Pat Buchanan on Civil Rights

2000 Reform Candidate for President


31 states have banned gay marriage; none have approved it

In rejecting the authority to bless same-sex unions, the dissenters may yet prevail, for three reasons.

First, they have Scripture on their side. Did not Christ say to the Pharisees: "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh." Second, it is the accommodationist faiths that are the dying faiths.

Third, dissenters have the country on their side. Thirty-one states have voted "No" to homosexual marriage. Not one has voted to approve. When the Washington, D.C., city council voted to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to submit the issue to a referendum. Voters have no right to authorize discrimination, said the board. The real fear is that, as in California, black churches would turn out their flocks and reverse the city council's decision.

Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p. 58 , Oct 18, 2011

Founders believed in equality of rights, nor diversity

The Founding Fathers did not believe in democracy. They did not believe in diversity. They did not believe in equality. From what Jefferson wrote and the fathers signed it is clear that the only equality to which they subscribed, as an ideal and an aspiration, was an equality of God-given rights.

To extract "all men are created equal" from the context in which it was written and assert it as an endorsement of an egalitarian society is to distort what Jefferson wrote and what the men of Philadelphia believed. Lest we forget, this was a declaration of INDEPENDENCE!

From birth, American was the Party of Liberty. Egalite was what the French Revolution claimed to be about. No American war was fought for egalitarian ends, postwar propaganda notwithstanding. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are the foundational documents of the republic and the organic documents of American union. And the word "equality" does not appear in either. Nor does the word "democracy."

Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p.191-193 , Oct 18, 2011

White males bear entire burden of reverse discrimination

When the Philadelphia Plan was adopted in the Nixon era, imposing racial quotas on unions working on federally funded contracts, there were eight white Americans for every African American. The burden of race preferences in hiring and promotions and admissions to colleges and graduate schools was correspondingly light.

However, the black community has since grown to where the ratio is five-to-one. More critically, Hispanics, though they never suffered slavery or endured Jim Crow, have been made beneficiaries of affirmative action. And there are now fifty million Hispanics. Add in Asians, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders and there are fewer than two white Americans for every person of color. And, now, there is affirmative action for women. This leaves white males, a shrinking third of the nation, to bear almost the entire burden of reverse discrimination. This is not a formula for social peace.

Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p.156-157 , Oct 18, 2011

When 1920s immigration stopped, Black America advanced

Millions of jobs in burgeoning industries went to immigrants who poured into the US between 1890 and 1920. These men and women enriched our country. But they also moved ahead of and shouldered aside black men and women whose families had been here for generations and even centuries. Not until after immigration had been dramatically cut in the Coolidge era, and WWII created an all-consuming demand for industrial workers, were black Americans brought by the hundreds of thousands north to the manufacturing cities of America. And when they were, a black middle class was created upon which the civil rights movement was built. When immigration stopped, Black America advanced, as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and A. Philip Randolph said it would.
Source: State of Emergency, by Pat Buchanan, p.231 , Oct 2, 2007

Women are not endowed by nature with capitalism's fierceness

"Rail as they will against 'discrimination,' women are simply not endowed by nature with the same measures of single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitilism" he wrote in a newspaper column after the defeat of the Equal rights Amendment, suggesting that women were not psychologically equipped to compete with men in the workplace.

Homosexuals "have declared war upon nature," Buchanan often said. "Homosexuality, like other vices, is an assault upon the nature of the individuals as God made him."

Source: The Choice, by Bob Woodward, p. 148 , Nov 1, 2005

Take country back from ACLU; allow school prayer & gay bans

Buchanan’s TV ad features a young girl praying, and a teacher pulling her hands apart. It also shows a worker ripping a placard of the Ten Commandments off a wall & a photograph of a Boy Scout troop with the phrase “Boy Scouts-a hate group?” superimposed over the frame. “They‘ve taken God and the Bible out of our schools,” the narrator says. “It‘s time to take our country back from those who are tearing it down.”

Buchanan said the “they” in the ad refers to the ACLU and “their fellow travelers.”

Source: The Orlando Sentinel , Oct 20, 2000

Admired civil rights movement, but MLK was “divisive”

Q: You’ve said that Martin Luther King is the most divisive man in America.

A: [I said that in] a memo in 1969 whether we should recognize the day or go down and see Mrs. King, and I suggested we not see Mrs. King. I said, ‘Martin Luther King was one of the most divisive men. Some see him as the messiah of the nation, others think he’s a dreadful person. He is a divisive figure.’ Look, I knew Martin Luther King. I am the only candidate who was at the march on Washington. I was in the Lincoln Memorial. I was in Mississippi covering the civil rights demonstrations.

Q: And what were your views when you were covering the demonstrations?

A: There were things about the civil rights movement I greatly admired. There were things that went on [that] I thought were appalling. It had moments of greatness. Like every great movement, the civil rights movement had things that were attractive and things that were not. And for my history, friends, we make no apologies.

Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation” , May 30, 2000

Abolish quotas; all learn English

Let us abolish quotas and set aside these un-American devices that reward people based on the color of their skin or what continent their kinfolk came from. Let us abandon the 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 and heritage and American heroes so we can get our great American melting pot doing its magic again.
Source: Announcement as a Reform Party Candidate, Falls Church, VA , Oct 25, 1999

Legal gambling is a “destructive vice”

At a 1995 rally in Iowa, Buchanan called legalized gambling “a vice and an addiction... destructive to the work ethic [and] ruinous to the family.”
Source: Laurence Arnold, Associated Press , Jul 26, 1999

End racial busing, quotas, & contract set-asides

Reverse discrimination - by quota, contract set-aside, busing, affirmative action - is un- American. We need to outlaw the federal classification of American citizens by race or ethnicity, and end all discrimination and all preferential treatment.
Source: Buchanan for President site , Jul 2, 1999

Close NEA to stop desecration of Christian images

Virtually all the so-called works of art that ignited controversy over the National Endowment for the Arts are desecrations of Christian images, specifically designed to pervert and blaspheme that which the majority of Americans hold dear. I will close the National Endowment for the Arts, and encourage private citizens to seek out painters, sculptors, and architects deserving of patronage. We must dump the cult of Robert Mapplethorpe and replace him with an American Michelangelo.
Source: www.GoPatGo.org/ “Issues: NEA” , Jun 12, 1999

Racial & gender entitlements are Govt-sponsored prejudice

Government-sponsored prejudice-no matter how benign its original purpose-belongs in the same graveyard as the late Jim Crow. A true respect for civil rights requires that we put an end to all racial, ethnic, and gender entitlements. No quotas, no set asides, no forced busing, no mandatory hiring, no affirmative action. As President, I will eliminate all forms of discrimination in federal agencies, including reverse discrimination.
Source: www.GoPatGo.org/ “Issues: Equal Rights” , Jun 5, 1999

Color-blind laws: end trendy bigotry of diversity

The issue of quotas, reverse discrimination, affirmative action and preferential treatment is more than a social or civil rights issue. It is a matter of profound principle. it does not matter where your great-grandparents came from. All racial and ethnic preferences will be purged from every federal agency. We will pass a “color-blind” civil rights law that declares: No discrimination means no discrimination. Nor will we tolerate the trendy bigotry that travels under the passport of “diversity.”
Source: www.gopatgo2000.com/000-c-onenation.html 5/28/99 , May 28, 1999

Tear out diversity programs, root and branch

I have opposed Affirmative Action and racial quotas all my life. Let me tell you why. What is America supposed to be like? The ideal of America is a country where it does not make any difference where your father came from. This is supposed to be a country where men are judged by their character-not the color of their skin. This is a country that is supposed to believe in equal justice under law and special privilege for none. I believe in the idea of no discrimination. I do not believe in preferential treatment.

Theodore Roosevelt said we have to get away from this idea of “hyphenated Americans.” Justice Scalia said the government in the US should recognize only one race, that is American. This is why I promise you that I will tear out this whole diversity program root and branch-Affirmative Action, discrimination, and al racial set asides-they will all be gone.

Source: United We Stand America Conference, p.322 , Aug 12, 1995

Pat Buchanan on Gay Rights

Vermont civil unions are ‘absurd’

I think civil unions are absurd. They passed these up in Vermont where homosexual couples have been put on the same level as traditional marriage. And I’m delighted to say that five Republicans that voted for that were defeated and thrown out in the primary. If this country accepts the idea that homosexual liaisons are the same as traditional marriage, which is a God-ordained building block of society, this country is on the road to hell in a handbasket.
Source: Nader-Buchanan debate on ‘Meet the Press’ , Oct 1, 2000

Homosexuality is “the love that will not shut up.”

Buchanan condemned the de-Christianization of America & the acceptance of homosexuality-which he called “the love that will not shut up.” He listed the growing acceptance of homosexuality as a key element in the country’s decline, citing particularly the legalization of gay civil unions in Vermont. “The homosexual lifestyle has always been associated with social decadence and national decline,” he said. “And today it is associated as the prime means by which the AIDS virus, a terrible disease, is spread.
Source: David Firestone, NY Times on 2000 election , Sep 19, 2000

Gay pride equated with moral decline and cultural decadence

[Buchanan delivered] a fiery speech Thursday denouncing “social and moral decline and cultural decadence.” Buchanan said, “Rampant homosexuality, a sign of cultural decadence and moral decline from Rome to Weimar, is celebrated, as our first lady parades up Fifth Avenue to share her ‘pride’ in a lifestyle ruinous to body and soul alike.” He condemned the Democratic Party for ignoring the “moral crisis” and the GOP for seeking “peace” with gay groups.
Source: CNN.com , Aug 11, 2000

Condemns gays, women in combat, and abortion

Pat Buchanan issued a strident statement of personal belief Thursday, railing against “rampant homosexuality” and America’s moral decline and saying that cultural decadence [goes] hand in hand with the death of republics.“ Among the pledges: an anti-abortion litmus test for Supreme Court appointments, no taxpayer-funded abortions or fetal tissue research, no women in combat, no gays in the military and no recognition of same-sex marriage.
Source: Megan Garvey, LA Times , Aug 11, 2000

Opposes gay rights agenda in its entirety

Q: Mr. Buchanan mentioned before that he has not embraced the gay rights agenda in its entirety.

A: I don’t apologize for my views with regards to gay rights. I oppose the gay rights agenda in its entirety. I was saying that tongue-in-cheek. Third, I did say that AIDS is in effect what happens to people as a consequence of unnatural and immoral sex. And, as you know, homosexual conduct is the primary--or was the primary way by which AIDS was spread. It was a truthful statement.

Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation” , May 30, 2000

First to demand government deal with AIDS epidemic

[I wrote] a column in 1983, [when] 600 people had died of AIDS and 1,600 were infected. And I said, ‘What is the matter with our government that it doesn’t recognize this?’ I said, ‘This could kill thousands of people.’ At the end of that column, I had that one throwaway line [that AIDS is a consequence of immoral sex], which I don’t withdraw. But I was the first national columnist to demand why the government wasn’t dealing with this national epidemic. I don’t apologize for that or my views, sir.
Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation” , May 30, 2000

All lifestyles are not equal; some ideas are wrong

Q: I don’t agree with you on gays. I think that we need to just be embracing everybody. We’re all Americans, and we’re all equal.

A: On your point about all Americans are equal, there’s no doubt all of us have the same constitutional rights. I agree. However, I think a real problem America has is we’ve taken this idea of equality and extended it so beyond where it belongs. All lifestyles are not equal. All ideas are not equal. Some are wrong; some are right. And this is what America needs more than anything else; it needs truth. Now when it comes to myself and the leader of the gay rights movement nationally, [we] have identical constitutional rights. But I do not believe their ideas are equal to mine, or that lifestyle is equal to a traditional married lifestyle. And we’ve gotta stand up for truth even when it’s unpopular and even when it’s painful. Otherwise, your society breaks down.

Source: National Public Radio interview, “Talk of the Nation” , May 30, 2000

No gay VP; no gays in Cabinet; it’s “a disorder”

Reform Party presidential candidate Pat Buchanan ruled out picking a homosexual or gay rights advocate as a running mate or Cabinet officer, saying that such sexual orientation is “a disorder.” Buchanan said, “If someone is an out-of-the-closet homosexua and if someone advocates the homosexual rights agenda publicly they’re not going to be in my Cabinet. I believe that homosexuality is a disorder. It’s a wrong orientation.” [However,] Buchanan has said he doesn’t “believe in persecuting anybody” and woul
Source: The Associated Press , May 4, 2000

Would oppose a gay president “with everything I had”

Q: Would you be comfortable with a homosexual as president of the US?
A: I would not be comfortable. Someone who is an out of the closet homosexual who supports the gay rights agenda, nope. I wouldn’t vote for him, and I would oppose him with everything I had, and I would not be comfortable with him.
Q: Someone who is a closet gay would be OK with you?
A: The truth is, I think you ought to have a president who sets clearly a moral example for the American people.
Source: Interview on “Equal Time” , Dec 21, 1999

AIDS is retribution; women can’t compete

Buchanan has said that AIDS is nature’s “retribution against homosexuals.” He has opposed virtually every modern civil rights law. He has praised the “winning issues” of ex-Ku Klux Klansman and politican David Duke. He has said that Hitler was a man of “great courage.” He has said that women are not endowed with the “single-minded ambition and the will to succeed in the fiercely competitive world of Western capitalism.”
Source: Boston Globe, editorial, Derrick Z. Jackson, p. A23 , Oct 1, 1999

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