Putin has finally found an ally: arch-conservative omniphobe Pat Buchanan

One of America’s premier omniphobes, uber-conservative Pat Buchanan, has weighed in on the side of Vladimir Putin’s war on gay and trans Russians, the Olympics, and more generally most of the civilized world.

In a rather long screed on the conservative site Townhall, Buchanan really goes to town in his defense of the former KGB head’s homophobia.

Pat Buchanan, photo by bbsrock.

Pat Buchanan, photo by bbsrock.

Buchanan starts with a longing for the good ole days of 1776:

Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights — or we may just boycott your Sochi games.

What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.

Only yesterday, homosexual sodomy, which Thomas Jefferson said should be treated like rape, was outlawed in many states and same-sex marriage was regarded as an absurdity.

Yeah, well, Thomas Jefferson had slaves too.

And “only yesterday” inter-racial marriage was considered an absurdity, and still is among Buchanan’s Republican party faithful in Mississippi, where 46% of Republicans polled still think it should be illegal for the races to co-mingle.

More from Herr Buchanan, where he gets to the point of the matter – Buchanan thinks he’s finally found a kindred spirit in his quest for imposing a Christian version of Iran’s mullah-ocracy on the world:

Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.

“The adoption of Christianity,” declared Putin, “became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped turn it into one of the largest world powers.”

Yeah, then 1991 happened.  Russia’s problem isn’t that it lost faith.  If anything, Russia found faith once communism was overthrown.  Russia’s problem is that its “great power” status came from its Cold War bubble economy based on outlandish military spending it couldn’t afford.  If anything, Russia more of a world power when it embraced “godless communism.”

As for Buchanan, Putin deserves the company.  Let me walk folks through who exactly Pat Buchanan is, so you can fully appreciate the irony of him being Vladimir Putin’s biggest defender:

Buchanan says the Norwegian terrorists had a point.
Pat Buchanan is upset there are too many Jews on the Supreme Court.
Pat Buchanan says that America “has been a country built basically by white folks.”
Then there’s Buchanan on gays: Gays are hell-bent on satanism, gays get AIDS because they declared war on nature.
Pat Buchanan thinks Latinos exhibit “underclass behavior.”
Lots more on Buchanan and race and immigrants, and gays.

Any my personal favorite: Hitler was a “individual of great courage.”

I’ll give you the full Hitler quote, since Buchanan did issue some criticism of Hitler, but boy was it tempered by the “good” stuff about Hitler:

“Those of us in childhood during the war years were introduced to Hitler only as a caricature…Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier in the Great War, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him. But Hitler’s success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path.”

So, when all is said and done, Buchanan even had good things to say about Hitler. So, good luck with that endorsement, Premier Putin.  You’ve earned it.

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  • HolyMoly

    Department of Domestic Security would have sounded better, but it would still be the same old power-grabbing, Constitution-trashing entity.

    Kind of like the “Clear Skies Inititative,” “No Child Left Behind,” and “Patriot Act”…the name is designed to ensure approval of the masses, most of whom will NEVER actually read the text of the bills themselves.

  • HolyMoly

    A nice retirement home with a huge lawn and 50 octogenarians sitting on the porch yelling “Keep Off My Lawn!” Then at least he’ll have ONE thing in which he has 100% support.

  • ronnieg

    And I like how you support the Roman MONARCHY btw

  • ronnieg

    Oh, I dont like Pat. Most ‘Conservatives’ supported gay marriageor something of the sort. If they didnt you think it woulda been accepted by the majority?

  • ronnieg

    Thos is what you idiots said before last midterm election. Didnt turn out that well for ya

  • ronnieg

    That was BEFORE Christianity existed and then when it just getting off the ground, and secondly, ever hear of Byzantium? Wake up

  • lynchie

    The force of facism lives on in the Dems and the Repubs and the 1%

  • The dirty little secret of American history is that in the 1930s most American intellectuals, business leaders and politicians at some point flirted with or were at least sympathetic to either communism or fascism. After WWII the communists were witch-hunted (even if they only went to a few meetings) but we never made any effort to root out the fascists.

  • He really is an idiot. It’s bizarre to read him rant about immigrants when 100 years ago people were saying the same thing about people named Buchanan. What a douchenozzle.

  • and the ones who don’t are afraid of the ones who do, making them worthless.

  • I bow before your fabulosity. That was the best rant I’ve read in quite some time. Brava!!!

  • no. And what does Paganism have to do with Marxism? It’s just word salad. He throws out a lot of words for things he doesn’t like. none of them have anything to do with each other. People pay him for this?

  • ‘Metaphorical’? Gee, here I thought I was being literal. ;-)

    Besides, sometimes I simply have to give in and channel my inner Rude Pundit.

  • Bill_Perdue

    An American Hitlerite is now a Putinista. Not very surprising

  • GoBlue

    Memo to Pat: the Roman empire was at its zenith when its citizens worshiped the emperor and the gods–Jupiter, Juno, et al.–who were borrowed from the Greeks. Only after Christianity became the state religion did the empire fall apart.

  • GoBlue

    The arthritis was in his knees. Oddly, the man who was too arthritic to go to war wasn’t too arthritic to take up jogging a few years later.

  • Anonymous

    They are delusional. Like Pat Buchanan, they simply deny consequences to their hate can occur. Pat denies the Holocaust occurred. The other wingnuts will acknowledge it, but still say the deaths were “not intended.” You will never hear any of them say, “gee, this kind of thinking directly causes bloodshed.” Of course it’s never their fault.

  • Ninong

    MSNBC fired his homophobic Nazi ass in February 2012.

  • John

    Because, unfortunately, many agree with him. Did you check out the comments over at The National Review? See the comment thread attached to the op-ed accusing the POTUS of hypocrisy for condemning Putin while letting the Arab, Muslim-dominated states off the hook. See also the comments from that Bryan Fischer nut. They agree with what Putin is doing. They really do. Doesn’t that sound like “political correctness?” I guess they’re okay when the politically corrrect attitudes come from the right.

  • WOW, thanks for sharing Becca…..you go. I’m with ya!

  • I caught that too. What rubbish. I suspect the writer never heard or read Hegel.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    I love it when you get all metaphorical.

  • Indigo

    On the bright side, at least one American athlete has spoken up for equal rights, Nick Symmons, and he’s in Moscow. Just placed silver in a track & field event:

  • Ninong

    Writing of “group fantasies of martyrdom,” Buchanan challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka: “Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.” (New Republic, 10/22/90) Buchanan’s columns have run in the Liberty Lobby’s Spotlight, the German-American National PAC newsletter and other publications that claim Nazi death camps are a Zionist concoction. http://fair.org/press-release/pat-buchanan-in-his-own-words/

  • Actually, he never served–

    As a student at Georgetown University, he was in ROTC but did not complete the program. He received his draft notice after he graduated in 1960. However, the District of Columbia draft board exempted Buchanan from military service because of reactive arthritis, classifying him as 4-F.

    Source: Wiki

  • Mighty

    Pat just be the old soldier you are and fade away.

  • Monoceros Forth

    …before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.
    Is it possible to be both atheistic and pagan?

  • The first time I heard the name proposed for the new umbrella ‘Department of Homeland Security,’ I turned to my wife and said, “That’s awfully f*cking fascist-sounding, isn’t it?”

  • Monoceros Forth

    “Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.”

    He said that? Really? May we lock Buchanan in a garage with a poorly tuned ’77 Golf and find out for sure?

  • I think most of us here already know Patrick Buchanan is nothing but an abominable throbbing pustule dwelling between the crusty puckered asshole and the malodorous unwashed taint of humanity, while incessantly yawping effusive praises and hallelujahs for both his nearest neighbors.

    The day that particular infected pimple bursts, his vast reservoir of stinking pus and poisonous ichor released at last, I shall not mourn his passing.

  • Anonymous

    Why aren’t the CONservatives scolding him? They have really jumped the shark into pure irrationality and bloodlust.

  • Whitewitch

    Rats Nicho – exactly what I was thinking. I strongly dislike the “Homeland” thing and I dislike it even more when President Obama says it…it is just spooky icky.

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of the idea that Hitler was a “scapegoat.” Implying that people are stupid for being brainwashed by their leaders. Well, when the government controls the media, limits free speech and assembly, and indoctrinates you with a cult of personality…there is no other option. These wingnuts will never take responsibility for supporting despots. They are narcissists and would like to control people here. They hate liberals and free thinkers because it takes away their power. Reminds me of fundies brainwashing children to be conservative Catholics. Why can’t we make “Catholic propaganda” illegal for children under 18? I am against that, personally.

  • Whitewitch

    People such as Buchanan are so full of hate because of their own self-loathing. Poor guy…maybe he will find a nice place where only old white men live and move there…perhaps Putin needs a right-hand man.

  • Thanks for the downer on Unka Nazi. :-) It’s always good to review America’s favorite cracked pot racist. The horror of it though is that he looks like a noble statesman compared to today’s crop of T’pots and Repubs. This line particularly stands out: “His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws,
    the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the
    statesmen who stood in his path.” If I’m not mistaken Unka P is embracing Hitler’s contempt for democracy. Buchanan will go down in history as a mediocre troll in the company of Kissinger and Cheney.

  • cole3244

    neither have i but when politics gets hot again someone will bring back the assbag hate and all.

  • Repeated court cases against IBM have come to the conclusion that so many American corporations were complicit that it’s hard to single one out for their particular contributions. Bayer made the gas they used in the chambers. Chase and many other American banks funded their war effort with cash and credit. Siemens built the gas chambers, and in 2001 even tried to trademark a line of “Zyklon” brand gas ovens before people freaked out at them. Fanta was created by Coca Cola because they couldn’t reliably get Coke syrup to Germany. Random House Publishing published gobs of Nazi propaganda material. Ford and GM were providing vehicles, engines and mechanical services to the Reich. Hell, up until just before Hitler declared war on the US in 1941, we were still actively supplying them with the oil they needed to wage war on the Soviet Union – companies that resulted include BP and Exxon. If we had simply restricted oil exports, their ability to continue to wage war would have been significantly reduced. That doesn’t even begin to cover all the German companies that everyone loves these days, like Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Hugo Boss… I’m sure with some research one could come up with a lot more. The US was very much all for the Nazis, right up until they weren’t… but where there’s a profit to be made, you can be guaranteed to see corporations there trying to soak up as much as they can, while they can.

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  • Ninong

    Buchanan not only admired Hitler, he admired David Duke, too. “Take a hard look at Duke’s portfolio of winning issues and expropriate those not in conflict with GOP principles, [such as] reverse discrimination against white folks.”

    What did Buchanan think of the Holocaust? He called it “group fantasies of martyrdom.” Thousands of Jews gassed to death at Treblinka? “Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody.”

    What about prosecuting Nazi war criminals? In 1987 Buchanan called for closing the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations because it was “running down 70-year-old camp guards.” Buchanan is the official spokesman for the Nazi wing of the GOP.

    Was Buchanan pleased when Cardinal O’Connor spoke out against anti-Semitism? Not at all. On the contrary, Buchanan was furious! “If U.S. Jewry takes the clucking apeasement of the Catholic cardinalate as indicative of our submission, it is mistaken.” Buchanan is rapidly anti-Semitic and fervently pro-Nazi. White power is his raison d’etre.

    To say that Buchanan is anti-gay is the understatement of the century. He repeatedly refers to gays as “sodomite” and “the pederast proletariat.” In a memo to Nixon he called a wealthy Democratic donor a “screaming fairy.” What did Buchanan think about AIDS? He thought gays deserved it!!! “The poor homosexuals — they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution.” During his unsuccessful campaign for the GOP presidential nomination he said: “AIDS is nature’s retribution for violating the laws of nature.”

    The man is a bundle of hate. He hates gays, he hates Jews, he hates equal rights for women, he hates non-whites? Does he love anything? Well, he admires Hitler and David Duke. He called mass murderer Francisco Franco a “Catholic savior.” He called Franco and Pinochet “soldier patriots.” Both were murderous dictators but both were “Catholic saviors” and “soldier patriots.”

    P.S. — Remember when Buchanan said we should all buy Krugerrands to show our support for the white apartheid government in South Africa?

  • AnitaMann

    I haven’t seen him on MSNBC for a while. I hope he was shitcanned.

  • Look at what these right wing douchebags are supporting in Russia. It’s not just that gays shouldn’t have equal rights, but that people should be jailed for saying that they should. They don’t believe even in free speech rights much less any other kind.

  • nicho

    I didn’t even know this old nazi was still alive. I thought he had long since been consigned to the 10th Circle of Hell, newly constructed to hold conservatives, neoliberals, teabaggers, etc. — with a special VIP section for members of the Bush family.

  • nicho

    Which, of course, is why our homegrown fascists have softened it to “Homeland.”

  • emjayay

    Well, one thing Putin and Russia and Russians in general could certainly use is a moral compass. No one even dares drive there without a continuously recording dashcam.

  • Leota2

    The fatherland? Where have I heard this before? Not a very popular usage of the word after
    World War 2. Now Putin is proclaiming it. Scary as hell.

  • nicho

    The Holocaust would not have killed nearly as many people as it did without the help –throughout the war — of IBM. IBM provided the software, hardware, and punch cards to track Jews. It leased the equipment to the Reich and sold them punch cards through European subsidiaries. IBM also helped the Nazis to refine the software on an ongoing basis. After the war, as we were mopping up, IBM wanted its machines back. The Army appointed one officer to visit whatever Nazi facilities hadn’t been bombed and to secure IBM’s equipment.

    IBM also developed the algorithms to make sure that the trains to the death camps ran on time.

  • lynchie

    Money, money, money its a rich man’s game

  • lynchie

    Well Prescott Bush comes to mind as well as John d. Rockefeller, Allan Dulles, Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy, Robert Taft, Charles Lindbergh. There were many American companies as well, Kodak, Coke, Chase Bank, Standard Oil, General Motors, United Steel, Alcoa, Texaco. The list can go on and includes: DuPont, Union Carbide, Westinghouse,
    General Electric, Gillette, Goodrich, Singer, IBM and ITT.


    As long as there money to be made companies will turn a blind eye to human rights.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    I suppose if you’re capable of writing a book about how Hitler didn’t want war, you’re really capable of believing just about anything.

  • Russ

    So, I really have to wonder… During the 1930’s, were all the Hitler supporters in this country the right wingers? It would make sense – considering the wingnuts seem to be pro-authoritarian. I know that Henry Ford was a big Hitler fan. Even so far as to teach the Germans the mass-production assembly line techniques. It would be interesting to see who else in the American populace thought that Adolf was such a “winner”.

  • cole3244

    buchanan is a piece of unadulterated filth.
    to have him on tv as a serious commentator shows how low our media has receded in its attempt to pander to our lowest denominator while chasing the ratings almighty dollar, or maybe its just pure bigotry and racism rearing its ugly head in the guise of corporate capitalism.

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