world” are seen as utopian.

Most Republicans ask: How have all these interventions and wars improved our lives or our world?

With 6,000 U.S. dead, 40,000 wounded, and trillions of dollars sunk, the Taliban is not defeated in Afghanistan. Al-Qaida and ISIS have outposts in a dozen countries. Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are bleeding and disintegrating. Turkey appears headed for an Islamist and dictatorial future. The Middle East appears consumed in flames.

Yet, despite Trump's renunciation of Bush war policies, and broad support to talk to Russia's Vladimir Putin, the neocons, who engineered many of the disasters in the Middle East, and their hawkish allies, seem to be getting their way for a new Cold War.

They are cheering the deployment of four battalions of NATO troops to the Baltic states and Poland, calling for bringing Sweden and Finland into NATO, pushing for sending weapons to Ukraine, and urging a buildup on the Black Sea as well as the Baltic Sea.

They want to scuttle the Iranian nuclear deal and have the U.S. Navy confront China to support the rival claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia to rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, some of which are under water at high tide.

Who represents the future of the GOP?

On trade and immigration, the returns are in. Should the GOP go back to globalism, amnesty or open borders, it will sunder itself and have no future.

And if the party is perceived as offering America endless wars in the Middle East and constant confrontations with the great nuclear powers, Russia and China, over specks of land or islets having nothing to do with the vital interests of the United States, then it will see its anti-interventionist wing sheared off.

At issue in the battle between the Party of Bush and Party of Trump: Will we make America safe again, and great again? Or are globalism, amnesty, and endless interventions our future?

Do we put the world first, or America First?

 

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

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    @Keith Finnell, I hope that you find this forum different. Welcome aboard.

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    Amen brother Keith
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    Keith H.Finnell
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    Keith H.Finnell

    I hate forum’s like this. Well, here goes America. We have tried everything else it seems. I am a Vietnam Veteran and proud that I served my country with honor. I am proud to be an American. I am not proud of some of the directions that our country has taken or some of the policies that have been implemented. Yet when I was 17 years old I swore before God and all of my brothers that joined at the same time as I did that I would serve and protect the Constitution and Law’s of our great Nation. Like… Read more »

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    Pistol Packin Preacher

    Brother Pat, I loved your article as well as your conservative true American exceptionalism and the belief that you are a real Christian. I am a non-denominational Pistol Packin Preacher. I love the Lord Jesus our rock upon who’s Word the Judeo Christian concept of government that this country was built upon. I did not like the Bushs one world global job stealing concepts but I voted Republican. I know there is not one person perfect except our Lord but there was an agreement signed by all the republican candidates of their support for the nominee. It looks like they… Read more »

    Pistol Pete
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    Pistol Pete

    I guess they have sold out to Hillary and the democrats divided a house can not stand
    They should be trying to the liberals out of Washington D.C.

    Mike
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    Mike

    McCain is again running in Arizona.He needs to retire.No votes for McCain

    Wolfram
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    Wolfram

    Got to meet Pat and shake his hand when he was running in 1996. What a great president he would have made!! Glad to see the party is casting off globalism and the Bushs and putting America first.

    Mark
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    Mark

    You gave me Bob Dole. I voted for him. You gave me John McCain. I voted for him. You gave me Mitt Romney. I voted for him.
    Get behind Donald Trump. I voted for yours. Vote for mine.

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    Dbltap2x

    Until recently, I always had big respect for Mitt & McCain. Now I think that their petulism has made them both look mighty small indeed. Given how Trump, McCain and Romney all grew up on the good side of the tracks and all three had powerful fathers, I believe that they could and should find some common ground. Have the latter two considered how they will look when Trump wins the election (and he will ) and actually does a great job? A little support and respect will go a long way indeed with the future President Trump. It’s past… Read more »

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    Street Survivor

    America First -American Nationalism. Got to love it. To hell with the globalist Neo- Con, RINO’s and their failed New American Century. Who cares if the Bush’s , Koch Brothers, Rove. Took their ball and went home.They don’t play well with others. Nor do they know how to share. About time the unwashed masses [the base] finally woke up.We lost manufacturing ,the trades are next. These tradesmen need a wake up call. Especially in the states where collectivist governors are imposing their progressive agenda in their democratic fiefdoms. The pox on them all. Pat I stood by you twice in… Read more »

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    Raymond Miller

    Yes, it is time to get over the Bush’s, Jeb showed his true colors when he said that he was going to win without the base, AKA, Conservatives. He showed how ignorant he was and like McCain and Romney he is a loser. The Bush’s are more interested in importing cheap labor from Mexico and points south than creating jobs in America. They want the New World Order BS, and are in the pocket of the Chambers of Commerce. Geo. Bush had the funds and the go ahead to build the wall and he only made a token effort to… Read more »

    Jerry Mullen
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    Jerry Mullen

    Since I am well past my expiration date, I recall things that you kids do not remember. “The New World Order” was being pushed by another politician when I was a kid. My father and two uncles Served in the US armed forces to defeat him. He pronounced it a bit differently….”Die Nieu Welt orden” If I recall correctly. The New World Order is apparently just a scheme to control the world economy for the benefit of just a few. Sauron arose twice in Mordor, but maybe the third time he figured on arising in a more powerful county.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    It’s all well and good to point out the failings of past administrations and how we should change to move forward. But exactly when do you stop reliving what happened almost a decade ago, stop rehashing what past Presidents did more than a decade ago and start moving forward? Oh wait, at least half of your career would disappear if you couldn’t bash both President’s Bush. You’ve managed a nice, comfy existence doing this. Trouble is at least some of us are getting sick and tired of you doing it.

    BobR
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    BobR

    Good riddance. Nothing but Democrats in Republican drag anyway.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Globalist trade makes it easy for the business elites, but is a nightmare for the middle class. Ross Perrot was right. That sucking sound we heard was jobs leaving the US, and global free trade did nothing to reduce tyranny in the world. Look at Mexico, same crooked government despite so many U.S. jobs that went there. More important than ever to buy American even if it costs more.

    TEX
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    TEX

    Me too (like the painting) ! It’s sure over for Jeb ! If Jeb would had got the nomination and took on Hillary, he would had been the third establishment,polite,Republican loser in a row. McCain ’08,Romney ’12,then it would had been low energy Jeb in ’16 !

    Turner92
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    Turner92

    That painting, I’m in love.