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by Roger Algase

Pat Buchanan Tries to Exploit Hatred Against Minorities in Order to Block Legalization. How Many Other CIR Opponents Does He Speak For?

Few, if any, still active public figures in America have been promoting more hate, more consistently, against more people, and for a longer period of time than columnist, TV commentator and 2000 presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan (to whom George W. Bush arguably owed his election that year, due to Florida's notorious "butterfly ballot").

Buchanan began his long media career as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and then morphed into one of America's most notorious apologists for Nazi war criminals, before becoming one of the leading opponents of what he saw as a Latino "takeover" of America.  Here are some of his vintage quotes (as reported in Thinkprogress: Why MSNBC Dumped Pat Buchanan: His 10 Most Outrageous Statements, February 17, 2012):

On Nazi war crimes and the holocaust:

"This so-called 'Holocaust Survivor Syndrome' involves group fantasies of martyrdom and heroics." (New York Post column, 1990).

On Hitler:

"His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path." (1977 - attributed to Buchanan by the Anti-Defamation League)

On the alleged inferiority of African-Americans and Latinos:

"The decline in academic test scores here at home and in international competition is likely to continue, as more and more of the choldren taking these tests will be African-American and Hispanic." (From his 2005 book Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?)

On closing the borders to protect white dominance:

"If we do not get control of our borders, by 2050 Americans of European descent will be in a minority in a nation their ancestors created and built." (From his 2006 book State of Emergency)

With this background, it is hardly a surprise that Buchanan is opposed to any form of legalization. The following quotes are from his recent article Requiem for a Grand Old Party (May, 2013). Here is the link:

"Americas white majority, which accounts for 9 out of 10 Republican votes in presidential elections, is not only shrinking as a share of the electorate, but is declining in numbers as well." ...

 "This is the crisis of the Grand Old Party." ...

"Minorities, people of color, Hispanic, black, Asian - gave 80 per cent of their votes to Obama. And while the minorities' share of the electorate was 26 per cent in 2012, minorities constitute 36.3 percent of the population. And their share of both the electorate and the population is inexorably rising." ...

"The Republican response to this gathering disaster?

Led by Sens. Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Republicans are pushing for amnesty and a 'path to citizenship' for the 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the country today."...

Buchanan continues by pointing out the success of Nixon's infamous anti-black "Southern Strategy" (which even Buchanan himself calls "evil"} and then concludes:

"Query: Is the way to increase the enthusiasm and turnout among this [white] three fouths of the electorate for the GOP to embrace amnesty and a path to citizenship for 12 million illegal foreign aliens? 

Or is it to demand the sealing of America's borders against any and all intruders?"

Of course, it may be easy to look at Buchanan, who was born in 1938 and grew up in a time when hatred of Jews, African-Americans and other minorites was a much more accepted feature of American society than it is today, as a relic from the past.

But is it really that easy to write off Buchanan's white supremacy as nothing more than a holdover from a bygone era? Or is his type of racist ideology influencing the opposition to immigration reform today?

More than that, is it also influencing at least some of the provisions that are in the Senate CIR bill, which immigration advocates are supporting as the best deal we can get? 

Will the Gang of Eight give way to the "Gang of Hate" (to quote the title of an April 18, 2013 column by Matt Hildreth in America's Voice)? This question will be explored further in my future comments.

About The Author

Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.

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