Congratulation are in order for President Obama, who was recently named Time Magazine’s “Person Of The Year. “Not to be outdone, perennial Obama Hater, WND, countered the popular decision by naming Pat Buchanan their “Man Of The Year.” While the choice of Mr. Buchanan may be puzzling to many, it certainly is appropriate for the week the doomsday prophets say the world will end.
Only a person who spent the last year living in a cave would dispute the fact that 2012 has not been a good year for Conservatives. Back in June, the Supreme Court started the ball rolling by ruling that Obamacare was Constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts stunned critics of the Affordable Care Act by casting a completely unexpected deciding vote in favor of the President’s unpopular legislation.
In November, Republicans thought Mitt had the election in the bag, except for an annoying little item called math. Team Romney actually believed the Gallup Organization was smarter than Nate Silver and went to the voting booths convinced they had a seven point lead over the President. When the smoke cleared, Obama was triumphant and all the pollsters but Mr. Silver ducked for cover. The Republican Party took one too many punches to the head and promptly blamed the defeat on Karl Rove’s ORCA software that Romney campaign staffers used in a failed attempt to get out the vote.
Now, it is important to remember that WND is the Conservative website that brought us such gems as the article accusing the President of wearing a wedding ring engraved with the Muslim declaration of faith (the Shahada). Why would Obama’s opponents want to discuss serious issues like the 16 trillion dollar deficit, America’s endless wars, the economy, or our nation’s abysmal educational system when it is so much easier to take a cheap shot and attack the President with asinine allegations he is a Muslim?
WND decided to prove to the American people just how irrelevant they are by naming good old Pat Buchanan the WND “Man Of The Year.” Many people, on hearing the news, respond by saying, “Hey, I thought he died 10 years ago.” No, my fellow Americans, Pat is still with us, and he is still living in the 1960’s. Although his name may escape many folks born after 1990, Pat is a rather large muckety muck in the world of conservative politics. Buchanan served as assistant to Richard Nixon for eight years, and he was the White House communications director for Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1987.
Pat received his initial accolades writing speeches for Nixon and acting as a foil for Tricky Dick’s paranoid delusions. His most famous quote might be this gem:
“You’d see these pictures of this guy leaning over behind the president. If I can’t be the president I could be the guy leaning over there.”
After Nixon fell from grace and promptly beat feet out of Washington for a comfy Santa Barbara mansion allegedly paid for by his pal, Bebe Rebozo, Pat needed a new job, so he hooked his star to the next guy from California who wanted to be President, a washed up B-Movie actor named Ronald Reagan. Opinions on Reagan vary from “the guy who saved America” to “the guy who slept while America started to go broke,” depending on who is doing the talking. All that we know for certain is that Ronnie won two terms as President, his wife consulted astrologer Jean Dixon for political advice and the aging Reagan did manage to stay awake or sleepwalk through most of the Presidential debates. Pat was there for two years, handling the White House Press Corps (that’s core, not corpse) and he was still leaning over a President, probably yelling, “Ron, for gods sake, wake up.”
Eventually, Buchanan got tired of babysitting, er, advising Reagan. He left Ronnie in the care of Nancy and returned to writing about politics and working as a network commentator. He hosted the well received political debate program, Crossfire, with Liberal co-host Tom Braden, author of the book Eight Is Enough (later a successful TV Sitcom). Buchanan also wrote six consecutive NY Times bestsellers, including A Republic, Not an Empire, The Death of the West, Where the Right Went Wrong, State of Emergency, Day of Reckoning and Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War. As usual, Pat’s theme of real Americans (translation: White Americans) against the invaders and perverts sold like hot cakes to right wingers everywhere.
Somehow, Buchanan found the time to mount two incredibly unsuccessful campaigns for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996 and he ran for President on the Reform Party ticket in 2000. You probably realize that he didn’t do very well as the Reform Party candidate: instead we got George” Mr. Nice Guy” Bush for the next eight years.
Finally in February of 2012, Buchanan’s racist, xenophobic rhetoric pushed the limits of tolerance and political correctness and Pat was terminated by MSNBC, ending three decades as a boorish television talking head. He was fired over several of the ideas he expressed in his latest book, some rather crude remarks about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and an attitude that bordered on bigotry :
“Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?”
Why Pat wanted to work for ultra liberal MSNBC is still unknown. Maybe he thought the cable network was the channel that broadcast the Walt Disney Show in the 1960’s. Certainly, MSNBC is not known for being overly fond of anyone who doesn’t get a tingle up their leg every time Obama wags his finger at the camera. On the other hand, saying, ” (America) has been a country built, basically, by white folks” is not likely to endear you to your employers or the advertisers who pay the bills.
The saddest part is that Buchanan wasn’t saying anything that he hasn’t said from day one of his career. He is unable or unwilling to accept that the times have changed in America and his way of thinking is no longer in the majority. The nation that Pat Buchanan knew and loved in the 1950’s is gone forever and no one will ever bring it back. Most of us are happy it is gone, along with the draft, segregation, sexual discrimination, Susie Homemaker and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Fast forward to the new millennium and Time Magazine named a multi-racial, liberal progressive President Person Of The Year for 2012. Swimming furiously against the tide of change and modern life, WND trotted out Pat Buchanan as their Man Of The Year.
In a baffling display of arrogance, self congratulation and 1950’s macho, WND offered a proud description of their prestigious award:
“The award was designated for the man who during the year 2012 did the most to represent goodness, perseverance, manliness and character.”
The rest of us will stick with “Person Of The Year” and dispense with the Neanderthal attitude towards women, thank you very much. I can’t help but wonder if women in these so- called Conservative marriages actually put up with this crap or is there a civil war brewing behind the scenes in apple pie America?
Before we conclude this journey to the pre-historic era, please excuse me for a moment while I rummage through the WND website and see if I can dig up any useful opinion pieces calling for the execution of homosexuals or a how to article about dragging a woman out of the cave by the hair. Manliness!!!!! Give me a break WND. This is the 21st century.