January 16, 2002
The establishment and the media elite would rather that the
American people not read Patrick Buchanan's new book "The Death of the
West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country
and Civilization." That's the impression I got from the way he was
interviewed on NBC's Today Show.
The interviewer showed no indication that he had read the book.
The questioning had more to do with politics and pejoratives than with
The depressing title of the book should be followed by a question
mark because it's not a prediction; it's a wake-up call to Americans to
look at what is happening to our nation so we can take remedial action
that is, if we have the will to do so. But the book warns we are
running out of time.
The most dramatic (and hitherto unreported) change that has taken
place since 1965 is that our nation has replaced our own babies with
aliens who do not share our culture. The American birth rate is below
replacement level while immigrants and illegal aliens from Third World
countries are populating our land at a rate at least five times greater
than before 1965.
When Richard Nixon became President in 1969, there were 9 million
foreign-born in the United States. By the time George W. Bush took his
oath of office last year, there were 30 million.
Some people think this is a positive development; Bill Clinton
told a cheering student audience in 1998 that there will soon "be no
majority race in the United States." No wonder he likes this trend:
in 1996, he carried six of the seven states with the largest numbers of
immigrants, and in 2000 Al Gore carried five of them and Florida was a
Don't count on immigrants coming from European countries any more
because their women, too, have stopped having enough babies, and by
2050 a third of Europe's people will be over age 60. By 2050,
Germany's population will have shrunk from 82 million to 59 million,
Italy's from 57 million to 41 million, and Russia's from 147 million to
114 million (a loss greater than the 30 million killed by Stalin).
The millions who came to America from Europe are now fully
assimilated. They learned our language and today they are sporting
American flags on their cars and houses.
Those who cross our border today are not becoming full
participants in American society and do not learn our language.
Millions of Mexicans broke our laws to get here and do not intend to
renounce their loyalty to their native country.
We've come full circle from the original civil rights movement of
Dr. Martin Luther King. Liberal chic is now segregation dressed up as
multiculturalism, diversity, and identity-group politics.
Reminding us of George Orwell's warning that "who controls the
past controls the future," Buchanan describes the all-out war that has
been waged against our past, eliminating heroes and holidays,
abolishing mottoes and symbols, defacing flags and statues, silencing
songs and banning books, and falsely teaching schoolchildren that
America's history is shameful.
A chapter on how America has been de-Christianized shows that it
wasn't only the Pilgrim fathers who spoke openly of the United States
as a Christian nation. Buchanan reminds us that similar statements
supporting our religious and Christian foundations used to be made by
such liberal idols as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry
Truman, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice William Douglas, and even
Supreme Court decisions.
But no more. The god of the new tolerance demands that even our
tax dollars support disgusting blasphemies against the sacred icons of
The public schools, whipped into line by the imperial judiciary,
indoctrinate our youth with the new orthodoxy. They enforce the new
commandments: all lifestyles and cultures are equal, and thou shalt
not be judgmental.
Out went Adam and Eve, in came Heather Has Two Mommies; out went
pictures of Christ, in came drawings of apes pretending to walk like
humans; out went Easter, in came Earth Day; out went teachings against
homosexuality, in came teachings against homophobia; out went the Ten
Commandments, in came condoms.
Words are weapons and Buchanan shows how the liberals hurl ugly
epithets as weapons to intimidate and lay a guilt trip on traditional
Americans. It's not Ronald Reagan's America any more.
"The Death of the West" is an executive summary of the history of
the last half century, and Buchanan's immense knowledge and inimitable
writing style make that dreary report a must-read. His points are
graced with word pictures and metaphors, delicious examples of liberal
hypocrisies and double standards, and an extraordinary collection of
The facts in Buchanan's book are sensational, and the Today Show
didn't dispute a single one. We need a national debate on this
politically incorrect book because it challenges us to ask the
questions: Is demography destiny? Can the West have a new renaissance?
America has many examples of a single book igniting a movement,
some positive, some negative: "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "Silent Spring",
"Unsafe at Any Speed," and "The Population Bomb." Buchanan's book can
do likewise if it is discussed and debated in the media, in Congress,
and in universities.