Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? By. Patrick Buchanan

This book was not what I expected.  Although I find myself agreeing with him on points such as how the US' population is shifting from Anglo-Saxon to other "minorities" such as Blacks and Hispanics, the book is not clear on what we do if in fact this is a problem.  Aside from eugenics of the African-American, Hispanic, Korean and other communities and the promotion of childbearing in the Anglo communities I see nothing that CAN be done nor do think SHOULD be done.

I agree with Buchanan that "Affirmative Action" is offensive to those who benefit from it.  If the requirements for the Naval Academy is a 4.0 GPA average, I find it insulting that Hispanics, African-Americans etc are only required to have a 3.5 GPA.  Why is this?  Am I not capable of getting a 4.0 that I need special help?  It perpetuates the myth that non-Anglo-Saxons are less intelligent.  Additionally, it discriminates the Anglo that indeed has gotten the required 4.0 GPA that will not be picked because someone less prepared (GPA wise) is going to take their spot.  Ironically, when writing this review, my son from Middle School showed me HIS report card and he received a 4.0 for the year.  I know how hard he worked.  Could I tell him that even though he met the requirements and worked real hard, it was still not good enough because he is 2nd generation American but has a Hispanic last name and the diversity police require an African-American or Korean, or %enter your race/color/creed/sexual orientation%?  I cannot.

Mr. Buchanan is obviously against free trade.  I disagree with him, however I believe that the problems that exist today and the reason we continue to experience them is not that China is less expensive to manufacture, albeit true; the issues are that the US' economy has been so bloated and distorted that today a salary in the US due to Unions and inflationary steps taken by the "Fed" require companies to be beholden to the unions.  Not that the unions are solely to blame, but they are a big peace of it.  I do not believe that closing off trade with the world will do the trick.

Mr. Buchanan comes off extremely racist.  I know that many liberals will say "of course, he is Republican".   Although only part of that is true, he DOES have and interesting chapter regarding the Democratic Party and their roots.  Not so squeaky clean as they portray themselves to be.

I did find some interesting subject matter to do further research, however I do not necessarily recommend this book.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312579977
ISBN-13: 978-0312579975

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