SUICIDE STORY: Patrick Buchanan's New Book Suicide of a Superpower Traces the Changes in Governance and Culture in America That Foreshadow a Decline of Epic Proportions

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On some of its pages, Patrick J. Buchanan's description of 21st-century America in Suicide of a Superpower calls to mind the best of times/worst of times depiction of 18th-century France and England in A Tale of Two Cities. Indeed, the impassioned but well-documented analysis suggests America's ruling elite is as oblivious to the precipice ahead as was the French aristocracy of Louis XVI. In December of 2009, Congress, despite "trillion dollar deficits to the horizon," passed an omnibus spending bill that contained literally thousands of earmarks and included, the Washington Post reported, "average spending increases of 10 percent for dozens of federal agencies." Buchanan concludes, "Bad times for America are the best of times for D.C."

For decades, writes Buchanan, "we have maintained standing armies of bureaucrats whose pay and benefits far exceed those of the taxpayers who subsidize and sustain them." But the trillion dollar deficits, armies of bureaucrats, and our real armies overextended in wars and peacekeeping missions around the world are but parts of the problem the author describes in his 428-page "suicide" note.

Wayward West

Buchanan marshals an impressive combination of statistics and historical evidence to demonstrate that Western civilization is dying because its latter-day heirs have in increasing numbers been abandoning the faith that sustained it. The decline may be seen in plummeting church attendance and religious affiliation, a dramatic increase in births out of wedlock, the widespread acceptance of sexually loose "lifestyles," contraception, abortion, and the breakup of two-parent families. All have contributed to the conditions Buchanan describes in the chapter entitled "Demographic Winter." The United States and most of Europe -- the nations once viewed as the cultural and political entity known as the West -- are committing virtual suicide, he maintains, through a combination of historically low birth rates and liberal immigration practices.

"Not one nation of Europe or North America, save Iceland, has a birth rate sufficient to replace its population," Buchanan writes. "All have been below zero population growth (2.1 children per woman) for decades." In England and the United States, population increases are the result of immigration of Third World people who do not share the developed world's enthusiasm for zero population growth. Immigration has accounted for the substantial growth of the Muslim population in England, where the capital is often referred to as "Londonistan" and government officials speak of accepting some aspects of Muslim sharia law. In the United States, white, non-Hispanic Americans are becoming the submerging minority. By 2050, Buchanan writes, "America will be more of a Third World than a Western nation, as 54 percent of the 435 million people in the United States, according to the UN's Population Prospects, will trace their roots to Asia, Africa and Latin America."

Okay, so what? Isn't diversity our greatest strength? Certainly our political leaders, Republican and Democrat alike, say so often enough. President Clinton said it repeatedly. "Diversity is one of America's greatest strengths," echoed George W. Bush. Vice President Dan Quayle was in Japan in 1992 when the riots broke out in Los Angeles, and scenes of rampaging blacks smashing, burning, and looting Korean-owned stores were seen around the world. Asked if his country had been celebrating diversity a bit much, Quayle explained to his Japanese host that "our diversity is our strength."

Dunce Caps and Diversity

Unlike the immigrants who resettled in the new world in the latter half of the 19th and early years of the 20th century, many of today's newcomers to the United States resist assimilation. That is most plain in statements made by Mexican Americans and at least two Presidents of Mexico that Mexico is wherever Mexicans are -- including Texas, California, and other parts of the United States. …