Pat Buchanan is at it again.
This time he’s demonstrating his hatred of Jews by attacking the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Buchanan has calculated that, if she is approved, there will be three Jewish justices out of nine on the Supreme Court. That makes it one third or 33 1/3 percent. And Jews make up less than 2 percent of the U.S. population -- so it’s obviously a grave injustice. At least that’s what Buchanan thinks!
Over the years, the vituperative Buchanan has demonstrated again and again that he can’t stand Jewish people. In a recent column, he pointed out that, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats, one was black, one Puerto Rican. The other five were Jews.
When the United States was about to go to war in Iraq, I recall Buchanan writing that this war would be fought by GIs with Christian, not Jewish names. He suggested that the Jews would sit out the war because, well, they were Jewish.
As a combat Navy veteran of World War II who happens to be Jewish, I resented that column. Especially since Buchanan himself, as far as I know, never wore the uniform of the United States.
Among the Buchanan diatribes over the years:
2007 "If you want to know ethnicity and power in the United States Senate, 13 members of the Senate are Jewish folks who are from 2 percent of the population. That is where the real power is at…"
1990 After denouncing a group of commentators with Jewish names, including Abe Rosenthal, Richard Perle and Henry Kissinger, Buchanan wrote: "If it comes to war, it will not be the civilized world humping up that bloody road to Baghdad, it will be American kids with names like McAllister, Murphy, Gonzales and Leroy Brown."
1990 "In the late 1940s and 1950s,…race was never a preoccupation with us. We rarely thought about it….There were no politics to polarize us then, to magnify every slight. The ‘Negroes’ of Washington had their public schools, restaurants, bars, movie houses, playgrounds and churches and we had ours."
2007 "How is America committing suicide? Every way a nation can. The American majority is not reproducing itself. Its birthrate has been below replacement level for decades….White folks are now a minority in Texas and New Mexico. In Arizona, Hispanics account for more than half the population under twenty. The American Southwest is returning to Mexico."
1991 "I think God made all people good. But if we had to take a million immigrants in, say Zulus, next year, or Englishmen, and put them in Virginia, which group would be easier to assimilate and would cause less problems for the people of Virginia?"
Bill Buckley was right. Pat Buchanan is an anti-Semite and an anti-Hispanic, and an anti-Zulu and he’s anti- any group he regards as inferior or unsavory.
I asked Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League about Buchanan and he said: "He doesn’t miss an opportunity to be offensive or anti-Semitic. Who cares what the faith of Supreme Court justices is as long as they’re good judges?"
Buchanan’s fixation on Jews and other groups that is almost laughable.
As he prates about the Jews and his devotion to Christianity, it’s good to remember that the founder of Christianity preached love. That doesn’t seem to be where Buchanan is coming from.