Pat Buchanan: White America Is Doomed


Written by Sam Fulwood III, Center for American Progress

In his recently published book, The Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, cable television pundit Pat Buchanan serves up an erroneous vision of the United States without white supremacy. For Buchanan, the end is near if you’re white, Christian, and conservative.

Buchanan makes a strenuous effort to scare the feeble-minded by demonizing the nation’s first black president. He writes in a chapter with the silly heading “The End of White America”:

Those who believe the rise in power of an Obama rainbow coalition of peoples of color means the whites who helped to engineer it will steer it are deluding themselves. The whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus.

This book is nothing new. It is yet another in a long line of foolishness written by Buchanan that pushes a vile form of white populism coated in pseudo-historical veneer. Buchanan has a history of making racism appear mainstream, and it has made him successful enough to travel in elite political circles, due in part to his role on television as the crazy-conservative throwback.

Buchanan is a huckster in the tradition of P.T. Barnum. He has an act, and he is shameless in sticking to its script. I saw this up close when, as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, I covered his futile presidential run in 1992. He barnstormed the country, promising to lead a “pitchfork” revolution to secure liberty and freedom for white folks. Interestingly, his travels never touched down in the inner city or any place that might challenge his vision of white-only America.

In most places, people lined up to see the man who debated liberals on “Crossfire” and to buy his book. I especially remember a stop at a shopping mall in suburban Detroit, where I interviewed people standing in a long line, waiting for hours to shake Buchanan’s hand.

“Nah, I’m not voting for him, but I wanted to see someone in person who is on my television all the time,” a woman told me as she stood in that line.

With that sinister-looking smile on his face, Buchanan knows precisely what he’s doing. He’s selling books and making money on the lecture circuit. Why reputable cable outlets such as MSNBC allow him a platform is easy to understand, too. He says outrageous things that make people want to watch. Whether he actually believes everything he says, I’m not so sure. But there must be a core of conviction somewhere.

Buchanan is a product of Washington and figured out early how to churn political power into a fat bank account. Remember, this is the man who served in the employ of three Republican presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Reagan). But he’s especially proud of his odious work in the Nixon administration to craft the “Southern Strategy” that cleaved conservative white Democrats from their party after the successes of the civil rights movement. His hater-mentality—directed at Jews, gays, women, immigrants, and more—is historic and well documented.

As a personal rule, I tend to leave it to other commentators to take apart the ignorant arguments made by attention-seeking racists such as Ann “our blacks are better” Coulter and Buchanan. The Washington Post’s Colbert King does it nicely. And Talking Point Memo’s Muckraker column makes it clear that Buchanan is “pretty racist or just crazy,” having read through Buchanan’s tome, “pick[ing] out some highlights, so that you really really don’t have to” be seen in public with this nasty book.

Indeed, I’d advocate ignoring Buchanan completely. I don’t buy his books. Why make him any richer by plunking down hard-earned money for his lies? But I write this column because the stakes of silence are too expensive.

Plus, Buchanan’s ranting offers an opportunity to promote an optimistic and promising vision of this nation’s future by drawing attention to the work that my colleagues and I are doing to make it happen.

The Center for American Progress recently launched a program, Progress 2050, which seeks to bring clear-eyed analysis to the challenges and opportunities posed by the nation’s increasing racial and ethnic diversity. By the year 2050 the U.S. Census estimates the nation’s population will no longer be majority white. At some point in the next 40 years, dramatic and ongoing shifts in our citizenry will produce a nation of many minority groups.

While these demographic changes are certain to bring social, political, and economic change as well, they shouldn’t be a reason for turning on one another. White people have nothing to fear, except the loose lips of people such as Buchanan.

Where Buchanan sees decline for white Americans (and the end of Western civilization), my colleagues Vanessa Cárdenas, Julie Ajinkya, and Daniella Gibbs Leger see exactly the opposite. They are optimistic and celebrate the increasing diversity of the U.S. population in a recently released report, “Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America.”

“We cannot allow the conversation about the future of this country to be dominated by voices on the right who advocate a very narrow definition of the American ideal,” they correctly write in the report. “The demographic shift is a reality we must accept and embrace. And a clear vision of where we want our country to be in 2050 and how to get there is urgently needed.”

Now more than ever, progressive voices are needed to drown out the backward utterings of conservative boogeymen such as Buchanan.

This post was originally published by the Center for American Progress.


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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Pat B.
Pat B5 years ago

"By the year 2050 the U.S. Census estimates the nation’s population will no longer be majority white."

Their fears are true, the white population is shrinking because there are fewer white children born than is needed to keep a population stable. And this fact scares the hell out them. You can expect more ugly rhetoric like this--and worse--in the following decades as their power slips away from them. Sadly I foresee an increase in racial violence.

Lauren B.

This gives me a headache! Maybe when our populations are more equal we will become one people and work together, respecting our cultures, differences, histories, and maybe we'll actually listen and try to understand each other. Dreaming...

Juliet D.
judith sanders6 years ago

His book should have been titled - Arterial Plaque and Neuron Tangles: My Journey to Dementia.

Ernest R.
Ernest R6 years ago

@ Frank S “Hispanic and Asian children will outnumber white kids before end of decade...four years earlier than predicted” And won’t that be great ? Huispanic children outnumber white children in most Latin American countries. Asian children outnumber whites in most Asian countries. Europe has been predicted to soon be a Muslim area, one of primarily Middle Eastern ethnicity All these peoples, even Africans busy with rape and murder, have pride in their ethnicity. Only whites are willing to make their children just another minority in their own country. In part it is a reaction against the deeds of Nazi Germany. No one wants to be thought a Nazi or a racist. So they are willing to permit abuse from non-whites, but to pretend it doesn’t exist prevent anyone from discussing it. White people have committed major crimes, but are not worse human beings than non-whites.

paul grabenstein
paul grabenstein6 years ago

Hi Gary,

I didn't see Sharpton or Jackson mentioned in this article...
but, to answer your query, consider this question:

Why do we celebrate David's victory over Goliath and not feel sympathy for the poor defeated giant? (except for some who happen to be on the giant's team)

Consider the context of racial pride of a people that has been kidnapped, enslaved, lynched, raped, denied rights and discriminated against versus one that has elite membership, political/financial power and domination over the former.

Kinda like how shameful it is when a bully complains he is losing his power over the bullied.

Gary Wells
Gary Wells6 years ago

I don't see how Pat Buchanan supporting his race and heritage is any more racist than Al (Not so) Sharpton or Jesse (Show me the Camera) Jackson standing up for theirs. Don't misunderstand me, I voted for Obama and will more than likely support Cain if he wins the nomination and I do not consider myself a racist-it's just that everytime a black person takes pride in who they are it's A OK, whereas if it's a white man it's out of line and racist.
Why is that?

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

HAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHA He has been saying shit like this for decades. And trust me, there ARE white men who ARE terrified they won't be running an exclusive club any longer. They DO absolutely believe that only white people truly have the capacity to lead effectively. They thing all the problems in the world will be fixed if you countries would just stop fighting and let white people rule their country. White people are the smartest, of course.

I don't know if Buchanan says this shit with a tongues in his cheek or not. I suspect he does.

paul grabenstein
paul grabenstein6 years ago

"White America Is Doomed"... we could only be so lucky

Richard Zane Smith

my native american ancestors, if aware, must be having quite a chuckle, at this fear from white supremacists. USA was designed from its birth to be a nation where White Men Exclusively could hold elections, run for offices, vote and have freedom from tyranny.
Today Many people get teary when they read," WE THE PEOPLE..." in the Constitution
but aren't reading in context of the framers who strictly meant ONLY white males.

Its ok! We are forgiving... we have some lovely reservations picked out for racist whites...