The bottom line is this. Buchanan wrote a book, and liberal groups accused him of racism. The president of MSNBC subsequently said that he didn’t think Buchanan’s book “should be part of the national dialogue, much less part of the dialogue on MSNBC.” So they cut him loose. Read the rest here.
I liked this part…
All the while prattling about their love of dissent and devotion to the First Amendment, they seek systematically to silence and censor dissent.
Without a hearing, they smear and stigmatize as racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic any who contradict what George Orwell once called their “smelly little orthodoxies.” They then demand that the heretic recant, grovel, apologize, and pledge to go forth and sin no more.
Actually, Buchanan HAS enabled Holocaust denial. Embarrassingly and repeatedly. That’s a thick black mark against him, and a legitimate one.
YGG, I think it’s a stretch to say that Buchanan Enabled Holocaust denial. Just because he wrote a book that accused England and France into leading Europe into WWII, which he said, could have been avoided, doesn’t mean he denied the Holocaust. Nobody knows what the outcome would have been had Europe not erupted into WWII.
But that’s Buchanan. Conservatives derided him for calling NAFTA the worst republican backed move in history, but most would love to go back and reverse it now, if they had the chance.
Buchanan is certainly polarizing, but he is usually pretty adept at seeing things down the road that others don’t. We will have to see if his prophetic “balkanization” of the U.S. comes to pass, but he has been saying that for years.
In a March 17, 1990, syndicated column, Buchanan wrote that it would have been impossible for Jews to die in the gas chambers of the Treblinka death camp, and referred to a “so-called Holocaust survivor syndrome,” which he described as involving “group fantasies of martyrdom and heroics.”
In another column, Rosensaft notes that Buchanan once likened convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk to Jesus Christ:
In his syndicated column of April 17, 2009, Buchanan not only called Demjanjuk “the sacrificial lamb whose blood washes away the stain of Germany’s sins,” but he wrote that the “spirit” behind the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to bring Demjanjuk to justice is “the same satanic brew of hate and revenge that drove another innocent Man up Calvary that first Good Friday 2,000 years ago.”
YGG, Demjanjuk, as Buchanan noted, was an American citizen who was deported without due process and a trial here in America on evidence that was circumstantial. Buchanan wrote about the injustice of someone living in America being deported without due process, and the Israelis running around looking in every window for Nazi war criminals.
By the way, Demjanjuk is not a “convicted” Nazi war criminal as the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the verdict. You need to check your facts.
I was quoting from a newspaper article.
Look, just concentrate on what Buchanan actually said. It said that he thought it would have been impossible for Jews to die in the gas chambers of the Treblinka death camp. This is LOONY. This is fringe talk. And the whole sneering attitude towards Holocaust survivors with some kind of “martyrdom complex.” And regardless of the specific facts of Demjanjuk’s case, I think it’s fairly obvious that Buchanan looks very disfavourably on any attempt to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, since he apparently doubts there is anything to bring them to justice for.
His comments were in light of Demjanjuk’s case, how is that irrelevant? Now, I am not defending his specific remarks concerning the means of how the Treblinka deaths occurred, but you obviously can’t bring yourself to see anything that Buchanan says as having any validity. That is fine, but stick to the facts as he was correct about Demjanjuk’s guilt. And, your insinuations that he would want to defend all Nazi war criminals is your personal opinion and has no basis in fact.
Buchanan is a conservative voice that MSNBC has accused of being a racist. Granted, he doesn’t have the most favorable view of the nation of Israel, but we should never assume that we must simply do everything Israel wants us to do because the bible says pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Israel would love for us to blow up Iran’s reactors, but that would not be the smartest thing for us at this moment in history.
I would love to see some more objective thinking. Is there any truth to these accusations of Pat Buchanan making racist or borderline racist comments?