Day of Reckoning (Paperback)
How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart
St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312539382, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc, Abridged, Abridged (11/27/2007)
America is coming apart at the seams. Forces foreign and domestic seek an end to U.S. sovereignty and independence. Before us looms the prospect of an America breaking up along the lines of race, ethnicity, class and culture. In Day of Reckoning, Pat Buchanan reveals the true existential crisis of the nation and shows how President Bush's post-9/11 conversion to an ideology of "democratism" led us to the precipice of strategic disaster abroad and savage division at home.
Ideology, writes Buchanan, is a Golden Calf, a false god, a secular religion that seeks vainly, like Marxism, to create a paradise on earth.
While free enterprise is good, the worship of a "free trade" that is destroying the dollar, de-industrializing America, and ending our economic independence, is cult madness. While America must stand for freedom and self-determination, the use of U.S. troops to police the planet or serve as advance guard of some "world democratic revolution" is, as Iraq shows, imperial folly that will bring ruin to the republic. While America should speak out for human rights, the idea that we get in Russia's face and hand out moral report cards to every nation on earth is moral arrogance. While we have benefited from immigration and the melting pot worked with millions of Europeans, the idea we can import endless millions of aliens, legal and illegal, from every culture, clime, creed, and continent on earth, and still remain a country, is absurd.
To save America the first imperative is to remove from power the ideologues of both parties who have nearly killed our country.
In his final chapter, Buchanan lays out ideas to prevent the end of America. He calls for a bottom-up review of all of America's Cold War commitments, a ten-point program to secure America's borders, ideas to halt the erosion of our national sovereignty and restore our manufacturing preeminence and economic independence, and a formula for finding the way to a cold peace in the culture wars.
Buchanan offers a radical but necessary program, for neither party is addressing the real crisis of America -- whether we survive as one nation and people, or disintegrate into what Theodore Roosevelt called a "tangle of squabbling nationalities" and not a nation at all.
IN THIS EYE-OPENING BOOK, PAT BUCHANAN REVEALS THE PERILOUS PATH OUR NATION HAS TAKEN:
- Pax Americana -- the era of U.S. global dominance -- is over.
- A struggle for world hegemony among the United States, China, a resurgent Russia and radical Islam has begun.
- Torn apart by a culture war, America has begun to Balkanize and break down along class, cultural, ethnic, and racial lines.
- Free trade is hollowing out U.S. industry, destroying the dollar, and plunging the country into permanent dependency and unpayable debt.
- One of every six U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished under Bush.
- The Third World invasion through Mexico is a graver threat to U.S. survival than anything happening in Afghanistan or Iraq.
…IS OUR DAY OF RECKONING JUST AHEAD?
About the Author
Patrick J. Buchanan was a senior advisor to three American Presidents, ran twice for the Republican nomination in 1992 and 1996, and was the Reform Party’s Presidential candidate in 2000. The author of seven books, Mr. Buchanan is a syndicated columnist and a political analyst for MSNBC. He is also Editor Emeritus of the political magazine, The American Conservative. He lives in McLean, Virginia.
Praise For Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart…
“Vintage Buchanan: provocative, intelligent.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Buchanan can write, and he knows how to provoke. He presents [his foreign policy prescriptions] forcefully and often persuasively. They deserve a wider hearing in American politics than they are currently given.” —The New York Times
“Those who have dismissed Buchanan in the past as a gadfly might consider what he says in his book. The future of what's left of the country could very well rest on it.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Pat Buchanan's new book, "Day of Reckoning," is a tour de force ... a powerful case that free trade, multiculturalism and imperial overreach threaten to put America on the dustheap of history.” —Creators Syndicate
“Pat Buchanan's penetratingly astute Day of Reckoning ... is a strident wakeup call for America.... Buchanan ... will remain a strident American voice to be listened to and reckoned with for some time to come.” —Family Security Matters