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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Pat Buchanan: Fix Bayonets! If GOP Can’t Fight Like Ted Cruz There’s Something Deeply Wrong With It

Excerpted by Nicholas Stix
 
Fix Bayonets! If GOP Can’t Fight Like Ted Cruz There’s Something Deeply Wrong With It
By Patrick J. Buchanan
September 26, 2013
VDARE

[See also by Ann Coulter: Cruz Control Should be Standard on GOP Models.]
 

After his narrow defeat by Gerald Ford at the Kansas City convention in 1976, Ronald Reagan was seen as a has-been.

Came the Carter-Torrijos treaties of 1977, however, which gave away the Panama Canal, and the old cowboy strapped on his guns:

"We bought it. We paid for it. It's ours. And we're gonna keep it."

America loved it. Bill Buckley said we must recognize reality and transfer the canal. GOP Senate leader Howard Baker was the toast of the city as he led 16 Republicans to vote with Jimmy Carter. The treaties were approved.

Reagan's consolation prize? The presidency of the United States.

Voters in New Hampshire in 1980, remembering his lonely stand, rewarded Reagan with a decisive victory over George H. W. Bush, who had defeated Reagan in Iowa. When Howard Baker came in, he was greeted as "Panama Howie," and did not survive the primary.

The Republican war over whether to bow to the seemingly inevitable and fund Obamacare is a Panama Canal issue. How one votes here may decisively affect one's career….

[Read the whole thing here.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That Panama can built and RAN for decades by the U.S. and in the interests of the whole world too. A model of efficiency and demonstrative of a long term ability to do what is needed if the will power is there.