Patrick J. Buchanan
1992 RNC Culture Wars Speech
friends, like many of you last month, I watched that giant masquerade ball up at Madison Square Garden, where
20,000 liberals and radicals came dressed up as moderates and centrists in the
greatest single exhibition of cross-dressing in American political history."
Doctrine, one by one, it was the Communist dominos that began to fall. First, Grenada was
liberated by U.S. airborne troops of the U.S. Marine Corps. Then, the mighty Red Army was
driven out of Afghanistan with American weapons. And then in Nicaragua, that
squalid Marxist regime was forced to hold free elections by
Ronald Reagan's Contra army, and the Communists were thrown out of power."
"Fellow Americans you ought to remember, it was under our Party that the Berlin Wall came down and Europe was reunited.
It was under our Party that the Soviet Empire collapsed, and the captive nations
"You know it is said
that every American President will be remembered in history with but a
single sentence. George Washington was the father of his country.
Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and saved the Union. And Ronald Reagan
won the Cold War."
"The presidency, my friends
-- The presidency is also an office that Theodore Roosevelt called
America's 'bully pulpit.' Harry Truman said it was 'preeminently a place
of moral leadership.'"
"Friends, this election is
about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what
we believe and what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war
going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind
of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself. For this war is for the
soul of America."
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