Listening to Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan was the third speaker in this year’s KLRU Distinguished Speakers Series, KLRU being our local Public TV station. I took copious notes and thought I’d share some of what he had to say with you all.

He’s currently promoting his book, Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency. Many of you may be familiar with his writings opposing the invasion of Iraq, since I’ve seen a number of links to his columns in The American Conservative Magazine over at Kos.

For anyone attempting to Convert the Red into Purple along with diane101 using advisorjim’s Right-Wing Chip-Busting techniques, American Conservative is an excellent source.

There’s more to my notes than I can fit into a reasonable-sized diary, so I’ll just try to pick out the things that I think might be of interest to Democrats/progressives/fightin’ liberals. (Everything paraphrased in my own words – I’m not a journalist, so I’m not sure I can take good enough notes for exact quotes.)

Audiotape: DeLay, Frist & the Christian Right

[promoted to the front page by BooMan]

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has audiotape of top Republican leaders promising to support the agenda of the Christian Right. The tapes, made at a closed door “Washington Briefing,” sponsored by the Family Research Council at the Willard Hotel, in Washington, D.C., March 17-19, 2005 — are making big news.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) is heard on the tapes comparing criticism of his ethics with the situation of Terri Schiavo, according to the Associated Press. “One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo to elevate the visibility of what is going on in America, that Americans would be so barbaric as to pull a feeding tube out of a person that is lucid and starve them to death,” he said in remarks Friday to a conservative group and made public Wednesday.

“This is exactly the issue that is going on in America, of attacks against the conservative movement, against me and against many others,” added DeLay, lately at the center of a controversy concerning his overseas travel.”

The AP story also quotes DeLay as saying: “The point is the other side has figured out how to win and defeat the conservative movement,” he said after mentioning Schiavo, “and that is to go after people personally, charge them with frivolous charges and link that up with all these do-gooder organizations funded by [liberal billionaire] George Soros and then get the national media on their side.”

“That whole syndicate that they have going on right now is for one purpose and one purpose only, and that’s to destroy the conservative movement. It’s to destroy conservative leaders.”

Photo diary of Kyrgyz “Revolution”

A continuation of Kyrgyz Opposition Seizes Control, Akayev Vanishes (go to this link for articles and background info + links to all of soj’s diaries)

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Kyrgyz opposition supporters gather in President Askar Akayev’s office in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, March 24, 2005. An opposition leader, Ulan Shambetov, center background, sits Akayev’s chair. Protesters stormed the presidential compound, seizing control of the main seat of state power after clashing with riot police, and President Askar Akayev reportedly resigned from office. (AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliev, AKIpress)

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Revealing Who You Really Are

Over at Dkos, DCDemocrat has written a magnificent requiem for Archbishop Romero, who was murdered as he celebrated Holy Thursday Mass 25 years ago today.

If you have no idea who Archbishop Romero was, or why so many progressives spit fire at the mention of John Negroponte or Elliot Abrams, read and be appalled.

Then, get to work.

The struggle for the poor, the disenfranchised, the forgotten ones is never ending. It has claimed many martyrs. But before Oscar Romero was a martyr, he was just a man awakened to his destiny. What destiny might you have, unexpectedly, if you let yourself take it?

As one who was there observed, "Thousands of people were applauding him, and you could see him grow stronger. It was then that he crossed the threshold. He went through the door. Because, you know, there is baptism by water, and there is baptism by blood. But there is also
baptism by the people."

Where do we start?

Start wherever you are.