Americans, no matter how tempted they might be to vote for Buchanan, should be warned that a new isolationism could practically guarantee a free hand to existing tyrannies bent upon a continuance of bloodletting on a scale possibly more terrible than that of the recent past.
Buchanan’s political imagination is not relevant to this time in our history. We need leaders whose political imagination understands, as Buchanan’s does not, that our liberties at home are dependent upon stability abroad. We have yet to assess the damage to our institutions and our peace of mind by the widespread political and economic carelessness of our own people. Our troubles have more to do with mismanagement, shortsighted domestic policies and outright corruption than with assistance to foreign countries.