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Like his fellow conservative Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan is a well-read student of history, but how he interprets what he's read is a regular source of controversy. Whether he's arguing that the Holocaust was all France's and Britain's fault, or worrying that Americans of European descent "will be a minority in the nation their ancestors created and built," Pat always gets a lot of attention.
Still smarting from his February dismissal by MSNBC due to disapproval of his book, Suicide of a Superpower, Buchanan did some venting in a recent column (or diatribe against political correctness) for conservative website World Net Daily. Titled "Rush and the New Blacklist," the piece argues that "the [left-wing] media that piled on Rush objected less to the term than to the target he picked: one of their own." Buchanan provides historical context by noting that the original "Hollywood blacklist" was a victory of the American right. But over a half-century later, alas, the "cultural ascendancy of the left" has firmly established itself. "The Legion of Decency" is dead and "The Filthy Speech Movement from Berkeley 1964 has triumphed." (The hippies are the winners but we spend billions on war?)
This won't do. With a bitter edge, Buchanan writes:
"If you still believe homosexuality is unnatural and immoral and gay marriage absurd, you are a homophobe who is to keep his mouth shut.
If you think some ethnic and racial groups have greater natural athletic, academic or artistic talents, don't go there, if you do not wish an early end to your journalistic career.
If you think illegal aliens should be sent home and legal immigration should mirror the ethnic makeup of the nation, you are a xenophobe and a racist.
All of these terms — racist, sexist, homophobe — are synonyms for heretic. Any of them can get you hauled before an inquisition.
Why? [Jeremiah] Wright and Obama were black, and such attacks might agitate the latent racism of white America. The Republican Party censors itself so as not to antagonize a cultural establishment that wants to see it dead."
Seems ol' Pat's been sharpening his pitchfork there.