American Consequences - August 2020

The Democratic Party is promising to take up the issue of racial reparations for our original sin of slavery. The first order of business, we are told, is ending inequality – of income, wealth, educational attainment, and health care. The racial disparity in police arrests, prosecutions, incarcerations, and school expulsions must end. Some 145,000 Americans have perished in five months of the coronavirus pandemic, more U.S. dead than all the Americans soldiers lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But if the trillions we have spent to address these inequalities since the Great Society days have failed to make greater progress, why should we believe that we even know how to succeed, absent the imposition of a rigid socialist egalitarianism of results? The Old Republic is facing a stress test unlike any it has known since the Union was threatened with dissolution in the Civil War. © Creators

Afghanistan, 5,000 in Iraq, hundreds in Syria, thousands more in Kuwait and Bahrain. There are other huge new claims on America’s time, attention, and resources. Some 145,000 Americans have perished in five months of the coronavirus pandemic, more U.S. dead than all the Americans soldiers lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A thousand Americans are dying every day, a higher daily death toll than in World War II and the Civil War combined. The U.S. economy has been thrust into something approaching a second Depression. The 2020 deficit runs into the trillions of dollars. Our national debt is now far larger than our GDP and soaring. Tens of millions are unemployed. And the shutdowns are beginning anew. From the protests, riots, rampages, and statue-smashing of the last two months, it is apparent that millions of Americans detest our history and heroes. Though nowhere in recorded time have 42 million people of African descent achieved the measures of freedom and prosperity they have in the USA, we are daily admonished that ours is a rotten and sick society whose every institution is shot through with “systemic racism.” The racial divisions are almost as ugly as during the riots of the 1960s in Harlem, Watts, Newark, and 100 cities that exploded after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. In the numbers of citizens now shot and killed every week, great American cities such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago are looking more like Baghdad.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.

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