Make a deal with the devil and you don’t change the devil. The devil changes you.
But what if you’re someone who admires Adolf Hitler, the closest thing the world has ever seen to the devil in the flesh?
What if you actually wrote a column that suggests Poland started World War II and Hitler not only wanted peace, he didn’t even want to invade Russia.
You’d probably be Patrick J. Buchanan.
If Hitler wanted the world, why did he not build strategic bombers, instead of two-engine Dorniers and Heinkels that could not even reach Britain from Germany?
Why did he let the British army go at Dunkirk?
Why did he offer the British peace, twice, after Poland fell, and again after France fell?
Why, when Paris fell, did Hitler not demand the French fleet, as the Allies demanded and got the Kaiser’s fleet? Why did he not demand bases in French-controlled Syria to attack Suez? Why did he beg Benito Mussolini not to attack Greece?
Because Hitler wanted to end the war in 1940, almost two years before the trains began to roll to the camps.
~ Patrick J. Buchanan, 9-1-2009
MSNBC carried Buchanan’s column on their website but removed it when a Jewish Democratic activist published an article on The Huffington Post about Buchanan’s pro-Hitler sentiments
In response to a query from Politico.com, a MSNBC spokesman said, “An editorial decision was made to remove the column from msnbc.com. Pat is a contributor to MSNBC, his syndicated column does not speak for the network or represent the views of MSNBC.”
MSNBC may rightly be embarrassed by Buchanan’s blog entry where he defends Adolf Hitler, but they have no one but themselves to blame. It doesn’t take a background check by a private investigator to find evidence of Buchanan’s sympathy for the Fuhrer. All it takes is a Google search.
The Anti-Defamation League has complied entire pages devoted to Buchanan’s bigotry including his Hitler crush such as this gushing bit of revisionism: “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.”
- St. Louis Globe – Democrat, Aug 25, 1977
What’s the difference between Buchanan praising Hitler as “individual of great courage” possessing both “extraordinary gifts” and “genius” and MSNBC giving him a national platform and Louis Farrakhan calling the Fuhrer “wickedly great?” Is it that Farrakhan is a reviled figure by the good ol’ boy mainstream media while Buchanan is regarded as a kindred spirit who occasionally says off-the-wall things about Nazis?
But MSNBC, the supposed left-wing alternative to Fox News, doesn’t seem to care about Buchanan’s history of making inflammatory remarks defending Hitler, denigrating homosexuals, demonizing feminists and degrading minorities. He’s “Uncle Pat” who plays the role of the crotchety curmudgeon for Rachel Maddow so she can shake her head sadly over how backwards and bigoted he is.
Buchanan is older, but he hasn’t mellowed with age like a fine wine. If anything he’s become even more of a bitter old bigot, homophobe and anti-Semitic than he was. As recently as June Buchanan and Maddow argued over his opposition to affirmative action and Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Even Maddow had wearied of Buchanan’s White supremacy rap, but she shouldn’t have been so naive. As recently as March 2008 Buchanan had reacted to Barack Obama’s speech about race and ranted where was the gratitude from Blacks for all White Americans had done for them?
…America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
(Jeremiah) Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.
Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.
We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?
Buchanan conveniently forgets if White Americans hadn’t set sail to enslave Black Africans in the first place, their damned ”Christian salvation” wouldn’t have been necessary.
MSNBC needs to go further than merely removing Buchanan’s columns from their website. He should be removed from their employment.
And why not? What has Pat Buchanan done to justify his prominence as a political commentator? He last job in government was 22 years ago as Ronald Reagan’s Communications Director from 1985 to 1987. He ran for president three times, failed three times and succeeded only in solidifying the image of the Republican Party as captive to the extreme right-wing with his 1992 “culture war” speech to the Republican National Convention.
Apparently, MSNBC thinks this perennial loser gives the perennial third place cable news network some small degree of stature.
MSNBC has given this Hitler groupie a forum for his hatred for far too long. If the insufferably sanctimonious Keith Olbermann needs a worthy candidate he should nominate Buchanan as a lifetime member of his “Worst Person in the World” list.