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Pat Buchanan - It's beginning to look like the 60s again

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the '60s and '70s, it is starting to look like "deja vu all over again."

And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pandering to the hell-raisers, hoping to ride their energy to victory.

Democrats would do well to recall what happened the last time they rode the tiger of social revolution.

As the riots began in Harlem in 1964 and Watts in 1965, liberals rushed to render moral sanction and to identify with the rioters. "In the great struggle to advance civil and human rights," said Adlai at Colby College, "even a jail sentence is no longer a dishonor but a proud achievement. ... Perhaps we are destined to see in this law-loving land people running for office ... on their prison records."

"There is no point in telling Negroes to obey the law," said Bobby; to the Negro, "the law is the enemy." Hubert assured us that if he had to live in a slum, "I could lead a mighty good revolt myself."

Thus did liberals tie themselves and their party to what was coming. By 1967, Malcolm X had been assassinated, Stokely Carmichael with his call to "Black Power" had replaced John Lewis at SNCC, and H. Rap Brown had a new slogan: "By any means necessary."

Came then the days-long riots of Newark and Detroit in 1967 where the 82nd Airborne was sent in. A hundred cities were burned and pillaged following the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968.

And what happened in our politics?

The Democratic coalition of FDR was shattered. Gov. George Wallace rampaged through the Democratic primaries of Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland in 1964, then ran third party and carried five Southern states in 1968. His presidency broken by Vietnam and the riots, LBJ decided not to run again. Vice President Humphrey's chances were ruined by the violent protests at his Chicago convention, which were broken up by the club-wielding cops of Democratic Mayor Richard J. Daley. Race riots in the cities, student riots on campus, and that riot of radicals in Chicago helped deliver America to Richard Nixon.

Came then the huge anti-Nixon, anti-war demonstrations of the fall of 1969, the protests in the spring of 1970 after the Cambodian invasion and the Kent State killings, and the Mayday siege by thousands of anarchists to shut down D.C. in 1971.

Again and again, Nixon rallied the Silent Majority to stand with him — and against them. Middle America did.

Hence, what did its association with protesters, radicals and Black Power militants do for the Democratic Party?

Where LBJ swept 44 states in 1964 and 61 percent of the vote, in 1968 Humphrey won 13 states and 43 percent.

In 1972, Nixon and Spiro Agnew swept 49 states, routing the champion of the countercultural left, George McGovern.

And the table had been set for California Governor Ronald Reagan, who defied campus rioters threatening him with violence thusly: "If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with."

Without the riots and bombings of the '60s and '70s, there might have been no Nixonian New Majority and no Reagan Revolution.

Today, with the raucous protests against President Trump and his travel ban, the disruption of Congressional town meetings, the blocking of streets every time a cop is involved in a shooting with a black suspect, and the rising vitriol in our politics, it is beginning to look like the 1960s again.

There are differences. In bombings, killings, beatings, arrests, arson, injuries and destruction of property, we are nowhere near 1968. Still, the intolerant left seems to have melded more broadly and tightly with the Democratic Party of today than half a century ago.

Where Barry Goldwater joked about sawing off the East Coast and "letting it drift out into the Atlantic," Californians today talk of secession. And much of Middle America would be happy to see them gone.

Where Nixon was credited with the "cooling of America" in 1972, and Reagan could credibly celebrate "Morning in America" in 1984, any such "return to normalcy" appears the remotest possibility now.

As with the EU, the cracks in the USA seem far beyond hairline fractures. Many sense the country could come apart. It did once before. And could Southerners and Northerners have detested each other much more than Americans do today?

Fifty years ago, the anti-Nixon demonstrators wanted out of Vietnam and an end to the draft. By 1972, they had gotten both. The long hot summers were over. The riots stopped.

But other than despising Trump and his "deplorables," what great cause unites the left today? Even Democrats confess to not knowing Hillary Clinton's presidential agenda.

From those days long ago, there returns to mind the couplet from James Baldwin's famous book, from which he took his title: "God gave Noah the rainbow sign/ No more water, the fire next time."

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

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Nothing less than the worst 3 weeks in history of presidency

To The Daily Sun,

Oh look, Bob Meade! PPP polling reveals that 46 percent want Herr Trumpenfuhrer impeached! The petulant man-baby is still tweeting in ALL CAPS with the syntax of a 7-year-old over losing in the federal courts. "SO SAD!"

Oh look, Steve Earle! Putin loving, Muslim hating, treasonous liar Michael Flynn is gone! Thank you Sally Yates. Oh look, Russ Wiles, yesterday, the Virginia federal court also rejected the Muslim ban, concurring that the president lacks "absolute power." There are about 20 other cases in the courts. Fifteen states so far have joined in the suit against Herr Trumpenfuhrer's Muslim ban. Oh look, Don Ewing! Herr Trumpenfuhrer's approval is stuck around 40 percent and Obama's was at 63 percent at this time!

Smiling and laughing still, Steve? A full 70 percent oppose indefinite barring of Syrian refugees and 60 percent oppose suspending all refugee programs. Still laughing? Oh look! San Francisco and some Massachusetts cities have filed suit against the "sanctuary cities" executive order. More on the way. Oh look, Tony Boutin! PPP poll shows 52 percent wish Obama was still President Obama! Oh look, Linda Riley! Politico reported that White House leaks reveal Herr Trumpenfuhrer is vexed, hates the job, and careens from confusion, to surprise to anger. He actually thought that running a government would be like running a business! That is so ignorant.

Oh look, Steve, you said "bring it on" and we have. On November 30, you told us you'd be laughing and smiling for four years. Honeymoon's over. Now Russ Wiles, Bob Meade, and others lie like vomit-breathed demons by painting all the protesters as rioters when its actually the black bloc anarchists committing the few violent acts. Look "Black Bloc Anarchists" up, sock-puppets. Millions have peacefully marched. Thousands peacefully marched this last weekend to protest Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's plan to enroll his deputies in a federal program that allows them to act as immigration agents. You desperate liars. Oh look! EPA nominee Scott Pruitt has been sued by The Center for Media and Democracy. The group wants access to over 3,000 emails he has been withholding. Pruitt has made a career out of suing the EPA while being a whore for fossil fuel giants and now he is to run it. That is like letting a child sexual predator run a day care center. Now the Natural Resource Defense Council, Communication Workers of America, and Public Citizen has filed a lawsuit challenging the patently absurd and unrealistic 2-fer regulation executive order mandating if any regulation is passed, two must be eliminated. Still laughing after the worst first three weeks of a presidency in the history of the universe?

Oh look! Conservative pundit and talk show host radio host Charlie Sykes says our glorious leader needs adult supervision! He has "cringe-worthy" spokespersons like Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway because nobody else will lie for him. Bravo! Now Conway is to be investigated for ethics violations. Buy Ivanka's stuff and get a free executive order thrown in! Nordstrum, Neiman Marcus, Sears, Kmart, TJ Maxx and Marshalls have dumped Trump products due to the success of the "Grab Your Wallet" boycott of 50 companies that do business with the Trumps. Oh look! Poor little Jason Chaffetz was accosted at his town hall by people who don't want Obamacare repealed. And right out of a Bob Meade handbook on head-in-the-sand denial and lie-as-you-go, Chaffettz claims the people had to be paid protesters! Rioters! You gotta see this! http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/02/10/chaffetz-town-hall-booing-do-your-job-chant-jnd-vstop-orig.cnn. Thousands have marched for Obamacare and the GOP has no idea what to do. In Florida, Gus Bilirakis' constituents heard from Bill Akins, the secretary of the Republican Party of Pasco County, that Obamacare had death panels! The crowd erupted in mockery, laughter and angry disagreement. People got in his face and called him a liar. Watch it here. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/florida-town-hall-death-panels_us_589f7d10e4b03df370d6d2be

Returning to Trump's latest cringe-worthy amateur, Stephen Miller said on Sunday's Face The Nation, "..our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned." Well, Heil Hitler to you, too! Seig Heil, Herr Kommandant Steve! Still laughing and smiling, Steve?

James Veverka
Tilton

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