An Establishment in Panic

By Pat Buchanan

Torches And Pitchforks Time
Now that the populist-nationalist right is moving beyond the niceties of liberal democracy to save the America that they love, elitist enthusiasm for “revolution” seems constrained.
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, “I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense.”

“That's horrifying,” said Clinton, setting off a chain reaction on the post-debate panels with talking heads falling all over one another in purple-faced anger, outrage and disbelief.

“Disqualifying!” was the cry on Clinton cable.

“Trump Won't Say If He Will Accept Election Results,” wailed The New York Times. “Trump Won't Vow to Honor Results,” ran the banner in The Washington Post.

But what do these chattering classes and establishment bulletin boards think the Donald is going to do if he falls short of 270 electoral votes?

Lead a Coxey's Army on Washington and burn it down as British General Robert Ross did in August 1814, while “Little Jemmy” Madison fled on horseback out the Brookville Road?

What explains the hysteria of the establishment?

In a word, fear.

The establishment is horrified at the Donald's defiance because, deep within its soul, it fears that the people for whom Trump speaks no longer accept its political legitimacy or moral authority.

It may rule and run the country, and may rig the system through mass immigration and a mammoth welfare state so that Middle America is never again able to elect one of its own. But that establishment, disconnected from the people it rules, senses, rightly, that it is unloved and even detested.

Having fixed the future, the establishment finds half of the country looking upon it with the same sullen contempt that our Founding Fathers came to look upon the overlords Parliament sent to rule them.

Establishment panic is traceable to another fear: Its ideology, its political religion, is seen by growing millions as a golden calf, a 20th-century god that has failed.

Trump is “talking down our democracy,” said a shocked Clinton.

After having expunged Christianity from our public life and public square, our establishment installed “democracy” as the new deity, at whose altars we should all worship. And so our schools began to teach.

Half a millennia ago, missionaries and explorers set sail from Spain, England and France to bring Christianity to the New World.

Today, Clintons, Obamas and Bushes send soldiers and secularist tutors to “establish democracy” among the “lesser breeds without the Law.”

Unfortunately, the natives, once democratized, return to their roots and vote for Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, using democratic processes and procedures to re-establish their true God.

And Allah is no democrat.

By suggesting he might not accept the results of a “rigged election” Trump is committing an unpardonable sin. But this new cult, this devotion to a new holy trinity of diversity, democracy and equality, is of recent vintage and has shallow roots.

For none of the three — diversity, equality, democracy — is to be found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers or the Pledge of Allegiance. In the pledge, we are a republic.

When Ben Franklin, emerging from the Philadelphia convention, was asked by a woman what kind of government they had created, he answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Among many in the silent majority, Clintonian democracy is not an improvement upon the old republic; it is the corruption of it.

Consider: Six months ago, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Clinton bundler, announced that by executive action he would convert 200,000 convicted felons into eligible voters by November.

If that is democracy, many will say, to hell with it.

And if felons decide the electoral votes of Virginia, and Virginia decides who is our next U.S. president, are we obligated to honor that election?

In 1824, Gen. Andrew Jackson ran first in popular and electoral votes. But, short of a majority, the matter went to the House.

There, Speaker Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams delivered the presidency to Adams — and Adams made Clay secretary of state, putting him on the path to the presidency that had been taken by Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Adams himself.

Were Jackson's people wrong to regard as a “corrupt bargain” the deal that robbed the general of the presidency?

The establishment also recoiled in horror from Milwaukee Sheriff Dave Clarke's declaration that it is now “torches and pitchforks time.”

Yet, some of us recall another time, when Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in “Points of Rebellion“:

“We must realize that today's Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.”

Baby-boomer radicals loved it, raising their fists in defiance of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

But now that it is the populist-nationalist right that is moving beyond the niceties of liberal democracy to save the America that they love, elitist enthusiasm for “revolution” seems more constrained.

What goes around comes around.

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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William Swinney

To quote Larry McDonald.
We have three boxes which insure and protect our liberty.
The Jury Box, the Ballot box, and lastly the Cartridge box.
If the red queen wins we all lose.


Trump is “taking down our democracy,” said a shocked Clinton. The first true words this lying hag has spoken in years. Yes trump will dismantle your “democracy” That you have ILLEGALLY insinuated into our REPUBLIC. And begin the process of returning to a representative REPUBLIC we were designed for.

Witold Pilecki
Witold Pilecki

The only correction to Sheriff Clarke’s comment about “Pitchforks and torches time” should be:

“AR and AK time!”…..and I don’t mean Arkansas and Alaska!

Arm and ammo up if you haven’t already. If Trump wins the SJW protesters will be in full, widespread loot and destroy
mode. If Killary wins, those same protesters will become the Brown Shirt Enforcers Obummer only dreamed about.

Oh the establishment is afraid….very afraid. GOOD!


This country has come to the point that the ‘Political Elite’ fear the ‘electorate’ much like Dr. Frankenstein feared the ‘peasants’ surrounding his castle. Hillary Clinton almost admitted it when she made her “basket of deplorables” comment. LOL

@Janek, I agree. And also this will be the one last chance in our lifetimes to clean the governmental house. Bring every voter in your family. If we lose, the hiLIARy’s retribution is going to be terrible.


The elites are supposed to fear us peasants – it keeps them somewhat in line.


One of the fun things about the USA is that we have regularly scheduled revolutions. Every couple of years, we get to vote, and if our candidate loses this year, we try again later. We really need to learn from this cycle, though, and find someone more marketable next time.

marc disabled vet
marc disabled vet

It’s not over yet. you sound like,
you have given up before the finish.
hold fast. let all play out.


It’s a matter of continuing to work for a win while looking around for what can be salvaged. It’s a political campaign, not a cage fight; both sides live to fight another day.


Americans have lost their fighting spirit. The USA has been a Marxist-controlled people’s republic, the FUSA* since January of 2009.

* The F stands for “Former”


You may have meant Former United States of America but I think F*d Up Statist America is more fitting at this point. The question becomes at which point do we shout “This far, no further”? At what junction do we raise up arms instead of voices? Do we live in a society where their pen is mightier than our swords or do we stand phalanxes against oppressive globalism and let them feel the sting of our resolve? It is a terrifying thought to consider revolution in the name of freedom but to what end do we do naught but cry… Read more »