I have written quite a few of these critiques of Pat Buchanan’s contributions to lewrockwell.com and have questioned why Rockwell would continuously share post with an author who is vehemently anti-free market as and as completely irrelevant to anything forward thinking libertarian below the age of 60 as Buchanan. I have to wonder why I even bother commenting on them at all, but they do get sent to me and they do illicit a response from me that I find more than worthy of sharing. So here goes.
Today’s piece, which can be found here, is in many ways one of the better ones and actually agree with the vast majority of it, which criticizes Republican politicians for kissing up to war hungry, billionaire donors like Sheldon Adelson, in exchange for money. Buchanan’s critique of this is excellent, well written and I’m completely in with him on everything he says until the last few three lines which are phrased as questions:
“Is this what Republican presidential candidates must do now?
Kowtow to this fattest of fat cats who wants to buy himself an American war on Iran?
Is that what has become of the party of Reagan?”
This is where Buchanan looses me. Simply put this not what Republican presidential candidates must do now, it what the almost certainly have always done. This is what the party of Reagan was from the get go. This is not what the Republican party has become, but what it has been at least as far back as Eisenhower, who overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran, at the behest of oil companies. Buchanan should not be acting like corruption and cronyism international intervention are anything new in Republican politics. This is what the party of Reagan was in the first place. Reagan’s regime was one of the most corrupt and interventionist we have had and Buchanan should know this because he was part of that administration. Hearing a former Reagan and Nixon staffer complain about corruption just rings a bit hollow for me.