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Buchanan Takes on Republicrats
By James P. Tucker Jr.
Republican George Bush and Democrat Al Gore are afraid to debate him, says Reform candidate Pat Buchanan, because they want to ignore national sovereignty as an issue.
But America's ongoing loss of sovereignty to international institutions ought to be the biggest issue in the presidential campaign, Buchanan told The SPOTLIGHT July 20.
If the national televised debates exclude him, as now planned, the "Re publicrats" will succeed in muzzling sovereignty as an issue, Buchanan said.
Buchanan is suing to force the Commission on Presidential Debates to include him in the debates. Green Party nominee Ralph Nader is bringing a similar action. A win for either is probably a win for both, setting up a four-way de bate.
Gore and Bush have long family and personal histories of being close to such groups as Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission and have echoed their positions supporting world government over the years. Their safest political position is to keep sovereignty from becoming an issue -- thus their fear of confronting Buchanan, a sharp, quick-witted de bater.
In his campaigns as a Republican candidate in 1992 and 1996, and again as a Reform candidate this year, Buchanan has assured The SPOTLIGHT that he would never appoint Trilaterals, Bilder berg participants or members of the Council on Foreign Relations to any post in his administration, acknowledging that U.S. foreign policy has been under their control for decades.
"I can't think of any of them who would support me," Buchanan grinned, when asked again this year.
But Bush, whose father was a member of the Trilateral Commission while in federal service and also as President Ronald Reagan's vice president, follows the line of the world shadow government.
Young Bush's top foreign policy adviser said July 20 -- the same day Buchanan was calling for making sovereignty the biggest issue of the campaign -- that he would revive efforts to extend "free trade" throughout the Western Hemi sphere.
One of the Texas governor's first acts as president, said Condoleezza Rice, Bush's spokesperson, would be to ask Congress for "fast-track" power to negotiate a "Free Trade Area of the Americas," or FTAA. Extending NAFTA to include the entire Western Hemisphere and evolve into an "American Union" sim i lar to the European Union has long been a Bilderberg-Trilateral goal.
Earlier, Bush had said directly, on a visit to Mexico, "I will work to create an entire hemisphere in free trade."
The FTAA effort, supported by 34 na tions, has been stalled since 1998 when Congress denied fast-track authority to President Clinton.
Many Trilateral and Bilderberg leaders are among the close advisers of Gore and Bush.
Gore's boss, President Clinton, was a long-time Trilateral member. When he appeared at the 1991 Bilderberg meeting at Baden-Baden, Germany, the obscure Arkansas governor's star began rising.
Buchanan has a convincing case in asking a federal court to order the Commission on Presidential Debates to include him in the televised confrontations in October.
Buchanan argues that he has met the qualifications set by Congress by polling 8 percent when a level of 5 percent is required and by being on the ballot in states with enough electoral votes to win the election. The commission exceeded its authority in raising the threshold, Buchanan said.
Sixty-four percent of Americans believe Buchanan should be included in the debate, according to several polls.
Calls for his inclusion come from across the political spectrum, including Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Syndicated columnist Nat Hentoff called for their inclusion because "the debates would be a lot livelier with Pat and Ralph." Buchanan and Nader "could affect the outcome, pollsters and analysts say."
Other issues the two major parties want to leave out of the public debate include bringing American troops home from Kosovo, opposition to NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, and protecting America's borders, Buchanan said.
Buchanan dismissed criticism from "kennel-fed conservatives inside the Beltway" because they refuse to confront these issues.
Buchanan said he would debate his sole challenger for the Reform Party nomination, John Hagelin, if he promises to support the nominee and not to run in November. Hagelin is the nominee of the little-known Natural Law Party.
Buchanan won an overwhelming num ber of delegates in state campaigning. He expressed cynicism about the national mail-in primary. He told of people receiving unsolicited ballots. Ballots are available on request but are not to be distributed by mass mailings.