In New Book Decrying ‘Slow Death’ Of White America, Pat Buchanan Warns That Minorities Lower Test Scores

Posted on  

"In New Book Decrying ‘Slow Death’ Of White America, Pat Buchanan Warns That Minorities Lower Test Scores"

Pat Buchanan is, among other things, an MSNBC contributor with a new book out, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? As his “last political will and testament,” the book’s thesis is centered on “cultural collapse” of the nation and “the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation” — namely, white people. In an op-ed for CNS News yesterday, Buchanan outlines the three major consequences America will face without enough white people to save it.

First, the Republican party, which “routinely gets 90 percent of its presidential votes from white America,” will come to an end, especially since crucial GOP states like Texas are “hispanicizing.” Second, the “millions of immigrants, legal and illegal” who “do not bring the academic or professional skills of European-Americans” will replace actual “taxpayers” and suck the government dry. Finally, test-scores will nose-dive because “more and more children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic”:

Third, the decline in academic test scores here at home and in international competition is likely to continue, as more and more of the children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic. [...] Can the test-score gap be closed? With the Hispanic illegitimacy rate at 51 percent and the black rate having risen to 71 percent, how can their children conceivably arrive at school ready to compete?

Given that minorities are bad at school, Buchanan goes on to warn that the “burden” of academic excellence thus “falls almost entirely on white males.” This is, of course, just the latest attempt of the MSNBC contributor to pass off derogatory, bigoted, and ignorant racialism as analysis. Some low-lights from Buchanan’s long and distinguished history in bigotry:

-Christian Terrorist Was ‘Right’: Buchanan wrote that while the right-wing Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was a “calculating killer,” he “may be right” about “a climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world that is growing in numbers and advancing inexorably into Europe for the third time in 14 centuries.”

-No Help For White Males: In August, Buchanan complained that President Obama hadn’t hired enough white males to the civil service, saying there is “affirmative action for women, for Hispanics, and for blacks, but none for white males.”

-Too Many Jews: Last year, Buchanan argued that now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s nomination meant there would be too many Jews on the High Court bench. “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?”

-Legal Immigration Is An Invasion: The Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 spurred Buchanan to declare that the shooter, Korean student Cho Seung-Hui, got into the country because legal immigration is “the greatest invasion in history.” We shouldn’t be surprised that “some are going berserk here,” he said.

-Slave Descendants Should Be Grateful: In 2008, asserting that “no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans,” Buchanan says because it was here that 600,000 slaves eventually learned of “Christian salvation” and got “affirmative action,” black people should stop complaining. “We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?

-Hitler Was Courageous: In 1977, Buchanan wrote that while Hitler was “indeed a racist and anti-Semitic to the core,” Americans overlooked the fact that he “was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier in the Great War, a leader steeped in the history of Europe.”

-MLK Was A Fraud: In 1969, while Buchanan was working as President Richard Nixon’s speechwriter, he urged Nixon not to visit King’s widow on the first anniversary of his assassination. The visit “would outrage many, many people who believe Dr. King was a fraud and a demagogue, and perhaps worse,” Buchanan wrote, before proceeding to call King “one of the most divisive men in contemporary history.”

-KKK Has Winning Issues: In 1989, Buchanan urged conservatives to examine Duke, a former Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan, and his “portfolio of winning issues.” Dismissing Duke’s history as insignificant, Buchanan praised Duke for taking on affirmative action in “hiring, scholarships, and promotions” and for denouncing “social engineers.” Buchanan said the GOP was “throwing away a winning hand” by embracing Jesse Jackson after the 1988 election, and Duke was “the first fellow to pick up the discards.”

-Gays Are Satanists: In 1990, Buchanan said the AIDS epidemic proved “our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide.” He still views homosexuality as “unnatural and immoral” and marriage equality as “an Orwellian absurdity.”

-The Dishwasher Liberated Women: In another book, he wrote “the real liberators of American women were not the feminist noise-makers; they were the automobile, the supermarket, the shopping center, the dishwasher, the washer-dryer, the freezer,” which all freed up “Mom” to spend more time reading.

And yet, Pat Buchanan is still a contributor for MSNBC — the same network that suspended another contributor for calling the president a “dick.” It begs the question, just what exactly does Buchanan have to say to make him too toxic for TV?

« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.