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Posted on October 17, 2008

Pat Buchanan: “Middle American Radicals” and the Election

Pat Buchanan

They work hard. They live neither in inner-city slums nor in gated communities. They’re neither rich nor poor, but these days, they’re probably struggling. Their primary goal in life is to provide for their families. They deeply revere American traditions and American values. And because they’ve spent the last few decades watching their standard of living decline and their way of life not only threatened but openly mocked by global elites, they’re hopping mad. They want someone in government, finally, to advocate for them. Call them the Middle American Radicals, or MARs.

They’re wary of the Democratic Party. After all, they are the folks Barack Obama maligned in his “Bittergate” remarks. Since the 1960s, courting them has been a central strategy for Republican presidential candidates.

But once elected, GOP candidates have done little to address the MARs’ real concerns such as mass Third World immigration and the elimination of American manufacturing jobs in favor of outsourcing from overseas. For unfortunately, among elites of both parties, “diversity” and “inclusiveness” trump patriotism, and the profitability of globalization for the few trumps concern for the misery it causes the many.

In a recent commentary, Pat Buchanan—who has always been a stalwart champion of the American middle class—has pointed out that John McCain too is willing to sell out the middle class in order to toe the globalist, elitist line. Most recently, McCain has come down on the side of those who want to shield wealthy investment bankers from the consequences of their own greed while doing nothing to “bail out” beleaguered homeowners who face foreclosure. But even this isn’t McCain’s greatest sin. As Buchanan puts it,

McCain stood with the establishment for NAFTA, GATT, the WTO and the Mexican bailout. Middle America opposed them all.

In the past decade, the MARs have opposed free-trade deals and lost, but won virtually every referendum on gay marriage, affirmative action or welfare for illegal aliens. Invariably, the MARs are portrayed as bigots, nativists, xenophobes, protectionists and isolationists, and their leaders as demagogues. In McCain’s words from 2000, they are “agents of intolerance”…

Could McCain win them back in five weeks? Perhaps. Is he willing to do what is necessary to win them back? Probably not. It would go against his instincts and his image of himself.

The issues that move these folks are not just the $700 billion bailout of Gordon Gekko’s comrades, but the invasion of America from Mexico, the export of their jobs, factories and future to Asia and the gnawing fear that the country they grew up in is being sacrificed for the benefit of an internationalist elite.

How true. And how sad.

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