How Pat Buchanan Lost the Culture War, in 3 Easy Lessons

“In traditional morality, what Weiner did, engage in immoral and squalid behavior, should result in permanent shame and instant removal from any position of honor. . . . The national reaction to Anthony Weiner, the clamor that he get out of the House now, to which the Democratic Party is yielding, testifies to the enduring moral health of the nation.

“The culture war is not yet wholly lost.”

— Pat Buchanan: “Why Weiner’s Going Under the Bus” (June 14, 2011,

“. . . It is the moral convictions of the candidate that make this an interesting race for all Americans. For [Judge Roy] Moore is a social conservative of a species that is almost extinct in Washington. . . . Early Christians accepted martyrdom rather than obey laws of the Caesars and burn incense to the gods of Rome. . . . Christianity and the moral truths it has taught for 2,000 years have been deposed from the pre-eminent position they held until after World War II, and are now rejected as a source of law. They have been replaced by the tenets of a secular humanism that is the prevailing orthodoxy of our new cultural, social and intellectual elites.

“If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.”

— Pat Buchanan: “When Judge Roy Moore Comes to Washington” (September 29, 2017, The American Conservative)

“Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls on December 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him?

“Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. . . .

“Hence, both Trump, by whom he nominates, and a Republican Senate, with its power to confirm with 51 votes, are indispensable if we are to end judicial dictatorship in America.

“And 2018 is the crucial year.”

—Pat Buchanan, “Why Many Christian Conservatives Support Roy Moore” (November 28, 2017: The American Conservative)

Render unto Caesar, indeed.

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