Writes Pat Buchanan of his work these last ten years:

Our agenda in that decade was—stay out of wars that are not our business, economic patriotism, secure borders, and America first.

Not, as he a observes, a platform to woo the Wall Street Journal, and probably not one likely to inspire a country that has willingly accepted being coddled by a State that is two parts nanny and three parts truncheon.  In a real country, of course, it would seem a most eminent catalogue of sound judgments.

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James Matthew Wilson
James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, from the importance of local culture to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative. He has published five books, including most recently, a collection of poems, Some Permanent Things and a monograph, The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (both Wiseblood Books, 2014). Raised in the Great Lakes State, baptised in the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, seasoned by summers on Lake Wawasee (Indiana), and educated under the Golden Dome, Wilson is scion of a family of Hoosiers dating back to the early nineteenth century, and an offspring of Southside Chicago Poles whose tavern kept the city wet through the Depression (and prohibition) years.  He now lives under the same sentence of reluctant exile as many another native son of the Midwest, but has dug himself in for good on the margins of the Main Line in Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife, dangerous daughter, and saintly sons. For information on Wilson's scholarship and a selection of his published work, click here. See books written and recommended by James Matthew Wilson.


  1. “and your point?”

    I’d say that the point is that a florilegium of out-of-context quotations can say pretty much whatever the compiler wants it to say.

  2. In what context, pray tell, would you find these statements to be less than reprehensible?

    [FPR: none of them are]

  3. Buchanan’s blunt commentary on issues from which leftists and craven “conservatives” flee is a service to us all; his refusal to toe the line of America’s de facto state religion is inspiring.

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