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Suicide of A Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

2011 nonfiction book by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Essentially the play-by-play of the disintegration of America.

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Imagine an America where every major city from coast-to coast looks like Los Angeles.  Sound far-fetched?  According to author, syndicated columnist and conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan this is among the "coming attractions" our nation can look forward to in the coming decades. It is not a pretty picture.  When I was growing up we were taught that the United States of America was the great "melting pot" where people of all races, religions and nationalities would come to assimilate themselves into the common American culture.  For the most part these folks left native languages and most of their traditions behind.  They were proud to become Americans.  But as the result of the cultural revolution of the 1960's and some rather dubious legislation passed during that same decade the landscape has changed dramatically.  The America that people of my generation grew up in is under seige and Pat Buchanan argues passionately that what is destined to replace it will be an unmitigated disaster.  "Suicide of  a Superpower:  Will America Survive to 2025?"  lays out all of the pertinent facts for everyone to digest. This is an epic volume that is the culmination of Pat Buchanan's remarkable career commenting on the American culture and economy.  Frankly, I just couldn't put this one down.   

Now I must confess that I have been a huge fan of Patrick J. Buchanan since I first discovered him on CNN's "Crossfire" and "The McLaughlin Group" in the early 1980's.  As far as I am concerned he has been one of the few prominent political commentators with the courage to discuss the inevitable consequences of such dubious social and economic policies as NAFTA and GATT, the rush to multiculturalism  and unchecked immigration.  He has been spot on with his prognostications.  Today we are dealing with the fallout from all of it.  The thesis of "Suicide of a Superpower" is that America is disintegrating right before our very eyes and that it is probably too late to reverse it.  So what do Americans have to look forward to? 

According to Pat Buchanan "America is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world."   The United States now lacks a common culture and a set of values most folks can agree on.  Our nation appears to be hopelessly divided on many different fronts.  Racially, we are more segregated today than we were in the 1970's.  What ever happened to Dr. Martin Luther King"s vision of the "Beloved Community"  which was essentially "a completely integrated society, a community of love and justice wherein brotherhood would be an actuality in all of social life?"  If we as a society claim to love "diversity" so much why has America turned its back on the dream of Dr. King and chosen to seperate and segregate themselves from each other?  Pat Buchanan offers answers and insights in his chapter "The Diversity Cult" .  Meanwhile, our nation seems to be hopelessly divided politically as well.  Liberal Democrats seem to have no clue why those who identify with the Tea Party are so upset and simply dismiss them as people "who cling to their guns and religion."  Likewise, those of the conservative persuasion cannot for the life of them understand why so many of their fellow Americans are in favor of illegal immigration, out-of-control government spending, gay marriage and abortion on demand.    Buchanan predicts the Balkanization of America will continue in the decades to come and paints a rather ominous portrait of the consequences.  We can expect to see a continued spike in the illegitimacy rate, more teen suicides, even more people living in poverty and an increasing threat of violence. Indeed, much of what we are beginning to experience here in America has been going on around the world for quite some time.  All of this is covered rather extensively in a chapter called "The Triumph of Tribalism".

"Suicide of a Superpower:  Will America Survive to 2025?" covers so much ground that it is virtually impossible to summarize it in a short review like this.  Suffice to say that Pat Buchanan has left no stone unturned in his heroic attempt to define the colossal problems we are facing as a nation and in his effort to present possible solutions.  This is an exceptionally well-researched book and Pat Buchanan can turn a phrase with the best of them.  Hopefully, "Suicide of a Superpower" will ignite a much-needed national dialogue on these important and controversial topics.  Very highly recommended!    
Essentially the play-by-play of the disintegration of America. Essentially the play-by-play of the disintegration of America.

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October 28, 2011
Can't say I'm a fan of Buchanan. But the one point I would have to agree on would be Tribalism. It seems to me that this obsession with learning about other cultures does more to reinforce stereotypes, creating a sense of racial identification which allows people to wedge whole tracts of humanity into convenient pigeonholes.
 
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America is disintegrating.

The “one Nation under God, indivisible” of the Pledge of Allegiance is passing away. In a few decades, that America will be gone forever. In its place will arise a country unrecognizable to our parents.

This is the thrust of Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower.

The author of six New York Times bestsellers traces the disintegration to three historic changes: America’s loss of her cradle faith, Christianity; the moral, social, and cultural collapse that have followed from that loss; and the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation.

America was born a Western Christian republic, writes Buchanan, but is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world.

Where once we celebrated the unity, the melting pot and shared experience, that the Depression and World War gave us, our elites today proclaim, “Our diversity is our greatest strength!”—even as racial, religious, and ethnic diversity are tearing nations to pieces.

Rejecting the commitment to a God-given equality of rights for all as inadequate, our government is engaged in the manic pursuit of equality of rewards, as it seeks to erect an egalitarian utopia that has never before existed. Less and less do we Americans have in common. More and more do we fight over religion, morality, politics, history, and heroes. And as our nation ...
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ISBN-10: 0312579977
ISBN-13: 978-0312579975
Genre: Politics
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Date Published: October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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