- "So, let me lay out our Patriots' Road for America.
With the Cold War over, we shall craft a foreign policy for a new century
rooted in the great tradition of Washington, Jefferson and John Quincy
Adams who wrote:
- Wherever the standard of freedom and independence...shall
be unfurled, there will [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers
be....But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy."
- We don't need a 3rd party; we need a 2nd Party.
- The DNC and the GOP defined: Two wings of the same bird
of prey, The National Socialist Democratic Republican Party.
- The New Patriotism Patrick J. Buchanan (full text)
- Good morning. Today, I am ending my lifelong membership
in the Republican Party, and my campaign for its nomination; and I am declaring
my intention to seek the nomination of the Reform Party for the presidency
of the United States.
- This decision was not made without anguish and regret.
I will forever cherish the memory of having been perhaps the only Goldwaterite
in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1961. Nor
will I ever regret my nine years of service to Richard Nixon, from his
comeback campaigns of 1966 and '68, to our 49-state triumph of '72, through
the final days of Watergate. I was with Nixon in China. And I also had
the high honor of being Ronald Reagan's second in the Panama Canal debates,
and at his side when that great president refused to give up missile defense
and walked out of the summit at Reykjavik in Ronald Reagan's finest hour
of the Cold War. From the thunderous reception we got at Houston in 1992,
when I told the Buchanan Brigades we had to come home and stand beside
George Bush, to the ovations at Ames, Iowa, last summer, when I faced off
with his son, the Governor, the Republican party has been good to me. And
I have tried to be loyal to it. But, as John F. Kennedy said, Sometimes
party loyalty asks too much. And today it asks too much of us.
- Today, candor compels us to admit that our vaunted two-party
system is a snare and a delusion, a fraud upon the nation. Our two parties
have become nothing but two wings of the same bird of prey. On foreign
and trade policy, open borders and centralized power, our Beltway parties
have become identical twins. Both supported NAFTA and GATT and the surrender
of our national sovereignty to the WTO. Both supported the extension of
nuclear war guarantees to the borders of Russia. Both supported the illegal
war on Serbia. Both support IMF bailouts of corrupt regimes. Both vote
for MFN trade privileges for a Communist Chinese regime that today targets
missiles on American cities. The appeasement of Beijing is a bipartisan
disgrace, and we will not be a part of it.
- Neither party speaks for the forgotten Americans whose
jobs were sent overseas to finance the boom market of the 1990s that the
rest of us enjoy. Both parties are addicted to soft money. Both write laws
with lobbyists looking over their shoulders. Both embrace the unprincipled
politics of triangulation.
- And neither fights today with conviction and courage
to rescue God's country from the cultural and moral pit into which she
has fallen. The day of the outsider is over in the Beltway parties; the
money men have seen to that. Never again will our political establishment
permit a dissident to come as close to capturing a nomination as we did
in 1996. They have rearranged the primary schedule and rigged the game
to protect the party favorites.
- Candidates of ideas need not apply, as both parties seek
out the hollow men, the malleable men, willing to read from teleprompters
speeches scripted by consultants and pollsters for whom the latest print-out
from the Focus Group is sacred text.
- We choose not to play our assigned role in their sham
election. My friends, this year is our last chance to save our republic,
before she disappears into the godless New World Order that our elites
are constructing in a betrayal of everything for which our Founding Fathers
lived, fought, and died.
- Only the Reform Party offers the hope of a real debate
and a true choice of destinies for our country. "If we don't go now,
Pat," I have been told by loyalists all across America, "every
cause for which we fought for seven years will die." Well, we can't
let those causes die, because they are America's cause. So let me say to
the money boys and the Beltway elites who think that, at long last, they
have pulled up their drawbridge and locked us out forever: You don't know
this peasant army. We have not yet begun to fight.
- So, let me lay out our Patriots' Road for America. With
the Cold War over, we shall craft a foreign policy for a new century rooted
in the great tradition of Washington, Jefferson and John Quincy Adams who
- Wherever the standard of freedom and independence...shall
be unfurled, there will [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers
be....But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
- I pledge to you: I will never send an American army to
fight in a foreign war, unless our country is attacked or our vital interests
are imperiled. They call us "isolationists." Well, if they mean
I intend to isolate America from the bloody territorial and ethnic wars
of the new century, I plead guilty. It is the first duty of a statesman:
to keep his country out of wars that are not his country's quarrel. And
the junk yards of history are strewn with the wreckage of republics and
empires that failed to learn that lesson.
- We intend to dust off an ancient document and restore
it to its rightful place as the altar piece of American government. You
may have heard of it. It's called the Constitution of the United States.
Under the Constitution, before America goes to war, the Congress must declare
war. By my reading of the Constitution, the soldiers, sailors, airmen and
Marines who take an oath of loyalty to the United States, are never to
be used as the imperial troops of anybody's New World Order. We will bring
our soldiers home where they belong; and rebuild our military might and
morale so no nation will dare attack us.
- And the first step to restore that morale is to evict
from the Bully Pulpit of the Oval Office, our own Elmer Gantry, Mr. Clinton,
whose desecration of that temple of our civilization, and squalid behavior,
render him unfit to serve as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of
the United States.
- We Americans are a good and generous people. Our tradition
of being first at the scene of natural disasters, providing food and shelter
for the victims, is rooted in deep our hearts. That tradition we shall
maintain. But IMF bailouts of deadbeat dictators must end; and we must
phase out foreign aid and start looking out for the forgotten Americans
right here in the U.S.A.
- It is time for a New Patriotism, where America's sovereignty
is wholly and fully restored. And if, as Secretary General Kofi Annan has
threatened, we will lose our vote in the United Nations, if we don't give
him the billion dollars he says we owe him, I would give Mr. Kofi this
word of advice: Sir, don't go there. Because if our vote in the UN is in
jeopardy, your lease on Turtle Bay is in jeopardy.
- As for America's immense trade deficits, even Mr. Greenspan
is now alarmed, as they approach four percent of our entire economy. Because
of NAFTA and GATT, America's industrial base has been hollowed out, our
manufacturing workers, who support families on a single wage, have been
forced to compete with sweatshop labor abroad; and our country has been
left dependent on imports for the vital necessities of national life.
- We must cut out these cancerous trade deficits and make
America a self-reliant nation again. And to those who prattle on about
out duties to the Global Economy, let me say it again: I'm not running
for president of the world; I'm running for President of the United States.
- But of all the needs of this nation, none is greater
for our peace and happiness than racial reconciliation. The backsliding
toward hyphenated-Americanism must end. Let us abolish quotas and set-asides,
these un-American devices that reward individuals based on what color they
are, or what continent their kinfolk came from. Let us abandon a sterile
and futile politics of victims-and-villains, and rediscover what brings
us all together as one nation and one people. All of us must learn our
English language. All of us must come to know our common history, heritage,
and American heroes, so we can get our great Melting Pot working its magic
again. Any man or woman from any continent or any country can be a good
American. We know that. But it takes time to assimilate the thirty million
who have come in the last thirty years. And we need time. Indeed, we need
a time-out on legal immigration, to ease the downward pressure on workers'
wages and to defeat the forces of separatism that ! threaten us and nations
all over the world.
- This land is our land; it belongs to all of us, immigrant
and native-born alike; and it would be unpardonable ingratitude if we,
the children of pioneers and patriots of every color, continent, and creed,
lost this last best hope of earth, because we could not learn to live with
one another, and could not learn to love one another.
- If America stands for anything in this world, it is freedom.
Yet today America is among the most over-taxed, over-regulated, and over-governed
societies in history. Our Federal Government collects a fifth of all the
wealth we produce and controls perhaps half of it. Can anyone name a single
regulation that has been repealed in ten years, or a single agency that
has been abolished? Even the National Endowment for the Arts soldiers defiantly
- We need to restore the old constitutional division of
labor in government. Defense and foreign policy are the province of the
federal government, but welfare and education are the business of state
and local governments. And in children's education, parents come first,
teachers second, and federal judges not at all.
- Mr. Bush says his Department of Education will write
tests for fourth grade children in Idaho. But if I am elected president,
the bureaucrats at the Department of Education are not going to be testing
kids; they're going to be testing the magic of the market place. And all
federal money for the school children of America will be sent back to the
school districts of America, where accountability begins and authority
- We need a new Supreme Court where only constitutionalists
need apply, a court that will respect both states rights and human rights,
that will begin to undo the damage done this nation by judicial aggressions,
beginning with that abomination they call Roe v. Wade.
- We need a President and a Congress that will pick up
the whip the Founding Fathers left in Article III of the Constitution-to
herd the justices back into the narrow stalls to which they were first
consigned by Hamilton and Madison.
- What is a self-governing people doing, waiting meekly
each week for nine jurists to tell us how we may govern ourselves? As our
fathers threw off a tyranny of kings, let us throw off this tyranny of
judges-and let America be America again!
- As for our IRS tax code, it is an insult to a free people,
the product of an endless series of corrupt bargains between lobbyists
and legislators. Let us rip this weed out by its roots, cut taxes to the
lowest level in modern history, eliminate taxes on savers and small business,
and shift the burden where it belongs, on a transnational elite that has
no loyalty to any country.
- For every tax on manufactured goods that are made in
the U.S.A, let us put an equal tax on foreign goods dumped in the U.S.A.
For every tariff China puts on us, let us put an equal tariff on them.
That way, Mr. Clinton's campaign contributors down at the Chinese embassy
can start contributing to the upkeep of the Seventh Fleet.
- Friends, ours is truly the best of times and the worst
of times. With our miraculous advances in medicine, science, and technology,
none of us would want to go back to yesterday. But something good has been
lost from those years as well: The old patriotism, a popular culture that
undergirded the values of faith, family, and country, the idea that we
Americans are a people who sacrifice and suffer together, and go forward
together, the mutual respect, the sense of limits, the good manners; all
are gone. My life has been spent in the great and good vocations of politics,
journalism, and government. None commands the respect it once did; all
today are in disrepute.
- I cannot think of a time since Watergate, so poisoned
with rancor and hostility, and I don't know if any president can change
that, the way Ronald Reagan infused his time with his spirit and unabashed
love of country. But I do know this: I will try.
- America needs a Government of National Unity and Reconciliation
that draws from the best of all parties, and I promise you: I will create
that kind of government. And if we build it, they will come.
- My friends, all the great empires of Europe that began
our century so full of swagger and bombast came crashing down to ruin.
All are now surrendering their identities and their independence to a super
state that pays homage to the god of Mammon. America alone still endures,
independent and free. The great questions before us are these: Shall we,
too, yield to their temptation, follow their path, and suffer their fate?
Is the call to empire irresistible? Is a world government inevitable? Or
can America remain forever a light unto the nations, an example to mankind
of how a free people should govern themselves, a republic above whose sovereignty
stands the sovereignty of God alone.
- That is our cause. And so it is that in the name of the
Founding Fathers, we go forth to rescue America, and we will not quit this
fight as long as there is breath within us.
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