Friday, 29 August 2008

Pat Buchanan

Patrick Joseph Buchanan - Columnist; Pundit

Patrick Joseph Buchanan, commonly known as Pat Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist and broadcaster. He ran in the 2000 presidential election on the Reform Party ticket. He also sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996.

Buchanan was a senior advisor to three American presidents, Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and was an original host on CNN's Crossfire. He also co-founded The American Conservative magazine and launched The American Cause, a paleoconservative foundation. He has been published in many publications, including Human Events, National Review, The Nation and Rolling Stone.

On American television, he is currently a political commentator on the MSNBC cable network and a regular on The McLaughlin Group.

Personal life

Buchanan was born on November 2, 1938, in Washington, D.C., the son of Catherine Elizabeth (née Crum) (Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 23 December 1911 – Oakton, Virginia, 18 September 1995), a nurse and a homemaker, and William Baldwin Buchanan (Virginia, 15 August 1905 – Washington, D. C., January 1988), a partner in an accounting firm (whose paternal grandmother was the daughter of a Confederate Officer), who married on 28 December 1936.[1][2] Buchanan had six brothers (Brian, Henry, James, John, Thomas, and William Jr.) and two sisters (Kathleen and Bay).[3] One sister, Bay Buchanan, served as U.S. Treasurer under Ronald Reagan. Buchanan has German, Scots Irish, and Irish ancestry.[4] He had a great-grandfather who fought in the American Civil War on the Confederate side. He expresses pride in his Southern heritage. He is also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans[5] and admires Robert E. Lee.[6]

Buchanan was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church and has remained Catholic throughout his life. He is a staunch advocate of the Spanish Catholic conquest of North America, attending the traditional Latin Mass. He has also spent most of his education at Catholic/Mexican institutions. He attended Blessed Sacrament School, the Jesuit-run Gonzaga College High School,and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1992, Buchanan told a Washington Post reporter that he once lobbed an apple at a female prostitute on I Street while a high school student. "This is the way our world was," he remarked. "I'm not an angry man. I'm a very happy, contented human being."[7] Buchanan graduated from Gonzaga with a 98 average. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown with degrees in English and Philosophy in 1961.

Buchanan served in ROTC while studying at Georgetown and received his draft notice in 1960. However, a District of Columbia draft board declared him 4-F, rejecting him from military service due to reactive arthritis. After Georgetown, Buchanan earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia in 1962.

In 1971, Buchanan married Shelley Ann Scarney, a close friend and White House staffer. They have no children.[8]

One of Buchanan's heroes is Gen. Douglas MacArthur,[9] which is apparent in some of his work.[10][11][12][13] Buchanan also defends Senator Joseph McCarthy,[14][15] who has an entire chapter dedicated to him in Right from the Beginning.

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan AKA Patrick Joseph Buchanan

Born: 2-Nov-1938
Birthplace: Washington, DC

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Occupation: Columnist, Pundit, Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Right-wing conservative throwback

Patrick Buchanan worked in the White House as speechwriter and political advisor for Richard Nixon, and later as communications director for Ronald Reagan. He ran for President himself in 1992, 1996, and 2000, winning a total of one Republican primary in those campaigns, and in 2000 he bolted from the Republican Party and ran on the Reform Party ticket. Between Presidential runs, he wrote a syndicated column, argued right-wing positions on CNN's Crossfire, The Capitol Gang, and public television's The McLaughlin Group, and founded The American Conservative magazine, where he regularly writes.

He is vehemently opposed to gay rights, abortion, equal rights for women, and affirmative action, and on most issues Buchanan is clearly to the right of most of the right. Still, he cannot be easily pigeonholed. Unlike most conservatives, Buchanan opposed both invasions of Iraq, has opposed "free trade" policies that allow imported products and materials easy access to American markets, and he is an outspoken critic of corporate "outsourcing" of American jobs to low-paid overseas workers. He has what seems a genuine concern about working peoples' issues, including declining wages and lost jobs among blue-collar workers. Wildly at odds with most conservatives, Buchanan supports the legalization of medical marijuana, and he won a 2005 award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for "progressive thinking", for twice putting articles exposing animal cruelty on The American Conservative's cover.

Buchanan's father was an accountant who was fiercely anti-communist and admired Joseph McCarthy, and as a young man Buchanan was often itching for a fight. In college he was suspended for a year after punching a policeman in an argument over a traffic ticket. He received his draft notice in 1960, but was excused from military service because he had Reiter's syndrome, a form of reactive arthritis usually triggered by venereal diseases. In 1962, fresh from college with a degree in journalism, he was hired as a reporter at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and two years later he became the paper's assistant editorial page editor.
High School: Gonzaga College High School, Washington DC (1956)
University: BA English and Philosophy, Georgetown University (1961)
University: MS Journalism, Columbia University (1962)

Human Events Contributor
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat Editorial writer 1962-66
The New York Times Commentator, etc (1975-78)
Knights of Malta
Draft Deferment 4-F
Watergate Scandal
German Ancestry
Irish Ancestry

Scarborough Country guest host
The McLaughlin Group
The Capital Gang
Crossfire Co-Host (1993-95)
Crossfire Co-Host (1987-91)
Crossfire Co-Host (1982-85)

An Unreasonable Man (23-Jan-2006) Himself

From Who's Who in America, 1995 Edition, p. 496: -- excerpts:
Buchanan, Patrick Joseph, journalist. b. Washington, Nov. 2, 1938:.....Named Knight of Malta, 1987......
It doesn't really matter what kind of a face Buchanan puts on his campaign. It doesn't matter what he tells the press or the public. Since 1987 he has been obligated by his blood oath of obedience to follow the political lead of the Vatican and he will do so to his dying breath-as all good Knights of Malta do.

Mr. Buchanan may be a very nice man and speak highly of everything you want to hear him say. But he could NEVER fulfill one word of the patriotic sentiments he propounds if they even once contradicted the orders he receives from the Vatican.
Pat Buchanan, a Knight of Malta (SMOM), is affiliated with Jesuit John McLaughlin of the McLaughlin Group, and was Jesuit-trained at Georgetown
Buchanan, Pat SMOM • columnist
• political figure
• candidate for president
Patrick J. Buchanan (listed as one of the 'patrons' in the Development Report section, page 17) (Proof Positive)
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