When last we heard from right-wing pundit Pat Buchanan, he was getting fired from MSNBC, largely for being his obnoxious self. That has deterred Buchanan from continuing his screeds, although from a smaller soap box. His latest: an essay in a conservative journal praising Vladimir Putin for defending the type of civilization that Buchanan cherishes: a homophobic one.
“Whose side is God on now?” Buchanan asks rhetorically, in the belief that he and God are on the same page. In Buchanan’s through-the-looking-glass world, Russia is now the land of Christianity and Obama’s America is the Marxist-Leninist hell.
“Putin is saying the new ideological struggle is between a debauched West led by the United States and a traditionalist world Russia would be proud to lead.” Buchanan proclaims. “In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.”
Buchanan clearly agrees. His reasoning (to use the term loosely) is impossible to follow, including random quotes from journalists, a mini-lecture on why Moscow is the new Byzantium and references to Pope John Paul II, because the current pope is obviously a weak sister. Still, one theme is constant: Putin is standing up to Western decadence, of which LGBT equality is a major sign.
What are democracy’s moral crimes? “The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide — the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.”
Yes, we’ve all seen those movies in which a gay couple get married at an abortion clinic and then pull the feeding tube from Grandma on the way to the reception.
Buchanan illustrates the ongoing problem with the hard-core right. They prefer authoritarianism to democracy. They probably have all along, but being on the losing side of the argument has brought that preference to the fore.
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