Former MSNBC anchor Pat Buchanan defended Rush Limbaugh in a new column lamenting "a new regime called Political Correctness" on Thursday.
Buchanan, who has a long history of making controversial statements, was fired from MSNBC in February after the publication of his new book "Suicide of a Superpower." Critics called the book racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic, charges he denied. He responded to the recent firestorm over Limbaugh's incendiary comments about Sandra Fluke in a new piece called "Rush and the New Blacklist."
In it, he blasted "the left" for trying to censor Limbaugh even in the wake of his apology. He alleged, "the media that piled on Rush objected less to the term than to the target he picked: one of their own." He also took aim at "the cultural ascendancy of the left" and "political correctness," lamenting:
If you still believe homosexuality is unnatural and immoral and gay marriage absurd, you are a homophobe who is to keep his mouth shut.
If you think some ethnic and racial groups have greater natural athletic, academic or artistic talents, don’t go there, if you do not wish an early end to your journalistic career.
If you think illegal aliens should be sent home and legal immigration should mirror the ethnic makeup of the nation, you are a xenophobe and a racist.
All of these terms – racist, sexist, homophobe – are synonyms for heretic. Any of them can get you hauled before an inquisition.
Why? Wright and Obama were black, and such attacks might agitate the latent racism of white America. The Republican Party censors itself so as not to antagonize a cultural establishment that wants to see it dead.
BEFORE YOU GO
Some of Pat Buchanan's controversial statements