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The Real Reason Pat Buchanan Got Fired from MSNBC

R. Cort Kirkwood POSTED: 4/2/12

The Messenger

(  When the leftist MSNBC cable network fired Pat Buchanan as a commentator in February, the Beltway Right reacted in character. It focused mostly on the issue of “free speech;” i.e., that the left only wants free speech for its side, not theirs.

That is correct, of course. The American left, controlled by anti-Christians, feminists and homosexuals, won’t brook disagreement with its core principles: racial politics and sodomy, fornication and abortion on demand. Disagree with anything the left says, and one is labeled a racist, misogynist or a homophobe.

Those are faux vices Buchanan represented to the left, and are, of course, why MSNBC canned him after he published “Suicide of a Superpower: Will American Survive to 2025,” which ventures beyond the acceptable bounds of debate. With such chapters as “The Death of Christian America” and “The End of White America,” Buchanan flung down the gauntlet. The demographic dispossession of the white Christian majority, he believes, will spell the end for the America in which he grew up.

But few on the right had the courage to defend Buchanan on the grounds that he is right. Rather, they argued the abstract principle that his freedom of speech was abridged, pointing out the hypocrisy of the left on free speech.

Again, they might be correct. But their argument implicitly suggests that Buchanan’s thesis is wrong. The Beltway Right knows Buchanan is right, but it defends only his right to be wrong. The Beltway Right can’t seem to grasp that the left does not believe one has a right to be wrong.

Thus had the left won again.

The Race Business

The details of Buchanan’s departure from the network need no repetition here. They are well known. It suffices to say that his most recent book, along with things he had written in the past, are not acceptable. Professional race hustlers took him down.

The more important subject is the meaning of the campaign to can Buchanan. Indeed, the left’s achievement is no small victory in its 50-year quest to delegitimize white Christians as the founders of the American nation, and Christianity as the religion that birthed the culture the founders brought to an untamed land.

A fine example of what the left has done to delegitimize the founding stock of the nation occurred a few years ago at the University of Delaware. As with most universities, the school’s “residence life” program is supposed to welcome incoming freshman and orient them on campus. But the programmers had more in mind than just showing the green scholars where the tanning salons, hookah bars and microbreweries were.

Rather, they also created their now-famed hate whitey program to combat racism and help the freshmen understand that whites are viscerally racist. The program’s core document read thusly:

A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States. . . . By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)

REVERSE RACISM: A term created and used by white people to deny their white privilege. Those in denial use the term reverse racism to refer to hostile behavior by people of color toward whites. . . . In the U.S., there is no such thing as ‘reverse racism.’

A NON-RACIST: A non-term. The term was created by whites to deny responsibility for systemic racism, to maintain an aura of innocence in the face of racial oppression, and to shift responsibility for that oppression from whites to people of color (called ‘blaming the victim’).

After the document became public, Delaware dropped the program and ran for the bushes. Still, campuses across the country peddle this kind of poison to their students, the majority of whom are, of course, white. The purpose is to create feelings of guilt and shame in those students, and, ultimately, inspire self-hatred.

Buchanan fit the definition of racist merely because he is white. But something else was at work. The issue wasn’t just race. Remember, the lavender lobby also went for Buchanan’s scalp. Media Matters for America, the leftist media watchdog founded by a homosexual activist, made that perfectly clear in its ritual and regular denunciation of Buchanan for simply reiterating, in his columns, the 2,000 year-old teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. That teaching is now considered “hate.”

The Real Target

The obsession with nailing Buchanan’s hide to the wall went way beyond the left’s obsessed screeching about crackpot racists good people are right to ignore.  Buchanan isn’t merely an old white guy who grew up the era of sock hops, finned Cadillacs and black maids shelling the peas. Buchanan is a Catholic. A real one. He actually believes the teachings of his Church. Abortion and sodomy are abominations that will send a man’s soul to Hell. Marriage is between a man and woman. Women cannot be priests. Contraception trespasses the natural law. Buchanan is a two-fer: white and Catholic.

The left will happily work for and accept the destruction of any Christian in public life. The risible Swaggert. The closeted homosexual Haggard. The conman Bakker. But the left’s real target—its one obsession, the Moby Dick to its Ahab—is the Catholic Church. That is why the left so celebrated the shocking revelations about perverts in the collar, whom the media misrepresented as “pedophiles” instead of what they are: swishing homosexuals in a target-rich environment. It is the unspoken reason that Buchanan, who states Church teaching forthrightly and without apology, had to go.

The question, of course, is why the left is so obsessed with discrediting and ultimately destroying the Catholic Church. It isn’t because the hierarchy permitted the growth of a homosexual subculture in the priesthood and chanceries. Consider, for the left, what the Church represents. It is not the ineffable fountain Christendom and European civilization. Rather, it is the sewer pipe of white male oppression.

Europeans proselytized the Faith as missionaries, giving the world its artistic, musical, and literary treasures, not least the Mass. In planting the Church everywhere on the globe, those white missionaries “oppressed” the totem-worshiping “native peoples of color,” who in some cases were cannibals or willing participants in orgies of human sacrifice.

The Protestants long ago surrendered the pulpit to feminists. Pope John Paul II penned Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, in which he said the Church “has no authority whatsoever” to ordain women. Notwithstanding doctors of the Church, with names such as Teresa, Therese, and Catherine, or its veneration of a peasant Jewess named Mary, the Church, meaning the men who run it, also “oppress” women.

The Protestants long ago surrendered on homosexual clerics. Pope Benedict XVI reiterated the Church teaching that prohibits their ordination. Thus, despite the charitable work of the Church with homosexuals dying of AIDS, heterosexual clerics “oppress” homosexuals.

The Protestants long ago surrendered on artificial contraception. Not so the Faith. When the Lambeth Anglicans emitted their “compromise” on birth control in 1930, Pope Pius XI denounced it implicitly in Casti Connubii. In 1968, when all the world, misled by heterodox priests and their myrmidons in the media, thought the Church would relax its teaching against artificial contraception and get with the times, Pope Paul VI unleashed Humane Vitae. No! said the Vicar of Christ. The immutable truth of the natural law cannot change. That, of course, is another affront to the sexually-liberated sisterhood. Witness the insanity occasioned by Professional Woman Sandra Fluke, who expects a Catholic university to pay for her birth control pills.

Of all the Christian faiths, only the Catholic Church has the temerity to utter a word that sends the left into apoplectic rage on the “social issues” of abortion, contraception, homosexuals and women priests. That word? No! At MSNBC, Buchanan was the one man who reiterated, without reservation or apology, that thundering reply to the anti-Christian left.

No Lamentations for the Dying West

Thus, in a very profound sense Buchanan was only the proximate or secondary target of the anti-Christian left. The ultimate or primary target is the Church, along with the Western Civilization it created, as they have been for anti-Christian movements 20 centuries running. The Faith is Europe, Belloc taught us, and Europe is the Faith. Assail one and you assail the other. Buchanan represents them.

The leftists who mugged Buchanan know he does not harbor any racial malice. But his view of the world, informed by the Faith, is anathema. Buchanan argues that the country and indeed the civilization he loves are dying. He is right. The left knows it, but eagerly anticipates that death and discusses it openly, as Buchanan observed. He knows what is at stake: the future of the Christian West.

Lamentations on its passing are forbidden.

R. Cort Kirkwood is a contributor to The Remnant. He last wrote about Canon 915 as it applies to politicians such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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