- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2002

Pat Buchanan predicts that America as we know it will be kaput in 50 years.
Ditto for the rest of the Western world, and there's no political way to head it off because of legal and illegal immigration, declining birthrates and the defeat of traditional values in the cultural wars.
"America will be a Third World nation by 2050, and most of the other First World will have begun to vanish," he told The Washington Times.
That prophecy may seem far-fetched, but Mr. Buchanan says he is merely documenting well-established facts.
"I'm not making predictions so much as I am saying what is happening," said Mr. Buchanan, now on tour to promote his latest book, "The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigration Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization."
"I'm describing trends as they are these figures are not from Buchanan but from the United Nations," said Mr. Buchanan, a former aide to Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.
Neither Europeans nor Americans of European descent have a birthrate sufficient to ensure their economic survival, he said. Their children will be outnumbered by the descendants of non-European immigrants who have far higher birthrates.
"The reason the West is dying is that people who carry the Western tradition in their hearts and souls are simply dying off," he said.
Bold predictions are not new for Mr. Buchanan, who made headlines at the 1992 Republican convention when he warned that the nation was in the midst of "a cultural war," a "struggle for the soul of America."
Mr. Buchanan won nearly 3 million votes in both 1992 when he challenged President George Bush for the Republican nomination and in 1996, when he again unsuccessfully sought the nomination. But he won less than half a million votes in 2000 after he left the Republican Party and ran as the Reform Party candidate.
Now he says he will never run for office again.
"I said farewell to the Reform Party at their convention [last year] and have basically given up politics," he said. "I have no interest in ever returning and hope to wind up my career where I began in journalism."
The former co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" said he has no TV plans and, prior to September 11, "I was going to stay with writing books. But Creators [Syndicate] called me, and said the debate is on again about intervention, the Middle East, immigration and about the cultural war and assimilation. They're all issues. I want back into the debate."
He rejoins the debate at what he describes as a time of crisis. He warns that new immigrants are no longer adopting American values.
"The problem is the melting pot has broken," he said. "Elites are now preaching not assimilation and Americanization but multiculturalism."
Mr. Buchanan cites California, where "a majority of Hispanics voted in favor of affirmative action, bilingualism, welfare for illegal aliens. When [Hispanics] become a majority that will become the policy and they will vote for presidential candidates who advocate open borders and the right to vote in both [Mexico and the United States]."
He warns that a Republican effort to court Hispanic voters "is going to lead to big government at all levels, in my judgment."
"Fundamentally, these are poor people who benefit more from social programs than they pay in taxes." he said.
By advocating immigration, "the Republicans are importing people who will put an end to the Republican presidencies," Mr. Buchanan said.
He concedes his own Republican admirers were not pleased with his defection to the Reform ticket in 2000, but said, "If they are angry with me, you should hear what the Democrats are saying about [Green Party candidate] Ralph Nader.
"Besides," he added with a laugh, "I did my [best] in Palm Beach County," referring to the South Florida area where some voters claimed a confusing ballot caused them to vote for Mr. Buchanan instead of for Al Gore.
"The Republicans ought be thanking me for it."

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