The Fox News Network’s star Bill O’Reilly discussed conservative author and political commentator Pat Buchanan’s recent absence from MSNBC during his The O'Reilly Factor show on Thursday night. By the way, in my estimation, O’Reilly’s show is the best of its kind on North American television.
Apparently, MSNBC has kept Buchanan off the air for months, ever since he began promoting his new book Suicide of a Superpower, which consists of discussions of topics like “the end of white America.”
O’Reilly did not so much agree with Buchanan’s sentiments as wonder, why now, for, as he noted, Buchanan has been saying this stuff for years. And while O’Reilly argued that Buchanan should not have been taken off the air, he defended MSNBC’s right to fire him, as do I.
In addition to Bill O'Reilly, two guests sat in on the discussion, each taking opposite sides of the issue. Washington Post Magazine’s Cathy Areu called for Buchanan’s firing, saying he was a white supremacist. While Fox News’ Sandy Rios staunchly defended Buchanan, his book, and his first amendment rights.
I don’t know what is in Buchanan’s heart, of course, but from several years of his writings and comments on television shows like the PBS Sunday morning show, The McLaughlin Group, I have seen no evidence that he’s a white supremacist.
Some believe his new book Suicide of a Superpower contains racially charged sentiments. They point to phrases like the “European and Christian core of our country is shrinking,” which the book says is damaging the nation “ethnically, culturally, morally, politically,” to help make their case. The book also contains a chapter titled, The End of White America, and that undoubtedly fuels much of the libel and slander directed at Buchanan.
While I do not agree with some of Buchanan’s conclusions and the causes to which he attributes some effects, the fact is that the European and Christian core of the United States does seem to be shrinking, and that’s too bad. And, yes, I do sense a deterioration in that nation’s ethnics, culture, morality and political effectiveness.
But, as I see it, immigration and non-white minorities are far less to blame for this breakdown than the pervasive drug culture and the progressive, mainly white, leadership of the Democratic Party who scorn self-reliance and foster dependency and permissiveness.
Regardless of what we choose to blame, however, the fact remains the predominantly Christian-European America of past decades became the richest, most moral and generous, most powerful nation this Earth has ever seen, and the less Christian-European America of today is less so on all counts.
Pat Buchanan is on to something and we need to engage him in debate, not call him slanderous epithets and take him off the air.