KUHNER: The last conservative, Pat Buchanan

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Few have contributed more to modern conservatism than Mr. Buchanan. And even on issues on which I strongly disagree with him - the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, World War II - a rigorous and respectful debate is called for. Liberals silence dissent; conservatives are supposed to uphold freedom of thought and rational civility.

Mr. Buchanan represents a dying breed. He is a nationalist, a free-marketer and an unabashed Catholic. His life’s work amounts to fighting for the preservation of Western civilization with America as its bastion. Despite his defunct critics, Mr. Buchanan’s legacy will stand the test of time.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

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